Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Bono: 'Global Expert on Everything' because a bunch of teenagers bought records

Wearing rose coloured glasses, once again Bono rears his ugly head at the World Economic Forum. Children in Africa are starving to death yet a multitude of celebrities are enjoying themselves at luxury resorts in Switzerland looking for extra publicity. It's all about record sales, man, because that's what paying for the trip. Clearly, you weren't invited due to any stunning insights into economics - quite the opposite, despite reports by Reuters in the entertainment section that Bono was "courted" by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Bono, a self-styled champion of the world's poor, in turn said he was "delighted" with her keynote speech to the World Economic Forum of global business leaders and policy makers.

He said he was honoured newly elected Merkel saw him immediately after her address -- before Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Mohamed ElBaradei, director of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Their meeting was short and Merkel was heard promising to meet the U2 singer, wearing a cowboy hat and rose-tinted glasses, at greater length later in the year.

In particular, Bono welcomed Merkel's repetition of Germany's commitment, despite financial pressures, to spend 0.7 of its national income on development by 2015, a goal of the United Nations, and more recently, the European Union.

"It is a signal to all other European leaders that this is still a topic people care about," Bono told Reuters.

"The Europeans know the Germans keep their word. So she has kept Germany's word in the world ...," he said.

In addition to Bono, other notables in attendance looking to influence the redistribution of private funds are Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone and Angelina Jolie.
The British royals might hit the slopes in the sleepy resort of Klosters each year, but neighboring Davos, the traditional host of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, has become the hot spot for celebrity watching,

Never mind Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Microsoft's Bill Gates, or former U.S. president Bill Clinton -- drawing the most attention at the summit are the likes of Bono, Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone and Angelina Jolie who troop to the Alpine gathering to gain support for their favorite causes.

The glamorous Stone caused a mini stampede at a queue outside the forum's welcome reception when it was rumored the Hollywood star was taking off her Moon boots and slipping into Manolos further down the security line. Camera men abandoned their post; CEOs craned their necks. Even the Swiss guard in charge of checking participants' badges lost his cool for a few seconds.

Sadly, it turned out to be a false alert.
Moonbats sporting moon boots. How appropriate. I wanted to attend the event, but I couldn't afford to go, and with security so tight, I doubt I am glamorous enough to gain admittance.

Appropriately, this year's theme is "The Creative Imperative":
Business leaders from around the world are in Davos, Switzerland this week for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. As in past years, the challenges of an increasingly global world economy are on the agenda. The theme of this year's conference is the role of "The Creative Imperative" in addressing those challenges.

The annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland is an occasion for business and political leaders to examine global trends in economics and development. Security is tight due to concerns that anti-globalization advocates could try to disrupt the meetings. But in recent years organizers have attempted to address opposing views. And this year, participants will be discussing creativity and innovation as critical components of sustainable development.

[..] Economists and business leaders typically deal with issues involving competition for finite resources. That is why it is unusual that this week in Davos they are discussing the role of creativity - a resource that really has no limits.
Hate also has no limits. Via The Last Amazon, from Ynet news:
The few Israelis who arrived Tuesday at the Swiss ski-resort town of Davos to attend the World Economic Forum, an annual meeting of approximately 2,500 business leaders, were in for a bitter surprise: A scathing and malicious article blasting Israel was included in a special booklet handed out to all the conference's attendees.

The article calls on its readers to boycott Israel and compares Zionism to the most radical forms of racism.

The booklet, titled "Global Agenda," bears the logo of the World Economic Forum and includes an introduction written by the conference organizers. It appears to be an official publication of the World Economic Forum and is included in every file handed out to conference participants. It is also distributed at the Zurich Airport and at Swiss hotels.

The booklet includes an unusually harsh article written by Mazin Qumsiyeh, a lecturer at a number of American universities, titled "Boycott Israel."

The article includes an unequivocal call to establish a global movement against Zionism and a global movement against the "Israeli apartheid", as well as anti-Israeli, anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic remarks and threats, the likes of which are usually published in marginal magazines in the West or by radical Islamists.

[..] The same booklet contains dozens of articles by state leaders, economists, philosophers and CEO's with an international reputation, including articles by Russia's president, Pakistan's president and dozens of Jewish public figures, who were apparently unaware of the fact that they appear on Qumsiyeh's list.

Although the booklet notes that the articles reflect the opinions and views of their writers and not necessarily those of the publishers, none of the conference's participants were under the impression the forum did not give its approval and blessing to the publication.

1 Comment:

Pietr said...

Okay.
Forget being the GUVNOR.
I have a much better idea.
I'll wear a Mexican Hat and frogeye shades, call myself 'Boner' and claim to front the 'Greatest Rock Band in the World',aka 'Me Neetha'.
After I get in a bunch of session musicians and cover a few early AC/DC songs, I'll become a judge on Pop Idol, a very nasty judge.
Only then will I allow the 'GUVNOR' persona to come to the fore.
I will go to Ottawa to meet the heads of all the parties, and my spiel will be along the lines of:"You used to be cool man.What happened?I expect a report on my desk by morning!"
By getting the politicians to jump to my tune(and they will love it!),I will become a shu-in for Governor General.

After two years I would expect to be known in Canada solely as 'The General'.
Except if Tony Blair made a state visit; then I would be 'The People's Guvnor'.