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Nobel Prize Award

PetersSmith
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10/7/2016 7:50:47 PM
Posted: 1 month ago
The Nobel Prize committee awards Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos the Nobel Peace Prize for his resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long civil war to an end, a war that has cost the lives of at least 220 thousand Colombians and displaced close to six million people. "The award should also be seen as a tribute to the Colombian people who, despite great hardships and abuses, have not given up hope of a just peace, and to all the parties who have contributed to the peace process...By awarding this year's Peace Prize to President Juan Manuel Santos, the Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to encourage all those who are striving to achieve peace, reconciliation and justice in Colombia. The president himself has made it clear that he will continue to work for peace right up until his very last day in office." (https://www.nobelprize.org...).

The peace deal was voted down in a referendum. Some people feel that he doesn't deserve it, even saying he derided the president for allegedly being motivated by winning the Nobel prize. Rodrigo Londono, leader of the Farc rebels, believed that he would be awarded the prize jointly with Santos. The chair of the committee only responded with "We never comment on those who do not receive the award." (https://www.theguardian.com...).

So, do you think Mr. Santos deserved the reward? If not, who do you think should have received it? Was it wrong to give him the reward considering the peace deal failed? Discuss.
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Stymie13
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10/7/2016 8:09:29 PM
Posted: 1 month ago
It was a noble endeavor by the pres and farc that did more to reduce cocaine import to the US than anything except change drug use here (meaning our drug eradication efforts were not effective). Outside those 2, where else in the world has had any effect on peace between states/factions?

Long but interesting:

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10/7/2016 10:21:20 PM
Posted: 1 month ago
To be honest, very few things surprise me from this kind of news, after having seen Obama, or this liar Yaser Arafat, winning the same prize.

BR.