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Ahmed Seif

Birth:1951
Death:2014

Human rights lawyer The experience of torture as a political prisoner in Egypt inspired Ahmed Seif to become a leading human rights lawyer defending leftists, Islamists, and atheists. Ahmed Seif was himself imprisoned at least four times, twice during the rule of President Anwar el-Sadat and twice under President Hosni ...

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Anita Ghulam Ali

Birth:1934
Death:2014

A prominent name in the educational circle of Pakistan For someone so closely associated with the education sector for decades Professor Anita Ghulam Ali was a prominent and proverbial personality in that circle of Pakistan. She began working as an English newscaster at Radio Pakistan and remained associated with for ...

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Asif Ali Khan Zardari

Birth:1955
Death:

The widower of Benazir Bhutto who got his chance to become President of Pakistan. A highly controversial figure Asif Zardadi was elected president (2008 - 2013) of Pakistan, a fractious nation of 180 million. His elevation to presidency ranks among the greatest reversals of political fortune in modern history. His marriage in 1987 to ...

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Ahmad Fouad Negm

Birth:1929
Death:2013

A poet of the people A poet of the people Ahmad Fouad Negm popularly known, as el-Fagommi, an Egyptian who found himself at loggerheads with authority for much of his life was a political prisoner on and off for almost 19 years. A vernacular poet whose writing pricked the very conscience ...

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Akhtar Payami

Birth:1931
Death:2013

Journalist Journalist associated with Pakistan's the Morning News and Dawn Akhtar Payami was known as a mentor to his protégé and colleagues in these newspapers. He worked and endured the state repression during the days of strict censorship under the Bhutto regime. Akhtar Payami was admired for his vast ...

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Abida Parveen

Birth:1954
Death:

Sufi singer Pakistani Abida Parveen is the greatest female Sufi singer and an Asian soul. Her hallucinating and deep performance regularly sends her audiences in Pakistan and India into swaying raptures, swooning and fainting being quite standard reactions. Her first US tour was in 1993 and Abida Parveen has since travelled ...

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Ali Kafi

Birth:1928
Death:2013

Algerian politician Born in the eastern city of Constantine into a poor family Ali Kafi became involved in the anti-colonial struggle at an early age, after the massacre at Setif, where nationalist unrest that broke out at the end of the Second World War was brutally suppressed by French forces, ...

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Abu Musa

Birth:1927
Death:2013

Palestinian commander Rebelled against Yasser Arafat to form a rival party Abu Musa was a military commander. A Jordanian of Palestinian descent he defected from the Jordanian army in 1970. Palestinians fighters were pushed out of Jordan in 1971 in battle with Jordanian forces, that killed thousands, later known as 'Black September....

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Amina Cachalia

Birth:1930
Death:2013

South African activist One of the founders, in 1948, of the Women's Progressive Union Amina Cachalia was also involved in the founding of the Federation of South African Women, in 1954. She was instrumental in the 1950s for the success of the Defiance Campaign. Her activism commenced at an early age when ...

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Abdessalam Yassine

Birth:1928
Death:2012

Former Moroccan leader of opposition The charismatic personality Abdessalam Yassine was the leader of Morocco's largest opposition movement, Adl wal Ihsan (Justice and Spirituality), and a long-time opponent of two Moroccan kings. During the Arab Spring, his group was an important part of the pro-democracy movement that demonstrated in the ...

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