Essential background reading for anyone seeking to understand what is going on in Sri Lanka today. A large part of the desperate refugees undertaking a perilous boat journey seeking asylum in Australia are Sri Lankan Tamils. They are fleeing from a violent hopeless existence in their homeland. The racist Sri Lankan regime, backed by Australia and other Western countries, has decided that the Tamils are surplus to requirements, and is trying to force them out. Ron Ridenour’s book traces how this appalling situation developed. The author, a longtime supporter of revolutionary Cuba and the revolutionary process in Venezuela, strongly takes issue with the mistaken stand taken by the Cuban and Venezuelan governments on Sri Lanka’s war against the Tamils.