Friday, October 8, 2004

LEARN THIS NAME: WANGARI MAATHAI. She's the Kenyan environmental firebrand who just won the coveted Nobel Peace Prize. Maathai's "Green Belt Movement" combats deforestation in Kenya and other African countries by encouraging planting (and selling) trees. Her protests led to the downfall of the corrupt and oppressive regime of Daniel arap Moi, and to reforms for democracy and environmental stabilization.

TALE OF TWO WOMEN. On the day when a popular and "ideal" American woman entered jail for lying about investments on the stock market, a relatively unknown 64-year old Kenyan woman entered world consciousness and won the world's most celebrated award. Meet Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. She's no Martha Stewart. Maathai has likely never made cutesy knick-knacks. But Stewart has probably not stripped naked in public to show marks from beatings from her government, either.

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