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Drawing the wrong lessons from Singapore

President Yameen and his cabinet tout Singapore as a development model for the Maldives. They admire its combination of prosperity and one-party rule. But if they conclude authoritarianism is behind Singapore’s success, they are drawing the wrong lesson, writes Hawwa Kareem

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Find Moyameehaa – we persevere because we love

Rilwan’s abduction was aimed at killing our hopes for a better world, for what is possible only dies when hope dies. So today, I resolve to put aside despair, to never give up hope, to never give into fear and to never be silenced, writes Zaheena Rasheed.

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A year ago today, our brother, friend and fellow reporter disappeared

Today, August 8, marks one year to the day our brother, friend and fellow journalist Ahmed Rilwan disappeared. The international community must intervene urgently to pressure the government to seek foreign forensic expertise and conduct an independent inquiry, writes the Find Moyameehaa team.

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A council in name only

The government’s dismal treatment of the Malé City councilors and their staff feel like an act of reprisal against the residents of Malé, simply for having voted for the opposition, writes Mohamed Saif Fathih.

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A letter for my grand daughter

In a letter to her future grand daughter, Sea, a Maldivian writer, reflects on the meaning of home in a country marred by corruption.

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Judges’ integrity and ethics in question five years after life appointment

Data published by the JSC show there are now only 14 judges who lack the required academic qualifications. But the JSC’s performance in investigating complaints against judges remained dismal. Only 39 of 150 complaints were fully investigated in 2014.

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In Maafushi, guesthouses worry erosion may drive tourists away

On Maafushi, the island that pioneered guesthouse tourism, business is booming. But today, guesthouse owners worry severe beach erosion may drive tourists away.

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What we talk about when we talk about independence

“Why do we not rejoice in our fiftieth year of independence? Why is the air thick with negativity?” asks Shahindha Ismail

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The Golden Years, A Golden Celebration – by James Dauris

“A relationship founded on an agreement of protected independence in the past has developed into a relationship today that is wide-ranging and contemporary,” writes James Dauris, the British High Commissioner to the Maldives.

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On golden jubilee of independence, Addu is silent

The people of Addu say their development took a U-turn since the British left in 1976. Successive governments have neglected Addu, turning it into a provincial backwater.

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A lingering longing for self-rule

In Addu, on the eve of the Golden Jubilee of independence, stories of the short-lived United Suvadive Republic are told and retold and the longing for self rule lingers on.

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“We could have done better:” conversations with an independence hero

“Abdul Sattar Moosa Didi, who led the independence negotiations, remembers talks with the British, laments President Ibrahim Nasir’s buried legacy, and reflects on where Maldives has arrived at as we celebrate 50 years of independence.”

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Happy Independence Day

“The future holds the prospects of foreign military bases on Maldivian territorial waters; becoming embroiled in Indian Ocean security issues and potential naval warfare; forced internal migration; living in slum cities; absolute loss of way of life and identity; and total subjugation to a ruthless dictatorship that will always put money before people,” writes Dr Azra Naseem.

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Special laws must not pre-empt general criminal law

Laws like on anti-terror are legitimised under the pretext that “special circumstances require special procedures” but are often an excuse to let the inefficiencies of the state continue at the expense of civil liberties, writes Devyani Srivastava.

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New penal code comes into effect! A truly historic moment

“Today is July 16, 2015, a momentous day in the history of the Maldives’ criminal justice system. The penal code of 1968 expired at 11:59pm on July 15. In this historic moment, 12am on July 16, 2015, a brand new penal code comes into force in the Maldives,” writes Hussein Shameem, the former deputy Prosecutor General.

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Will the new anti-terror bill deter Maldivian ‘Jihadists’?

The anti-terror bill metes out up to 20 years in jail for Maldivians who join foreign wars. But how effective can harsh penalties be when the government is yet to publicly acknowledge how wide spread extremism is in the Maldives? asks Mohamed Hameed, the former head of the police intelligence directorate.

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Did former Maldives leader receive a fair trial?

In such a politically charged case, media reporting can take a sensationalist and selective approach, writes Toby Cadman. “As with all cases, there are two sides to any argument, but the government’s position has not been given any attention and the offence for which the former president was convicted has been unnecessarily trivialized.”

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