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ElBaradei ends bid for Presidency

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Egyptian reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei on Saturday ended his bid for president after criticizing the interim military government for its failure to bring about “a real democratic system.” The Nobel laureate and former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency accused the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces of...

Wangari Maathai, 1940-2011

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On September 25, 2011, the world received the sad news that Wangari Maathai had passed away, “after a prolonged and bravely borne struggle with cancer”. We join her family, her countrymen, and the millions she inspired in mourning her loss. Her spirit will live on in all of us.

Journey home for Nelson Mandela

Former president Nelson Mandela, accompanied by his wife Graca Machel, traveled home to Qunu in the Eastern Cape in an unscheduled visit with his extensive medical team. Sources close to the 92-year-old anti-apartheid icon said he had told his family: “I want to go home.” Staff at Mthatha Airport in...

Don’t give up, Suu Kyi tells HK crowd

Burmese freedom fighter Aung San Suu Kyi has told activists in Hong Kong and the mainland to remember their aims and not to give up. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was speaking via live video conferencing in her “first dialogue with an Asian university” since her release from house arrest...

Ramos-Horta: The US should avoid being entangled in civil war in Libya

by Jose Ramos-Horta Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and President of Timor-Leste While I have welcomed the United Nations Security Council Res. 1973 on the imposition of a no-fly zone in Libya as a means to protect civilians, I have advised our friends to avoid being pulled into a complex political crisis...

Muhammed Yunus steps down from Grameen bank

The battle for control of the Grameen Bank, the pioneering Bangladeshi microfinance institution, has reached a new intensity after its government-appointed chairman unilaterally declared that its founder and managing director, the Nobel prize-winning economist Muhammad Yunus had stepped down because he was too old. The bank, however, said Yunus remained...

2010 — Liu Xiabo, Chinese human rights activist

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The Nobel Peace Prize for 2010 was awarded to Liu Xiaobo, currently a prisoner of conscience in China, for “his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” In making the award, the Nobel Committee stated that they have “long believed that there is a close connection between...

greatest hits: Desmond Tutu: Arizona: The Wrong Answer

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In April, 2010, the State of Arizona passed a law requiring that local police determine the immigration status of individuals they suspect of being in the country illegally, a mandate that people carry documents that prove they have a legal right to be in the United States, and a provision...

Chinese veteran politicians call for reform

A group of 23 Communist Party elders in China has written a letter calling for an end to the country’s restrictions on freedom of speech. The letter says freedom of expression is promised in the Chinese constitution but not allowed in practice. They want people to be able to freely...