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Peace (at Least a Little) on Earth

Making war is easy; avoiding it takes imagination. Here are a few who have figured out how

Meridith Kohut for TIME

By standing up to Hugo Chßvez, Sßnchez and Venezuela's student movement soared.

Ricardo Sánchez A young leader and an Internet-era movement are watchdogs for freedom in Venezuela

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As the oldest of five brothers, Ricardo Sánchez is used to taking a leadership role. But today the 24-year-old student has more responsibility than ever: he heads a nationwide coalition of students bent on safeguarding their country's democracy. An international-studies major at Central University of Venezuela, Sánchez is a star in a nascent movement, one that is making itself felt in a political system critics say has vested inordinate power in one man: President Hugo Chávez.

It was last May, after the government refused to...

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