‘I’m an artist that draws on real life’: How M.I.A. got her name and political persona

‘I’m an artist that draws on real life’: How M.I.A. got her name and political persona “Are you sure Steve shouldn’t be in this interview?,” M.I.A. said when I asked her how her new documentary came together. It was a fair question because, technically, the 43-year-old pop star had nothing to do with the making of Stephen Loveridge’s film, Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. But she was very much a driving force throughout the creation process thanks to more than 700 hours of personal video footage she handed over to the director eight years ago.  “When I handed the…

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Sri Lanka PM rejects international accountability in Oxford talk, TGTE protesters arrested

Sri Lanka’s prime minister has spoken out against international involvement in investigations, during his talk at the Oxford Union today. “At the moment we don’t feel there is a need for foreign input into these investigations,” said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. President Srisena too had said that they don’t need International investigations it is common in Sri Lanka that the without the international investigation all crimes against the Tamils will be covered and truth will not to light. Since May 2009 when the conflict came to an end the government promised…

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Sirisena a prisoner in UNP-led govt & We are Slaves of Rajapaksha family.

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday alleged that President Maithripala Sirisena, in spite of being the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, was a prisoner in the UNP-led administration. SLPP Chairman Prof. Peiris asserted that President Sirisena was incapable of dealing with what he called an unprecedented police conspiracy. Addressing the media at former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Office, Prof. Peiris emphasised that the government owed an explanation as regards its failure to take Deputy Inspector General of Police Nalaka de Silva, the senior officer in charge of the Terrorist Investigation Division…

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