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The Cage

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Book Summary of The Cage

Once known for its exquisite tea, drowsy climate, and amiable people, Sri Lanka was the Indian Ocean jewel of the British Empire. After Independence, the island enjoyed a liberal parliamentary democracy with a lively independent press and a booming economy. It had a judiciary, an efficient economy, and a stability envied by emerging nations.The world expected a leader amongst nations.

Instead, in pursuit of power and fundamentalist Buddhism, an oligarchy of Sinhalese political leaders and monks hi-jacked democracy. In response a brutal enemy was born: the Tamil Tigers.The result, one of modern history's longest civil conflicts, spawned a host of horrific innovations: suicide bombers, child soldiers, death squads, violent Buddhism and murdered journalists.

But ethnic conflict is only part of the story.

Twenty-seven years on, with Iran, Burma, Libya, and China as its closest allies, democracy has been reduced to a cabal of brothers who control the economy, the courts, and the media. Today they tout their bloody conquest of the Tamil Tiger guerrillas as an example for other nations with ‘terrorist' problems.

Gordon Weiss, a veteran journalist and UN official for two decades, was firmly entrenched in the conflict as spokesperson for the United Nations in Colombo. He was a close observer as, in just four months in 2009, tens of thousands of civilians perished, cornered, along with the last of the Tamil Tigers on a windy spit.

This account unravels the compelling history that leads up to that horrific moment, peeling back the Sri Lankan government's cloak of silence to reveal the events of those weeks beat by beat.

The Cage offers a rare glimpse into the reality behind the daily headlines: the inner workings of media manipulation, and the plight of international aid workers struggling to provide humanitarian assistance to those caught in the crossfire of a deadly civil conflict.

About the Author
Gordon Weiss was the United Nations Spokesman in Sri Lanka for two years during the recent civil war. For two decades, he worked as a journalist and for international organisations in numerous conflict and natural disaster zones. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Details of Book: The Cage (BSID:5753)

Book The Cage
Author Gordon Weiss
ISBN 1847921396
ISBN-13 9781847921390, 978-1847921390
Binding Paperback
Publisher Bodley Head
Publishing Date 2011
Number of Pages 384
Language English
Dimensions 9.21 x 6.02 x 1.06 inches
Weight 498 grams

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Mayuran March 30, 2012 review from Goodreads

This is a great read, Not just because it has given a good insight about what happened in those horrid days but also for the style of narration. It goes in a rapid pace and writer keeps your interest throughout. He also backs his claims with good evidence.In terms of plot I am a sri-lankan and Ta...

Kusal October 23, 2011 review from Goodreads

Quite a revealing narration on the SL war that rolled out as one without witnesses. For most who would not want to accept the ground truth, Weiss would be a "Western Traitor". Yet reading through his book on the war and how it was organised by the SL regime, there is no doubt it was ruthless, bru...

Johanan April 09, 2012 review from Goodreads

Scary, well written and eye opening. Hard to read, impossible to forget.

Deane June 12, 2011 review from Goodreads

I can say a lot about this book, but if you are interested in Sri Lanka and it's recent conflict, it's a must read.


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