Friday, December 14, 2007

The Economist puts Eelam on the Map

The description of geography matters almost as much as geography itself. Many in Sri Lanka are upset at The Economist magazine. The magazine had an article on Inida which featured a map of the region. The map showed a region of Sri Lanka entitled "Eelam" which is an area claimed by the terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Many Sri Lankans have taken this cartographic work to be an endorsement of the Tamil Tigers by The Economist. Some equate this to a major magazine showing Islamic State of Iraq, Aztlan, or Islamic Emirate of Waziristan in a standard map.

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