A history of abruptly terminating contracts with foreign companies does not bode well for the foreign investment climate in the Maldives, writes a Maldives Independent reader.
Azim Zahir examines the rise of Salafi-Wahhabism, the more recent Salafi-Jihadism, and the new type of violence represented by the cases of Dr Afrasheem Ali, Ahmed Rilwan and Yameen Rasheed.
For societies in which depression remains taboo, or is poorly understood, discussing it can mean examining deep and enduring social norms, writes Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director WHO South-East Asia.
Police officers on the island of Magoodhoo in Faafu atoll forced a journalist working as a stringer for The New York Times to sign a statement saying he would not interview islanders about the rumoured multi-billion investment from Saudi Arabia.
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.
“I am not pessimistic by nature, but I fear for the future of my homeland. Paradise is rarely regained in the political arena. The very nature of politics makes it so,” writes Latheefa Verall.
The reaction on social media platforms to a gang rape in Hulhumalé earlier this month exposed misogynistic views and blaming-the-victim attitudes among Maldivians.
Aside from the irreversible damage to fragile reefs from reclamation and dredging, the Maldives stands to lose the unique Islandness (ޖަޒީރާވަންތަކަން) of an ancient ocean civilisation, writes environmental scientist Ibrahim Mohamed.
On International Women’s Day, UN resident coordinator Shoko Noda offers a personal insight into issues of gender equality she has faced over the course of her personal and professional life.
Aban Marker Kabraji, Asia Regional Director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, writes about the importance of gender equality in effective natural resource management.
In a first-hand account of his ordeal, Hassan Mohamed recounts how he was treated like a suspect at the Nilandhoo police station after he was threatened with violence by the brother-in-law of a ruling party lawmaker.
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.
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.
The police took Maldives Independent journalists Hassan Mohamed and Hassan Moosa into “protective custody” on the island of Nilandhoo, Faafu Atoll, on Wednesday after ruling party supporters threatened them with assault.
Is the opposition to the imminent Saudi-funded “mega project” in Faafu atoll principled, strong and united enough? asks Azra Naseem.
Ministers, lawmakers and heads of state-owned companies are out campaigning in the Maldives far-flung atolls and signing up new members in the capital.
Three Raajje TV journalists, on trial for obstructing police officers, share their thoughts on journalism and describe why they continue to report despite the risk of jail.