Global heroes

Anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela raises clenched fist, arriving to address mass rally, a few days after his release from jail, 25 February 1990, in the conservative Afrikaaner town of Bloemfontein, where ANC was formed 75 years ago. (Photo credit should read TREVOR SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

As every year, we have a special summer feature from late June to early September. This year, you can  discover a new hero from a different country, every Monday at 8am US Eastern Time! We will return to our usual worldwide news articles on Monday August 29th!
Until then…enjoy reading and also check out our Instagram to see our team’s home cities! #TourMyCity

Tunisia's Heroine

“Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be told how to use her freedom; she must find out for herself. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that within her which struggles for expression.”,...Read More »


Canada's Hero - a fighter till the end!

Everyone has a different idea of a national hero, and even citizens of the same country will likely have varying answers. As Canadians, the hero we all think of is Terry Fox.  As I don’t presume the rest of the world has heard of Terry Fox, I, as a...Read More »


A German hero

Goethe, Bismark, Luther, Einstein. These names will appear on your screen within a tenth of a second when you type in “German national heroes” in the google search bar. What big names! Goethe – probably the most influential european poet defining the 19th century’s literary movements,...Read More »


The Ivorian Hero

In Côte d’Ivoire people don’t need much to be happy. Their joy is not coming only from their achievements or their relatives, but some “heroes” contribute to their happiness. Talented people like our most famous artist, DJ Arafat, put happiness in the heart of the nation.

However,...Read More »


An "unusual" hero

If you were to open Google Translate this instant and type in the word “hero” so that it could be translated to Arabic, the word you would most probably get is بطل, or in English letters, Batal. The word, consistent with the grammatical rules of the Arabic language, references...Read More »


Fransisco Morazan: A hero, a martyr

“Union makes force.” This phrase briefly describes the ideals of one of the most courageous men in Latin America. Born in Tegucigalpa when Honduras was still a Spanish colony, Fransisco Morazan fought not only for his country, but also for the freedom of Central American nations.

Francisco...Read More »


Not Wilhelm Tell! - A Swiss national Hero

Jean-Henri Dunant (8 May 1828 – 30 October 1910) was a Swiss writer, social activist, founder of the Red Cross, and the first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Already at a young age, his Calvinist parents had an enormous influence in Dunant’s personal values. For example, they believed that...Read More »


De Gaulle - A French Hero to be remembered

Every town or city in France has a street named after Charles de Gaulle. Indeed, he was one of the most influential French politicians. His actions transformed the country during WWII and while he was president, from 1958 to 1968. At first, he was “just” a French general who did...Read More »


An American Hero

Muhammad Ali

The United States’ extensive, complex, and shifting history has revealed many different powerful people whom people of different perspectives would name “American Heroes”. A truly influential person in this country’s history, whose impact was powerful both during and after his career, is one who...Read More »


Brazil's Hero: Santos Dumont

Alberto Santos Dumont (Palmyra, current Santos Dumont , July 20, 1873 – Guaruja, July 23, 1932 ) was an aeronaut, sportsman and Brazilian inventor.

Santos Dumont designed, built and flew the first dirigible balloons with gasoline engine. This merit you are guaranteed internationally for...Read More »


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