Tea Time with Terrorists: A Motorcycle Journey into the Heart of Sri Lanka's Civil War

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Catapult, Apr 6, 2010 - Political Science - 224 pages
A journalist’s travelogue of war-torn Sri Lanka “brings refreshing clarity and enlightenment” to our understanding of terrorism (Robert Young Pelton).
Armed with a map and a motorcycle, Mark Stephen Meadows ventures to Sri Lanka’s war zone to interview terrorists, generals, and heroin dealers on their own terms. He seeks only to understand the conflict and witness the civil war’s effects on the country. As he travels north through Colombo, Kandy, and the damaged city of Jaffna, Meadows discovers an island of beauty and abundance ground down by three decades of war. He is invited into an ancient culture where he learns to trap an elephant, weave rope from coconut husks, cast out devils, and even have afternoon tea with terrorists.
Meadow’s story and take on the war focuses on the interconnectedness of globalization, the media, and modern terrorism in what Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea, calls “an excellent undertaking.”

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A persistent journalist travels through war-torn Sri Lanka, seeking greater meaning in a terrorism-driven conflict.On 9/11, Meadows was stranded in Paris, without a flight home to the United States ... Read full review



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Mark Stephen Meadows has hitchhiked 15,000 miles, sailed four of the seven seas, and visited fifty countries. His writing and art have documented hitchhiking through Iraq and crossing the United States seven times by motorcycle. He also co-invented four patents relating to artificial intelligence and online environments. He and his wife live on their sailboat, The Blue Goose.

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