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Posts From Azra Naseem

The road to justice is paved with answers to Rilwan’s abduction

The non-action of the authorities has created and nourished a culture of impunity for criminals that have made Malé one of the most dangerous cities in the world to live, writes Azra Naseem.

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An examined life: Yameen Rasheed

“The killing of Yameen is so difficult to come to terms with because it symbolises the death of potential,” writes Azra Naseem.

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Saved by the bull?

Did the Saudi king postpone the official visit because of the flu or MP Nihan’s leaked audio about amending the constitution to facilitate the sale of Faafu atoll Himithi to the deputy crown prince? asks Azra Naseem.

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Muizzing Maldives

In the third part of her series on the proposed Saudi development of Faafu atoll, Azra Naseem considers revelations made by ministers in the UK’s Guardian newspaper about plans to relocate populations of small islands.

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Of myths and monsters

In the second part of her series on the Saudi-funded project for Faafu atoll, Azra Naseem examines the use of powerful national myths to counter criticism and stifle dissent.

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First they came for Faafu

Is the opposition to the imminent Saudi-funded “mega project” in Faafu atoll principled, strong and united enough? asks Azra Naseem.

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Party like it’s real

“Fact is, The Real PPM is a thing that does not exist. At least not as a political party,” writes Azra Naseem

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Maumoon’s monsters

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s own creation—one of the most corrupt judiciaries in the world—has finally turned around and bit the hand of its Master, writes Azra Naseem.

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Let them eat basmati

“I share the suspicion of many that the subsidies had to go first so they can make a grand comeback,” writes Dr Azra Naseem. “In their next incarnation they will return as a powerful symbol of President Yameen’s Largesse.”

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Maldives ‘defamation law’ to curtail freedom of expression

Azra Naseem dissects the government-proposed bill to recriminalise defamation. “To start with, direct full-frontal assault on the right to freedom of expression,” she writes.

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Remembering Rilwan

“My pain over losing Rilwan is largely about what could have been: a close friendship; a long, productive relationship in which we could have spent all this time working towards a shared goal and purpose: of making the society we were born into one that is more tolerant, equal and more…loving,” writes Azra Naseem

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Forced migration around the corner: Time to act

“Maldivians are paying a high social and economic cost for development policies that force atoll populations to migrate to Malé,” writes Salma Fikry in her foreword for Falhu Aliran Muiy, a book by Muna Mohamed on the inhabited islands of Maldives.

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What some people call journalism

The role of ‘journalists’ like the editor of pro-government outlet Avas and the establishments that prop such people up, was crucial in bringing to an end the Maldives’ democratic transition. It is playing an equally crucial role in strengthening the current government’s authoritarianism, writes Azra Naseem.

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Maldives state ready to kill Humam, and a way of life

The noose around Humam’s neck will put an end to not just his life but to two problems the government encounters: rumours of President Yameen’s involvement in Afrasheem’s murder that just won’t die; and accusations that it is not following the path of ‘true Islam’, i.e, Saudi-led Salafi Islam, writes Azra Naseem

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Maldives Inc.

Maldives today is a capitalist dream. Mega development projects that aspire to ‘change the very map of the country’ are underway across the length and breadth of the 1200 islands. But the fact is, the very existence of Maldives is at risk, writes Azra Naseem

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Maldives fighters in Syria warn government and leaders

Bilad Al Sham, the media section of Maldivians fighting in Syria, has released a YouTube video describing the country’s leaders as Taghut – unjust tyrants, opponents of the Prophet, or evil powers—they are at war with. Makers of the video describe it as ‘a small warning.’

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Yameen’s (?) Maldives

Although Maldives adopted a Constitution based on democratic values and principles, it is Singapore’s Lee Kwan Yew’s authoritarian capitalism that President Abdulla Yameen wants to practice in the Maldives. How likely is it that he will succeed? asks Azra Naseem

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