Cage The Fight for Sri Lanka and the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers

ISBN-10: 1934137545

ISBN-13: 9781934137543

Edition: 2012

Authors: Gordon Weiss
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Description: "An excellent account . . . scrupulously fair."—The Economist"The grandson of a man who was murdered in Auschwitz, Weiss is aware of the thin line that separates civilized societies from those that sink into collective madness governed by hatred."—The SpectatorIn 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.Charting the role of foreign influence as it converged with a history of radical Buddhism and ethnic conflict,The Cageis 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 byTimemagazine)? And does China's central role in the Sri Lankan government's victory sound a warning for democratic progress?Gordon Weisshas 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'sGlobal Mail.

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press
Publication date: 9/4/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Maps
Preface to the American Edition
Preface
The Lion's Victory
Paradise Found
Paradise Lost
The Tiger Revolt
Convoy 11
Inside the Cage
The Struggle for Truth
Managing the Siege
The Watching World
Aftermath
Postmortem
Glossary
List of Acronyms
Timeline
Dramatis Personae
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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