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China tightens control of Tibetan monasteries, blames “separatists”

China plans to tighten control over Tibetan Buddhist monasteries to reduce the influence of the exiled Dalai Lama and other ‘internal and external separatist forces,’ according to a government notice seen on Monday. The State Administration of Religious Affairs issued the ‘Management measure for Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and temples’ to...

Wife Detained After Visiting Nobel Winner

The wife of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liu Xiaobo, was allowed to meet with her husband on Sunday at the prison in northeastern China where he is serving an 11-year sentence, but she was then escorted back to Beijing and placed under house arrest, a human rights group...

Dalai Lama criticises China over its Nobel opposition

The Dalai Lama has criticised China’s opposition to the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said the Chinese government did “not appreciate different opinions”. Building an open society was “the only way to save all people of China”, he told Japanese media....

Mandela letters show heartbreak

Letters penned in jail by Nelson Mandela reveal his anguish at being separated from his family, according to a British newspaper serialisation on Sunday. The anti-apartheid icon wrote that he felt “soaked in gall” by being powerless to help his then-wife Winnie and his children when he was in prison...

2009- Barrack Obama, President of the United States

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Barack H. Obama, the 44th President of the United States, had been in power for less than eight months when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009. Among the reasons it gave, the Nobel Committee lauded Obama for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between...

2008 – Martti Ahtisaari, international diplomat

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After a distinguished career with the United Nations and the Finnish Foreign Ministry, Martti Ahtisaari was elected President of the Republic of Finland in 1994. Throughout his career he has been actively involved in conflict resolution, state building and mediation. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for his important...

2007 – Al Gore and The IPCC, climate change

Al Gore, Jr. is an American environmental activist, author, businessperson, former politician and former journalist. He served as the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States from 1993 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton. Gore was the Democratic nominee for president in the 2000 presidential election. He won the popular...

2006 – Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank, microcredit

Muhammad Yunus is a Bangladeshi banker and economist known to many as “The Banker to the Poor”. He was previously a Professor of Economics and is famous for his successful application of microcredit – the extension of small loans. These loans are given to entrepreneurs too poor to qualify for...

2005 – Mohamed ElBaradei and the IAEA

Dr. ElBaradei was born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1942. He earned a Doctorate in International Law at the New York University School of Law in 1974. He began his career in the Egyptian Diplomatic Service, and in 1980 he left the Diplomatic Service to join the United Nations. He was...

2004 – Wangari Maathai, 30 million trees

Wangari Maathai is the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. As leader of the Green Belt Movement for nearly thirty years, she mobilized poor women to plant trees to counteract the deforestation occurring in her country. She has also campaigned for broader women’s rights, education, family planning...