Monday, January 19, 2015

erasing Israel from the map

Publishing giant HarperCollins is apologizing for losing its way with a new atlas that scrubbed Israel from the face of the Earth in a bid to cater to Middle Eastern nations.
The company, which is a subsidiary of NewsCorp, has been selling the atlas it says was “developed specifically for schools in the Middle East.” It claims to provide students an “in-depth coverage of the region and its issues.” The atlas shows Syria, Jordan and even Gaza, but the name Israel does not appear on it, according to a story first reported by the Catholic publication, the Tablet....
How did this happen? Collins Bartholomew, a subsidiary of HarperCollins that specializes in maps, told the Tablet that it would have been “unacceptable” to include Israel in atlases intended for the Middle East. They had deleted Israel to satisfy “local preferences.”


  1. Just borrowed a computer application from a neighbouring library branch, sometimes it gets a bit fuzzy when a Swedish company named "Paradox Interactive" publishes a product and describes it in an English language. Even though as I am aware there are Scadinavians that speak English, the chances of a Briton, Australian or American speaking Swedish daily can probably be as high as that of an Indian, Chinese, and African speaking Jewish.

    Anyways here's the software description in English:

    Title: Hearts of iron III [electronic resource]
    Creator: Paradox Interactive (Firm)
    Publisher: Stockholm : Paradox Interactive, c2009.
    Physical Description: 1 CD-ROM : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 manual (89 p.).
    Notes: Title from disc surface.
    Audience: ESRB: 10+. Mild violence.
    System Details: CD-ROM.
    System requirements: PC with 1024 MB of RAM (2048 on Vista), Windows XP/Vista, graphics card with at least 256 MB onboard memory, 2.0 vertex and pixel shaders.
    Abstract: Guide your nation through World War II. Choose from over 100 countries. Flexible technology system with hundreds of categories and interact with thousands of historically accurate military commanders and politicians.
    Language: English
    Other Title(s): Hearts of iron three Hearts of iron 3
    Subjects: Computer war games Computer adventure games
    BRN: 13225597

  2. Rupert Murdoch will do anything for a buck.