Umar Naseer: A study in Incompetence

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 ... Read More

Maldives scholar: Marital rape is the best rape

Maldives scholar: Marital rape is the best rape The VP of the Maldives Fiqh Academy, Dr Mohamed Iyaz Abdul Latheef, has confirmed today that marital rape is the best rape. The comments were made in response to a question regarding the contents of the Sexual Offenses Bill. The bill, passed in late December by 67 out of 69 ... Read More

Breaking Panic

Breaking Panic: Maldives Police to train Scotland Yard

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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Breaking Panic: al-Ustaz Ali Hameed is an honourable man

Breaking Panic: al-Ustaz Ali Hameed is an honourable man

The Daily Panic brings you the absolute latest breaking news from the past month or so. The Daily Panic refuses to speculate on Gasim’s involvement in disappearance of Flight MH 370 The mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 that has baffled aviation experts around the world continues to dominate news cycles. Unlike many dubious media […]

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Breaking Panic: Abdulla Riyaz Resigns

Breaking Panic: Abdulla Riyaz Resigns

BREAKING PANIC: The Daily Panic brings you the latest breaking news from earlier this week. H.E.P Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom is President The Daily Panic is pleased to announce that His Excellency President al-Ustaz Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has won by a slim margin a resounding electoral victory. “Abdulla Yameen’s victory is a giant leap […]

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Features & Analysis

#ThisWeekInMaldives – Feb 5 (Video)

#ThisWeekInMaldives – Feb 5 (Video)

This is a companion video to the 5 February 2017 edition of the This Week in Maldives. Join me in conversation with Muju Naeem where we discuss Muizzu’s disabled parking zones, Vaguthu website, MDP’s internal democracy – and our disagreement over the niqab ban.    

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The Abduction of Rilwan

The Abduction of Rilwan

Below is a recording of a Skype conversation I had with Muju Naeem regarding Rilwan’s abduction and the #FindMoyameehaa campaign. We did this recording to mark the international Human Rights Day. In the video, I talk about Rilwan’s abduction and how the #FindMoyameehaa campaign came about. We also take a look at the systematic obstruction of justice, and the […]

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On the Bondibaiy Coalition

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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Politics

On the Bondibaiy Coalition

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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#FindMoyameehaa

#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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Thoughts on Israel

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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The Rilwan Story

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 ... Read More

Breaking Panic: al-Ustaz Ali Hameed is an honourable man

Breaking Panic: al-Ustaz Ali Hameed is an honourable man The Daily Panic brings you the absolute latest breaking news from the past month or so. The Daily Panic refuses to speculate on Gasim’s involvement in disappearance of Flight MH 370 The mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 that has baffled aviation experts around the world continues to dominate news ... Read More

Society & Beliefs

Maldives: Perverse Pleasures

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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MIRA’s Black Face Video

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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“No sympathy for people like us”

“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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Offbeat

The Newport Gimmick

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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The Girl in the Poster

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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Deeply concerned

Deeply concerned

The Daily Panic is deeply dismayed by the decision of various Western countries to continue issuing incredibly bland statements regarding local developments in the Maldives. The Daily Panic reminds all stakeholders that many of these are English speaking countries, and should know how to not be boring in their own language. We note with great […]

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