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cynatnite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 08:48 AM
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Possible Nobel Peace Prize winners...
Speculation has been rife with names ranging from Oprah Winfrey to veteran peace negotiators such as former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, who helped foment a deal between Indonesia's government and Aceh separatists last year.

Ahtisaari brokered the talks between the two through his Crisis Management Initiative, and oddsmakers say that he, along with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and the Free Aceh movement, could share the annual prize.

Others touted as possible winners are Russian human rights activist Sergei Kovalyev and Chechen lawyer Lida Yusupova; the British-based charity Oxfam; Chinese dissident Rebiya Kadeer, who has fought for the rights of Uighur Muslims in China; and even anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan.

The five members of the committee offer no hints, and the subjects of their debates and secret meetings are never leaked. They won't even say who was nominated. The only tidbit they will offer is how many nominations were sent in ahead of the Feb. 1 deadline: 191 this year.

In the weeks leading up to the announcement, speculation, betting and wild guessing abound, often fed and misled by regional biases.
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