It still doesn’t seem to be getting the coverage, but this is the sixth year that I’ve written about the World Economic Forum, which is basically where large corporations try to tell governments how to rule their populations, as described in this VIRUS article. This year, it is overshadowed in the UK by war-starting former Prime Minister Blair giving evidence to the Iraq enquiry.
If you have satellite television, you can watch it live on SFinfo at 13e (schedule). There’s more detailed listings on Klack. In previous years, English audio has been on one side of the stereo channels. It looks like almost none of the SFinfo coverage is live this year. Maybe they’ve noticed comments like mine from 2005:
“I am convinced that if more people watched it for themselves, there wouldn’t be any need to publicise against them. Without the soundbiting and polishing of TV news, these people are scary. They’re less slick than the European Social Forum, too.”
If you find live coverage on any other stations, please could you leave me a comment here?
In that vein, BBC News has Ten things you didn’t know about Davos (thanks Policomm). Amongst other things, this isn’t the 40th WEF and Bill Clinton was the first sitting US president to attend, so its influence is a fairly recent mistake.
To close with a quote that’s also in the VIRUS article:
‘But I don’t want to go among mad people,’ Alice remarked.
‘Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the Cat: ‘we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.’
‘How do you know I’m mad?’ said Alice.
‘You must be,’ said the Cat, ‘or you wouldn’t have come here.’
-Lewis Carroll, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (Puffin Books, 1946)