Kurt Josef Waldheim (21 December 1918 – 14 June 2007) was an Austrian diplomat and politician. Waldheim was the fourth Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1972 to 1981, and the ninth President of Austria, from 1986 to 1992. While running for President in Austria in 1985, his service as an intelligence officer in the Wehrmacht during World War II raised international controversy.
Nils Daniel Carl Bildt, Honorary KCMG (born 15 July 1949) is a Swedish politician, diplomat and nobleman. Formerly Prime Minister of Sweden from 1991 to 1994 and leader of the liberal conservative Moderate Party from 1986 to 1999, Bildt has served as Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs since 6 October 2006.
Yusuf al-Qaradawi is an Egyptian Muslim scholar and Islamist preacher. He is best known for his program, ash-Shariah wal-Hayat on Al Jazeera that has an estimated audience of 40 million worldwide, and for IslamOnline, a popular website that he helped found in 1997. He has also published more than 80 books, including The Lawful and the Prohibited in Islam and Islam: The Future Civilization.
Gabriel Léon M'ba (UMM-bah) (9 February 1902 – 27 November 1967) was the first Prime Minister (1959–1961) and President (1961–1967) of Gabon. A member of the Fang ethnic group, M'ba was born into a relatively privileged village family. After studying at a seminary, he held a number of small jobs before entering the colonial administration as a customs agent.
Tariq Ramadan is a Swiss academic and Islamic scholar. He is a Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford University. He advocates the study and re-interpretation of Islamic texts, and emphasizes the heterogeneous nature of Western Muslims. He emphasizes the necessity for their contribution to Western society..
Ohn Gyaw (born 1932) was the foreign minister of Myanmar from 1991 until November 1998, when he was replaced in a cabinet reshuffle. His imminent removal had been rumored since 1996, when it became clear that he could not protect the international reputation of Myanmar's military government.
Ettie Annie Rout (later Ettie Annie Hornibrook) (24 February 1877 - 17 September 1936) was a Tasmanian-born New Zealander whose work among servicemen in Paris and the Somme during World War I made her a war hero among the French, yet through the same events became persona non grata in New Zealand. She married Fred Hornibrook on 3 May 1920 (no children, later separated). She died in the Cook Islands, and is buried there.
Konstantin Theodor Dumba (also Constantin Dumba) (1856-1947) was the last Austro-Hungarian ambassador to the United States. He served from 1913-1915, succeeding the 20-year ambassador Ladislaus Hengelmüller von Hengervár. Due to a series of scandals during the lead up to World War I that showed he was involved with espionage, Dumba was declared persona non grata in 1915 by President Woodrow Wilson. His father was the Greek-Austrian magnate Nikolaus Dumba.
Ahmad Abu Laban was the leader of the organisation called the Islamic Society in Denmark and a central figure in the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy. In 1948 his family emigrated to Egypt, and he grew up there. In 1969 he graduated as a mechanical engineer. In 1974 he married his cousin Iman; the couple had seven children. He studied Islamic theology with scholars in different Muslim countries.
After the Turkish War of Independence, the newly established Republic of Turkey presented a list of 600 names to the Conference of Lausanne, which were to be declared personae non gratae. Later, a list comprising only 150 of these, put into effect by the Grand National Assembly of Turkey on April 23, 1924 (revised on June 1, 1924), was included in the Treaty of Lausanne.
Ernests Blanks (1894–1972), publicist, the first to publicly advocate for Latvia's independence in 1917. Ernests Blanks was editorial writer of Dzimtenes Atbalss (Fatherland's Echo). At a time when others discussed Latvia's and, the other Baltic countries, autonomy, Ernests Blanks dared to demand sovereignty for Latvia. Already on 21. (8. ) July 1917 Ernests Blanks unequivocally wrote: "Our ideal is a sovereign Latvia.
Sir Horace Phillips, KCMG (May 31, 1917, Glasgow, Scotland - March 19, 2004) was a British diplomat. After seven years in the Army in the second World War, he served in a number of postings in East Africa, the Middle East, and Indonesia from 1947 though 1977, the year he retired. He enjoyed a second career of ten years as resident representative of a major British engineering company afterwards.
Sebastian Horsley (born August 8, 1962) is a London artist best known for having undergone a voluntary crucifixion. Horsley's writings often revolve around his dysfunctional family, his drug addictions, sex, and his reliance on prostitutes.
Viktor Alksnis is an ethnic Latvian former Soviet Air Force colonel, and a Russian ultranationalist politician. He is the chairman of Russian Center of Free Technologies, an organization intended to promote free software and open standards in Russia. He is a former member of the USSR Supreme Soviet, a member of the Russian All-People's Union and has also represented the Rodina (Motherland-National Patriotic Union) party in the Russian State Duma.
Çerkes Ethem (1886-1948) was a Turkish militia leader of Circassian origin who initially gained fame for fighting against the Allied powers invading Anatolia in the aftermath of the World War I and afterwards during the Turkish War of Independence. His family, of the Adyghe clan, was originally from Şapsığ region of Caucuses who migrated to Turkey during The Great Circassian Migration and he was born in Emre village of Bandirma. He is the son of Pşevu Ali Bey.
Deane Roesch Hinton (born March 12, 1923) was a career U.S. diplomat and ambassador. Hinton was born 12 March 1923 in Fort Missoula, Montana. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1943 and joined the U. S. Army, serving as a 2nd Lt. during World War II. After the war he attended Harvard University from 1951-52 and the National War College from 1961-62.
Omar bin Osama bin Muhammad bin 'Awad bin Laden better known as Omar Osama bin Laden (also Omar Ossama bin Laden, Omar bin Laden, and Omar Awad bin Laden; rarely Omar Usama bin Laden, Omar Ossama ben Laden or Omar Ossama bin Ladin) is one of the sons of Osama bin Laden and his first wife and first cousin Najwa Ghanem, . He is the fourth eldest son among nineteen children of Osama bin Laden.
George Galloway (born 16 August 1954) is a Roman Catholic, British politician, author and broadcaster, who has been a Member of Parliament since 1987, and is known for his anti-war views. He was formerly a Labour MP, first for Glasgow Hillhead, and later for Glasgow Kelvin, before his expulsion from the party in October 2003, and subsequently becoming a founding member of RESPECT. Galloway currently represents Bethnal Green and Bow, having been elected to that seat in 2005.
Norman Gary Finkelstein (born December 8, 1953) is an American political scientist and author, whose primary fields of research are the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the politics of the Holocaust. A graduate of Binghamton University, he received his Ph. D in Political Science from Princeton University.