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M.I.A. Shows Support for International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day, an annual event that champions equal rights for women and celebrates advocates of the cause, has garnered plenty of public attention today; marathons and marches have been staged around the world. Celebrities have also given their support online: Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and other celebrities have signed an open letter for equal rights by the charity ONE, and more have voiced their enthusiasm on Twitter.
Here are some stars who’ve weighed in on International Women’s Day, including Ariana Grande, M.I.A., Rod Stewart, Josh Groban and Yoko Ono.
On Jan. 7, Diplo shared a 20-minute documentary video titled F10RIDA. It’s a retrospective that focuses on the early stages of his career, especially assembling its namesake 2004 album. But M.I.A. — Diplo’s former collaborator and girlfriend — revealed via Twitter that she’s not happy about appearing in the clip.
The only fresh exciting bit in this trip hop "doc" is @ 14.14 Between the butts I'm in there with a brain saving him http://t.co/WIwXv224JI
Indeed, there are a lot of butts in the video, and since the M.I.A. has been on bad terms with the producer for some time, this isn’t surprising. Still, we liked getting a little studio footage of “Galang” and “Paper Planes” among all the booty-shaking.
The video also features an interview with Will Ashon of the label Big Dada, which released F10RIDA back in 2004. The album was re-released in Dec. 2014.
A few months ago, no one could imagine that a presidential election in Sri Lanka would be a real contest. The country’s sitting president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has consolidated his grip to such an extent in recent years that many observers see him as a de facto autocrat. In November, Rajapaksa decided to call early elections to extend his mandate beyond the decade he has already been in power. But the move backfired badly.
Maithripala Sirisena, a former defense minister and health minister in Rajapaksa’s governments, defected along with other prominent Rajapaksa loyalists and has marshaled the country’s disorganized and splintered opposition. Now, Rajapaksa is by no means guaranteed victory when Sri Lanka votes on Thursday. And fears of violence have shrouded the run-up to the polls.
Rajapaksa is a deeply controversial figure: he is credited with ending Sri Lanka’s bitter and bloody three decade-long war with Tamil Tiger separatists in 2009 and reviving the country’s economic fortunes. But critics point to a litany of alleged war crimes in the campaign to defeat the Tamil Tigers and the domineering hold Rajapaksa and his family have over Sri Lanka’s political and economic life.
One of Rajapaksa’s more famous detractors is Maya Arulpragasam, better known as the rapper M.I.A. The British musician is an ethnic Sri Lankan Tamil whose father had ties to the Tamil separatist cause and whose earlier life was shaped by the tumult and upheaval of the conflict. Over the weekend, M.I.A. issued a series of tweets condemning Rajapaksa, his grip on the levers of power in the country, as well as his government’s alleged intimidation of journalists:
People who think RAJAPAKSHA should stay -please don't get tricked into thinking he will be more accountable in power.
But the outspoken musician is hardly supporting Sirisena, Rajapaksa’s former ally turned opponent. Like Rajapaksa, Sirisena is Buddhist and Sinhalese, the majority ethnic group in the island nation. Sirisena, 63, appeals most strongly to the country’s Sinhalese heartland, which is a world away from the plight of Tamil refugees and asylum seekers that M.I.A. seeks to champion.