Gordon Weiss is a writer, speaker and documentary maker on international affairs. He worked for the United Nations for twelve years.
His perspective was forged over two decades as a journalist, aid worker, and international civil servant in numerous notorious hotspots such as Afghanistan, Angola, Bosnia, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, Israel, Kosovo, Nepal, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Sudan.
After studying law, history, politics, military strategy, anthropology, philosophy and literature he acquired an MA in International Relations with a focus on security.
Born in Sydney to a Czech father and a New Zealand mother, he has lived in Barcelona, New York, Prague, Sarajevo, and Tokyo. He currently divides his time between Australia and various extended overseas projects. The Cage is his first published book. Visit his website here.
The Cage is a blow-by-blow account of the destruction of Asia’s oldest democracy…”
Sri Lanka should be an island paradise. Almost alone among the post-colonial countries of the developing world, it stood poised for greatness on tthe world stage when it gained its independence from Britain in 1948, boasting stability, democracy, a judiciary and an efficient economy.
Instead, in pursuit of power and fundamentalist Buddhism, an oligarchy of Sinhalese political leaders and monks hijacked democracy. In response a ruthless 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.