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“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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Gender equality, a game changer for nature

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.

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Fear and frothing in Faafu

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.

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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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Statement on ‘protective custody’ for journalists in Faafu atoll

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.

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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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With Yameen’s re-election bid in full swing, PPM appears stronger than ever

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.

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‘Even if I were to go to jail, I will come back as a journalist’: Journalists at risk in their own words

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.

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The great irony: a review of ex President Waheed’s biography

Does Waheed’s biography live up to the promise of truth and accountability its title, Justice, offers?

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Why the Commonwealth and Maldives will miss each other

Commonwealth membership brings a wide range of benefits, many of which the Maldives, to its credit, has taken full advantage of, writes James Dauris, British ambassador to the Maldives.

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Q&A: Rights advocate calls for affirmative action for Maldives women

Shadiya Ibrahim, the UNFPA’s assistant representative hails the Maldives’ ground-breaking Gender Equality Act, but says affirmative action is necessary to bridge the gender gap in political life and the work-place

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Q&A: Faris shares his take on where it all went wrong

Faris Maumoon discusses plans to weaken his uncle, President Abdulla Yameen’s stranglehold on power, and shares his take on where it all went wrong, his father’s legacy and how he came to be involved in politics

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Maldives’ coral reefs: Latest victims of political power play

The government’s green lighting of a reef blasting project shows the hypocrisy of the current government in dealing with environment and climate change, writes Ibrahim Mohamed, a former deputy director general at the EPA

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