Monday, August 22, 2005

Exploitation has supplanted interest in the common good.

According to Article 58 of the Constitution, the Cabinet assists the President in formulating government policy on important national and international matters. The Cabinet advises the President on economic and social development. The Cabinet also assist the President in the formulation of the annual state budget and Government Bills to be submitted to the People's Majlis and the ratification of international treaties and agreements signed by the Government of the Maldives with foreign governments.


Gasim Ibrahim is the Finance Minister now. With the finance portfolio, Gasim has been appointed the Governor of the Maldives Monetary Authority. As the head of the central bank he will now head the board of the MMA which determines the nation’s monetary and exchange rate policy. Gasim’s financial empire range from holiday resorts, oil and gas, shipping and fishing, import and export and is financed by huge costly loans running to the tune of many hundreds of millions of dollars. A large part of his loans are from the Bank of Maldives. He also owes money abroad to institutions like the (IFC) International Finance Corporation. Many of these international loans are purportedly underwritten by the Government of the Maldives.

When Gasim advises the President on economic and social development will he forget his Vilaa Group? What will happen to the peoples finances when and if Gasim uses the power of his position for his personal gain?

Ministry of Housing and Urban Development is Mr. Ibrahim Rafeeq the owner of Rainbow. Mr. Rafeeq is one of the largest businessmen in construction industry. Now that the owner of Rainbow is also the Minister?

The Minister of Construction and Public Infrastructure is Mohamed Mauroof Jameel. He is the owner of a design and construction company called Gedor. will his company have an advantages when they take part in the “bidding process”?

Another minister is a real estate tycoon. Another is a newspaper magnate. And so on……

Most of the Cabinet Ministers are actually big businessmen. Their public office is a secondary job, taken only to enable them access to power to advance their businesses. This is no secret. Everybody knows. No wonder we are hearing about Dracula and the Blood Bank.

We need to draft laws so that Government officials declare their wealth and assets before they take on these job appointments and they must also be audited constantly, and on their departure from office.
However we are a long way from such laws as the Parliament itself is dominated by big business. This will remain so until people are affluent enough not to sell their vote for a few rufiyaas.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Equal to the Industrial Revolution?


"The mechanization of the masdhoni (fishing boat) advocated by UNDP brought about a transformation that can only be equal to the industrial revolution"


The mechanization of the masdhoni (fishing boat) did little or nothing to improve the condition of fishermen, or boat owners. Most of the boat owners who received the Alifushi built boats waited until the lease contract period for fishing to expire and quickly changed their fishing dhonis into sathari dhonis. Transport vessels for the tourism industry. The people who gained from the mechanization were the fossil fuel dealers. Mainly STO and friends.
We should have rejected the UNDP advice and bought trawlers.
While the rest of the world is raking in the profits with their nets around our country, our fisherman are beating their rods and getting nowhere.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

K.N. Singh

All the children called him by a nickname. When ever someone called out “kay en sing”, this man used to go crazy.
Whenever this name was called out, this man would see red and charge. The neighborhood kids taunted this tormented man mercilessly. The shouts of “K.N Singh” drove the poor man into a blind rage. They would call out “K.N. Sing” and hide. As soon as he heard the words he would charge in the direction of the call. Many times unlucky kids who just happened to be around and had nothing to do with the taunting would end up receiving the wrath of this man.
Later on I came to find out that the real K.N Singh was actually an Indian movie actor. No one seems to know why and I have not figured out either, why calling out “K. N. Singh could drive a man so crazy.

If Gayoom can stop seeing red when people call out “isthiufa”, we will not have all this violence.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - Something we all need to be aware of!

We have not recovered from the Tsunami and now we have tanks on the streets.

Traumatic events--war, combat, natural disasters, and other life-threatening experiences--have always been a part of human existence. However, the impact of these events on the survivors was not fully understood until recently.We now know traumatic events change the survivor psychologically, biologically and socially.
The diagnostic criteria for PTSD:
A. The person has been exposed to a traumatic event in which both of the following were present: (1) The person experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others.
(2) The person’s response involved intense fear, helplessness, or horror. Note: In children, this may be expressed instead by disorganized or agitated behavior.

B. The traumatic event is persistently re-experienced in one or more of these ways: (1) Recurrent and intrusive distressing recollections of the event, including images, thoughts, or perceptions. Note: in children, repetitive play may occur in which themes or aspects of the trauma are expressed.
(2) Recurrent distressing dreams of the event. Note: in children, there may be frightening dreams without recognizable content.
(3) Acting or feeling as if the traumatic event were recurring (includes a sense of reliving the experience, illusions, hallucinations, and dissociative flashback episodes, including those that occur on awakening or when intoxicated). Note: in children trauma-specific reenactment may occur.
(4) Intense psychological distress at exposure to internal or external cues that symbolize or resemble an aspect of the traumatic event.
(5) Physiological reactivity on exposure to internal or external cues that symbolize or resemble aspects of the traumatic event.
C. Persistent avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma and numbing of general responsiveness (not present before the trauma), as indicated by three (or more) of the following: (1) Efforts to avoid thoughts, feelings, or conversations associated with the trauma. (2) Efforts to avoid activities, places, or people that arouse recollections of the trauma. (3) Inability to recall an important aspect of the trauma. (4) Markedly diminished interest or participation in significant activities. (5) Feeling of detachment or estrangement from others. (6) Restricted range of affect (e.g. unable to have loving feelings). (7) Sense of foreshortened future (e.g. does not expect to have a career, marriage, children, or normal life span).
D. Persistent symptoms of increased arousal (not present before the trauma), as indicated by two (or more) of the following:
(1) Difficulty falling or staying asleep. (2) Irritability or outbursts of anger. (3) Difficulty concentrating. (4) Hypervigilance. (5) Exaggerated startle response.

Experts agree the mere passage of time will not relieve PTSD. The longer one waits, the more difficult management may become. On the other hand, it is never too late to start counseling.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Upgraded to Field Marshall -- Gayoom directing military operations against unarmed civilians?


My neighbor says he has seen Gayoom in uniform in one of the armored cars that is patrolling the streets. With some of the armed forces refusing to attack the people, maybe Gayoom himself is now on the ground directing operations. He has reportedly upgraded himself from General to Field Marshall.


And the men in uniform look very menacing. Very dangerous. What are they thinking?
By controlling education and the propaganda, any national leader can produce the fantastic scenarios depicted in George Orwell's frightening novel. The institutionalized evil that Orwell vividly portrays in his fictional account of state dominance over individuals goes beyond the novelist's imagination when its prophetic vision is carried into operational validity by the power hungry leader of a cult. The reverend Jim Jones used mind control strategies to orchestrate the suicide/murders of more than 900 people inthe jungles of Guyana twenty five years ago in the grand finale of his experiment in institutionalised mind control.
I wonder what Gayoom's Grand Finale will be.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Doctors sans conscience. man in shower cap leads a task force of interrogators.

Dr. Hassan Saeed:
We, the government, have decided to finish the interrogation process, sending it to courts and hopefully passing a sentence as soon as possible. We have already formed a task force to interrogate. There are 53 people leading this. We have not released any of those people we believe to be leading in what is happening. The government would like to finish trials of those arrested while they are kept in detention. From: Minivan News
With 53 leaders in Doctor Hassan Saeeds task force of interrogators I assume the whole team will be somewhere between 500 and 530 people including the anaesthetician and radiologist.

We, the people, used to have only a few doctors in my parents time. A few doctors in the hospital and doctaru muhammed manik and doctaru ahammaidhi. I do not know if they could interrogate. Sutta Mohamed Ali & Co. did the interrogations . Small team.
Things are looking up for my generation. Now doctors are plenty. Doctors of interrogation and torture. Doctors to probe my anus and doctors with long beards to inspect my soul. Doctorates in Diguriha and Kulhiroshi. Doctors from Bangladesh to deliver the gas and take my trash away. We now have a doctor for everything. Soon everyone will be doctor. Everything will be done by doctors. Dr. Shaugee has driven Ali the Lawyer crazy. He has now been handed over to the doctors at IGMH. Doctors to drive you nuts.

Move on


In a previous instance violence was averted when Mohamed Amin was taken to Dhoonidhoo. Sadly he made the decision to come to Male' in the dead of night and was attacked by a mob organized by his political opponents. Mohamed Amin died of the injuries sustained during this mob violence.
If the armed forces had taken Gayoom to Dhoonidhoo on his arrival from Singapore, we could have evaded all this violence. The military and police should move on from being regime thugs to protectors of the people.

If we could also agree that Gayoom is too old, his methods are out-of-date, we could resolve the current problem without violence. Arab dictator politics is too violent for island people. The education that " ah-Sheikh al-Akh al-Ustaaz President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom al-Azhari" received in the 50' and 60's from pyjama-clad mullahs in Cairo is not what we need for the Maldives if we want modernity and progress. We should move on.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Cuba dathuru remix


Castro has turned 79. Despite a fall last year that shattered a kneecap and broke his right arm and put him in a wheelchair for several months, old Fidel is stumbling along around in military fatigues with a walking stick. Another birthday for this longest serving ruler.
When Gayoom came to power among the first countries he visited was Cuba. A 99 stanza poem was set to music and played constantly on TV and radio. My friend says that it was very useful to put his children to sleep and much better than "Baao Kalo Naadhey" .
"Cuba dathuru" is a literary masterpiece and should recive the highest award possible. The people who sang this song need a mention for their lung power. Can we have remix for Fidel's 80th Birthday?

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Divided


The country is a divided.Between those who have access to riches and those who are shut out. Divided between those who have some wisdom and those who have no conscience.
Ordinary folk are desperate. Life is hard and living next to a ten story villa is painful when the hot air from their air conditioners' exhaust is blowing into the little 10x12 ft room you call home for your wife and 5 children and the odors of the five star meal floating into their faces is making them drool. And that is Male'. Go to some other atoll and island. Read the UN report on malnutrition and anemia and you may start to get the picture. There will always be differences between the rich and poor. But there should also be a safety net to catch those who fall.
Somewhere, something has gone terribly wrong. Otherwise there would not be this bloody confrontation.
There are people who do not want change. Government employees are afraid gayoom will take away their job. Businessman are afraid that change may mean less opportunity. Less wealth. And quite a few of the rich depend on the Gayoom regime. The dictatorship and corruption is the source of their wealth. If there was trasparency and culpability they fear that their advantage will disappear. So pay money to supress any people or ideas that may lead to change.
The other day someone told me the education system is so bad that only about 8 percent of 8000 students passed the English exam in the Cambridge O" levels. English is the medium of education.! Imagine what chemistry and history they would have understood. Can this be true? And if I tried to find out, will I get the truth? Strong censorship and constant propaganda by the Gayoom regime has left the country with very little brain power. And brains can be bought and silenced when the flesh is weak. The military and the police are so brainwashed they cannot tell good from bad.
Things are not getting better. And when things are going from bad to worse, I will complain. Stun guns, pepper spray, water cannons,bullets, Maafushi and Dhoonidhoo ; the best answer the gayoom regime can give?

Friday, August 12, 2005

Black Friday II - Freedom vs N-SS


The N-SS has gone on a rampage again. Beating and torturing unarmed people mercilessly. And they have new toys to try out. Stun guns. Pepper spray. Rubber bullets. Water cannons. Like a child pulling out the wings of a fly. The N-SS people are sadistically enjoying themselves.
I feel pity for these poor N-SS. They have little or no education. They may have gone to school. But school system is so bad that most kids fail the O' level. Times are hard. Jobs are scarce and there is a family to feed. With no education and no chance of a decent job, these young men are prime fodder for the regime.
The N-SS pays very well. The whole family gets medical. They do not have to wait in line at IGMH. If your father's haemarrhoids flare up, he can get treatment in Trivandrum or Colombo. You get a place to sleep. You get fed well. All you have to do is mindlessly obey.


Adolph Hitler wrote "I will have no intellectual training. Knowledge is ruin to my young men. A violently active, dominating, brutal youth -- that is what i am after."

When caught and brought to trail, crushed under the weight of irrefutable proofs, Eichmann kept repeating like a coward: " I don't remember... I don't know... It was not within my competence... I had to carry out the orders... I was wearing the uniform, I had to obey..."

Is this what our young men in uniform are saying today? Take a lesson from the past. And we can learn to be better people.

Black Friday Revisited - Repeat Performance or Tianan-Male'
















The lone protester standing in front of the tanks in Tiananmen Square and Mohamed Nasheed and a few friends sitting in front of the large mass of heavily armed National Security Service personnel in Male' Republic Square is about the same thing. Forceful military violently confronting peaceful pro-democracy supporters.
How many Black Fridays and B*#!^! Thursdays before we are allowed to be free?
It appears to me that Maldivians will never be free by themselves. There are enough well-armed, paid thugs and gangs to suppress any attempt to voice our desire to be free.
Following this violence, the government will conduct widespread arrests to suppress the remaining supporters of the freedom movement, limit access for the foreign press and control coverage of the events in the press.
The only solution seems to be outside intervention. And this is a touchy subject. Maldivians have been innoculated against foreigners by government propaganda. But without widespread international condemnation and sanctions, there appears to be no way for the people to tackle the issues of human rights abuses and corruption.
Today is a big dash for freedom. Let us see how events play out.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

MHRC and Landhoo Ibrahim

Listening to "Doctor" Abdul Majeed Abdul Baary on Minivan Radio I get the idea that Adalat Party has the Al Qaeda/Taliban Islamic Agenda for Madivian women. “Islam does not permit women to adjudicate in regular legal cases”. Buruga and oppression.

Listening to Nanreethi Saleem of the Maldives Human Rights Commission was just as depressing. It may be appealing to people who have the "i did it first" first syndrome to be in Maldives Human Rights Commission. Instead of trying to get " international recognition" they should be identifying human rights abuses and abusers. All this talk of "we are doing the best we can" , “do everything possible” are just euphemisms for "we are begging Gayoom". Gayoom created them. They are functioning as a decoy.
The Human Rights Commission people - Mujuthaba, Madulu Waheed, Nanreethi Saleem etc. should watch Landhoo Ibrahim and learn. He is the real thing, the full deal. This brave man is taking on Gayoom, Gayooms brother and establishment.
If Mujuthaba and crowd want to do the real thing they should reject Gayooms commission. They should form their own association.
And elect Landhoo Ibrahim to lead them.

metamorphorsis / sadist turns into a mullah

Umar Naseer of this Islamic Democratic Party can surely be described as a torturer and sadist. Abdulla Mahir is not the only person suffering because of Umar Naseer. There are others. And maybe their voices will also be heard soon. Mahir is that rare Maldivian with the guts to demand respect and his rights. His back is broken but his spirit is not.

Now this Umar Naseer has started his own religious/political party. Soon he may be leading the prayers on Friday. An important question is where did Umar Naseer get the money to start this submarine and other businesses?

Will Maldivians allow this sadistic animal to depict himself as a religious man because somebody has given him the money?
Abdulla Mahir may not agree to that. Neither will I.