Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A Dozen Disputed Tourist Destinations

A Dozen Disputed Tourist Destinations. "...The tourist paradise and the police state may very well go hand and hand. A flourishing tourist sector adds to the economy and the international prestige of a country, political prisoners, concentration camps, ethnic cleansing, murder, and disappearances, notwithstanding. The tourist usually remains unaware of the signs of violence and repression. In many cases this ignorance is a matter of choice. The adversaries of the police state are well aware of the impact of tourism and try to mobilize public opinion on this very point. They advocate international sanctions and boycotts, morally appeal to the individual traveler or organize bomb attacks to frighten tourists. A dozen of these controversial tourist destinations, from 1933 until now, are presented below. The viewpoint is always that of the opposition."


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