These are a few of the courageous souls who have stood up for peace, freedom and fairness, invariably at great risk to their careers and even their lives. They are the real heros of today, leading lights in an insane world that has temporarily forgotten integrity and responsibility.
Hugo Chavez (1954-2013)
Chavez was one of the few presidents to actually champion the interests poor people, not only in his home country of Venezuela, but also across the world where he would offer free or low-cost oil to the poorest. As a consequence of his stubborn resistance to US corporate control and social inequality, and the fact that Venezuela sits on top of the biggest oil reserves in the world, he became the greatest threat to US world dominance. Chavez had faults — some accused him of becoming increasingly autocratic — but his legacy will be the extraordinary example he has set to political leaders worldwide for putting the interests of ordinary people above those of the elite and the corporate sector. Almost all other politicians around the world have prostituted themselves to big business and other powerful organisations.
Gwenyth Todd / Feb 2013
Not many can say that they averted a war single-handedly, but that is a claim that Gwenyth Todd can maike. Todd was a White House Middle East policy adviser — a job that took her to many Arab-speaking countries and which opened her eyes to American foreign policy. Although originally asked by Clinton to open communication with Iran, subsequent Presidents, especially George Bush, have been under pressure from pro-war lobbyists such as AIPAC (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee) to start a war with Iran. This came to a head in 2007 towards the end of Bush's presidency when a false flag operation to spark conflict was defused by a report Todd sent back to Washington, a report her administrators and handlers tried to block her from sending by revoking all her security passes. Because of her report, war was averted that time, but Todd lost her job as a consequence and has been struggling to get work ever since. This is how Washington repays those who display integrity, the sort of integrity that is in the interest of ordinary people around the world, including the American public. (This is the same sort of response to those who expose US war crimes.) War only serves to enrich and empower the elite, and further extreme and immoral political agendas that have no other way to be realized. You can watch an interview with Todd here.