Friday, July 31, 2009

RIP Corazon Aquino

Some very sad news tonight, as we learn of the death of Corazon Aquino, the reluctant woman who led the "People Power" revolution that led to the fall of Ferdinand Marcos in 1986. Her push for democracy in a region that at the time saw very little of it (only Japan, Australia and New Zealand could plausibly have been called democracies then) inspired the world, and led to her being one of only until then one of only a very few women who had been named Time's "Man of the Year."

Her no-nonsense approach to democracy as well as her tough line on militants who repeatedly tried to overthrow her set an important benchmark. It's going to be hard to imagine a world without her.

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