Journalist Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a daily, independent news program that airs on more than 500 radio and television stations across North America.
Britain's former prime minister Gordon Brown played a key role in shaping the G20 nations' response to the world's financial crisis, and was a powerful advocate for a coordinated global response to problems such as climate change, poverty and social justice.
James J. Zogby is founder and president of the Arab American Institute (AAI), a Washington, DC-based organization which serves as the political and policy research arm of the Arab American community.
Noam Chomsky was born to Dr. William (Zev) Chomsky and Elsie Simonofsky in Philadelphia on December 7, 1928. His father emigrated to the United States from Russia.
"She's the girl I want to marry," Jimmy Carter told his mother after his first date with 17 year old Rosalynn Smith, who had grown up as a friend and neighbor of the Carter family in Plains, Georgia.
Star Parker is the founder and president of CURE, the Coalition on Urban Renewal & Education, a 501 c3 non-profit organization that provides a national voice of reason on issues of race and poverty in the media, inner city neighborhoods, and public policy.
A consultant to the CIA and the Department of Defense, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita has built an intricate computer model that can predict the outcomes of international conflicts with bewildering accuracy.
Charlene Strong didnt start out a gay rights activist. But after the tragic death of her wife of ten years and suffering the injustice of discrimination at the hospital and the funeral home, Charlene was on a new path.
Cynthia Schneider studies culture and politics -- watching how novels, TV shows and cultural engagement around the globe (and especially within the Muslim world) might lead to political change. She was the US ambassador to the Netherlands from 1998 to 2001.
A hands-on economist, he has served as Chairman of the Board on pension review and investment committees responsible for over 120 billion dollars in investments. He has fifteen years experience working for three of the nation's largest brokerage firms and has taught at the university level for over ten years, developing the nations first graduate business course on the 21st Century....
Edward Luce is the Washington Bureau Chief of the Financial Times since July 2006, writing on the US economy, politics and foreign affairs, and managing a team of ten DC-based reporters.
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, fondly called the "Iron Lady" by her supporters, has been leading, healing, and rebuilding Liberia as its president since 2005.
Fred Wertheimer is the founder and president of Democracy 21, a nonpartisan organization that works to ensure the integrity and fairness of government decisions and elections.
Economist George Ayittey sees Africa's future as a fight between Hippos -- complacent, greedy bureaucrats wallowing in the muck -- and Cheetahs, the fast-moving, entrepreneurial leaders and citizens who will rebuild Africa.
James P. Pinkerton worked in the White House under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. Since leaving government in 1993, he has been a columnist for Newsday, a contributor to the Fox News Channel, and a regular on Fox’s Newswatch show.
Jose Antonio Abreu founded El Sistema ("the system") in 1975 to help poor Venezuelan kids learn to play a musical instrument and be part of an orchestra. 30 years on, El Sistema has seeded 102 youth orchestras -- and many happy lives.
Senior Fellow in the Transatlantic Relations Program of the Atlantic Council in Washington DC; Senior Advisor to the Institut de Relations Internationales StratÃ©giques et in Paris (IRIS); Writer on international relations, politics and business
Reihan Salam is an associate editor at The Atlantic, and was previously a producer for NBC News, a junior editor and editorial researcher at The New York Times, a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a reporter-researcher at The New Republic.
Ron Kirk is the former United States Trade Representative, and served as President Obama's principal trade advisor, negotiator and spokesperson on trade issues.
In the long and continuing struggle for harmony in the Middle East , there is no more lasting or devoted peace-seeker than twice elected Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres.
Philosopher Thomas Pogge wants to ensure medications get to those who need it most. He has published on a wide range of subjects such as global justice and human rights.
President of Eurasia Group, the world's leading global political risk research and consulting firm; Author of the national best-seller "The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations?"
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