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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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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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No justice for Maldives journalists

As the world marks the international day to end impunity for crimes against journalists, human rights groups have condemned the gap between the Maldives’ international advocacy on press freedom and its practices at home.

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Life under for the life above

Shoko Noda, the UN resident coordinator to the Maldives, calls for the protection of marine life to be made the main focus of the country’s development plan

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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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The Maldives must maintain its proud history of not executing people

“At present, the lack of confidence in due process means that the risk of the execution of an innocent man or woman is greater than ever,” writes Paul Godfrey, Chargé d’Affaires of the European Union delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

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Does the Maldives practice what it preaches globally on human rights?

Jeffrey Salim Waheed takes questions on why the Maldives has sponsored several UN resolutions on freedom of expression and assembly, and judicial independence, despite practising the opposite at home

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Has the Maldives United Opposition failed to ‘restore democracy’?

As rumours of Yameen’s imminent ouster fizzle out and detainees languish in jail, Omkar Khandekar asks if the opposition coalition has failed in its bid to remove the embattled president and “restore democracy.”

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Gasim Abdul Kareem: the hand that rocked the boat

To prosecute Gasim sends the message that protecting the privacy of individuals who engage in corruption on a grand scale is more important than protecting whistleblowers who expose their corruption, writes Transparency Maldives

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‘Let me know if you need a lawyer’

Omkar Khandekar recounts the police raid on the Maldives Independent’s office in the wake of the much-anticipated release of Al Jazeera’s corruption exposé Stealing Paradise.

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