Maldives in still mode

Save our surf breaks

Posted in News, Opinion, tourism, Travel by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on August 16, 2012

[A shot from Sultan point]

Here goes the news; “Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) Corporate plans to build a resort in Thamburudhoo (Sultans & Honkies). The project includes dredging and reclaiming the surrounding area of Thamburudhoo and Girifushi reef. This is going to affect the natural current flow of the surrounding waves such as Jailbreaks, Honkies, Sultans and Pasta. Moreover, it will destroy dive spots around this area. So the government’s best interest is to annihilate our natural resources which include world class surf sites and dive sites. I call all my friends & my extended family (surfers, snowboarders, skaters, divers, non-surfers, on liners, surf media, surf rider foundation, international community, everyone) to help us save these waves like we all stood against the state and saved the Trestles. Save it for or children, save it for the future.” – Banzai Bongo (well-known local surfer)

President Nasheed’s article on The New York Times

Posted in News, Opinion, Politics by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on February 9, 2012

” I learned this lesson quickly. My country, the Maldives, voted out President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, its iron-fisted ruler, back in 2008, in historic elections that swept away three decades of his authoritarian rule. And yet the dictatorship bequeathed to the infant democracy a looted treasury, a ballooning budget deficit and a rotten judiciary……

The problems we are facing in the Maldives are a warning for other Muslim nations undergoing democratic reform. At times, dealing with the corrupt system of patronage the former regime left behind can feel like wrestling with a Hydra: when you remove one head, two more grow back. With patience and determination, the beast can be slain. But let the Maldives be a lesson for aspiring democrats everywhere: the dictator can be removed in a day, but it can take years to stamp out the lingering remnants of his dictatorship.”

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