Brussels The International Crisis Group and its President Gareth Evans are honoured as "Heroes" in major feature articles in this week's TIME magazine. Each year the Europe and Asia editions of the magazine identify what it describes as "extraordinary" people and organisations "who illuminate and inspire, persevere and provoke. They take on challenges the rest of the world often prefers to avoid, reminding us all just how much a single person, even in the face of adversity, can accomplish."
TIME's 10 October 2005 Europe edition devotes a two-page colour spread to Gareth Evans as one of 37 "European Heroes 2005", describing Crisis Group's voice as "heard, and heeded, where it matters most: among the world's power brokers". He joins such company as Bob Geldof, honoured for putting African poverty centre stage with the Live8 concerts, Placido Domingo for supporting disaster relief causes, the Irish McCartney sisters for standing up to the IRA, and Thierry Henry for leading the campaign against racism in football.
The magazine's Asia edition of the same date, in its "Asia's Heroes 2005" feature, identifies Crisis Group, in another colour spread, as a "change agent" and "problem-solver" in the region, focusing particularly on its "crack team of locally based researchers", especially "living national treasure" Sidney Jones in Indonesia, and the Group's work in North Korea and South Asia. Among others honoured in TIME Asia are the "Heroes of Aceh", India's "rebel tennis star" Sania Mirza, Japan's celebrity chef Nobu, and the organisation Help International Phi Phi, which has brought together local Thai and international volunteers to rebuild after the Tsunami disaster.
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