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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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Remembering Yameen: part two

Part two of an interview with murdered blogger Yamin Rasheed’s mother Mariyam Shafeega and sister Yumna Rasheed.

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Remembering Yameen

The Maldives Independent sat down with murdered blogger Yamin Rasheed’s mother Mariyam Shafeega and sister Yumna Rasheed as they mourned and remembered the young man who inspired many with his writing, empathy and activism.

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Investor’s woes in the Maldives

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.

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Mourning the brutal murder of Yameen Rasheed

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.

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Depression: Let’s Talk

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.

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Maldives fights rumours of island sales to Saudi Arabia with clampdown

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.

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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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The things we do

“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.

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Victim blaming and misogyny in Maldives

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.

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Development or environment: A dilemma for 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.

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Reaching beyond the glass ceiling

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.

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