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October 2001
Indro Montanelli
Indro Montanelli in front of the Milan offices of Corriere della Sera, where he began his career (Photo courtesy La Republica)
Indro Montanelli: Reporting the 20th Century
To admirers and foes alike, he was the “voice of a witness, a master of journalism, Italy’s Grand Old Man.” Indro Montanelli died in July at the age of 92. “A wonder of vitality, he is the most famous journalist of the 20th century,” wrote Dietmar Polaczek in Frankfurt’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Associate Editor Tekla Szymanski reflects on Montanelli's life and work... Full Story

Dita Indah Sari: Indonesian Labor Leader

Why would a middle-class Indonesian law student, who, in her own words, would have been happy to be a kindergarten teacher, feel compelled to become a radical trade union leader? Why would she risk being jailed, sexually abused, beaten, and harassed, all in the quest of fighting for democracy, against poverty and injustice in her country? Full Story... Full Story

Jorge Castañeda: Mexico’s Foreign Minister

When he was elected president in July 2000, Vicente Fox promised voters el cambio—fundamental change. Among Fox’s first appointments was his choice for foreign minister: Jorge Castañeda, 48, an internationally renowned scholar and progressive political analyst. Castañeda, who has taught political science at universities in Mexico and the United States, has written 12 books, including a biography of Ernesto “Che” Guevara. Full Story...

September 2001
Nawal el-Saadawi: Battling Bigotry
Nawal el-Saadawi, 70—feminist, physician, sociologist, Egypt's most widely translated writer, and former government minister—has always been attacked for her views... Full Story

Annette Lu: Outspoken Outsider
The authorities in Beijing have called Taiwan's vice president the "scum of the earth." And many Taiwanese refer to her as an "IBM"—"international bigmouth"... Full Story

Gennadi Rozhdestvensky: The Bolshoi Buster
Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, 70, Russia's most celebrated conductor, was long considered an icon of the Bolshoi Theater's golden days... Full Story

August 2001
Marta Suplicy: São Paulo's Savvy Mayor
São Paulo’s mayor, Marta Suplicy, 55, of the leftist Workers’ Party, just smiles when called an “ill-brought-up hussy” by conservative friends. Though she is rarely seen dressed in anything but a Chanel suit and lives in an elegant home, she knows how to communicate with the masses.... Full Story

Hans Mayer: A Life for Literature
‘I never became the prey,” Hans Mayer used to say. He didn’t like to be cast in the role of the victim. Mayer, Germany’s most prominent literary critic and indefatigable writer, died May 19 at the age of 94. Full Story

Jin Xing: Dancing Golden Star
A high-ranking Chinese military officer transforms himself into a transsexual modern-dance icon: It sounds like the story line of a sassy soap opera. But this is the life of Jin Xing, 33, a former soldier who after a sex change has become China’s most admired dancer. Full Story

July 2001
Jerome Lindon: Visionary Publisher
Jerome Lindon, editor of three Nobel Prize winners, died April 9, 2001, aged 75. Full Story

Dr. Yusuf Hamied: Generic Drug Maverick

Dr. Yusuf Hamied is battling to sell his generic anti-AIDS drugs to poor countries. Why? Full Story

Makiko Tanaka: Plainspoken Politician
Newly-elected Junichiru Koizumi's most daring move thus far may have been his decision to appoint the colorful Makiko Tanaka to the post of foreign minister. A look at some of the highlights of this extraordinary woman's career... Full Story

June 2001
Googoosh: Iran’s High Priestess of Pop
To older Iranians, she represents the music of their youth. To those who have never known a free Iran, she symbolizes the liberty they are denied. Persian pop star Googoosh, who in the 1960s wore miniskirts and set Farsi poems to disco beats, is in the midst of a comeback after years of repression. Full Story

Ryszard Kapuscinski: A Poet Among Journalists
Kapuscinski, who was born in Poland in 1932, has spent his career chronicling political shifts in the Third World. He began as a foreign correspondent for the Polish Press Agency, which could afford to send only one reporter to each continent. “That was an advantage,” he recalled in an interview at London’s Institute for Contemporary Art. “It took me from place to place, from revolution to revolution.”

Marie Bashir: From Psychiatry to Politics
Grandmother, psychiatry professor, fighter for indigenous rights—to these accomplishments, Marie Bashir now adds the title of politician. Sworn in on March 1 as the first female governor of Australia’s New South Wales state, the 70-year-old Bashir said she would use her new role to bring ethnic groups closer together and reduce poverty in the state.

Previous Stories:
Arturo Uslar Pietri
Venezuela’s Conscience
In his 94 years of life, Arturo Uslar Pietri wore many hats. A novelist, historian, poet, broadcaster, and politician, he stood up to the big oil companies that he felt were taking over his country. He was also a passionate advocate for his people. He “was possibly the best president Venezuela never had,” wrote London’s Guardian newspaper of the writer and humanitarian, who died in Caracas on Feb. 26.

Dr. Cynthia Maung
‘Burma’s Mother Teresa’
Dr. Cynthia Maung doesn’t let it go to her head that people have described her as “Burma’s Mother Teresa.” Questioned by journalists about her humanitarian work, she tends to giggle softly and remind them that she wasn’t a very good student at medical school. “Even when I attended class, I did not always listen,” she told the Seattle Times.

Charles Mérieux
Vaccine Developer

Ibrahim Eissa
Dissident Journalist
At 36, Egyptian journalist Ibrahim Eissa has the distinction of having been involved with 10 newspapers that have been shut down by government censors, often because of his columns. Known for his sharp critiques of political Islam, Eissa is often censored even when he writes about literature. But he insists that he won’t be cowed. “I’m much stronger than others might think,” he recently told the Cairo Times.

Bettina Röhl
Not Her Mother's Daughter

Ruud Lubbers
Refugees' New Advocate

Amira Hass
Chronicler of Palestinian Life

Ndabaningi Sithole
Founding Father

Cesaria Evora Cape
Verde’s Queen

Alex Barnett
Outer Space Entrepreneur