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President Obama will meet at the White House today with former Vice President Al Gore. The topic: climate change.
The White House announced the Oval Office meeting, which was a last-minute addition to the president’s schedule, as Mr. Obama prepares for his appearance next week at the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen.
Another topic of discussion? The Nobel Peace Prize. Mr. Gore won the award in 2007 for his work on climate change. Mr. Obama is accepting his award on Thursday in Oslo.
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/07/obama-gore-compare-notes-on-copenhagen-oslo/?src=twt&twt=thecaucusPresident Obama will meet at the White House today with former Vice President Al Gore.... more
Iranian human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi says the Nobel Peace Prize medal she won in 2003 has been confiscated.
The medal and accompanying diploma were taken from a bank box in Tehran about three weeks ago on the orders of Iran's Revolutionary Court, she said.
Ms Ebadi, who has criticised Iran's recent disputed election and the subsequent treatment of protesters, said her bank account was also frozen.
Iranian authorities have not made any official comment on the issue.
Ms Ebadi has been speaking to the BBC's Persian Service.Iranian human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi says the Nobel Peace Prize medal she won in... more
...and he got the Nobel 'Peace' Prize?
Katie Couric asks Al Gore if we are moving in the right direction on climate change. Gore also offers his opinions on Afghanistan, North Korea, and President Barack Obama's winning of the Nobel Peace Prize. He also talks about Laura Ling and Euna Lee.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDmY2jXYOagKatie Couric asks Al Gore if we are moving in the right direction on climate change.... more
As critics continue to mull over whether President Obama deserved the Nobel Peace Prize, Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite says the U.S. Constitution does not allow him to accept the award without the consent of Congress.
In a letter to Obama delivered on Monday, Brown-Waite, R-Fla., along with Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, claim the president is obligated under the Constitution to obtain Congress' approval before he formally accepts the prize.
Article I, Section 9, of the Constitution, the emolument clause, states: "And no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince or foreign state."
The five-member Nobel commission, which awarded Obama the prize earlier this month, is elected by the Norwegian Parliament -- the Storting. The award is therefore made by a group representing a foreign state, the writers argued.
"As the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by a committee appointed by the Parliament of Norway, the Storting, the prize is clearly subject to the requirements set forth in Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution. Obtaining permission from Congress should be straightforward," Brown-Waite wrote in the letter.
"I urge President Obama to affirm his devotion to our Constitution and seek the consent of Congress before accepting the award in Oslo, Norway, on December 10," she said.As critics continue to mull over whether President Obama deserved the Nobel Peace... more
THE LITTLE PRINCE, WRITTEN AND ILLUSTRATED BY ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY
TO LEON WERTH
I ask the indulgence of the children who may read this book for dedicating it to a grown-up...
LE PETIT PRINCE, AVEC DESSINS PAR L'AUTEUR ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPERY
A LEON WERTH
Je demande pardon aux enfants d'avoir dedie ce livre a une grande personne...THE LITTLE PRINCE, WRITTEN AND ILLUSTRATED BY ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY
TO LEON WERTH... more
For those youngsters out there, who have never heard of Joan Baez. I highly recommend you educate yourself on a person who really deserves the award. Watch PBS "How Sweet the Sound" an American masters series on this most incredible woman. Who walked the talk.For those youngsters out there, who have never heard of Joan Baez. I highly recommend... more
President Obama's Nobel Prize was a tough sell for the chairman of the committee that awarded the honor, with three of the five members initially opposing his selection, anonymous sources tell a Norwegian newspaper. They were persuaded mainly by chairman Thorbjoern Jagland, who strongly backed Obama from the beginning. The members agreed that Obama had solid nuclear disarmament and reconciliation initiatives in place, but some questioned whether he’d accomplished enough.
One newly elected committee member was especially skeptical of the pick. “I had expected a debate, especially around the issues I find problematic, the war in Afghanistan,” Aagot Valle told a Norwegian paper earlier this week. But when announcing the prize, Jagland said the decision was unanimous. A former PM of Norway, Jagland is known for his grand gestures and frequent gaffes.President Obama's Nobel Prize was a tough sell for the chairman of the committee... more
So what did he do? Eyebrows raised, jaws dropped and people sputtered out, 'Who won?!' Now, in the aftermath, people are debating the whys and hows, and questioning whether President Barack Obama was the appropriate choice for the Nobel Peace Prize.
YPNation contributor Ewan Watt takes it one step further and says, "Give it back!":
"When he went before the cameras on Friday the President should have turned the Nobel Peace Prize down. Here is what he could have said:
'I was both surprised and deeply humbled to be told today that I was receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. Looking at the list of individuals who have received the prize over the years, I am truly honored. As Americans, we know all too well that people in my position have used this office to achieve exceptional feats, feats that have been acknowledged in the past by the Nobel Prize committee. President Theodore Roosevelt brokered peace that ended a savage war between Russia and Japan. Woodrow Wilson, who strove for peace following the war he hoped would “end all wars.” Unlike Presidents Roosevelt and Wilson, my presidency is in its infancy. We have made great strides towards our goals and ambitions. As a result, I have asked the Nobel Prize Committee to offer this honor to another individual more deserving than I.'"So what did he do? Eyebrows raised, jaws dropped and people sputtered out, 'Who... more
Axelrod cannot explain Obama's Nobel Prize
By: DAVID FREDDOSO
Commentary Staff Writer
10/09/09 8:37 AM EDT
In 2007, a 97-year-old Polish woman named Irena Sendler was nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. During World War II, she saved 2500 Jewish children from the Nazis through a network that hid them from the Nazis with Polish families and in Catholic churches and convents. For her activities, Sendler was arrested and tortured, her arms and legs broken. She would have been executed but for a well-placed bribe that won her release. After the war, she was also persecuted by the Polish Communists.
That year's Nobel Peace prize went not to Sendler but to Al Gore, a serial self-promoter who personally contributes as much to global warming as many small American cities.
This is why the award of this year's peace prize to President Obama -- who has accomplished even less than Gore -- is not as surprising as it might seem. Even if Obama turns out to be the greatest president since George Washington, he has so far done nothing in office worthy of such an honor. With 205 nominees this year, worthier candidates must have abounded. This award should come as an embarrassment to the White House -- you might even hear Republicans use the phrase "Nobel-prize-winner" when describing Obama's failures during next year's election campaign. If he's wise, President Obama will turn it down.
This morning on MSNBC, presidential adviser David Axelrod was at pains to explain how his boss could possibly deserve this prize. "I think it's an affirmation by the Nobel committee that the things he's been working on and talking about around the world are important for humanity."
Incredibly, "just words" appear to have been good enough to win the Nobel Peace Prize.Axelrod cannot explain Obama's Nobel Prize
By: DAVID FREDDOSO
Commentary Staff... more
When war becomes peace,
When concepts and realities are turned upside down,
When fiction becomes truth and truth becomes fiction.
When a global military agenda is heralded as a humanitarian endeavor,
When the killing of civilians is upheld as "collateral damage",
When those who resist the US-NATO led invasion of their homeland are categorized as "insurgents" or "terrorists".
When preemptive nuclear war is upheld as self defense.
When advanced torture and "interrogation" techniques are routinely used to "protect peacekeeping operations",
When tactical nuclear weapons are heralded by the Pentagon as "harmless to the surrounding civilian population"
When three quarters of US personal federal income tax revenues are allocated to financing what is euphemistically referred to as "national defense"
When the Commander in Chief of the largest military force on planet earth is presented as a global peace-maker,
When the Lie becomes the Truth.
We are the crossroads of the most serious crisis in modern history. The US in partnership with NATO and Israel has launched a global military adventure which, in a very real sense, threatens the future of humanity.
At this critical juncture in our history, the Norwegian Nobel Committee's decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to President and Commander in Chief Barack Obama constitutes an unmitigated tool of propaganda and distortion, which unreservedly supports the Pentagon's "Long War": "A War without Borders" in the true sense of the word, characterised by the Worlwide deployment of US military might.
Apart from the diplomatic rhetoric, there has been no meaningful reversal of US foreign policy in relation to the George W. Bush presidency, which might have remotely justified the granting of the Nobel Prize to Obama. In fact quite the opposite. The Obama military agenda has sought to extend the war into new frontiers. With a new team of military and foreign policy advisers, the Obama war agenda has been far more effective in fostering military escalation than that formulated by the NeoCons.
Since the very outset of the Obama presidency, this global military project has become increasingly pervasive, with the reinforcement of US military presence in all major regions of the World and the development of new advanced weapons systems on an unprecdented scale.
Granting the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama provides legitimacy to the illegal practices of war, to the military occupation of foreign lands, to the relentless killings of civilians in the name of "democracy".When war becomes peace,
When concepts and realities are turned upside down,... more
The US president received an award in the faint hope that he will succeed in the future. That's how desperate the Middle East situation has become
His Middle East policy is collapsing. The Israelis have taunted him by ignoring his demand for an end to settlement-building and by continuing to build their colonies on Arab land. His special envoy is bluntly told by the Israelis that an Arab-Israel peace will take "many years". Now he wants the Palestinians to talk peace to Israel without conditions. He put pressure on the Palestinian leader to throw away the opportunity of international scrutiny of UN Judge Goldstone's damning indictment of Israeli war crimes in Gaza while his Assistant Secretary of State said that the Goldstone report was "seriously flawed". After breaking his pre-election promise to call the 1915 Armenian massacres by Ottoman Turkey a genocide, he has urged the Armenians to sign a treaty with Turkey, again "without pre-conditions". His army is still facing an insurgency in Iraq. He cannot decide how to win "his" war in Afghanistan. I shall not mention Iran.
And now President Barack Obama has just won the Nobel Peace Prize. After only eight months in office. Not bad. No wonder he said he was "humbled" when told the news. He should have felt humiliated. But perhaps weakness becomes a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Shimon Peres won it, too, and he never won an Israeli election. Yasser Arafat won it. And look what happened to him. For the first time in history, the Norwegian Nobel committee awarded its peace prize to a man who has achieved nothing – in the faint hope that he will do something good in the future. That's how bad things are. That's how explosive the Middle East has become.The US president received an award in the faint hope that he will succeed in the... more
I am grateful to Mr. Don Harkins the editor of THE IDAHO OBSERVER, (USA) and her associates Ms. Anne Wilder Chamberlain to help me prepare my story.
The following short note comes from them:-
When we first began corresponding with Khalid Awan in 2007, we had no idea why he was serving time in U.S federal prison.We soon discovered Awan was one of the first of thousands of Muslims taken prisoner in the post-9/11 U.S "terror War". As the story began unfolding in our letters, we began to realize that this honest, humble and sincere man was not only innocent, but the ongoing injustice being done to him provides critical insight into the mindless, mean-spirited, bureaucratic-yes-men idiocy fueling the illegal U.S. "War on Terror" (and just about everything else that is going wrong in this country). At our insistence, Awan wrote his story and supplied us with whatever documents we requested. And now, after three months of cooperative efforts, the story of Khalid Awan can be told. We have come to know Awan as a peaceful man engaged in peaceful work, who has been wrongfully accused, detained and repeatedly convicted of crimes he did not commit because he was a Muslim with international connections and an office in New York on 9/11. Anyone who might of the Muslim belief, especially a person raised overseas who has difficulty understanding our language and our corrupt judicial system, can be arrested and detained indefinitely in this country, certainly without a trial before a jury of his peers. Khalid is one of these Muslims.
We present this to you in faith that you will realize a deeper understanding of the levels of complicity necessary for the "land of free" to tolerate the phony war on terror year after year and in hope that Awan --- and all the other million or more political prisoners being held by this country---will one day be reunited with their families.
(Thanks from the bottom of my heart to you, Mr. Don Harkin and Ms. Anne W. Chaimberlain for your devoted, caring attention in helping me expose my plight and injustices being suffered by myself and others. Your humanitarian devotion, on-going help and attitude truly an inspiration to me in my life!)
Khalid Qayyum Awan (From USA Federal Prison)
CONTACT OR MAILING ADDRESS IS GIVEN BELOW
Khalid Awan # 50959-054
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USAI am grateful to Mr. Don Harkins the editor of THE IDAHO OBSERVER, (USA) and her... more
Why? Because "HOPE".
The simple fact that he was elected was reason enough for him to be the recipient of this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
Because on that day the murderous actions of the Bush/Cheney years were totally and thoroughly rebuked. One man -- a man who opposed the War in Iraq from the beginning -- offered to end the insanity. The world has stood by in utter horror for the past eight years as they watched the descendants of Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson light the fuse of our own self-destruction. We flipped off the nations on this planet by abandoning Kyoto and then proceeded to melt eight more years worth of the polar ice caps. We invaded two nations that didn't attack us, failed to find the real terrorists and, in effect, ignited our own wave of terror. People all over the world wondered if we had gone mad.Why? Because "HOPE".
The simple fact that he was elected was reason... more
Dr Ron Paul reports from Campaign For Liberty regarding Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize
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The small Japanese port city of Obama hailed Friday its namesake, US President Barack Obama, who was earlier sensationally awarded the Nobel Peace Prize just nine months into his term.
"I knew he was talking about world peace, but I cannot believe this has come so soon," Seiji Fujiwara, a local tourism official who led a support campaign for the US president, told Jiji Press.
Obama means "small shore" in Japanese, and the residents of the small central city of 32,000 people have rallied behind Barack Obama since his presidential campaign as a junior senator.
President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, with the jury hailing his "extraordinary" efforts in international diplomacy and to hasten nuclear disarmament.
In 2008 supporters in Obama City followed the US presidential election race closely, putting up posters wishing him luck and making sweets bearing his likeness.The small Japanese port city of Obama hailed Friday its namesake, US President Barack... more
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Sima Samar, women’s rights activist in Afghanistan: “With dogged persistence and at great personal risk, she kept her schools and clinics open in Afghanistan even during the most repressive days of the Taliban regime, whose laws prohibited the education of girls past the age of eight. When the Taliban fell, Samar returned to Kabul and accepted the post of Minister for Women’s Affairs.”
Ingrid Betancourt: French-Colombian ex-hostage held for six years.
Dr. Denis Mukwege: Doctor, founder and head of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. He has dedicated his life to helping Congolese women and girls who are victims of gang rape and brutal sexual violence.
All these and more at the link...Sima Samar, women’s rights activist in Afghanistan: “With dogged... more
HAVANA (Reuters) - Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro lauded the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to U.S. President Barack Obama, saying on Saturday it was "a positive measure" that was more a criticism of past U.S. policies than a recognition of Obama's accomplishments.
Castro said the prize made up for the blow Obama suffered last week when the International Olympic Committee awarded the 2016 Summer Games to Rio de Janeiro after Obama had flown to Copenhagen to pitch for Chicago, his adoptive hometown.
The Nobel Committee announced on Friday that Obama had won the peace price for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."
The decision prompted surprise in many quarters and anger from Obama's conservative foes in the United States.
But Castro, who has generally written positively about Obama, was pleased at the decision by the committee.
"I don't always share the positions of that institution but I'm obligated to recognize that in this instance it was, in my judgment, a positive measure," Castro wrote in a column published in state-run media.
...More...HAVANA (Reuters) - Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro lauded the awarding of the Nobel... more