Davos

1 Martin Luther King Jr., inequality and Davos

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an American national holiday in which we celebrate a man who fought and died for the cause of equality. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oehry1JC9Rk It’s a chilling last speech, in that King seems to be foretelling his assassination – which took place the next day. That was…

0 Did anything that matters (to the rest of us) happen in Davos?

World Economic Forum Somehow, I was not invited to the prestigious and exclusive World Economic Forum in Davos this year. Many other members of the media were there along with the corporate executives, politicians, celebrities, cautiously happy bankers, an anxious Shimon Peres complaining that the world is becoming ungovernable and some…

1 The history of being the first in history to end poverty

Poverty persists, as does the tendency over the last century for politicians and others to say that society is finally on the cusp of ending it. British PM David Cameron just said it this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos: “We can be the generation that eradicates absolute…

0 Does Davos matter? In a good way, I mean.

News analysis The World Economic Forum opened today in Davos, Switzerland. I wasn’t invited. Neither were you, in all likelihood. Bill Gates always is and will make his standard pitch for assisting the world’s poorest. For decades, the global political and business elite have gathered at the WEF meeting to…

0 Bill Gates pushing us to push polio into oblivion

In case you missed it, Bill Gates thinks we should eradicate polio. Not just him. You and me, too. Bill and Melinda Gates have given a lot of money — about $1.3 billion — in support of the global campaign to eradicate polio. But, as Gates has been saying a…

2 How (ir)relevant was Davos this year?

Well, Bill Gates did get some public attention and additional money for the ongoing global campaign to eradicate polio while hanging out with the rich and powerful at the Swiss ski resort. Among the other issues discussed by members of the global elite who gathered at the World Economic Forum…

1 Bill Gates wants to spread polio (awareness) at Davos

The big hoo-hah has begun surrounding the gathering of the rich, famous and powerful at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The story of Davos, like the story of the elephant and the blind men, tends to depend on what angle you bring to this gathering and what you’re…