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Former Finnish President Wins Nobel Peace Prize

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By awarding former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian prize committee is returning to its original mandate of honoring those who help in the resolution of conventional armed conflicts. For the past several years, the committee has opted for nontraditional honorees, from Al Gore for his work on climate change to the microcredit guru Muhammad Yunus for his work in extending small loans to the world’s poor. The choice of Ahtisaari, a lifelong diplomat whose work over 30 years on three continents has helped bring an end to fighting and saved thousands of lives, is a vote of confidence for the ancient art of diplomacy and mediation in bringing an end to violence. …

Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Finnish Diplomat – TIME

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Birder, cat-lover, pilot, poet. Former lounge lizard, pauper, pagan, lifeguard, chauffeur,cop and martial artist, turned pacifist addiction writer. Tries to be a good husband, father and brother, and makes a decent friend. Likes to take pictures. Stumbling down the Middle Path, one day at a time.

One thought on “Former Finnish President Wins Nobel Peace Prize

  1. I regret that the much neglected language, Esperanto did not receive the Nobel Peace Prize. At least nine British MP’s nominated this global language, for the Prize.

    Within a short period of 121 years Esperanto is now placed within the top 100 languages, out of 6,000 worldwide according to the CIA factbook. It is the 17th most used language by Wikipedia, and it is in active use by Facebook and Skype.

    Solid arguments for Esperanto can be seen on the Youtube video, by Professor Piron, a former translator at the United Nations.

    If you have time please check http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LV9XU

    With respect, that’s simply silly. Esperanto can not be shown to have contributed anything of note to overall world peace in the 121 years since its introduction. Best estimates are at most a couple of thousand native speakers, perhaps as many as 2,000,000 fluent speakers and let’s say another 3,000,000 who can make themselves understood and read it. That comes to .08333% of the world population. That puts it in the same general range numerically as Romani, the language spoken by the “Gypsy” people, or Sesotho, the official language of Lesotho.

    When Esperanto is spoken by diplomats — is, say, the official language of the UN — then maybe it will have a shot at the Noble. For now, taking nothing away from its potential, it hasn’t accomplished a single thing. For example, name me one world leader who is fluent, or one peace conference on any level that owes its success to Esperanto. The prize is given for contributions to peace, not for potential, however great.

    As to MPs, you could probably find 9 of them to nominate Paris Hilton for the Nobel in economics, if you bought them a few pints first. The same is true of US legislators.

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