Magsaysay award Winner
"Leadership has to be redefined to include the collectives of ordinary people and the ideas they generate.” This former IAS officer has now set up the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatana to “to struggle for the empowerment of disadvantaged people”. She was instrumental in getting the Right to Information Bill passed in Rajasthan. She dedicated her Magsaysay for community leadership to the "ordinary people" in Rajasthan.
Human Rights Activist
The name of Asma Jehangir, human rights activist, commands respect, admiration and affection in the Indian sub-continent—comprising India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. She has fought numerous cases against the Pakistan government to uphold the rights of minorities like Christians and Hindus.
She once saved a Christian boy of 12, sentenced to death for blasphemy from being hanged; she has saved women charged with adultery from being stoned to death; she leads agitations against public flogging, executions and chopping off of limbs ordained by hooded ordinances promulgated during the regime of President Zia-ul Haq.
Mullah elements hate her guts.
“I wasn’t elected by a TV commercial, or by a collection of powerful interests. Nor was I elected because of my intelligence or personality. I was elected by the intelligence and political consciousness of the Brasilian people, who have fought for 40 years for what they have wanted.”
Lula da Silva
President of Brasil
Porto Alegre, Brasil — It’s hard not to be moved — deeply moved — when you hear Brazil’s new president speak. As the man who now presides over this country of 175 million, with the eighth biggest economy in the world, but with wealth so radically ill-distributed that as many as 30 million live at sub-Saharan levels of poverty, Lula focused his talk on the injustices of the global economy.
“There are those who eat five times a day,” he said, (speaking at the last WSF 2003 in Brasil), “And those who eat maybe once in five days.” During the 21 years of Brazilian military dictatorship, Lula toiled as a metalworker. He courageously defied the regime and helped rebuild a powerful national trade-union movement.
Since 1980 he has been leading another of his creations, the idiosyncratic Workers Party, an amalgam of Marxists, liberals and Christians. After three earlier failed attempts, Lula swept to a 61 percent landslide presidential victory, propelled by an electorate fed up with the “Washington consensus” — the dogmatic and disastrous application of free-market recipes that in this country has led to mounting unemployment and inflation, a consuming debt and shaky currency.
(Excerpts from an LA Weekly column written by Marc cooper in Jan 2003)
"...you all are fighting a war for the rich and powerful"
Iranian Human Rights Lawyer & 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
UK’S Anti-war Labour MP
Has termed the conditions the WB nad IMF sets on countries are “cruel”. Has taken on McDonald’s over their “appalling” behaviour towards the people of Britain, opposed Prime Minister Blair for his support to the US-led war on Iraq.
Corbyn was at the forefront of the campaign to have dictator Augusto Pinochet extradited.
Survivor of the Atom Bomb
An aging survivor of the first atomic bomb, actually used in war time, dropped on Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945 that killed between 130,000 and 150,000 people by the end of that year.
Ghost of Gandhi
"...sorry for constantly turning up like a bad penny."