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20 years of hard important work: why haven’t we heard more about it?

Written on October 10, 2008

Finland’s ex-president Martti Ahtisaari received the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his efforts to build a lasting peace from Africa and Asia to Europe and the Middle East.

“The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2008 to Martti Ahtisaari for his important efforts, on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts. These efforts have contributed to a more peaceful world and to ‘fraternity between nations’ in Alfred Nobel’s spirit,” the committee said in announcing the prize.

By selecting Ahtisaari, 71, for the prize, the Nobel committee returned its focus to traditional peace work after tapping climate campaigner Al Gore and the U.N. panel on climate change last year.

The secretive five-member committee said that Ahtisaari’s work across the world — Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East — proved that such efforts can have a profound effect on peace processes.

“Through his untiring efforts and good results, he has shown what role mediation of various kinds can play in the resolution of international conflicts,” the committee said in announcing the 10 million kronor (US$1.4 million) prize.

“For the past 20 years, he has figured prominently in endeavors to resolve several serious and long-lasting conflicts,” the citation said, mentioning his work in conflicts from Namibia and Aceh, Indonesia, to Kosovo and Iraq.

[From Talking Points Memo | Former Finnish president wins Nobel Peace Prize ]

Oh, yeah, that coincides with Ken “Panty Sniffer” Starr, the Do-Nothingest Congress, Mission Accomplished, Paris, Britney, Brangelina, and all the other crud that is considered news.

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