Time 100 Most Influential People: A Borat, an Arar, a Fey and a Gore
Time has released its annual list of the Top 100 most influential people. There are a couple of expected subjects (Al Gore, Justin Timberlake) and a couple of pleasant surprises (Tina Fey, Queen Elizabeth II--the real one, not Helen Mirren). There's also a few "maybe there's hope for the world after all" picks, including Sacha Baron Cohen (this photo proves there's a chance for society, in my humble opinion) and our very own Mahar Arar, whose entry is a shockingly simple indictment of the US's foreign policies:
The magazine's annual listing puts Mr. Arar at No. 58 in the Heroes & Pioneers category.
"Maher Arar's case stands as a sad example of how [Americans] have been too willing to sacrifice our core principles to overarching government power in the name of security, when doing so only undermines the principles we stand for and makes us less safe," Senator Patrick Leahy writes in the entry.
Mr. Arar, a 36-year-old Syrian-Canadian, was arrested while passing through New Yorks JFK airport in September 2002 while travelling back home from a vacation.