May 23, 2017

South Asia Braces for Intense Heat This Summer

It is already too hot to step out in the sun. (mage by: Swaminathan).

With temperatures already topping 40 degrees Celsius in many places and a weak monsoon forecast, southern Asia is likely to suffer through yet another recording-breaking summer Read More »

The Machiavellis of Maldives

Maldives is facing high unemployment, growing religious radicalism, and the looming threat of climate change. (Photo by Dying Regime, Creative Commons License)

How the politics of vengeance in the Maldives is destroying its democracy. Read More »

View from Bangladesh: Hullabaloo in the Maldives

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom is blamed for much of the turmoil Maldives has seen in recent months. (Photo by Mahinda Rajapaksa, Creative Commons License)

One Bangladeshi analyst believes that political upheaval and government’s authoritarian actions in Maldives have caused rise of Islamic conservatism,  a politically influenced judiciary, militarization of the police, close collaboration with China, and increasing harassment of migrant workers. Read More »

Maldives: Democracy on Trial

President Mohamed Nasheed. (Photo vua Maldives presidency)

What the persecution of political rivals means for the Maldivian democracy Read More »

South Asia’s March Towards Ultra-populism

(L to R) National monuments of Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar. (Image by ViewsWeek via Creative Commons photos)

In each South Asian country, the no-go areas of discourse are proliferating rather than decreasing as the state establishments deploy ultra-populism. In response, the intelligentsia cowers, the “opinion-makers” are dehumanized as they take to weighing what to say and what to leave unsaid. Read More »

Maldives Boycotts Israeli Products, Annuls Agreements

Maldivian Foriegn Minister Dunya Mamoun says her country may consider lifting the ban if the Israeli government’s violation of international resolutions stop. (Photo by UN Geneva, Creative Commons License)

The tiny Indian Ocean island nation of Maldives has announced boycott of Israeli products and the annulment of bilateral agreements over heavy civilian casualties in Gaza Strip. Malé may consider lifting the moratorium if the Israeli government’s violation of international resolutions stop, says the country’s foreign minister.. Read More »

Maldives Democracy Comes Full Circle?

President Yameen talking to reporters in Maldives capital Male following his party's victory in the parliamentary elections.(Photo by Fayaz Moosa via sun.mv)

The coalition of ruling party Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has won majority in the parliamentary elections in the Maldives. The tiny Indian Ocean nation went to polls on March 22.   The Maldivian Democratic Party, whose nominee, Mohamed Nasheed, was elected President in the first multi-party elections in 2008, won only 24 seats of the People’s Majlis, the Maldives’ Parliament. ... Read More »

Talk of Another Coup in the Maldives

A view of political violence in Maldives in 2012. (Photo by dying regime, Creative Commons License)

Former President and opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) supremo Mohamed Nasheed has given what may be seen by some as a timely warning to the nation and incumbent, Abdulla Yameen, about ‘another coup’. In doing so, he has implied that there is an urgent need for institutional reforms if such a course is to be averted. In an interview to ... Read More »

Maldives Democracy Kidnapped

Supporters of Maldivian Democratic Party have long struggled for fair elections. This photo of a protest was taken on April 20, 2012. (Photo by Dying Regime, Creative Commons License)

On 7 September 2013, 88 percent of the Maldivian electorate turned out to vote in the country’s second ever democratic election. In the glorious Saturday sunshine, over 200,000 people headed to over 400 polling stations on over 200 islands scattered across the Indian Ocean to vote for one of four candidates. Hundreds of Maldivians did the same in Sri Lanka, ... Read More »

Maldives Failing to Close Gender Gap

Maldives is failing to close the gender gaps preventing the country from achieving gender equality – one of the two remaining development goals the Maldives is yet to reach before 2015. (Photo by Tiffany Terry, Creative Commons License)

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked the Maldives 97th out of 136 countries in the gender gap index 2013, falling two spots from the previous year. Whilst the Maldives scores highly in terms of educational equality, last week’s report shows it to be falling behind when it comes to economic and political parity between the sexes. The WEF’s Global ... Read More »