Sunday, January 30, 2011

World Economic Forum

Wow, so there it is again, the great and the greatest mingling happily in Davos. Luxury hotels, private jets, prime ministers and presidents abound, the usual gaggle of academics to provide light entertainment, and then there is non-stop fawning coverage even on my beloved BBC World Service. And yet, honestly, I cannot recall that this meeting was ever anything other than a show of the great and those badly wanting to be seen to be great. Has it ever achieved anything tangible? Nope. Has it ever predicted problems (like the economic meltdown we experienced during the last 2 years)? Nope. Has it predicted the radical changes that are afoot in the Middle East? Nope.

Why not cancel the meeting and let the great and the greatest pay for their next vacation in Switzerland? Just wondering.

Completely unrelated, and just for your amusement. Notice how Faux News has relocated Egypt on its map...

3 comments:

  1. Richard WilliamsJanuary 31, 2011

    Actually Fox News has the correct location for Egypt here. It is a common mistake amongst Western geographers and cartographers to place Egypt to the west of Jordan and Israel-due to a historical mistake is their surveying in the late 1940s. You would find that all maps in the Middle East and Arabic speaking countries say the same thing as Fox News is saying here.

    Odd for Fox to pick up on this though.

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  2. Let me get this straight then, when Fox in its reporting about the current drama in Egypt places Egypt where current day Iraq is they got it right because some cartographers in the 40s made a mistake? Interesting stuff. That would also suggest that the drama that taking place currently in places most maps show as Egypt isn't actually taking place in Egypt, and Hosni Mubarak shouldn't worry too much about running Egypt either as it isn't Egypt to begin with :-). The Saudi embassy in the USA places Egypt and Iraq also in the wrong spots, it seems. http://www.saudiembassy.net/about/country-information/map_of_provinces.aspx - but then, Saudi Arabia can't be a Middle East/Arabic speaking country, given that 'all maps' there etc etc. I take it that it's as mistaken as - well - 99% of all world maps. Oh well.

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  3. Richard is correct, I have researched it myself.

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