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Europe get the prize: Sixty years of peace, if not prosperity

Europe get the prize: Sixty years of peace, if not prosperity

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The European Union, the concert of 27 countries ranging from the Bay of Biscay to the Baltics and the Balkans  has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. Some may smile, others may smirk, and many, when they think about it for a second time, may […]

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Not satire: Putin wins 'Confucius Peace Prize' for Chechen War

Not satire: Putin wins 'Confucius Peace Prize' for Chechen War

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — George Orwell would have laughed at the very notion. Russian Premier Vladimir Putin has won a curiously-awarded Peace Prize for his military attack on Chechnya in 1999, and his “iron hand and toughness” in dealing with separatists near and far, the old fashioned way. For his bellicose actions, […]

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Beijing tallies results of its all-out campaign to quash Peace Prize ceremony

Beijing tallies results of its all-out campaign to quash Peace Prize ceremony

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com As Chairman Mao Zedong’s faithful follower, President Hu Jintao evidently understands well this popular adage of the Great Helmsman’s: “Turn a bad thing into a good thing.”   This perhaps explains the extraordinary lengths to which the Hu Jintao leadership has gone in venting the quasi-superpower’s displeasure at the Nobel Peace […]

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Peace Prize roll of dishonor: Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Sudan, Cuba, Colombia, Venezuela, Vietnam and the Philippines

Peace Prize roll of dishonor: Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Sudan, Cuba, Colombia, Venezuela, Vietnam and the Philippines

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com [From the upcoming edition of East-Asia-Intel.com]   As Chairman Mao Zedong’s faithful follower, President Hu Jintao evidently understands well this popular adage of the Great Helmsman’s: “Turn a bad thing into a good thing.”   This perhaps explains the extraordinary lengths to which the Hu Jintao leadership has gone in venting the […]

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Liu Xiaobo's portrait, empty chair to highlight Nobel ceremony

Liu Xiaobo's portrait, empty chair to highlight Nobel ceremony

There is every expectation that when this year’s Nobel Peace Prize is celebrated in Oslo on Dec. 10, the star of the ceremony will not be any of its powerful guests, but rather one conspicuously empty chair. ….     A dissident writer and former literary critic, Mr. Liu began serving 11 years in prison […]

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Peace prize war: Russia, Kazakhstan, Cuba, Morocco and Iraq won't attend ceremony

For the first time in the 109-year-history of the Nobel Peace Prize neither the laureate nor a representative is expected to show up to receive the award. And following threats from Beijing of “consequences”, at least six countries have turned down an invitation for their ambassadors to attend the December 10 ceremony in honour of […]

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Beijing charges Nobel Peace Prize is attack by West on 'rising China'

Beijing charges Nobel Peace Prize is attack by West on 'rising China'

BEIJING – China stepped up its criticism of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to a jailed democracy activist Friday, saying the prize is a Western political tool used to attack a rising China. The commentary in the People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s flagship newspaper, comes a day after several diplomats said China was […]

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Liu Xiaobo in court: Guilty only of 'fulfilling my social responsibility as a Chinese citizen'

Liu Xiaobo in court: Guilty only of 'fulfilling my social responsibility as a Chinese citizen'

• The following is an abridged statement by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Liu Xiaobo, co-author of the Charter 08 campaign for constitutional reform, given in his trial on Dec. 23, 2009. In February, the result of his appeal against an 11-year jail sentence for subversion was announced — the court upheld the verdict. June 1989 […]

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A Nobel Peace Prize hits the target

A Nobel Peace Prize hits the target

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Jailed dissident and human rights campaigner Liu Xiaobo has won the Nobel Peace Prize despite the seething fury of Beijing’s ruling Marxist mandarins.  The somewhat surprising announcement, awarding the 54 year old academic who has called for multi-party democracy and respect for human rights in China, was as […]

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China cracks down on Peace Prize winner's wife, dissidents

China cracks down on Peace Prize winner's wife, dissidents

More than 30 Chinese intellectuals have been detained, warned or placed under house arrest in a crackdown to stifle celebration of the Nobel peace prize being awarded to the imprisoned democracy advocate Liu Xiaobo. Among those facing restrictions are the laureate’s wife Liu Xia who visited her husband in Jinzhou prison earlier today. However, she […]