Finally, Nobel hits the mark

LANMaster

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I'm happy to see this lady win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Her struggle embodies what I believe the Peace Prize to be all about. And since I have oft been critical of the committee's decisions as being polkitically motivated, there's no denying this woman's right to the prize. IMO

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TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) -- Iran's first woman judge before the 1979 Islamic revolution, Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi's work as a human rights activist has landed her in jail and seen her branded a threat to the Islamic system.

A vocal campaigner for women's and children's rights, Ebadi, 56, has acted as defence lawyer for a wide range of political activists, earning a reputation for taking on cases others were too afraid to touch.

"Any person who pursues human rights in Iran must live with fear from birth to death," she told the Christian Science Monitor in a 1999 interview.

"But I have learned to overcome my fear," she said.

The country's first woman judge, Ebadi was prevented from continuing in that role after the Islamic revolution when Sharia law was enforced. Women were too emotional and irrational to pass judgment in the courtroom, Iran's new leaders said.

Now a lawyer, writer and part-time lecturer at Tehran University, Ebadi has spent much of her time since the revolution campaigning for better rights for women and children in her native country.

She argued passionately that Sharia law could be adapted to modern times without undermining religion in the officially Shi'ite Islamic Republic.

"The legal keys that Shia religion has given us enable us to transform and act according to the times," she wrote in a recent article.

Ebadi found herself on the wrong side of the law in 2000, when she was accused of disseminating a politically-explosive videotape of a violent Islamic vigilante group member who confessed to links with conservative politicians in Iran.

That incident landed Ebadi in Tehran's notorious Evin prison where scores of political dissidents are held.

In solitary confinement there, she wrote: "Angrily I am trying to write on the cement wall with the bottom of my spoon that we are born to suffer because we are born in the Third World. Time and place are imposed upon us. So let's be patient as there is no other choice."

Reformist political analyst Saeed Leylaz said Ebadi had "provided a lot of legal help to political prisoners and those who had activities supporting reforms."

"I'm very excited as an Iranian and I congratulate her," Leylaz said. "I hope it helps to push reforms forward in Iran."
 
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Agree with that, Lan.

I was also delighted (at last!) for the British scientist who co-developed MRI Scanning, to be recognised.

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Thanks for this post and congrats to this wonderful lady
The Nobel committee pulled this one out of a hat.
Somehow I feel that the Pope is not sorry at the elevation of such a dedicated worker for human rights. I am sure that there is a reward in heaven for this man who single-handedly put an end to Polish jokes:)
 

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Mark this on your calendar Lan! I agree with you! :D
 
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Heh!

All it takes is a little humanity and some well deserved recognition for REAL achievers and well, suddenly, TSG becomes a far more civilsed place itself.

Perhaps we ought to nominate, on a weekly basis, a TSG member who creates harmony?

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I nominate both Pag and Angel - have only been here a short while - but both have made me feel welcome


Thanks guys - oldie
 
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Let us also remember another Nobel Peace Prize winner - a lady by the name of Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma


Regards - oldie
 

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I'm just delighted that the Nobel Peace Prize (which I feel is probably more important than the Nobel science prizes) was awarded without a political motivation. And indeed rewarded to a true person of peace. Not just a whiner, but an activist without an ulterior motive.

A truly selfless person
 

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