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The Cage: The Fight for Sri Lanka and the Last Days of the Tamil Tigersby Gordon Weiss
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An excellent account . . . scrupulously fair.”—Economist
This powerful book is a haunting reminder of the price countries in the developing world pay for the flawed choices of their founders.” —Wall Street Journal
The Cage is a tightly-written and clear-eyed narrative about one of the most disturbing human dramas of recent years. . . . a riveting, cautionary tale about the consequences of unchecked political power in a country at war. A must-read.” —JON LEE ANDERSON, New Yorker staff writer and author of The Fall of Baghdad
This shattering, heartbreaking 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 and Professor of Linguistics, MIT, and author of Hopes and Prospects
In the closing days of the thirty-year Sri Lankan civil war, tens of thousands of civilians were killed, according to UN estimates, as government forces hemmed in the last remaining Tamil Tiger rebels on a tiny sand spit, dubbed The Cage.” Gordon Weiss, a journalist and UN spokesperson in Sri Lanka during the final years of the war, 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 an island paradise torn apart by war and the root causes and catastrophic consequences of a revolutionary uprising caught in the crossfire of international power jockeying.
Gordon Weiss has lived in New York and worked in numerous conflict and natural disaster zones including Bosnia, Afghanistan, Darfur, Pakistan, Congo, and Haiti. Employed by the United Nations for over twelve years, Weiss is now a writer, speaker and analyst of international affairs as well as a founding advisor to the International Crimes Evidence Project, currently investigating war crimes.
An incisive first account of the formation, history, and bloody dissolution of the rebel Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka.
About the Author
Gordon Weiss has lived in New York and worked in numerous conflict and natural disaster zones including Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Darfur, Gujarat, Gaza, Aceh, Angola, and Haiti. He was a freelance radio and print journalist before joining the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and then the United Nations, for which he worked for over twelve years. His first book, The Cage: The Fight for Sri Lanka and the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers, was inspired by his work as the United Nations Spokesman in Sri Lanka from 2007 up until the end of 2009, the final two years of the civil war. Weiss is now a visiting scholar at Sydney Universitys Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and Social Affairs Correspondent for Australias Global Mail.
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