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    As most of you better know, Shirin Ebadi is this years winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Yesterday she was awarded the prize, and today there was a huge concert here in Norway (which is the home of the peace prize). Most of you probably did not know that Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones were the hosts of the show.

    Funny. Little, nordic Norway. Suddenly the attention of well over 100 countries (which the show was broadcasted to), led by these two american superstars. Hillary Clinton and Jimmy Carter also appeared on the big screen, giving their gratulations to the rightful winner.

    I'm glad Norway can offer the world such a honorable and good-hearted prize in the first place. And congratulations to Shirin Ebadi.
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  • #2
    These days it's just another Tony Awards.

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    • #3
      Why did Shirin win?
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      • #4
        She has put an immense amount of work into women's right in Iran, as well as human rights in general. I'm not 100% informed in the matter, but the world has celebrated her place as a winner. As you can understand, being a muslim country, she has been pretty much shunned by her own government for her humanitarian work.

        Jishia: To say the Nobel Peace Prize is on the same level as a Tony award, would be very disrespectful.
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        • #5
          Call me weird, but I believe that the betterment of human-kind is a thankless job

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          • #6
            What are the requirements fo the Nobel Peace Prize? Is it just a humanitarian award?
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            • #7
              Ciarin: I do not know the exact requirements, but I suppose you will have to have made exceptional humanitarian work in the name of peace. One year some irish guy got it, for his work in the heated conflict in Ireland. Jimmy Carter did also get it once.

              For instance, Bush won't get it for "supposedly bombing Iraq for freedom".
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              • #8
                I wonder, what made her humanitarian work exceptional compared to all the other people who do humanitarian work?


                I'll probably just have to look this up on my own.....
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                • #9
                  I think you do. And the theory about "why does she get it, when there are so many other who deserve it too", really does not hold water.

                  There is a Nobel Prize Commitee, who review lots of candidates, and I am pretty sure there is a voting process involved. They just have to go for somebody.
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                  • #10
                    It wasn't a theory, it was an inquiry.
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                    • #11
                      Then I apologize.
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                      • #12
                        I went to the Nobel site (http://www.nobel.se/peace/), and I read the bio and award speech about her.

                        It seems she got it because she did a lot of equal rights and childrens rights advocation, lectured on peaceful solutions to todays problems and defended many people for freedom of speech and religion. She also solved some serial murders. She has been jailed numerous times for her deeds. This in and of itself isn't exceptional because many people do this, but I think that she deserved recognition because she did this and succeeded in doing this in a country where advocates of this nature (especially female ones) aren't widespread or tolerated as much as they are in other countries.

                        It's like this:
                        People can push a wagon loaded with rocks. This isn't exceptional.

                        She pushed a wagon loaded with rocks up an enormous and steep mountain. Which I find commendable.
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                        • #13
                          Thank you for that great post.
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                          • #14
                            Just because it has famous people doesn't mean it's just another glitzy awards show. Some celebrities do in fact have personalities, and use their fame to show their support for things - like when Sean Penn went into Iraq (I think that was it, anyway) to see what was going on for himself.
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                            • #15
                              I believe Hanoi Jane did the same thing. And I hate her. If I ever see her in person (which I doubt will happen) I will probably spit on her.

                              And I don't see anything wrong with the Nobel Peace prize event being glitzy. Maybe if they were, they'd be more well-known or interesting. I bet most people aren't aware when they take place.
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