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Pope Francis, Bachelet, Maduro and Mujica, in Time's 100 most influential people

Monday, April 28th 2014 - 07:54 UTC
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The president of Chile, a champion of women's rights; Maduro missing the touch of Chavez and Mujica, “legalized pot” The president of Chile, a champion of women's rights; Maduro missing the touch of Chavez and Mujica, “legalized pot”

Pope Francis, presidents Michelle Bachelet of Chile, Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela and José Mujica of Uruguay, and Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón are the Latin Americans named by TIME magazine to its list of the “100 most influential people in the world.”

 The list, published last week, includes a note about each one of the 100 submitted by some distinguished person, with that of the first Latin American pope written by Barack Obama, who is himself among those picked by the publication.

“Pope Francis reminds us in ways that words alone cannot that no matter our station in life, we are bound by moral obligations to one another,” the U.S. president says.

The editor of Time, Nikhil Kumar, writes that a year after taking over the presidency of Venezuela and “lacking Chavez's firm grip on power, Maduro is struggling as a litany of ills, from soaring inflation to food shortages, fans popular discontent.”

As to Bachelet's right to a place among the 100 most influential, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN under-secretary-general and executive director of UN Women, describes the Chilean president as “a passionate champion of women's rights.”

For Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain, what is most relevant about Uruguay's Mujica is that he is “the revolutionary who legalized pot.”

Filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón figures among the 100 most influential because, according to writer, director and producer J.J. Abrams, he is a “master of the universe.”

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  • Mendoza Canadian

    Why would Time be feeding propaganda to the dictator in VeneCuba???

    Apr 28th, 2014 - 11:25 am 0
  • GeoffWard2

    'Uruguay's Mujica .. is “the (ex)revolutionary who legalized pot.” '

    Oh, so that's why the Time magazine's 'distinguished person' thinks that he is one of the top 100 most influential people in the world!

    Silly of me for thinking that 'influential people' do good things.
    Pol Pot must have been on the Time list in 1975, he was certainly 'influential'.

    Apr 28th, 2014 - 04:41 pm 0
  • ChrisR

    I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read this nonsense.

    He is so “popular” in Uruguay that the majority of people are against this law but are prepared, now it has passed, to see if it works.

    So we now have a “President” (I still can’t believe I am typing that word) who is not only illiterate and innumerate but a murdering commie bastard who now wants to be the biggest drug lord in Uruguay.

    But “No Free Energy Stevie” will be ecstatic.

    You really, really, couldn’t make this up.

    Apr 28th, 2014 - 08:48 pm 0
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