The Arab Spring got a boost Friday when a group of Tunisian activists became the surprise winners of the Nobel Peace Prize.
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The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded today to a civil-society alliance in Tunisia that's helped that country sustain its recent transition to democracy; less hearteningly, college students were killed in on-campus shootings in Arizona and Texas. Show More Summary
Civil society groups have been recognised for steering the country towards democracy.
by Elizabeth Bass, Stony Brook University When I was a newspaper science editor, I approached Nobel Prize season with mixed glee and anxiety. Glee, because I knew that, without even an argument, I would get space in the paper for stories about research too arcane to make it into print the other 51 weeks of the year. Show More Summary
The Nobel Committee has awarded its annual Peace Prize to the National Dialogue Quartet, a collection of Tunisian civil society groups that have worked together since the 2011 Arab Spring uprising to foster democracy in the region and prevent dictatorships from regaining control. What do you think?
The secretive Nobel Committee this year rejected an illustrious list of Peace Prize nominees. Among them was a wildly popular Pope who has embraced the poor, shaken up a two-thousand-year-old institution, and reënergized the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. Show More Summary
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The attack, hours before a Tunisian coalition won the Nobel Peace Prize, was an urgent reminder of challenges imperiling the nation’s celebrated political gains.
The Nobel Prizes are the “Oscars of Science,” making waves not only in the scientific community, but the lay community as well. Everyone knows there are unofficial rules to adhere to if you want to win an Oscar. Are there similar rules...Show More Summary
Before the Quartet was formed, Tunisia seemed doomed to walk the same path of violence, retributions and political chaos that had wreaked havoc in Egypt.
The rules governing one of the world’s greatest honors were set down by Alfred Nobel long ago, but there have been some changes over the years.
Here is some stuff in the news today..."The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 is to be awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic...Show More Summary
Greetings, everyone. This week, I have lots of links related to the Umpqua Community College shooting and other matters of gun violence, but we’ve got a few bright spots to cover too, so let’s get started. President Obama is beyond “saddened”...Show More Summary
One new documentary follows teen activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.
On Friday, the National Dialogue Quartet of Tunisia won the Nobel Peace Prize for its role in fostering democracy following the 2011 Jasmine Revolution, the country's term for its Arab Spring movement. Despite its musical-sounding name, the quartet is made up of four civil-society organizations that broadly represent labor, trade,... More »
Every year in October there is a collective moment when the world thinks about peace, and the individuals and institutions who make peace happen. The Nobel Peace Prize has traditionally put the spotlight on the work of stateswomen and...Show More Summary
MINSK (Reuters) - Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko on Friday welcomed the awarding of this year's Nobel Prize for Literature to his compatriot Svetlana Alexievich, saying he did not hold her criticism of his government against her.