Disturbing story out of the Maldives where the local government has just lifted a six day ban on the operation of spas after establishing they were not being used for prostitution – a claim made by the hardline Islamist opposition Adhaalath party which organised a “huge” anti-spa demonstration in the capital of Male. President Mohamed Nasheed reacted by banning spas, an extraordinary move given the importance of tourism to the Indian Ocean island nation, which last year hosted 850,000 tourists, but shows the power of Islamic politics and reveals a darker side to the tropical paradise. See full story.
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