Sunday, October 22, 2006

Nobel Peace Prize 2006

Bush and Blair’s slaughter of 655,000 Iraqis, under the guise of introducing ‘freedom and democracy’ to Iraq, is more likely to secure the reattribution of the inauspicious title, ‘Butchers[s] of Baghdad’ than the Nobel Prize for Peace. But they may find it more than a little galling to note that this year’s prize (like last years') has been awarded to a Muslim.

Muhammad Yunus, a Bangladeshi economist has won the prestigious award for pioneering a system of "lending tiny amounts of money directly to some of the neediest people on the planet."* “Bangladesh has been reducing poverty by 2% a year since the turn of the millennium,” thanks to someone actually putting his money where his mouth is!

*Randeep Ramesh - Guardian


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