"An incisive first account of the formation, history, and bloody dissolution of the rebel Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka."
"An excellent account . . . scrupulously fair."--"The Economist"
"This shattering, heart-breaking tale of savagery and suffering not only lifts the veil that conceals one of the most awful tragedies of the current era, but also helps us understand what should be done, not just in this sad and beautiful land, but long before other such horrors spiral out of control." --NOAM CHOMSKY, Institute Professor & Professor of Linguistics, MIT, and author of "Hopes and Prospects"
In the final days of the thirty-year Sri Lankan civil war, perhaps tens of thousands of civilians were killed as government forces hemmed in the last remaining Tamil Tiger rebels on a tiny sand-spit, dubbed "The Cage." Gordon Weiss, a journalist on the scene as the UN spokesman in Sri Lanka, pulls back the curtain of government misinformation to tell the full story for the first time.
Tracing the role of foreign influence as it converged with a history of radical Buddhism and ethnic conflict, "The Cage "is a harrowing portrait of the root causes and catastrophic consequences of a revolutionary uprising caught in the crossfire of international power jockeying. As Weiss relates the tale of an island paradise torn apart by war, he raises critical questions: Were war crimes committed? Was this the Obama administration's first "human rights failure" (as suggested by "Time" magazine)? Does China's central role in the Sri Lankan government's victory sound a warning for democratic progress?
Gordon Weiss has lived in New York and worked in numerous conflict and natural disaster zones including Bosnia, Afghanistan, Darfur, and Haiti. Employed by the United Nations for over twelve years, he is now a visiting scholar at Sydney University and a correspondent for Australia's "Global Mail."
|Book:||CAGE: FIGHT FOR SRI LANKA and THE LAST DAYS OF THE TAMIL TIGERS|
|Binding:||Trade Paper Back|
|Publisher:||Vintage Books (usa)|
|Number of Pages:||384|
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