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and#147;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.and#8221; and#151;JON LEE ANDERSON, New Yorker staff writer and author of The Fall of Baghdad
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 and#147;The Cage.and#8221; 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, for two decades, lived and worked in numerous conflict and natural disaster zones including Bosnia, Afghanistan, Darfur, Pakistan, Congo, and Haiti.
The Cage, his first book, was inspired by his work as the United Nations Spokesperson in Sri Lanka and is widely credited with presenting a compelling case for war crimes investigation. Since its publication in the United Kingdom, he has been interviewed by dozens of media outlets, including the BBC, Al Jazeera, and CNN, and he appeared in the British documentary Sri Lankas Killing Fields, broadcast on PBS NewsHour.
Employed by the United Nations for over twelve years, Weiss is now a visiting scholar at Sydney University, a consultant to several international judicial bodies, and a correspondent for Australias Global Mail, where he continues his investigative reporting on Sri Lanka.