New York Times:
The most famous member of the Tamil diaspora is the singer Maya Arulpragasam, known as M.I.A., who famously boasted on her first album, “Arular,” named after her Tamil separatist father: “Like P.L.O. I don’t surrender.” Like many in the far-flung Tamil communities in Britain, Canada, the United States, Australia and even Norway, M.I.A. is making it clear that she disagrees with the Sri Lankan government’s claim that their military victory over the Tamil Tigers means peace is at hand. On Sunday M.I.A. explained to her 31,000 followers on Twitter why many Tamils outside Sri Lanka want the struggle for a separate Tamil state to continue, writing: “THE WAR IN SRI LANKA IS NOT AGAINST THE TIGERS, ITS AGAINST THE TAMIL PEOPLE!”
I SAY YEAH … IF U like swimming in blood and hiking and biking on mass graves and eating chemically contaminated fried fish for lunch.HAVE FUNNNNNNNNNNN
M.I.A.'s Dad, Arul Pragasam (she picked his knickname, Arular, for an album title) was a founder of a revolutionary student group that eventually merged with the Tamil Tigers; in the 1970s, he trained in Lebanon with the PLO. Around the turn of the century, M.I.A. was studying at a prestgious art and design school in London. She described classes as "boring and bourgeois." By chance, she caught a TV documentary about homophobia in dancehall-reggae culture. That programme inspired her to switch to filmmaking. In 2001, she returned to Sri Lanka with her mother, with the intent of making a documentary that would retrace the steps of her childhood and discover the fate of a cousin who had joined the Tigers and died under mysterious circumstances. Her documenatry remains UNFINISHED.
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Tweet of the day (May 18)
Kirstie Alley Leaks Assasination Plan to Twitterati
I'm certain Kimberly doesn't mean to brag (or does she?) --- "I don’t care what you or the rest of the world think, but I’m bent on going to the STAND OUT! WITH TIGER AND NUFFNANG Party. It’s an all exclusive party only meant for unique and outstanding characters such as myself."
Count blogger kimberlycun among shiny, happy, OUTSTANDING people! (Unfortunately, her blog is so weighed down in nuffnang ads, it
Some details of the party:
Date of Event : 6th of June 2009 (Saturday)
Time : 7pm till late
Venue : HQnine, TTDI Plaza, KL
Dress Code : Standout
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