NYT: “Maldives, Tourist Haven, Casts Wary Eye on Growing Islamic Radicalism“

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New York Times run an interesting story the other day that everyone planning to visit Maldives should read.

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Not everything is quite right on this island nation that has the highest number of ISIS fighters compared to population and extremism seems to be on the rise.

You can access the New York Times article here of which below is an excerpt:

This island paradise made news recently for a reason other than its pristine beaches and high-end resorts: the gruesome killing of a liberal blogger, stabbed to death by multiple assailants

The killing in April of Yameen Rasheed, 29, a strong voice against growing Islamic radicalization, has amplified safety concerns — particularly for foreign tourists, a highly vulnerable group and one that the islands’ economy depends on. It is no idle threat, in a country that by some accounts supplies the world’s highest number of foreign fighters to extremist outfits in Syria and Iraq.

The Maldives’ unusual approach to tourism, in which a single island houses a single resort, has also meant that entire islands without robust security teams are vulnerable to being seized.

Conclusion

If they ever have a blood bath in one of these high end resorts, they can say good bye to the foreign tourists that keeps the country afloat.

They have had some crazy ideas briefly in the Maldives that included making all these resorts “dry”. Certainly that wouldn’t have gone down too well with the foreign tourists.

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