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This Week in Maldives: November 27

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This Week in Maldives: November 27

Because I’m home alone this week, setting up insane traps and hilarious pranks, and yet no intruders – not even Joe Pesci – turned up 🙁 This edition of This Week in Maldives looks at YAG’s trusty men in the courts and Parliament, and two very confused policemen.  These are short takes on the headlines of the […]

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Maldives: Perverse Pleasures

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Maldives: Perverse Pleasures

Last week, the Maldivian regime decided to blow up a reef in the southern island of Meedhoo in Addu Atoll. They then decided to organize a viewing party, complete with tea and snacks. Pictures of the local islanders celebrating the wanton destruction of their own island’s natural reef sparked some outrage on social media. I was momentarily […]

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This Week in Maldives: November 20

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This Week in Maldives: November 20

Because I skipped a week, and yet Maldives continues to rapidly spiral down the drain pipe, this week I look at the budget, and the miraculous redemption of all Gasims. These are short takes on the headlines of the week gone by. Both US and Maldives headed by economists, says MP Nihan PPM parliamentary majority group leader and […]

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This Week In Maldives: November 6

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This Week In Maldives: November 6

Because it was November 3 again, and evil-dictator Gayoom is fast becoming my favourite politician in town (and I can’t deal with this new reality), this week I look at the latest in PPM vs Lame PPM, and MNDF’s continuing celebration of the Indian army’s victory over Sri Lankan Tamil rebels.  These are short takes on the […]

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This Week in Maldives: October 30

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This Week in Maldives: October 30

Because YAG has literally removed the furniture and erased the signboard from his own party headquarters as some form of punishment to his elder brother, this week I look at the sibling rivalry between two dictators of mixed abilities. These are short takes on the headlines of the week gone by. Gayoom withdraws support for Yameen YAG’s continued […]

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This Week in Maldives: October 23

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This Week in Maldives: October 23

Because I finally slept through a rainy Saturday afternoon, this week I observe – slack-jawed – at how old man Gayoom destroyed a military APC with a joke. These are short takes on the headlines from the week gone by. “Yameen handed control of ruling party” No kidding. A civil court judge straight up told *the* Maumoon Abdul […]

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This week in Maldives: October 16

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This week in Maldives: October 16

Because I just finished a 31 hour work day, but Maldives won’t relent, this week I focus on legends that have passed away, and YAG who stubbornly won’t. These are short takes on the headlines from the week gone by. Zero Degree Atoll’s Nashid dies It was around the year 2005 when I first got introduced to Maldivian […]

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This week in Maldives: October 8

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This week in Maldives: October 8

Because the Maldives could use a Paul Thurrott but doesn’t have one, I step in to save the day. These are short takes on headlines of the week gone by in the Maldives.  “Saudi Arabia pledges US$150m ‘bailout loan’ for Maldives” This loan goes towards repayment of previous loans that were taken out ‘for an unprecedented infrastructure […]

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MIRA’s Black Face Video

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MIRA’s Black Face Video

Two men walk into a Western Union.   The girl at the counter greets them, and then almost immediately the whole thing goes south.  The men, both clearly Maldivian, speak in pidgin dhivehi – used by tens of thousands of South Asian labourers in the country. They want to send money ‘home’ (presumably Bangladesh, not Maafannu). She […]

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The Newport Gimmick

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The Newport Gimmick

I went to Newport café in Malé once. The café is located not far from the airport ferry terminal – in what is allegedly the trendy part of town. My friend who happened to work in a nearby office took me there. It was a small café. There were about ten or so tables inside. The interiors […]

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