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In no particular order:
Zbigniew Brzezinski: He masterminded the color revolutions that swept through eastern europe a decade ago and he created the mujahedeen that morphed into al qaeda.
Michael Ledeen: He masterminded the Iran Contra Affair, the Nigerian Yellow cake fraud, and orchestrated the events of 9/11
George Soros: The billionaire financier behind much of the aforementioned color revolutions. Media magnate. Currency speculator, currently betting on the carbon derivatives market that would result from measures taken combating anthropogenic global warming.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn: The leader of the International Monetary Fund. The holder of the purse strings of indebtedness causing so much strife world wide.
Richard Perle: The neo-conservative strategist who advocated war in Iraq and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. As a member of the Project for a New American Century, Perle called for an increased US military presence in the middle east and helped orchestrate the events of 9/11 towards that end.
Ben Bernanke: The chairman of the US Federal Reserve. The man responsible for setting the value of the world's reserve currency. As head of an independent agency, although his position is appointed by the US President, the chairman of the Fed is accountable and subordinate to no one. The Federal Reserve holds more US Treasury bills than any other state or institution except for China.
Baron David de Rothschild: Head of the Rothschild family consortium of banks.
Paul Wolfowitz: Another neo-conservative strategist under George W. Bush. Project for a New American Century signatory. Former head of the World Bank.
Vladimir Putin: Prime minister of Russia. The de facto leader of Russia. His authority is in opposition to a total hegemonic control by western banking interests globally.
Hu Jintau: General Secretary of the Communist Party of China. The leader of the most populous state in the world. The leader of the world's second largest economy. China holds more US Treasury bills than any other state or institution. Like Putin, China's communist leader plays a role in resisting a total hegemonic control by western banking interests.
Amazing what people will believe, isn't it? :)
Charli, I would say it depends on what kind of power you mean. The power to move armies is different from the power to move massive amounts of capital investment is different from the power to move hearts and minds.
In any case, the greatest power is never held by individuals, but by people thinking and acting collectively - nations, corporations, political parties, social movements, etc. The power of any individual comes from their legitimacy in the eyes of others, which can be withdrawn in an unforeseen instant. Recent example: Hosni Mubarak.
I think the 10 most powerful people in the world are to smart to be on the radar. I'm a firm believer in the whole puppeteer thing. The masses are the puppets, the elite few who hold all the power allow us to believe that we have free will but in reality control everything (well especially with respect to politics and money).
Then again, a few countries could have more than one person more powerful than the country below them.
How do you understand recent events in Egypt, Tunisia, and across the Arab world?
I would say it was the top ten countries one most powerful person each.