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The Protester
No one could have known that when a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire in a public square, it would incite protests that would topple dictators and start a global wave of dissent. In 2011, protesters didn’t just voice their complaints; they changed the world.
Cover Story
History often emerges only in retrospect. Events become significant only when looking backThe 2011 Person of the Year issue is the product of a year's worth of reporting and thinking
Yuri Kozyrev: My Year On Revolution Road
Photographer Yuri Kozyrev shares about the remarkable experience of covering uprisings in seven countries and what all the revolutions had in common
The Protester: A Portfolio by Peter Hapak
As TIME names the protester its 2011 Person of the Year, a look at protesters from around the world, from New York and Oakland to the Middle East
Meet Loukanikos, Athens' Protest Dog
The stray dog who joined the lines of demonstrators in the Greek capital has become an international celebrity
Why TIME Chose 'The Protester'
Managing editor Richard Stengel talks with Kurt Andersen, author of our cover story, about the decision to recognize the global protest movements of 2011 in TIME's Person of the Year issue
Why They Protest: Bahrain, Tunisia and Yemen
TIME world editor Bobby Ghosh explores the success of the protests in Tunisia and the setbacks and continuing violence protesters face in Bahrain and Yemen
The Media Messenger of Zuccotti Park
How an activist/journalist's live video stream from New York City's Zuccotti Park garnered mainstream attention and helped galvanize a movement
Profiles of Protesters
Dr. Arthur Chen
Chelsea Elliott
Olmo Gálvez
Ahmed Harara
Natalia Klossa and Antonis
Wael Nawara
Katerina Patrikarakou
Carmen Rodríguez
Javier Sicilia
Mohammad Bouazizi's Unexpected Sequel
Q&A;: Bouazizi's Mother
Runner-Up: William McRaven
Runner-Up: Ai Weiwei
Runner-Up: Paul Ryan
Runner-Up: Kate Middleton
TIME surveys the key figures, from politics and sports to entertainment and religion, who shaped our world over the past yearRemembering those who left us in 2011: Carrie Fisher on Elizabeth Taylor, John Lasseter on Steve Jobs, Rosalynn Carter on Betty Ford
The Town Where the Arab Spring Began
Mohamed Bouazizi ignited a rebellion that roiled the Arab world
Kate Middleton's Best Fashion Moments
The Duchess of Cambridge's fashion influence is a matter of empirical evidence
Ai Weiwei's Photographs
A gallery of the Chinese artist's work in the medium
Video: The Making of 'The Protester' Portfolio
Photographer Peter Hapak traveled to seven countries to capture portraits of dozens of protesters for TIME's Person of the Year issue
Why They Protest: American Movements
TIME's Nate Rawlings on the protests in the U.S., from the sit-in at the Wisconsin statehouse to the 'Occupiers' in cities throughout the nation
Why They Protest: Egypt, Libya and Syria
TIME's Abigail Hauslohner on the protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square, Libya's civil war and Syria's ongoing violence
Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin
The life and career of chairman of the House Budget Committee
Special Ops: A Photo History
The fascinating history of America's secret warriors
Molly Katchpole: The Woman Who Helped Abolish Debit Fees
She started an online petition against Bank of America's debit fees that eventually garnered more than 306,000 signatures
OWS: Protests and Camp Shutdowns
The Occupy Wall Street protest and similar demonstrations against corporate and financial systems continue globally
Russia: Protests and Counterprotests
After a narrow win by the Prime Minister's party, United Russia, demonstrators take to the streets in Moscow and St. Petersburg
Egypt: 18 Days that Shook the World
A day-by-day photo chronicle of the 2011 Egyptian uprising
Yes, he's Canadian. But Ryan Gosling is still the Coolest Person of the YearA survivor’s faith, inspiration and hope
TIME's Person of the Year 1927-2011
TIME's Person of the Year is bestowed by the editors on the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year. See who made the grade over TIME's first eight decades
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