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Mixed blessings for Maafushi’s guesthouse boom

The success of Maafushi – and the ensuing development of guesthouses – have sparked concerns. Construction noise has deterred guests, and the loss of sea views has hurt the value of profitable rooms.

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Environmental sustainability: A tale of two presidents

The hope of social media activists that an Environment Impact Assessment could save the Kulhudhufushi mangrove from destruction to build an airport is misplaced, writes environmental scientist Ibrahim Mohamed.

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The stigma and struggle of mental health in the Maldives

The Maldives has an acute shortage of qualified mental health professionals despite growing mental health problems among the population.

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No Chinese, no business: The Peking Pound and the Maldives

China remains the single highest supplier of tourists to the Maldives, but dwindling figures have heightened fears that the market has peaked.

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Surf’s up in the Maldives

Maldivian surfers have been catching waves in a pristine spot in the north Malé atoll since the closure of a popular break in the capital almost two years ago.

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Petition from lawyers for judicial reform

A group of Maldivian lawyers outlined serious concerns with the independence and functioning of the judiciary in a petition calling for wide-ranging reforms.

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‘Migrant workers keep out’: A day at Rasrani park

Policemen and guides from the housing ministry have been keeping away migrant workers from the revamped Sultan Park after a controversial decision to charge an entrance fee for expatriates.

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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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Three years after Rilwan’s abduction

“Where is Rilwan? What happened to Rilwan?” asks the missing journalist’s family three years after his abduction at knifepoint outside his apartment building.

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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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Tariq Ramadan renews appeal to stop executions

The renowned Islamic scholar urged President Abdulla Yameen to reconsider moving ahead with the first execution in the Maldives in more than 60 years.

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Keeping paradise pristine

Ahead of this year’s Ramadan and World Environment Day, UN resident coordinator Shoko Noda writes about the escalating waste issue in the Maldives.

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Abusive judicial discretion in the Maldives

The Maldivian judiciary has restricted the media’s right to report court proceedings, undermined the autonomy of independent bodies, and arbitrarily disbarred lawyers, writes Shamsul Falaah.

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A tribute to Yameen Rasheed – and a call for justice and accountability

Police Chief Ahmed Areef must accept an independent international investigation or resign as he is ultimately responsible for the failure to protect Yameen despite numerous death threats, writes Jared Genser.

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‘Next is you’: More death threats follow blogger’s murder

Prominent clerics accused of justifying the killing of ‘apostates’ as death threats mount in the wake of blogger Yameen Rasheed’s murder.

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‘Not free’

On this year’s World Press Freedom Day, the Maldives Independent spoke to journalists from top media outlets in the country for their views on the state of press freedom in the country.

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A call for a new politics

Justice for Yameen and Rilwan will remain elusive without a radically different politics built on an honest assessment of all parties, including the Maldivian Democratic Party, argues Fathima Musthaq and Azim Zahir.

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