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Time Magazine: Lula the “most influential leader of 2010”


Obama gets the Nobel in 2009, and Lula the most influential in 2010

Time Magazine has awarded Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva with a remarkable title and: according to the turnout of the voting the online site of the United States magazine unveiled, the former 2009 Man of the Year for Le Monde is now the “most influential leader of 2010,” according to one of the lists belonging to the Time 100 issue covering “the people who most affect our world.”

“Leaders,” “Artists,” “Heroes,” “Thinkers,” among other lists are the ones featured in the site. Bill Clinton is the number one at the “Heroes” list; Lady Gaga appears at the top artist and Zaha Hadid is the number one thinker.

This year’s is the seventh annual “The Most Influential People” list in Time magazine. People had been allowed to vote for days in order to form the ranking. Lula, 64 years old and two terms of office as Brazil’s Head of State, was placer over United States President Barack Obama, who was the fourth leader in the list.

According to the article that portraits a Lula picture, “when Brazilians first elected Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva President in 2002, the country’s robber barons nervously checked the fuel gauges on their private jets. They had turned Brazil into one of the most inequitable places on earth, and now it looked like payback time. Lula, 64, was a genuine son of Latin America’s working class – in fact, a founding member of the Workers’ Party – who’d once been jailed for leading a strike.”

The three failed attempts that Lula had to face in order to be a first-time president were also mentioned in the Time review: they are used to justify the Brazilian leader for being “a familiar figure in Brazilian national life.”

The question “what led him to politics in the first place?” is posted. Many ideas and possible answers are given…READ MORE HERE

3 Responses to Time Magazine: Lula the “most influential leader of 2010”

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  2. Douglas

    May 17, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Lula has done, in Brazil, what no other president has ever done. And tis against a press which insists on attacking him on all fronts, with a population which has been kept away from alternative media for over 500 yeas and is controlled by a television, Globo, which also controls the newspapers and magazines in the country. Lula is the man! He, against all corruptors, which are the real troublemakers in the country, and not only the corrupts, has made what he could to improve the social inequility in the country and without selling our resources to foreign countries, as the former president did, and without travelling abroad to be condecorated Fernando Henrique used to do. Therefore, congrats Lula. You deserve it! Hope this blind elite will understand and stop being so greedy one day.

  3. Petterson

    April 29, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Lula is not a good president nor workers party. The ethics in Brazil where completely murdered during their time.

    It is a completely inapropriated title.