Boycott “1000 Places To See Before You Die”!

It has come to my attention recently that the bestselling book “1000 Places To See Before You Die” (which now has a Travel Channel show based on it) has a gaping omission that is simply shameful and unacceptable. It lists no sites worth seeing in Lebanon, a country that contains 6 of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites; by comparison, for instance, the list includes 10 sites in Israel, a country that contains 6 World Heritage Sites as well (counting the one in Jerusalem as being in Israel, which is disputed still). (You can find the list here, so you don't have to buy the book.) I frankly can’t think of a reason for the glaring discrepancy other than political bias. You’d think a fair and balanced list (not ala Fox News) of 1000 must-see sites would at least include the World Heritage Sites (the total of which is 851 properties “forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value”).

I invite you to write to the editors of both the book and the TV program, post on your blogs, and spread the word that this disgraceful bias is simply unacceptable. We cannot let this shameless slant of American media (which in turn is piped to the rest of the world) to simply continue; it ends up becoming a self-propagating myth and an self-fulfilling prophecy. We may not be able to turn the tide, but we can certainly try to stop it. And there is some momentum gathering in self-respecting institutions to counter this tide (see for example the recent publication by Harvard and University of Chicago professors, Walt and Mearsheimer, of ground-shaking book, The Israel Lobby). So, let's do something about it!

Here is a link to a posting about the same subject matter on the Daily Star forum.

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At Monday, September 17, 2007 9:24:00 AM, Blogger Tarek said...

Not too surprising considering the author shares the same last name as the Zionist Howard CEO of Starbucks...

But I like your enthusiasm about the subject... Very proactive...

At Monday, September 17, 2007 7:55:00 PM, Blogger M Bashir said...

good point...

At Tuesday, September 18, 2007 12:53:00 AM, Blogger arch.memory said...

Tarek, interesting point. Here is a couple of links (with plenty of links within) about that topic:



At Thursday, September 27, 2007 5:55:00 PM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

Zionists and Israelis have no issue with Lebanon, we have issues with syria (which refused to recognize lebanon as a country) and iran (which funds, supplies a shite arab army that occupys your southern zones)

it could your country alot of good to define things in some other way besides what israel or the zionists do...

At Wednesday, January 09, 2008 5:28:00 AM, Blogger joey said...

hi, well im from the Philippines and its a pity that no place here was listed.... :( there are so many things/places to see here... sad really.... perhaps the author isnt as well travelled????

At Wednesday, January 09, 2008 5:35:00 AM, Blogger joey said...

whoops im mistaken the author went to three places.... im sorry

At Tuesday, January 22, 2008 1:52:00 AM, Blogger Happy said...

Here are some mysterious places that i want to visit!

At Friday, June 13, 2008 6:42:00 PM, Blogger Yovia Network said...

I really want to visit UNESCO World Heritage

At Monday, July 14, 2008 2:16:00 PM, Blogger Dmitry said...

In addition to that, the book is preoocupied with hotels (the most expensive ones) and doesn't really give much info on the sightseeings (however, the TV series do).

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