Saturday, October 08, 2011

Compare and Contrast

Although, after the committee having given Obama the Nobel Peace Prize, it’s a bit tainted. This year, they split it amongst three women.

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to three women: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman, for their work in advancing women's rights and the role of women in peacebuilding efforts.


"Since her inauguration in 2006, [Liberia's President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf] has contributed to securing peace in Liberia, to promoting economic and social development, and to strengthening the position of women," said the committee


Gbowee, a trained social worker, was cited for her efforts in organizing women "across ethnic and religious dividing lines to bring an end to the long war in Liberia, and to ensure women's participation in elections."


Karman, a 32-year-old activist and chair of Women Journalists Without Chains, has been working to promote human rights in Yemen for years. But when she was arrested in January, it helped kick off protests by hundreds of thousands demanding the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the creation of a democratic government.

When the Nobel announcement was made Friday, Karman was where she has been nearly every day for the past eight months — in a protest tent in Change Square, the roundabout in central Sanaa that has been the symbolic epicentre of the revolt.


President Obama praised the three women who were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today for their determination and strength, saying they send “a powerful message that the struggle for universal rights and human dignity can only be fulfilled with the full participation of women around the globe.”


Obama, who had done nothing to speak of to further peace when he was given the Prize in 2009, and now in 2011 is presiding over two wars and many more military actions likely to become full-blown wars, who has protected war criminals, cracked down on whistleblowers, and had a citizen of his own country assassinated, and who won't even recognize Palestinian rights to statehood, should be embarrassed to bring up the Peace Prize, and to even utter the words “human dignity” and “universal rights.” But he’s not.

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