CBC News has released its list of the 12 most influential people of 2012, including politicians, activists and the Korean singer who has recently taken the world by storm.
One of the most influential people of 2012 is Travis Tygart, the CEO of the Anti Doping Agency. This is particularly prominent due to the most amazing year of sport the UK has ever witnessed. Tygart was in charge of the year-long investigation into Lance Armstrong which saw Bradley Wiggins’ fourth place at the 2009 Tour de France being bumped up to third.
Next on the list is actually a group of incredibly influential people. The Pussy Riot is a Russian feminist punk rock collective who formed in 2011 in response to the corruption in Putin’s Russia. The trio shot to fame when they appeared in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral just days before the presidential election. They lip synced a ‘punk prayer’ which condemned the support of the Orthodox Church for Putin. The three girls were arrested for hooliganism and have been sentenced to two years in prison.
Another revolutionary featuring on the list is Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s president. He played the part of peacemaker when he managed to negotiate a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas that ended the most recent bought of fighting in Gaza.
Pakistani activist, Malala Yousafzai is next on the list as an inspirational symbol of the struggle for women’s rights. Malala and her father have worked hard for the cause of greater access to education for girls in the Swat Valley region, which put her on the hit list of the Taliban and led to her shooting. Managing to survive, the UN named the 10th November as Malala Day and she has been awarded the Star of Courage award in her home country.
E.L. James is the only author on the list and is responsible for the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon that has swept the nation over the past year. This nomination is less for her books and more for the way they have changed the publishing industry forever. The novel shot to fame after it generated interest on social media sites and blogs and was noticed by the Random House publishing group. E.L. James has changed the way that publishers will look for new writers in this technological era.
Angela Merkel obviously features on the list as the face of the debt crisis in Europe, bailing the continent out, whilst keeping the respect of her country and her toughest critics.
Mark Carney, Canada’s central banker is next for being the reason that Canada is the only G8 country that’s economic performance has remained strong since the beginning of the crisis in 2008. He has now been named the new governor of the Bank of England.
Another prime minister on the list is Recep Tayyip Erdogan who brought attention back to the civil war in Syria. He urged the UN to put pressure on Assad to step down, held talks with ally, Vladimir Putin and managed to convince NATO to put anti-missile systems on Turkey’s border with Syria.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Space Exploration has had an influential year, introducing his company’s Dragon Capsule, the first commercial supply vessel to dock at the International Space Station.
Nate Silver is also on the list having stolen the show at the 2012 US Presidential election. Nate is a New York Times blogger whose date driven analysis of political polling accurately predicted the outcome of the presidential vote in every state. His analysis has sparked debate about the accuracy of election polling, naming and shaming the media for their sloppy speculation.
The second Canadian on the list, Christine Sinclair, is a striker who led her team at the 2012 Olympics. She scored the Olympic record of six goals, a hat trick and was named the Lou Marsh Canadian athlete of the year.
The final person featuring on the list is responsible for the song that has taken the world by storm: Psy. The South Korean’s song Gangnam Style and the accompanied dance have gone to the top of the charts all around the world. However, it doesn’t end there as the singer’s video on Youtube has surpassed Justin Bieber’s Baby to become the most viewed video ever on the site with nearly one billion views.
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