You can see from the following map that the Maldives are strategically located roughly equidistant from the Strait of Hormuz in Iran and the Strait of Malacca in Indonesia.
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The Maldives are also north of Diego Garcia, an island whose native population was completely displaced, by the UK, to make room for the US military.
Unlike Diego Garcia, however, the Maldives straddle many profitable shipping routes.
LOOK AT ALL THAT TRAFFIC.
We are talking a small country of little islands, with a population of about 300,000 and another 80,000 expat workers, according to the US State Department. A country with a tourism economy catering to the rich and famous. A country of islands straddling some of the most profitable and important shipping routes on the planet. It's not exactly off the beaten path, but it is very exclusive. You need a lot of money to vacation there.
Naomi Campbell, Vladislav Doronin and friends in the Maldives
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes on their honeymoon in the Maldives
Just last October various celebrities traveled to the Maldives for a "Slow Life Symposium," where they discussed climate change and carbon footprints.
"[He said]...it was easier to educate a few billionaires than the entire population of a country such as the US, distracted from the issue by Xboxes and cable TV. “Billionaires have a vested interest in keeping the [planet sustainable], because they have enough money enjoy the planet,” he suggested." ~ UK environmentalist Jonathan Porritt
Just for context, Mr. Porritt advises Prince Charles and believes that there are way too many humans. We guess he is fine with the idea that the planet should be kept nice for the billionaires.
The president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, seemed totally on board with the whole climate change program. He was at the meeting too.
“For us, this is not just an environmental issue. We need to become carbon neutral even if there was no such thing as climate change, simply because it is more economically viable. We spend more than 14 percent of our GDP on fossil fuel energy, which is more than our education and health budget combined.”
The most important adaptation measure, Nasheed said, “is democracy. You have to have a responsive government to discuss this issue. When I do something people do not believe in, they shout at me. But they are not doing this on this issue.”
The government had reformed its economic system and introduced new taxes “so we can fend for ourselves. We cannot endlessly rely on the international community.”
Even if there was no such thing as climate change, Nasheed supports carbon neutrality, ie: carbon tax credits, ie: a globalist agenda. But Nasheed, elected in 2008, faced a parliament stacked with the opposition. Gridlock ensued, and he not been able to accomplish much. Which is a shame because evidently, the Maldives might be one of the most important places in the world to the globalists, a poster child for paradise.
Tim Smit of the Eden Project also attended the Slow Life Symposium and said:
“The Maldives has captured the imagination, and the elected political elite are showing charisma and leadership on the issue [of climate change]. The danger is that we listen to too many middle aged white people, and miss the point. I see an incredible moment when the story of Maldives becomes the story of us all – but it needs to be delivered with a pirate grin that says f*** it, we’re going to do this thing. I hate idealists. I like unreasonable people who do things.”But something happened, and president Mohamed Nasheed was just overthrown last week, in the Maldives, and various US State Department officials rushed to intervene. At first they expressed support for Nasheed's vice president, Mohammed Waheed Hassan Manik, but then a day later the situation looked murky.
There was, Smit said, a danger that the Maldives would lose sight of its goal, and “lose the moment when the Maldives could become the most important place in world. The goal is open but the moment will be gone, and suddenly the bright future is no longer there, just a job – and not a job in the spotlight.”
The Maldivian people needed to be given the independence to make their own decisions, such as installing solar, and given control so that they knew the impact of flipping the light switch.
“Trust in the people of the Maldives to get excited of a picture of the Maldives reborn,” Smit suggested.
Poor Victoria Nuland, who found the vote to admit Palestine to UNESCO "regrettable," and "premature," had to walk back her support for the new Maldivian president after one day.
Oh dear.“I got myself in a place yesterday that was not borne out by the facts. We will work with the government of the Maldives, but believe that the circumstances surrounding the transfer of power need to be clarified. And we also suggest that all parties agree to an independent mechanism to do that.”
Top ten facts about the Maldives crisis.
The Maldives has a trafficking problem. All those islands make the nation porous. As many as 35% of the youth are hooked on drugs.
The Maldives has struggled to bring the use of narcotics among it’s youth under control. The narcotics trade is big business and the law enforcement authorities have few answers due to the easy and varied accessibility to the myriad of atolls. The number of youth using narcotics is deemed to be as high as thirty five percent. The Maldives attracts a near full complement of tourists at the high end but the small local population have not enjoyed the fruits of this boom though the blame cannot be laid at the feet of deposed President Nasheed. It was Gayoom who set the trend to avoid the trickle down of benefits from the tourism boom. The Maldives was the beneficiary of the lackadaisical attitude to tourism by Sri Lankan politicians of yesteryear.
Trafficking, as we know, indicates the presence of organized crime.
We have discussed before that traffickers use existing networks for multiple products. If the network has been set up for drugs, it can also be used for humans, for guns, for anything. By its nature the organized crime network is corrupt. The people involved don't care what they traffic as long as they continue to benefit ($$$). They have economies of scale.
If the Maldives has trafficking problems, and the Maldives is a hotspot for celebrities and wealthy people, and the Maldives is strategically located for the US military and many profitable shipping routes, we can put two and two and two together and infer that the Maldives may be a hub of organized crime? As such, it would need to be under the control of friendly leaders.
Was President Nasheed friendly to organized crime? How friendly?
Very friendly. Evidently he is a pet of the West.
Rehmat's World: Maldives: 'Pro-Israel President booted out'
Mohamed Nasheed, a secularist politician in a 100% Sunni Muslim population (400,000), is a darling of the West. In order to get the support of western anti-Muslim Zionists’ – Nasheed now claims that he was dumped on gunpoint by the pro-Islamist security forces for ordering the arrest of Chief Justice of Criminal Court, Abdullah Mohamed. Nasheed claims that Abdullah Mohamed had released one of Nasheed’s critics, Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmad. Dr. Jameel Ahmad was arrested for accusing Nasheed’s government being cahoot with the Zionist regime and that Israel tourists were corrupting country’s Islamic culture.
(Reminds us of Goa, India.)
Continuing, and worth reading in full, including the links:
The diplomatic relations between Maldives and the Zionist entity were established in 1965 – but severed by the president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in 1980 who after deposing Sultan Mohamed Farid I, declared the Island nation as a republic. The links were re-established on September 25, 2009 by the new president Mohamed Nasheed. Israeli military officials were reinvited to train Maldives’ security agencies. In 2010, Islamic group protested against the arrival of Israeli surgeons to work at the government run Indhra Gandhi hospital. They claimed Israeli doctors are notorious in organ harvesting for Israel.
Nasheed who initially headed a colliation government, later turned into a civilian dictator. He awarded millions of dollars of contracts to his family members and close friends and wealthy supporters. Nasheed’s family has fleed the Island and country’s highest court has issued warrant for his arrest.
...Maldives opposition party, Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP), has always criticized Nasheed’s ruling MDP for its relation with the Zionist entity. The leader of DRP’s religious wing asserts that it is “expressly forbidden” to give any assistance to Israel as “they forced Palestinians out of their homes and brutalised them only because they say ‘We are Muslims’.”
...The Zionist regime has issued travel warning to Jewish tourists against visiting Maldives which is turning into a battle-ground for the US-China domination of the Indian Ocean.
Nasheed was on board with climate change and carbon neutrality.
The Maldives also had a special role to play applying pressure on Iran.
In 2011 the UN appointed Ahmed Shaheed of the Maldives as special rapporteur on human rights to Iran. However, he has been denied access to the country. Source: Financial Times 2/12/12
Lack of access apparently did not prevent Ahmed Shaheed from releasing a report in October 2011 alleging that rights violations had increased in Iran. Iran denounced the report as full of lies. Source: Press TV 2/3/12
And the Maldives judiciary is of special concern to some people in London.
Just before the coup, MPs in the UK raised alarms about the judiciary in the Maldives:
02 February 2012, Male’; Members of Parliament in Britain have expressed their growing concern over the state of the judiciary in the Maldives, labelling sitting judges 'under qualified, often corrupt and hostile to the democratically elected regime'.In a recent debate in Parliament, John Glen, an MP from Prime Minister David Cameron's ruling Conservative Party, called on the Leader of the House to urgently make time for a debate on judicial reform in the Maldives.
It certainly seems to us an ODD CONCERN for UK MPs. What could be so urgent about judicial reform in the Maldives, so urgent to David Cameron's Conservative Party?
The latest protests in this Indian Ocean nation known for its lavish beach resorts erupted after Nasheed ordered the military to arrest Abdulla Mohamed, the chief judge of the Criminal Court. The judge had ordered the release of a government critic he said had been illegally detained. Source: Daily Mail, 2/8/12The judge is allegedly close to former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who ruled for 30 years until being defeated by Nasheed in 2008.
The judge ordered the release of a Mohamed Jameel Ahmed.
Mr Jameel, who served in the cabinet of former President Gayoom, was arrested several times after issuing detailed pamphlets accusing Mr Nasheed of undermining Islam by conspiring with Christians and Jews.There's a lot more to the story of the Maldives.
What exactly goes on there on those private islands with the rich tourists?
Nasheed was a star just last year, ready to save the planet.
Now he's been thrown out on his ear?
The new unity government is now backed by the UN and the US, and Nasheed has been given four days to join.
Updates to follow.