Entries in Nobel Peace Prize (2)


Nobel Peace Prize Winners Rally to Cancel Reality TV Show

Tyler Golden/NBC(NEW YORK) -- World famous peace icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu and eight other Nobel Peace Prize winners have called for the cancellation of the newest reality show that has celebrity contestants competing alongside U.S. service members in military-style training exercises.

In a letter to the NBC television network, the Nobel laureates complained the Stars Earn Stripes show sanitized war by likening it to an athletic competition.

“Real war is down in the dirt deadly. People – military and civilians – die in ways that are anything but entertaining,” the letter said.

The reality show, which was heavily promoted during NBC’s Olympic coverage and premiered Monday night, includes eight celebrity contestants firing automatic weapons and engaging in other combat exercises.  Superman actor Dean Cain, singer Nick Lachey, boxer Laila Ali and Todd Palin, husband of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, are taking part.

The show’s host, retired Army General Wesley Clark, said at the top of the show, “I’m doing this series for one reason: to introduce you, the American people, to the individuals who sacrifice so much for all of us.”

The letter by the Nobel Prize winners, sent Monday to Clark, Chairman of NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt and producer Mark Burnett, said, “This program pays homage to no one anywhere and continues and expands on an inglorious tradition of glorifying war and armed violence.”

The letter also called the show “a massive disservice to those who live and die in armed conflict and suffer its consequences long after the guns of war fall silent.”

Eighty-year-old Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 1984 for his efforts to end apartheid in South Africa.  The other Nobel laureates who signed the letter were American anti-landmines campaigner Jody Williams, Iranian lawyer Shirin Ebadi, former East Timor President Jose Manuel Ramos-Horta, Argentine artist Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Guatemalan indigenous rights activist Rigoberta Menchu Turn, and peace campaigners Mairead Maguire and Betty Williams of Northern Ireland.

The Nobel laureates also supported a protest against the show Monday outside NBC’s Rockefeller Center headquarters in New York.

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Rahm Emanuel Welcomes Nobel Peace Prize Winners to Chicago

ABC News(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel welcomed Nobel Peace Prize winners including former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and President Jimmy Carter to Chicago Monday for the start of the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.

This is the first time the summit has been held in North America.

“I’m proud that we’re having it here in Chicago, because Chicago has more Nobel Laureates than any other city in America,” Emanuel said in an interview with ABC News.  Twenty-one Nobel Peace Prize winners are expected to participate in the three-day event.

The mayor started the day with Gorbachev and actor-activist Sean Penn, the unlikely trio talking with public high school students at Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center.  Nobel Laureates spread throughout Chicago Public Schools to tell their stories and bring home the “Speak Up, Speak Out for Freedom and Rights,” theme of the summit.

“We had 14 schools just this morning with Nobel Laureates or organizations all participating in social studies classes about the world, about peace, about social injustice, about making a difference,” said Emanuel.  “And we’re going to have a curriculum that stays with the school when this summit wraps up on Wednesday.  It will be here for future generations.”

At Von Steuben, Gorbachev was introduced by a high school senior who immigrated with her family from Yemen.

“She’s going to Northwestern on a four-year scholarship.  That tells you something about Chicago -- that tells you something about America,” Emanuel said.  “And I want the kids of that school to have the opportunity to meet these individuals who’ve made a difference in the world, the world they’re living in right now.”

For Mayor Emanuel, the message he hopes students take from their conversations with Nobel Peace Prize winners and peace activists is that “an individual speaking up on behalf of injustice, or peace, can make a difference.”

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