Nobel Peace Price
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Gunnar Lier / AFP - Getty Images This year's Nobel Peace Prize will honor a positive development in the world, the prize committee's chairman says. By Alan Boyle, Science Editor, NBC News Update for 6 p.m. ET Oct. 7: The Nobel Peace Prize went to three women from Africa : Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian human-rights activist Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman. Karman's selection as part of the trio served to recognize the contribution of the Arab Spring movement, according to prize committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland.
Established in 1901 as a recognition to individuals whose work had served to defuse hostility between nations, the Peace Prize was, for its first 60 years, generally awarded to diplomats, politicians and others who had been directly involved in peace negotiations of one kind or another. Since the 1960s, the Prize has increasingly been focused on recognizing civil society leaders whose work has been transformative within specific societies. Front-runners for this year's prize, which is announced tomorrow, include the leaders of the 'Arab Spring' uprisings and the people behind the Wikileaks government transparency movement.
If the Nobel Peace Prize is to go to someone involved with the Arab Spring, it may be difficult to choose who gets the award.
He was jailed for 11 days during the protests in Egypt, but when he was released he was given a tumultuous welcome by the protesters in Tahrir Square, for whom he became something of a figurehead.
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