M.I.A. Accused Of Being Apologist For Rebels In Sri Lanka

03/13/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - To many Americans, Maya Arulpragasam, known as M.I.A., is the very pregnant rapper who gyrated across the stage at Sunday's Grammy Awards.

Yet in Sri Lanka, where she spent her childhood years, M.I.A. remains virtually unknown. And some who do know her work say she is an apologist for the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels fighting in the country's long-running civil war.

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