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The Maldives' Troubled Paradise
Beneath the outsiders' vision of the Maldives lurks a troubled reality- one shaped by
30 years of a brutal dictatorship. No one knows this better than Mohamed Nasheed,
the nation's new democratically elected President, who unseated Maumoon Abdul
Gayoom, the Maldives' ruler since 1978, in a landmark election in October 2008.
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  • Motorcycles and trucks crowd the streets of Malé, Maldives on March 8, 2009. Despite the capital islands relatively small size of 1 and half square miles, traffic jams regularly occur.
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  • A police officer picks up a motor scooter after an accident on one of the main streets in Malé, Maldives on March 8, 2009. The Maldives has the highest standard of living in all of South Asia.  Despite the fact that the longest distance on the island is 1.7 kilometers (1 mile) motorcycles and cars now clog the streets of the capital.
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  • Presidential aids of the president Mohamed Nasheed show off the extravagant desk and ornate office of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in Malé, Maldives on March 8, 2009.  Since his election in October 2008, President Mohamed Nasheed is intent on shedding the luxurious trappings of his predecessor by selling his multi-million dollar private yacht and converting the former presidential palace in to a museum or the country's first university.
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  • A boy timidly runs through a group of feeding pigeons and provokes their flight in Jumhooree Maidan, the Main Square, in Malé, Maldives on March8, 2009.
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  • A view of natural gas tank on Thilafushi Island, Maldives on March 9, 2009 .  While the Maldives require all island resorts to maintain highly sustainable practices and they market themselves as environmentally sustainable destinations, the country's energy practices rely entirely on foreign imported fossil fuels.
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  • Bangladeshi immigrants scrounge through the garbage dump  on Thilafushi Island, Maldives March 9, 2009.  While the Maldives require all island resorts to maintain highly sustainable practices and they market themselves as environmentally sustainable destinations, the capital of Malé is far from sustainable. Garbage from the nearby capital is brought to Thilafushi and burned openly, releasing climate change altering soot and carbon dioxide on a massive scale.
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  • A Bangladeshi immigrant works continuously to keep garbage burning on March 9, 2009 on Thilafushi Island, Maldives.  While the Maldives require all island resorts to maintain highly sustainable practices and they market themselves as environmentally sustainable destinations, the capital of Malé is far from sustainable. Garbage from the nearby capital is brought to Thilafushi and burned openly, releasing climate change altering soot and carbon dioxide on a massive scale.
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  • A Bangladeshi immigrant poses in front of burning garbage on Thilafushi Island, Maldives on March 9, 2009 .  While the Maldives require all island resorts to maintain highly sustainable practices and they market themselves as environmentally sustainable destinations, the capital of Malé is far from sustainable. Garbage from the nearby capital is brought to Thilafushi and burned openly, releasing climate change altering soot and carbon dioxide on a massive scale.
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  • Garbage is dumped right to the very edges of the harbor and smoke billows in the distance on Thilafushi, Maldives on March 9, 2009. Garbage from the nearby capital of Malé is brought to Thilafushi, where chemicals seep in to the sea and solid waste is burned openly, releasing climate change altering soot and carbon dioxide on a massive scale.
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  • President Mohamed Nasheed, president of the Maldives and former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience, followed by body guards and the Head of Protocal, Mohamed Ziyad, walks through the streets of Malé, Maldives on March 10, 2009.
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  • President Mohamed Nasheed, president of the Maldives and former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience, followed by body guards and the Head of Protocal, Mohamed Ziyad, walks through the streets of Malé, Maldives on March 10, 2009.
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  • President Mohamed Nasheed, president of the Maldives and former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience, followed by body guards walks through the streets of Malé, Maldives on March 10, 2009.
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  • President Mohamed Nasheed, president of the Maldives and former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience, followed by body guards greets a citizen, while walking through the streets of Malé , Maldives on March 10, 2009.
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  • President Mohamed Nasheed, president of the Maldives and former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience, followed by body guards walks through the streets of Malé, Maldives on March 10, 2009.
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  • President Mohamed Nasheed, president of the Maldives and former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience, followed by body guards walks through the streets of Malé, Maldives on March 10, 2009.
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  • President Mohamed Nasheed, president of the Maldives and former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience, followed by body guards and the Head of Protocal, Mohamed Ziyad, walks through the garden of Muleeaage, the President's residence in Malé, Maldives on March 10, 2009.
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  • President Mohamed Nasheed, president of the Maldives and former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience, followed by body guards and the Head of Protocal, Mohamed Ziyad, walks through the garden of Muleeaage, the President's residence in Malé, Maldives on March 10, 2009.
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  • President Mohamed Nasheed, president of the Maldives and former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience, followed by body guards and the Head of Protocal, Mohamed Ziyad, walks through the garden of Muleeaage, the President's residence in Malé, Maldives on March 10, 2009.
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  • President Mohamed Nasheed, president of the Maldives and former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience, followed by body guards and the Head of Protocal, Mohamed Ziyad, walks through the garden of Muleeaage, the President's residence in Malé, Maldives on March 10, 2009.
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  • Supporters of the Valencia Football (soccer) Club bang drums during a game on March 10, 2009 in Malé, Maldives. In 2008 the Maldives won the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) championship.
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  • High rise apartment buildings fill the skyline in Malé, Maldives on March 10, 2009. Despite measuring only 1.5 square kilometers (1 square mile) it is unofficially thought that more than 130,000 residents live on the  capital island.
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  • Children swim and play in "new harbor" which is a tetrapod sea wall that surrounds the entire island of Malé, Maldives on March 10, 2009. Following the 1991 tsunami, which flooded much of the island, the Japanese government built the sea wall, at a cost of approximately $60 million, using concrete blocks with four legs known as tetrapods. The blocks can be stacked so that the legs inter-lock, thus providing a movable structure that protects the shoreline, yet allows water to pass through.
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  • A young girl jumps down from the sea wall the surrounds Malé, Maldives on March 10, 2009. According to Index Mundi almost 24% of the population of the Maldives is less than 14 years of age.
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  • A young man loads sacks of flour in the port of Malé, Maldives on March 10, 2009.
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  • People sit along the sea wall and watch the sunset in Malé, Maldives on March 10, 2009.
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