Tea Time with Terrorists by Mark Stephen Meadows
A Motorcycle Journey into the Heart of Sri Lanka's Civil War

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Armed with a map, a motorcycle, an infectious sense of humor, and a dim understanding of Sri Lanka’s war, author, artist, and adventurer Mark Stephen Meadows arrives in the country intending to have, as it were, afternoon tea with terrorists. Figuring that the first step to solving a problem is understanding it, he journeys north into the war zone, interviewing terrorists, generals, and heroin dealers along the way.
He discovers an island of beauty and abundance ground down by three decades of war. As he travels north through Colombo, Kandy, and the damaged city of Jaffna, Meadows gives his riveting take on the war. Known for child conscription and drawn-out torture methods, he explains, the Tamil Tigers also invented suicide bombing and were the first to lace together terrorists and financiers into international networks of militant uprising.
In Sri Lanka, Meadows discovers a deep view into an ancient culture. Along the way, he learns to trap an elephant, weave rope from coconut husks, and cast out devils, and he actually has tea with a few terrorists. This is the inspiring story of his journey and an enlightening meditation on the interconnectedness of globalization, the media, and modern terrorism.

About Mark Stephen Meadows

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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.
Published April 6, 2010 by Soft Skull Press. 224 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Even though Meadows became invested in the country and its people, it’s unclear whether he actually gained further insight into global terrorism, or was just using Sri Lanka as a convenient, exotic example.

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