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MIRA’s Black Face Video

Filed in Society & Beliefs by on September 9, 2016 0 Comments
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

Filed in Offbeat by on July 17, 2016 2 Comments
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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On the Bondibaiy Coalition

Filed in Features & Analysis, Politics by on June 3, 2016 4 Comments
On the Bondibaiy Coalition

Like many others, I also tuned in yesterday to catch the announcement in London of the “United Maldives Opposition” coalition. This new coalition, to be led by former VP Mohamed Jameel, has apparently agreed to dislodge Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s regime and restore democracy and the rule of law in the Maldives. The coalition was announced by […]

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“No sympathy for people like us”

Filed in Other Voices, Society & Beliefs by on May 3, 2016 0 Comments
“No sympathy for people like us”

Coming out of dormancy to post this bit of exceptional writing by Xiena Saeed in the Maldives Independent. Xiena charts the course of murder convict Humam’s life against the backdrop of social and political upheavals in Maldives. Great journalism. “In 2003, Humaam was ten, Kinaanath was nineteen. Evan Naseem, a young heroin addict, also 19 […]

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A Cowardly Attack

Filed in Society & Beliefs by on December 10, 2015 1 Comment
A Cowardly Attack

In December 2011, a small group of Maldivians gathered at the Artificial Beach, in silent protest against the denial of Human Rights in the Maldives.  They were physically attacked almost immediately. One of the protesters, blogger Hilath Rasheed, sustained injuries. It is now exactly four years since that day. Hilath Rasheed suffered a near fatal attempt on his […]

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Maldives in South Asia: Let’s talk about Saudis

Filed in Other Voices by on December 5, 2015 0 Comments
Maldives in South Asia: Let’s talk about Saudis

Azra Naseem has a great essay on the Saudi funded upheaval of Maldivian society in which she also recounts a startling encounter with the Dean of Maldives National University. Below is an excerpt. Read the full essay at on DhivehiSitee. _ I showed pictures of Aminiya students in the 1980s, and at present, pictures I took in […]

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5 sociological concepts that every Maldivian should know

Filed in Other Voices by on October 6, 2015 0 Comments
5 sociological concepts that every Maldivian should know

By Hani Amir The legacy of Maumoon’s dictatorship is clear in the insistence by most Maldivians that the Maldives is “100% Muslim”. This is maintained by the Maldivian constitution (the structure) and how it restricts the freedom of consciousness (in other words the agency) of Maldivians by stating that all citizens are required to be Muslims . […]

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A Brush with the Establishment

Filed in Features & Analysis by on September 25, 2015 0 Comments
A Brush with the Establishment

Last week, I took part in a panel discussion about the intimidation of bloggers in South Asia on the sidelines of the 30th UNHRC regular session in Geneva. I spoke about the enforced disappearance of journalist Ahmed Rilwan and the #FindMoyameehaa campaign. I highlighted rapidly deteriorating space for free speech in the Maldives that has […]

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Dhoonidhoo Diaries: Part 3 – Heat and Captivity

Filed in Features & Analysis by on August 22, 2015 1 Comment
Dhoonidhoo Diaries: Part 3 – Heat and Captivity

This is the third instalment in the Dhoonidhoo Diaries series where I pen down my experiences in Dhoonidhoo prison where I was incarcerated following an unprecedented regime crackdown on the May Day rally. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Nearly 200 democratic protesters were arrested on 1st May 2015 by the Maldives’ authoritarian […]

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Dhoonidhoo Diaries: Part 2 – Prison Cell

Filed in Features & Analysis by on July 18, 2015 5 Comments
Dhoonidhoo Diaries: Part 2 – Prison Cell

1st May 2015 saw the largest anti-government protests in Maldivian history, with nearly 20,000 protesters filling the main thoroughfare in Malé. I was among the nearly 200 democratic protesters arrested that day, in the largest police crackdown in over a decade. I was released after being held for 21 days without trial. But several May […]

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