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Guernica’s Interviewees Featured on Foreign Policy’s Top 100

December 7, 2011

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Our top 9 of FP’s movers and shakers of 2011 (including one dude who’s kind of meh)

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Days before December’s tidal wave of year-end countdowns, Foreign Policy released their own massive contribution. We read through the FP Top 100 Global Thinkers, admired some, would have replaced some choices with others, and have chatted with, cross-examined or tilted swords with a number of the honored thinkers. Our top 9 of the top 100:

9. Arundhati Roy, 94 (Amitava Kumar interviews Arundhati Roy, February 2011, on her favorite curse words and threats against her)

8. John Githongo, 88 (Jake Whitney interviews Michela Wrong, June 2009, on corruption in Kenya and the risks to Githongo’s life)

7. Joseph Nye, 64 (Joel Whitney interviews Joseph Nye, October 2008, on President Obama’s and Bollywood’s soft power and multicultural appeal)

6. Thomas Friedman, 58 (groan) (a feature on Friedman from December 1, in which we dissect his errors)

5. Samantha Power, 53 (Joel Whitney interviews Samantha Power, June 2005, on what to do about Darfur)

4. Luis Moreno-Ocampo, 44 (Joel Whitney interviews Luis Moreno-Ocampo, March 2009, on what to do about war crimes and criticisms of his ICC)

3. Elizabeth Warren, 34 (Bill Moyers interviews Elizabeth Warren, March 2010, on the decline of the American middle class)

2. Aung San Suu Kyi, 31 (Guernica Daily just ran an interview with her de facto chief of staff on their reaction to Burma’s reforms)

1. Bernard-Henri Lévy, 22. Just behind Sarkozy, 21,“”For giving France its swagger back.” (Joel Whitney interviews Bernard Henri-Levy, November 2008, on the problems with his notion of competition between victims)

Our gratitude and congratulations to these international visionaries!*

*With one possible exception. See our collective groan.

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Arundhati Roy: How the Media Can Be an Accessory to a Crime: The author asks, “What is the nature of the agreement between the media and mobs and criminals in search of spectacle?” More

 
  Justin Alvarez: “Love the Future!”: As Ai Weiwei’s whereabouts are still unknown, netizens have taken it upon themselves to spread his message. More
     
 

Intelligence Without Design: By bridging aspects of intelligent design with evolution in a new approach they call “possibilism,” the authors probably haven’t solved the American culture wars. But they might have. More

 
  George Scialabba: Hitchens Distorts Noam Chomsky: George Scialabba on how “panting polemicist” Christopher Hitchens’s remarks against Noam Chomsky are evidence of a widespread and troubling failure among intellectuals. More

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