Friday, May 2,
2008 - Time magazine has come out with its 2008 list of the world’s
100 most influential people.
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie top the
list of people within Entertainment at No. 21!
The top ten are: 1. Dalai Lama 2. Vladimir Putin 3. Barack Obama
4. Hillary Clinton 5. John McCain 6. Hu Jintao 7. George W. Bush 8.
Jacob Zuma 9. Anwar Ibrahim 10. Kevin Rudd.
Others include: Oprah Winfrey came in at 22, Mia Farrow at 24,
Lorne Michaels at 58, Miley Cyrus at 59 and Robert Downey Jr. at 60.
For more detail of the result, you can
or to read Paul Wolfowitz’s comment on Anwar Ibrahim,
please click here.
During the 1990s, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim
and a group of U.S. Senators organized a forum to exchange views
among East Asians and Americans. Asked at one session about the
role of Islam in politics, Anwar replied, "I have no use for
governments which call themselves Islamic and then deny basic
rights to half their population."
This devout Muslim leader was an impressive and eloquent
advocate of tolerance, democracy and human rights. So we were
shocked by his arrest and trial in 1998 on charges of corruption
and sodomy. I felt his real "crime" had been to challenge Prime
Minister Mahathir Mohamad, whose impressive record will be forever
stained by his treatment of Anwar. I joined Senator Sam Nunn and
others to speak out in Anwar's defense. When he was finally
released from prison in 2004, U.S. policy on Iraq was unpopular in
Malaysia, and Anwar was harshly critical. It would have been easy
for him to disown our friendship, but he is not that kind of
person. He kept the channels of dialogue open, even while making
clear our disagreements.
Anwar, 60, is back in the center of Malaysian politics. The
coalition led by his wife Wan Azizah has become the main
opposition bloc. His future role can be determined only by
Malaysians. One can hope that they will embrace his brand of
tolerance, valuing dialogue across political differences, and that
this courageous leader will continue to play a leading role on the
Wolfowitz is a former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense