In the UK Independent Johann Hari has written an uplifting piece about six of the most inspiring people of 2009. One of the people Hari writes about is Malalai Joya the youngest woman ever to be elected in Afghanistan, who I wrote about in an earlier piece on this blog. The others Hari writes about are Amy Goodman (US journalist), Liu Xiaobo (Chinese activist),Denis Mukwege (Congolese humanitarian), Evo Morales (Bolivian President) and Peter Tatchell (gay rights campaigner). Hari writes:
"It was a dark year, 2009, sealing a dark decade. It began with the world in economic free-fall and the Gaza Strip being bombed to pieces (again). We watched the vicious crushing of a democratic uprising in Iran, a successful far-right coup in Honduras, and the intensification of the disastrous war in Afghanistan. It all ended at Brokenhagen, where the world's leaders breezily decided to carry on cooking the planet.But in the midst of all this there were extraordinary points of light, generated by people who have refused to drink the cheap sedative of despair. The left-wing newsman Wes Nisker said in his final broadcast: "If you don't like the news, go out and make some of your own."