Surreal markets at the WEF
During the World Economic Forum’s 2011 annual meeting, the tiny Swiss town of Davos, with just over 11,000 inhabitants, had 31,200 overnight stays. In general, local Davosers are supportive of this—who wouldn’t be, if you can get paid up to $33,000 a week for renting out your apartment?
Lenovo is on its way to achieving its goal of becoming the No. 1 company in smart-connected devices: Today it reaches about 45 percent of the world’s population with its cellphones and sells more smartphones and tablets than PCs.
Do religious leaders have the responsibility for making sure that growing conservatism does not further infringe on women’s rights?
On Jan. 22, the World Economic Forum announced the launch of its Forum Academy. The idea is to put the WEF’s huge network of industry leaders and opinion-makers at the disposal of a global audience.
“The bodies of our friends have been hung up outside. The football field is drenched in red color, the blood of our friends. They will come, they will come!” the man repeats again and again, his voice shaking with fear, his hands gesturing insistently. And then they come. With loud voices and guns in their hands, they run into the small room.
“Previously, it has been a get-together of businessmen. Today, it is a PR event.”
On Feb. 9 the Swiss are to vote on a constitutional amendment that would impose strict quotas on immigration from European Union countries.
“I think … they are somewhere there,” says the police officer, pointing in the opposite direction from the strictly fenced Congress Center in Davos, Switzerland, where the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting is being held.
“Of course I’m afraid!” she bursts out in a heavy French accent when asked about the risk of a terror attack. “You never know what could happen!”
Almira is one of many millions of immigrants who every year cross borders in search of a better life.
Around 40 Ukrainians, most of whom were expats, gathered from all over Europe in Davos to demand that global leaders do not support their government’s suppressive powers.