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M.I.A. Talks About Babies, Grammys, Genocide on Tavis Smiley

 

M.I.A. has been using all of her pregnancy and Grammy publicity to talk about something slightly less sunny than those things; the genocide of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. While no mainstream source has called the human rights situation a genocide, the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka seems to be fairly lopsided in favor of the Sinhalese people, and M.I.A., a Tamil herself, has been using her popularity to go on Tavis Smiley, CNN Headline News, and Al Jazeera, among others, and talk about what's going on. The video's not all a downer, as she talks about her music and her baby. You can watch the second part of the interview here.

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Its nice to see people who use the light they get from music to shed light on these issues

kiesha

The Tamil Tigers to which MIA's father belongs to is considered the most dangerous terrorist organisation, ahead of AL Qaeda, by the FBI.

Many prominent western analyst and journalist consider the Tamil Tigers' propaganda wing leaps and bounds ahead of Goebeels and the Nazi's propaganda wing.

Sri Lanka has 20 million people and 80% of Sri Lanka's Tamils live in peace with the Singhalese. 300,000 Tamils who are Tamil Tigers have waged war in Sri Lanka under the false pretence of discrimination to carve out a 1/3rd of the island for a Tamil only homeland. Tamils killed Muslims and singhales and ethnically cleansed that area for the Tamils.

Get your facts straight before you become a mouth piece for the Tamil Tigers and promote terrorism.

Joe

The discrimination on tamils started even before the existance of tamil tigers. It is the result of of it and not the cause..dont distort the facts!!

mck

Her father is no longer active. And he was a member of EROS not the LTTE and worked with the tigers before they became too violent. Get your facts straight. AND IF YOU WATCHED THE INTERVIEW she never promoted the tigers.

L

Get the facts correct, MIA said in her interview that there is Genocide of tamils in Sri Lanka. There is no genocide, the Government is carrying out a military campaign to wipe out a terrorist group which is banned in 32 countries. 70,000 people, more than half of it Sinhala people, have died due to terrorism and at this crucial moment it is important not to be misled by the misinformation campaign of those who supported and funded the terrorist movement.
Second fact, MIA said SL Army has a million, all three forces in SL, Army, Navy and Air Force has only a combined force of 200,000.

Bhumi

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MIA also very conveniently says that there are 350,000 people held in the war zone. But she does not say who is holding these civilians in the war zone. These innocent people are held as human shields by the Tigers. The Tigers are opening fire on any civilian that want to leave that area. I know MIA knows the difference. She is knowingly spreading misinformation and proparganda of the Tamil Tigers. She is also depicting their brutality in some of her music videos.
Why doesnt she try to do some good for the innocent Tamil people in Sri Lanka? She has the world stage to do it. instead, she is still supporting a fascist terrorist who is nothing more than a common criminal/thug who has killed thousands upon thousands of our people. If there is any genocide, it has been committed by the Tamil Tigers. Take a look at history, MIA

Sean

The Government of Sri Lanka is the most ruthless, vicious government in the world right now, suppressing Tamil and Sinhalese dissent against the genocide.

Recently, the defence secretary just justified bombing a hospital and killing Tamil civilians. Horrific

Yipee

She is a talented singer, but no great artist in this world has been supporting terrorists. In that way, she will be the first to support a group that is banned by 32 countries that including UK (where she was born) and US (where she live). She is fortunate that she managed to get out from the LTTE menace and to move to the western world. If not, she would have been carrying a cynide capsule in her neck (until she is dead) and taking orders from ruthless Prabaharan, the leader of her father's movement of LTTE who killed, Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and millions of many other innocent people in this peace loving world.

Dil

I mean, I know Sri Lanka is on the Genocide Red Alert Watch list for killing Tamils, and the ANC has demanded it to be stopped...it's fantastic that she's increasing awareness about it too!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z371m9lMvo&feature=related

freedom

Apparently, there are some concerns that the Sri Lankan government is trying to put 200,000 tamils in concentration camps http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5721635.ece

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M.I.A. 'DOES-NOT-support' LTTE.
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M.I.A. is very much Anti-LTTE.

She was speaking up for the voiceless. The innocent Tamil civilians who are being killed in their thousands by the Sinhala Sri Lankan Army.

For people who do know the real-life conditions in Sri Lanka will know that if you speak for the innocent Tamils killed by the SL govt (as M.I.A has been) you are automatically labelled a 'Terrorist'.

It's sad to see the ill-informed opinions of some here. To the non-Tamil readers here: > what you know is what you read from the censored/filtered media. Only one side of the story, from biased reporting. I'd rec u spend a few mins reading the Tamil side, before you make judgements based on SL State propaganda.

start with TAMILNATION.ORG

http://www.tamilnation.org

The Truth

I saw a documentary on Sri Lanka not too long ago. It showed to violence on both sides of the war. It really opened my eyes on how bad both the Tigers AND the SL Government are. Such terrible conditions for the Tamils. And anyone who speaks out against the government is killed or labeled a terrorist. i.e. M.I.A. and Lasantha Wickramatunga, a reporter who was recently MURDERED after exposing the truth of the SL government. I would advise everyone to read this article he wrote before he died. He knew his life was at risk.

http://www.thesundayleader.lk/20090111/editorial-.htm

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MIa is shamelessly using her celebrity status to promote a terrorist group. Her father was a founder of one. There is no genocide in SL , they are fighting terrorists in their own country just as US and other countries do.
tamils, muslims and buddhist live together in SL other parts - in Jaffna no sinhala person can live only a fraction of the tamils are tiger terrorists.
she should stop being an idiot and start concentrating on her career. afterall whatelse can you expect from a terrorist's daughter

aku

It is pathetic to see M.I.A trying to give a lifeline to a ruthless terror outfit. Read FBI article about them:

Perfected the use of suicide bombers;
Invented the suicide belt; Pioneered the use of women in suicide attacks; Murdered some 4,000 people in the past two years alone; and Assassinated two world leaders—the only terrorist organization to do so.
No, it’s not al Qaeda or Hezbollah or even HAMAS. The group is called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) or the Tamil Tigers for short. Needless to say, the Tamil Tigers are among the most dangerous and deadly extremists in the world. For more than three decades, the group has launched a campaign of violence and bloodshed in Sri Lanka, the island republic off the southern coast of India.

Why should you care? Certainly because of the suffering and bloodshed that the Tamil Tigers have caused. And because its ruthless tactics have inspired terrorist networks worldwide, including al Qaeda in Iraq. But also because the group has placed operatives right here in our own backyard, discreetly raising money to fund its bloody terrorist campaign overseas, including purchases of weapons and explosives.
FBI article about tamil terrorists : http://www.fbi.gov/page2/jan08/tamil_tigers011008.html

Alan Pavo

MIA's genocide claim is now put to rest. No one believes in her 'genocide' claim, except the LTTE supporters. Prabhakaran's days are numbered. We can't wait for the capture of the most ruthless terrorist in the world, so that the rest of the world can look forward to a better future. God bless the sri lankan government and the security forces who are fighting this ruthless murderers.

Rajaratnam

The tamils are the victims in this, the war is not about the LTTE. so don't try and make it about the LTTE. Th racist Singhalese have created the situation that exists.

Pregasen Chetty, South Africa

Wow it's scary how quickly some people drink the "terrorist koolaide".

You do realize that a "war on terror" is the most absurd concept ever, right? I mean, it doesn't even give you pause that ANY group that would fight against an established power can be labled as "terrorists"?

By today's standards, we are living under a terrorist regime. The American Revolution is laughabley easy to fram as a "terrorist insurgency" by today's definitions.

I'm not saying I'm an expert on the situation in SR, but the fact that the FBI was cited here is an (apparently) unbiased source of information is either laughable or unnerving....not sure which.

Antonio

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