John Pilger - Writer and broadcaster Investigative and campaigning journalist, best known for his war reporting For giving a voice to millions whose plights would otherwise have gone unreported in the mainstream media; for regularly and willingly exposing himself to mockery and vilification by those who lack his principles and moral courage; and, to put it crudely, for having more balls than the rest of the fourth estate put together. He is a giant of a man who humbles us all. Prince Charles - Eldest son of the Queen Heir to the British throne, keen conservationist and organic farmer Even if his views on issues such as farming, architecture and climate change aren't universally admired, he has made people think about and debate them in a manner that could only produce positive change. Save us tonight, the last hope for all of us! In the cartoons, they fight evil and they give their lives to save humanity from destruction and tough moments. In 1983, Walesa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and, in 1988, a fresh outburst of strikes allowed him to edge the regime into Round Table talks in early 1989 on Poland's future.
In 1960 her mother, Daw Khin Kyi, became the Burmese ambassador to India. By changing for the worse, this government has given in to the terrorist threat and threatens its own citizens. Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Martin Luther King were superheroes of their time. I was surprised that Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa did not make our top ten. Vietnam, Nicaragua, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq: the truth was not hidden because he revealed it. Year: 119 Views Lost in a dream, it seems, Emptiness and madness, See the grow, as we know, Blinded for our for the world, Call for us, the in all of us, So far the sky tonight Glorious, more in us, We are victorious, and so alive.
Rami is often abused in Israel for truth-telling. Mikhail Gorbachev - Last leader of the Soviet Union Relinquished power to help bring the cold war to an end Gorbachev saw the writing on the wall: he would either have to heap repression on repression, or let eastern Europe off the leash and allow Soviet communism to disintegrate in the process. Blair has guided Labour to three successive electoral victories. But she went down fighting for her principles; no one was in any doubt about what she stood for and what she believed in. Life in this lifetime teaches us that these super heroes could possibly exist if we wish them to but how many of these have come down from the skies to save humanity and the planet from the things that are happening? She names what had no name before she came along. When she told European politicians that she wanted a rebate on the billions Britain overpaid the Community, she held out until she got one.
War correspondents are usually considered the most courageous of journalists, but it requires even more courage to be an anti-war correspondent in the middle of hostilities between your own enormous country and one of its smaller peoples. Amartya Sen is in my global top ten. Not since Nelson Mandela's long incarceration has a political prisoner drawn so much and such consistent support from millions the world over. She has had to hide away abroad or, when at home in Moscow, keep looking over her shoulder. Live every day from your heart, life is beautiful. When she said the Falklands must be liberated come what may, they were. But his later career suggests that perhaps there are no heroes, only hero-worshippers who can rapidly disperse.
If she had taken power in 1990, her appeal may have dulled by now. Though we asked you to consider only the living, Winston Churchill was among several of the great dead to receive multiple nominations, as were Jesus Christ and Marie Curie. Despite being attacked, physically and verbally, he has never allowed himself to be bullied into silence. Even now, in old age, his enthusiasm for nature is undiminished, and it connects with people of all ages and cultures. Tony Blair insists that we may not question the integrity of those involved, only their judgement. Daniel Barenboim - Pianist and conductor Reith lecturer who unites Palestinian and Israeli musicians For his vision and energy in setting up, with Edward Said, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and his efforts to bring Israeli and Arab youth together in a creative and peaceful mission.
Our kingdom come, we stand as one, And we will live for always evermore. The cold war ended and state-controlled dictatorships crumbled. Free from this world, here for the last time, Oceans collide inside of us all, Believe who we are, The phoenix will guide us, Freedom will rise once again. I give you my word! Pray now for the silence, and the last tears we'll cry So glorious, this fire inside, united we stand. Inspirational - yet worlds apart: there was no doubt about the victor in our readers' survey to find the heroes of our time. I Grazielle, begin today, not tomorrow, today. This did not stop Vanunu talking.
In December 1981, General Jaruzelski's putsch suspended Solidarity and arrested thousands of its members, including Walesa. But perhaps when people think of bravery and moral courage in South Africa they think first, and inevitably, of Nelson Mandela. That awakening is largely the result of the disastrous failure of the neoliberal project imposed on the continent over the past 20 years. Several Russian officers who served in Chechnya, gaining reputations for their extreme cruelty, promised to kill her for naming them in an article. Later, the Dalai Lama became the voice of the cultural and political survival of Tibet. Dalai Lama - Buddhist spiritual leader Exiled Nobel Peace Prizewinner who campaigns for an independent Tibet In 1950, when Tenzin Gyatso known to his followers as Kundun or, in the west, the 14th Dalai Lama was just 15, Chinese troops invaded Tibet. Even then, Suu Kyi's uncompromising principles provoked admiration but irritation, too.
And we'll all find our sacrifice tomorrow! In academic terms, few can rival him as an opponent of imperialism, globalisation and state terrorism. The fact that I encountered everywhere a philosophy of looking towards the future rather than being bitter about the past is largely, I believe, because Mandela set the example. The superheroes are often the hidden few gentle and courageous people who work assiduously and unshakably for a world built upon human rights, social and environmental justice, democracy, equality and peace, often at the cost of their own lives. His programmes are committed, invaluable and beautiful. Germaine Greer - Academic and broadcaster Author of the celebrated feminist work The Female Eunuch, published in 1970 For telling it like it is.
He inspires us all to hold true to what we know is right and to have the courage to speak out when others are silent. Marc Hudson was announced as Theart's replacement in March 2011. But who could have predicted such strong support for Margaret Thatcher and the Queen? Far beyond our lives, still our glory lives on! In September, the junta curtailed freedoms and announced an election. When she said the lady wasn't for turning, she wasn't. Yet she remains in her tower, inviolate. He voluntarily surrendered power and probably saved Russia from greater violence and turmoil. She has not seen her sons since 1988.
Peace seems to have come to Northern Ireland, to which Blair gave much personal time. His governments have been the first to be trusted on the economy ahead of the Conservatives, who used to hold this as their trump card. Clive Stafford Smith - Human-rights lawyer Has saved many from the death penalty and supported Guantanamo prisoners His opposition to the death penalty in the United States, through years of dedicated pro bono work to overturn the verdicts of death-row inmates, is an inspiration to us all to use our skills and talents for the benefit of others, and not just to enrich and reward ourselves. Neil Armstrong - Astronaut First human ever to set foot on the moon in 1969 The astronaut Neil Armstrong is the best-known representative of a whole class of visionaries, scientists, engineers, pilots, teachers, entrepreneurs and consumers who are inching forward our expansion into space. If you manage to touch a few lives every day with your actions then you are using your best powers. At 60, Suu Kyi is still lovely and delicate, like the strings of scented jasmine always looped around her hair.