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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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Q&A: Fisheries minister takes questions on Maldives crisis

Mohamed Shainee speaks about the Maldives United Opposition, rifts within the ruling party, talk of the transition of government and how President Abdulla Yameen keeps his cabinet together: by sending the message, ‘Whatever you do, you can’t get away with this.

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A conversation on the MUO’s plan for a transitional government

Hussain Shameem, the MUO’s shadow cabinet minister for constitutional reform, speaks about details of the opposition’s plans for the transition and beyond

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Paradise with hell’s furore

Mushfique Mohamed writes on how the Maldives’ government uses postcolonial rhetoric to justify subjugation and economic exploitation

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How the defamation law has changed Maldives’ media landscape

The new defamation law has forced newsrooms across the Maldives to practice self censorship, use broadcasting delays and control what is said by politicians on talk shows

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How can a sitting president be legally removed in the Maldives?

With Malé rife with rumours of the president’s ouster, we take a look at the constitutional avenues and key players involved in removing a sitting president

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