Failure is not an option in Paris

Failure is not an option in Paris

An address to the climate change conference in Bangkok, July 3, 2015 I am not a scientist. Scientists have long shared with us incontrovertible evidence pointing to the extremely serious degradation of our common home as a result of human activities. So I will not...
2014 – Malala Yousafzai

2014 – Malala Yousafzai

On the afternoon of 9 October 2012, Malala Yousafzai boarded the bus to take her to school in the northwest Pakistani district of Swat. She had been blogging for the BBC on her life under the Taliban, and the necessity of educating girls. A gunman asked for her by...
2014 – Kailash Satyarthi

2014 – Kailash Satyarthi

Indian children right’s activist Kailash Satyarthi is the second person from India, after Mother Theresa, to win the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1980 he gave up a teaching career to found the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Children Mission) and has acted to protect...
2011 – Tawakkol Karman

2011 – Tawakkol Karman

Tawakkol Karman is a Yemeni journalist, politician and senior member of the of the Al-Islah political party in Yemen.  She leads the group “Women Journalists Without Chains,” which she co-founded in 2005. She became the international public face of the...
2011 – Leymah Gbowee

2011 – Leymah Gbowee

The Liberian civil waressentially lasted from 1989 to 2003 with only brief interruptions,  the result of economic inequality, a struggle to control natural resources, and deep-rooted rivalries among various ethnic groups, including the descendants of the freed...
2011 – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

2011 – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the 24th and current President of Liberia. Educated in the US including a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard, in 1979 she was the first female to hold a ministerial position in Liberia. She was elected to the...
Tutu: The Slow Genocide Against the Rohingya

Tutu: The Slow Genocide Against the Rohingya

In a speech at the Oslo Conference on Rohingyas, Archbishop Desmond Tutu credits the government of Myanmar for recent reforms, but reminds us all that it cannot “blind us to the ongoing disavowal and repression of its ethnic minorities, the Rohingya population...