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Friday, October 08, 2010

Nobel Gets One Right

The Nobel Peace Prize Committee seems to alternate deserving recipients with WTF?! recipients.  Lately, WTF Nobels in 2002 (Carter), 2007 (IPCC) and 2009 (Obama) have alternated with deserving recipients like the Grameen Bank (2006).  Looks like they were due for a good one:

Liu Xiaobo, an irrepressible, chain-smoking Chinese dissident imprisoned last year for subversion, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for helping to spearhead a campaign for more freedom in China.

In a statement, the Nobel committee said Liu, 54, deserved the prize “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” Liu joins German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky, who was awarded the prize in 1935 while he was jailed by the Nazis, as the only two to win the prize while in prison.

Analysts said the honor was aimed at pressuring China to ease its crackdown on religious and political activists. China’s government denounced the award as “a desecration” and said the honor should have gone to someone focused on promoting international friendship and disarmament.

“Liu Xiaobo is a sentenced criminal who has violated Chinese law,” a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The spokesman, Ma Zhaoxu, said honoring Liu “runs counter to the principles of the Nobel Peace Prize.”

The Nobel committee lauded Liu’s efforts over more than two decades to demand freedom of speech, assembly, religion and other forms of expression for Chinese citizens.

This is one of those “I wish Lee were here” moments when I would love to hear commentary from someone living in China.  But this seems like a great choice.  For once.

Update: The Nobel Committee has been on this year.  Their medicine and physics choice weren’t bad either.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 10/08/10 at 04:34 PM in Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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