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Opening day details
The Forum has just announced a few of the details for the opening day.
Hamid Karzai, who heads the interim administration in Afghanistan, will speak at the opening plenary. If the impact makes people understand the long-term difficulties that will attend reconstructing his nation, Karzai’s intervention will be welcome. Although the development pledges made last week in Tokyo were a good start, long-term support for the hard slog of nation-building (that verboten phrase in the White House) is not yet assured.
The cultural extravaganza later on Thursday will include: Bono, Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Lauryn Hill, Joshua Bell, Branford Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval, Ravi Shankar and Hikaru Utada. I’m not sure how you mix these and others together, but I trust Quincy Jones does know.[Davos Newbies]