From daily The Nation in Kenya:
Patrick Nzioka And Claire Gatheru
The celebratory mood has extended to the government and its marketing arm – the Kenya Tourist Board (KTB) – whose officials have just returned from a marketing tour of the United States.
See also here.
However, The Nation notes that economic euphoria should not damage ecological sense in Kenya.
The Nation continues:
According to the ABC [US broadcasting corporation], other declared wonders are Tibet’s Potala Palace, selected for the hope it provides to exiled Tibetans that one day they will return to their homeland; the Old Jerusalem City, and the Polar Ice Caps in Iceland for the mixture of cold frozen glaciers and volcanoes.
There is also the underwater Hawaiian Island’s Monument, a protected underwater coral reef; the Internet – described as a world where anything is possible and the Mayan Pyramids in Cancun, Mexico, whose sight was described as breathtaking.
So, not one of the Seven Wonders of the World of antiquity was included by ABC among the new wonders.
Not even the only one surviving today, the Great Pyramid of Gizeh in Egypt.
The ancient Seven Wonders were all built by humans, both secular and religious buildings, all around the eastern Meditteranean.
The new ABC list is more ‘global’.
Fortunately, it is not US American chauvinist, including only one (natural) wonder in Hawaii, officially a US state (supporters of independence for Hawaii dispute that, however); though Australians may wonder why the Great Barrier Reef was not chosen.
The list includes both natural and human ‘wonders’.
Remarkably, all human wonders, except for the Internet, are religious buildings.
The inclusion of the Potala, which was the Dalai Lama’s palace in Tibet, now declared a museum by Chinese authorities, while excluding the secular Great Wall of China, may reflect both tension between the United States and China, and the influence of religion in the USA.