Barack Obama awarded The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009

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This years Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 goes to the president Barack Obama. It’s an interesting choice, since he haven’t been president for that long. But he do have visions, and that is probably the reason he got this years prize.

The comitee leader, Torbjørn Jagland read the following announcement:

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.

Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama’s initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.

For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world’s leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama’s appeal that “Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges.”

Cory Doctorow talks about newspaper and Internet

When Cory Doctorow visited Norway in September for the release of Little Brother in Norwegian, he also taked about the importance of newspapers in the new media world where Internet is the big new thing.

(Videosource: bibpop.wordpress.com)

Retro Gamer #68

Retro Gamer #68

Forgot to blog about this when I received issue 68 of Retro Gamer weeks ago. But this is what it contained:

  • Back to the Eighties – July 1987
  • Back to the Nineties – March 1992
  • The Making of… Asteroids
  • Retroinspection: Tiger Game.com
  • The Making of… Starblade
  • The Comple History of Ultima
  • The Making of… Super Sprint
  • The Making of… Legend

Next issue, that should be number 69, is out on October 6.