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Full text of Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel speech

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Your Majesties, Your Royal Highness, Excellencies, Distinguished members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Dear Friends, Long years ago, sometimes it seems many lives ago, I was at Oxford listening to the radio programme Desert Island Discs with my young son Alexander. It was a well-known programme (for all I know...

ElBaradei warns Egypt of “new emperor”

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Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Presidential candidate said today that Egypt is suffering under worse conditions now than under Hosni Mubarak’s dictatorship, is on the brink of allowing a “new emperor” to establish total domination over the country. Speaking to the Guardian he gave a withering assessment of the...

Tens of thousands mark Tiananmen anniversary in Hong Kong

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Tens of thousands of demonstrators packed Hong Kong’s Victoria Park on Monday night, holding up candles and glowing cellphones to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in a ceremony that included comment from one of China’s highest profile human rights activists. The crowd, which according to...

East Timor’s long transition to democracy

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Over the last ten years I have had the opportunity to travel to East Timor on five different occasions, to have made many friends there, and to have worked on a fairly regular basis with José Ramos-Horta, one of this new democracy’s “founding fathers.” Along the way, I have an...

news: Jimmy Carter tells Nobel meeting to oppose unnecessary wars

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Former President Jimmy Carter opened the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Chicago Monday with a challenge to young people to stand up against unnecessary wars and hold the U.S. government accountable for making preemptive strikes. “For the last 60 years, our country has been almost constantly at war....

Shirin Ebadi on Iran and sanctions

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Almost a decade ago, Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian human-rights lawyer, became the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. But the government in Tehran has never taken kindly to her criticism of the regime, especially in regard to women’s rights. In the aftermath of the Islamic Republic’s highly...

greatest hits: Ashley Judd, Day One

Editor’s note: The following pages are Ashley Judd’s journal from a trip to Rwanda in 2008. It could have been retired for being out of date. But we continue to get email about it, from people in various parts of the world, who appreciate it, are moved by it, and...