May her influence continue to grow. May she become leader of the EU. From Expatica, with thanks to Susan:
AMSTERDAM — Dutch Liberal MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been named by weekly magazine ‘Time’ as one of the world’s top 100 influential people.
She was listed as the 22nd most influential politician in the world.
Hirsi Ali was included in the list among world leaders such as US president George W Bush, Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon and South African president Thabo Mbeki….
Time described Hirsi Ali, the Liberal VVD MP as “someone who stands up for her convictions”, newspaper ‘De Volkskrant’ reported on Monday.
The cultural and political problems in the Netherlands have featured prominently in US media reports since the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh by a suspected Islamic militant last year.
Hirsi Ali plays a prominent role in the media reports as a woman of Somali origin who dares to speak out against the treatment of women under Islam.
She co-produced the film ‘Submission’ with Van Gogh shortly before his assassination by a Dutch-Moroccan man. The film is highly critical of domestic abuse among the Islamic community.
And, of course, it cost van Gogh his life and sent Hirsi Ali into hiding.