War and Peace and the Nobel Prize
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President Obama is now a Nobel laureate, acknowledging that he's a war president while accepting the prestigious prize for peace. We hear excerpts of his remarks and get a variety of reactions. Also, developing nations balk at carbon cuts in Copenhagen, and Pakistani police claim that five Muslim Americans came to their country to join the Taliban and al Qaeda.
Banner image: Nobel Peace Prize laureate, US President Barack Obama displays his diploma and gold medal during the Nobel ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo on December 10, 2009. Photo: Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images
Developing Nations Balk at Carbon Cuts in Copenhagen ()
News from the climate summit in Copenhagen has been dominated by the outrage of developing nations over the draft of a leaked agreement that would penalize them to the benefit of wealthier countries. Now it appears the protesting nations had a hand in producing the so-called "Danish text." That's according to Jim Tankersley, who's in Copenhagen for the Los Angeles Times.
Obama Accepts the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo ()
President Obama accepted his Nobel Peace Prize today with humility and a defense of the war in Afghanistan. He said the use of force can bring lasting peace. Compared to others who've won the prize, he called his own accomplishments "slight." We hear excerpts of today's "lecture" and get different reactions. Why did he get the prize? Was it premature? Was the Nobel committee sending a message? Did it create an embarrassing contradiction?
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- Kjell Dragnes: Foreign Editor, Aftenposten
- Jeff Zeleny: White House Correspondent, New York Times, @jeffzeleny
- Allan Lichtman: Professor of History, American University
- Richard Grenell: former Spokesman, US Ambassadors to the United Nations
- Johan Bergenas: Research Associate, Monterey Institute of International Studies
US Men Arrested in Pakistan Suspected of Terror Links ()
Recent incidents have raised concerns about what's called "homegrown terrorism." The latest involves five American citizens from Northern Virginia arrested in Pakistan, with jihadist literature, laptop computers and maps including areas were the Taliban train recruits. Police in Pakistan quote them as saying, "We are here for jihad." Jerry Markon is co-writing the story for the Washington Post.
- Jerry Markon: Federal Courts Reporter, Washington Post
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