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Hugging Hero is Embracing the World

Mata Amritanandamayi is an Indian spiritual leader known as ‘Mother’ and many regard her as a saint. Her message is delivered via a hug and in this way she has touched the lives of millions around the world. The hugs

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Joyce Banda: Showing Solidarity with the People of Malawi

In April 2012, Joyce Banda, 62 years, became the first female president of Malawi following the death of Bingu wa Mutharika. She was minister of Foreign Affairs (2006 -9) and then vice president under Mutharika in one of the poorest

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Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Fearless Opponent of Corruption

When Dr. Okonjo-Iweala departed the World Bank in 2011 to become Nigeria’s finance minister, she was managing director and second in charge. It was no surprise that in the following year her name appeared on a short-list for the WB

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Suu Kyi and Hopes for a New Burma

Suu Kyi, daughter of a Burmese independence hero, has never been indifferent to the goings on in Burma. She is one of the most potent symbols of peaceful resistance to an oppressive regime. Chair for the National league for Democracy,

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IBM’s Virginia Rometty and Strategic Belief

CFI.co believes that Rometty, CEO of IBM, has been instrumental in developing services at the Company that will open up markets and help world economies converge. We must include her as one of our heroes because her project addresses concerns

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Dilma Rousseff: “You have one hour to solve this problem.”

There is no denying that the main challenges facing the Brazilian economy include the achievement of sustainable growth and the struggle for a fair distribution of its rewards throughout society. The country is fortunate in having as its president Dilma

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Tough Operator: Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Harvard educated Dr. Okonjo-Iweala, a recent candidate for presidency of the World Bank, is one of the world’s most respected economists. She must be congratulated on ensuring Nigeria’s first sovereign debt rating. This achievement brought significant foreign investment to Nigeria.

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Hopes and Action for a Secure Colombia

During his eight year presidency, Alvaro Uribe tackled the criminal gangs, armies and random violence that held sway over large areas of his country. His government was virtually facing civil war against well organised forces.  He brought renewed confidence to

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A Future for Diaspora Women of North Korea?

Can UN Security Council resolutions help? By Betsy A. Kawamura Founder Women4NonViolence in Peace and Conflict Zones www.w4nv.com [email protected] For the last ten years, I have been studying the plight of refugees from the Democratic Republic of North Korea and

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Balancing Act in Tunisia

In 2011, popular protests in Tunisia rid the country of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and towards year end Moucef Marzouki was installed as president of his country. These events provided clear inspiration for the Arab Spring. Mr Marzouki had been

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