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Dhoonidhoo Diaries: Part 1 – Arrest and Incarceration

Filed in Features & Analysis by on June 29, 2015 0 Comments
Dhoonidhoo Diaries: Part 1 – Arrest and Incarceration

1st May 2015 saw the largest anti-government protests in Maldivian history, with nearly 20,000 protesters filling the main thoroughfare in Malé. It also saw the largest police crackdown in over a decade, with nearly 200 democratic protesters arrested. I was among those arrested, and was held captive for 21 days, including 5 days of house […]

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Umar Naseer: A study in Incompetence

Filed in Features & Analysis by on March 30, 2015 0 Comments
Umar Naseer: A study in Incompetence

Maldives Home Minister Umar Naseer is confident that he can win at the Olympic 100m hurdles. He just needs some slight change of rules – firstly, to remove those annoying barriers that get in the way. Having to jump over these numerous obstacles were clearly undermining his goal of completing the race, he noticed. He […]

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Blood lust in Malé

Filed in Society & Beliefs by on March 30, 2015 0 Comments
Blood lust in Malé

The streets of Malé have seen a lot of spilled blood and brain matter in recent weeks – as Maldives spirals downwards rapidly, with an anti-democratic regime at the helm. MvMurders.com is an initiative to document and track violent murders in the Maldives Azra Naseem writes on the subject: “In the early hours of this […]

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The Rilwan Story

Filed in Features & Analysis by on February 9, 2015 9 Comments
The Rilwan Story

I remember the exact moment when I first saw Ahmed Rilwan. It was late 2009, and I had just arrived in the Maldives. Some bloggers had gotten together to sort of welcome me and get introduced. We were sitting in a sea-side café at night, when he walked in with two other well known bloggers. We hit […]

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The Girl in the Poster

Filed in Offbeat by on February 4, 2015 0 Comments
The Girl in the Poster

The Poster Seller I was still in school, maybe in the sixth grade. My sister was three years my senior. At the time we were living in Trivandrum, in this two-storeyed house just off a narrow street. Right from when I could first remember, there would come to our place a man who sold posters for […]

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Breaking Panic: Maldives Police to train Scotland Yard

Filed in Breaking Panic by on October 20, 2014 0 Comments
Breaking Panic: Maldives Police to train Scotland Yard

BREAKING PANIC: The Daily Panic brings you the absolute latest breaking news from this week. And other weeks. Slavery Industry Gets Much Needed Boost Maldives Immigration Department took firm steps today to alleviate the misery of the nation’s long suffering slave traders. Until now, slave traders in the Maldives had to illegally hold their captives’ passports […]

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The Madness of Maldives

Filed in Other Voices, Society & Beliefs by on October 11, 2014 0 Comments
The Madness of Maldives

By Azra Naseem There is a small island of about two square kilometres, called Male’, in the Indian Ocean. It  is capital of the Maldives, a 1200 island archipelago inhabited by about 300,000 people known as Maldivians. If there was a psychiatric facility on this earth that could section a generalised population, Maldivians would be among the first to be locked away […]

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#FindMoyameehaa

Filed in Politics by on August 23, 2014 0 Comments
#FindMoyameehaa

A Maldivian hero has been abducted. A lover of history, Maldivian culture, poetry, folklore and humour. A writer, a journalist, an irreplaceable friend. An irrepressible advocate of human rights, and a stubborn enemy of injustice.One of the earliest, and most popular online bloggers in the Maldives. An entertaining, informative online personality. An endless reservoir of […]

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Sins and Choices

Filed in Society & Beliefs by on July 18, 2014 2 Comments
Sins and Choices

As a blogger, I write words and publish them online. Sometimes it is a mildly humorous piece, sometimes it is an angry rant. Sometimes I churn out 1500 word essays where I explore some boring subject in annoying detail. When I write, my objective is sometimes to persuade the reader. Other times it is to […]

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Thoughts on Israel

Filed in Features & Analysis, Politics by on July 12, 2014 2 Comments
Thoughts on Israel

I remember ruffling some feathers a few years ago, when I publicly defended the Maldivian government’s decision to resume diplomatic relations with the state of Israel. My reasoning back then was basically this: Israel had done no harm to the Maldives or Dhivehin  Maldives, as a sovereign, independent state, needed to maintain an independent foreign […]

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