Foreign Policy magazine has come out with its annual Top 100 Global Thinkers list for 2012.
Myanmar-Burma activist Aung San Suu Kyi was ranked number one along with Thein Sein, the military man formerly responsible for her imprisonment, followed by:
Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, Bill and Hillary Clinton (tied for third), some robot car guy, then Bill and Melinda Gates (tied for fifth), the Pakistani school girl Malala Yousafzai who was shot by the Taliban, President Barack Obama, failed VP candidate Paul Ryan (does isolationism qualify you as a global thinker?) and other folks like financier George Soros, a member of the imprisoned feminist Russian rock band Pussy Riot, author Salman Rushdie and so on.
Arbitrary, arguable, but not a bad overview to the news of the world this past year.
Also from FP in keeping with the holiday season of news lists (it’s what the media always does at the end of the year), they’ve put out the Top 10 stories of 2012 you probably missed but which they believe will rise up in the headlines in 2013 (among them, the anticipated eradication of guinea worm – which, if you read Humanosphere, you won’t have missed).
Finally, here’s New African’s list of 100 Most Influential Africans.