If anyone guilty, it should be not Obama but..

… Nobel Peace Prize committee…

This morning, President Obama spoke at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway.
President Obama at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony

Nobel-winner Obama defends war

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
US President Barack Obama defends the waging of “morally justified” war as he collects the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.

Obama’s Nobel balancing act

from Mark Mardell | The Reporters by Mark Mardell (the Reporters)

obamanobel_ap226.jpgThe president of war and peace appears to have pulled off a difficult balancing act, by refusing to bask in the glow of merely being the “anti-Bush”. In Oslo, Obama told his European audience what many Americans will see as some hard truths.

Morning Brief: Obama accepts Nobel Peace Prize

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating

Obama’s Oslo triumph

from FP Passport by John Hannah

By John Hannah

Last week, I wrote that perhaps the best part of President Obama’s West Point speech was his robust recitation — for the first time in his presidency — of America’s unparalleled contributions to global peace and security. In part it was so welcome because it was so unexpected. In most of his major addresses throughout his first 10 months in office, the president had fallen into the unfortunate habit of appearing before foreign audiences and dwelling excessively on his own country’s faults and transgressions — a style that, while sure to win him plaudits from the likes of those deciding the Nobel Peace Prize, was unlikely to prove particularly productive in advancing concrete American interests around the world. In my comments after the West Point address, I’d urged the president to take his newfound appreciation for American exceptionalism and make it a centerpiece of his riff at Oslo.

MAIN FOCUS: Opinion divided over Obama’s Peace Prize | 11/12/2009

from euro|topics

Several thousand demonstrators protested against the war in Afghanistan as the Nobel Peace Prize was handed to US President Barack Obama on Thursday in Oslo. The European press also voices ambivalence on the award.

Obama accepts Nobel Peace Prize, defends ‘just war’

from Wash Post Europe by Michael A. Fletcher and Scott Wilson

OSLO — President Obama delivered an impassioned rationale for war in accepting the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Thursday, a paradox that he acknowledged, even as he defended the United States’ record abroad in promoting human rights, individual freedom and global security.

Obama’s Afghan Strategy: Regional Perspectives

from Atlantic Review

The Atlantic Review is pleased to present this guest article by Dr. Shanthie Mariet D’Souza of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi, India.

President Barack Obama?s ?new strategy on Afghanistan?, unveiled on December 1 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, linking additional troop deployment to a timetable of drawdown of forces and narrowly defined goals, misses out on the core essentials of counter-insurgency (COIN) campaigns which hinges on time, long-term commitment, institution building and larger political strategy. Ultimately, COIN campaigns are won in the political domain, where military is only one of the many essential elements to achieve the long-term solution.

Food for thought

from FP Passport by Blake Hounshell

Percentage of Americans who believe in angels: 55

Percentage of Americans who believe in evolution: 39

Percentage of Americans who believe in anthropogenic global warming: 36

Percentage of Americans who believe in ghosts: 34

Percentage of Americans who believe in UFOs: 34

Detainee 063: serialized interrogation and torture log of Mohamed al-Kahtani

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin


063.jpgdetainee063.com: “This is the interrogation log of Mohammed al-Qahtani. It is being published in real time: each entry will appear exactly seven years after it was first recorded. The interrogation took place at Guantanamo Bay.”

Information Overload: Americans Consume 34 GB of Data Daily

from Mashable! by Barb Dybwad

They say the soul weighs 21 grams, and now we have a measurement of the American mind on any given day: 34 gigabytes. According to a University of California, San Diego, study highlighted by The New York Times, the average American consumes 34 GB worth of content a day, including a whopping 100,000 words of information.

The US and the World: as Americans See It – 2009

from WhirledView by Patricia Kushlis

By Patricia H. Kushlis

The Pew Charitable Trusts has been releasing its most recent public opinion polls on how the world sees the United States and, conversely, how Americans see the world and the US role in it over the past few weeks.

Cultural Exchange and the Cold War: How the West Won (Part II)

from WhirledView by Patricia Kushlis

By Yale Richmond, Guest Contributor

Yale Richmond, a retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer and author of 11 books on intercultural communication, worked on U.S.-Soviet cultural and other exchanges for more than 20 years.  He delivered the following speech at the Aleksanteri Institute?s 9th Annual Conference ?Cold War Interactions Reconsidered? 29-31 October 2009, University of Helsinki, Finland.

This is the second of a two part series.  The first part appeared on Thursday, December 3.

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