Friday, October 9, 2009

Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

Winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

This is something else. A real stunner. Barack Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian Nobel Committee said Obama had created "a new climate in international politics." He has "captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future."

The committee praised Obama's "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." It cited his efforts to reach out to Muslims try to curb nuclear proliferation.
The committee said it "attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons." It also said:
* Thanks to Obama's initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.
* Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population.
* Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts.
Seeing the Nobel prize go to Obama underscores that the American president has been busy with huge and important global issues - and he has made progress.
U.S.-Cuba relations seems minor when compared to some of the other issues Obama has tackled.
It is heartening to see that the international community once again has respect for our president.
It's sad to see that so many Americans don't appreciate how exceptional Obama is.
Members of Congress spend more time feuding than they do trying to solve many of the many long-term social and economic problems we face. But at least we have a leader who is worthy of a Nobel Prize.


Here is the Nobel Committee's announcement:
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.
Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama's initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.
Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population.
For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world's leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama's appeal that "Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges."
Here is this morning's Associated Press story:
OSLO – President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples," the Norwegian Nobel Committee said, citing his outreach to the Muslim world and attempts to curb nuclear proliferation.
The stunning choice made Obama the third sitting U.S. president to win the Nobel Peace Prize and shocked Nobel observers because Obama took office less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination deadline. Obama's name had been mentioned in speculation before the award but many Nobel watchers believed it was too early to award the president.
Speculation had focused on Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, a Colombian senator and a Chinese dissident, along with an Afghan woman's rights activist.
The Nobel committee praised Obama's creation of "a new climate in international politics" and said he had returned multilateral diplomacy and institutions like the U.N. to the center of the world stage. The plaudit appeared to be a slap at President George W. Bush from a committee that harshly criticized Obama's predecessor for resorting to largely unilateral military action in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

3 comments:

Armienne said...

Tenemos que hacer algo por nuestros presos. Un movimiento mundial de todos los cubanos del exilio para exigir la liberación incondicional de todos nuestros prisioneros de conciencia.
¡Basta de pasividad!
Escojamos un día al mes en el que TODOS enviemos correos electrónicos a los gobiernos, instituciones, organizaciones de todo el mundo exigiendo la libertad de todos los presos políticos cubanos.
Mostremos la fuerza que tenemos, fuerza que nos da la razón y el derecho de luchar y de manifestarnos por la libertad de nuestra patria.

Tracey Eaton said...

Gracias por el comentario, Armienne

jf85 said...

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