Cage The Fight for Sri Lanka and the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers
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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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Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press
Publication date: 9/4/2012
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|Preface to the American Edition|
|The Lion's Victory|
|The Tiger Revolt|
|Inside the Cage|
|The Struggle for Truth|
|Managing the Siege|
|The Watching World|
|List of Acronyms|