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2015 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet (nobelprize.org) 51

Dave Knott writes: A Tunisian democracy group won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its contributions to the first and most successful Arab Spring movement. The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet "for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy" in the North African country following its 2011 revolution. Tunisian protesters sparked uprisings across the Arab world in 2011 that overthrew dictators and upset the status quo. Tunisia is the only country in the region to painstakingly build a democracy, involving a range of political and social forces in dialogue to create a constitution, legislature and democratic institutions. The National Dialogue Quartet is made up of four key organizations in Tunisian civil society: the Tunisian General Labour Union; the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts; the Tunisian Human Rights League; and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers.
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2015 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet

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  • It is being reported the Nobel Committee is attempting to revive waning strength (and interest) in the Arab Spring uprisings.

    The Pope and Edward Snowden are believed to have been prospective candidates for this year's Peace Prize.

    • It is being reported the Nobel Committee is attempting to revive waning strength (and interest) in the Arab Spring uprisings.

      I don't see the positive "peace" value in replacing unpleasant authoritarian regimes with totalitarian Islamist theocracies, which is where most of the so-called "Arab Spring" uprisings have ended up.

      • I don't see the positive "peace" value in replacing unpleasant authoritarian regimes with totalitarian Islamist theocracies, which is where most of the so-called "Arab Spring" uprisings have ended up.

        Ah, the Iraqi solution.

  • Friday Fun (Score:1, Flamebait)

    by PopeRatzo ( 965947 )

    Let me kick it off:

    "Friggin' SJWs, the lot of 'em. They should just stop the UN from giving these stupid Nobel prizes, because they always go to feminazis anyway, like that Chemistry Nobel last week that they gave to Youyou Tu just because she was a woman. I mean, who even gets malaria anymore?"

  • by peter303 ( 12292 ) on Friday October 09, 2015 @10:10AM (#50692783)
    This one in Tunusia was the first and most successful. Egypt tried demoracy for one year and returned to a military dictatorship. Libyia, Yemen and Syria are war zones.
    • by Shatrat ( 855151 )

      The lesson is if you want an Arab Spring to work, be as far away from the Arab Peninsula as possible.

      • by Nidi62 ( 1525137 )

        The lesson is if you want an Arab Spring to work, be as far away from the Arab Peninsula as possible.

        Or you just need actors that are actually committed to forming a representative democracy instead of just taking power for yourself. This last part isn't limited just to the Middle East, unfortunately.

  • Since they filmed parts of Star Wars there. Just think of the Annual Nerd Pilgrimage tourism dollars pouring into Tunisia.

    A name for this mass migration / convention? Not 'SciFi Con' or 'Force Con'... Call it, The "Ultimate Con".
  • I do have to say that yes, what they overthrew were no angels. By no stretch of the word (maybe if you add "hell's" before it). But these dictators did one thing: Keep shit quiet. Yes, with force and oppression. But there was PEACE.

    Let's take a look at the whole shit now, shall we? North Africa is less stable than ever and the "spring'ed" countries of the Middle East are being overrun by ISIS. That's peace?

    And here I was thinking after Obama and "the EU", you couldn't get any more off. But you sure outdid y

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