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THE MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN THE WORLD


 

Mohamed Bouazizi

Time magazine is channeling its views of the world. The knowledgeable behind the magazine are telling you about the 100 most influential people in the world.

Some will read the list and sight in relief and thanks Time magazine to have facilitated their thinking process.
I don’t recognize myself in the list; it does not represent my world, my ideas and where the world is heading to.
So I compiled my list.  Of course, it is not exhaustive but it does represent what I consider the most influential and important people in the world.

YOU collectively are the most important people in the world.  Foremost, YOU give importance to the 100 people listed in Time magazine.
Your judgment is not always right but it provides a broad platform of your like, dislike and how you foresee the world according to your values.
Collectively YOU can be dangerous and prone to cognitive dissonance.

The last workers of the Dai-Aichi plant in Japan.  The workers are dying for ethic, honor and to complete a job which they adamantly feel responsible for.
The second the nuclear plant was damaged was their start of their long slow and painful death by nuclear contamination.
Surely, an award-winning photographer and reporter will document their slow and painful death.
The documentary will be in Black and White, it is a media providing a stronger impact and eye-catching in book form on a coffee table.

RuPaul the drag queen has given worldwide recognition to people marginalized by phobic misconception of what human beings are.
RuPaul provokes smiles on a “chante you stay” or tears on “sachay away” and never leaves one hanging without exulting feelings.
Each contestant reminds you that you can forge ahead against adversity.  Sorry, Yara Sofia, a contestant in Drag race, says it better – “echa palante”.

Mohamed Bouazizi, the vegetables vendor, whose self-immolation started the Jasmine revolution in Tunisia.  The revolution is spreading in the Arab world and changing the concept of the global master servant relationship.
Bouazizi died with thoughts of not coming back to his hell and unwillingly left a legacy shattering the inequalities of the Arab world.

The local beggar, destitute, street boy or whoever wanting money from YOU in the street.
Individually they remind the mass how the majority of the world lives. Yes, there is more poor than rich in the world.  More people whose life is at the brink of a disaster than we can imagine.
There drama and dilemma make goods 6 o’clock news and special report. It always happens in places with exotic names but never home.
Then our bleeding hearts sends money to alleviate suffering, then we build a wall at the border so they don’t come in.

Also, one of the most influential people in the world is the one you love the most, the person who gives you a rainbow of emotions. The one you cannot live without, the person making life easy, the person providing harmony and Zen in the mayhem of life.
The person whose only request you have is to be there.

Patrick-Bernard

AFRICAN UNITY, THE FARCE!


Africa is in crisis and the African Unity (AU) is doing as usual … not much!

The leaders or representatives of the 53 African Nations are aloof but at ease among governments legitimized by blood or at the end of a Kalashnikov instead of the urns.

The 16th meeting of the AU in Addis Ababa is a nice well deserved trip to showcase misplaced power.

Shopping in Ethiopia is not so great as in Europe or in the US during the General Assemble but the wives of the entourage have good contacts.

The African leaders and delegates sleep at meetings, look at their gold watch and think at which night clubs they will relax in the evening. How much will it cost for the favors of a beautiful Ethiopian girl.
Maybe they can import a local sweet heart to stay with them at the Hilton Addis Ababa.

They compare each others latest fashion and diamonds jewelry while Africa quivers. 

A few leaders are networking for havens in the event of a quick escape due to a coup d’état or a send off by the mass.

They murmur names of offshore banks, shadow companies and other tricks to stash the loot stolen from government coffers.

They wait the company of their friend from France, president Sarkozy, and maybe good words from the USA which support their dictatorship as long as they provided the ores and minerals. It is a bit simpler for them since China asks fewer questions and still provides the revenues but France has such nice real estate.

The question of South Sudan and Darfur are nice press releases attached to agendas. They palaver the Ivory Coast crisis and lament on how to save their brother and friend Laurent Gbagbo from the electoral impasse spoiled by Alassane Ouattara.

They censure comments on the jasmine revolution in Tunisia and the chaos in Egypt and Somalia. They vilify concerns of the mass on issues about life, poverty, hunger, bread,  survival and blame the high price of food on the lack of rain.

Most of the regimes which they represent are undemocratic so the Kenya case with ICC concerns them a little.  They questions: “will we be going down the same road if it happens to us?”, “have you ever see the inside of a jail at The Hague?” and “Charles Taylor seems to adapt well, he still eats Jollof rice and sweet potato pone.”

They complain about the snooping of the Western media into their fortune with “we are sovereign countries and it is none of their business what we have or not.”

They compare notes on how to change a constitution to stay longer in power, pilfer diamonds without being caught, launder money donated by the benevolent international organizations, cut off social networks in case of crisis, muzzle critical bloggers and the subtle ways to permanently gag human right advocates.

The African leaders look at the mass with contempt, up root their dignity and cut off they larynx.  

No one knows what will be the final outcome of the crisis in Tunisia, Egypt and maybe, latter on, Yemen, Morocco and why not Iran.  A solidarity movement is here and speaks in one voice.

The streets chant the word of Tunisian poet Abu al-Qasim al-Shabi:  “When people decide to live, destiny shall obey, and one day … the slavery chains must be broken.”

Patrick-Bernard