Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Commercialisation and corruption


This massive representation of Hedy Lamar, part of a huge "exhibition", heavily sponsored by the Orange cellular phone company, was recently shown on Rothschild Boulevard - the classiest street in Tel Aviv. The increasing appropriation of public space by powerful commercial interests with the cooperationof the municipality is becoming a hot topic.
A propos commercialisation and corruption, senior figures in the income tax authority, as well as the Prime Minister's secretary, have been arrested on corruption charges. Wherever you look in Israel today it seems, the demoralising rot of corruption is deeply ingrained. If you're interested in this story see http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/809021.html

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