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Assange Handed Sydney Peace Medal

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the love-or-hate dept.

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hihihihi writes "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been awarded the Sydney Peace Foundation's Gold Medal for 'exceptional courage in the pursuit of human rights.' It is only the fourth time in the organization's 14-year history that the prize for extraordinary achievement in promoting peace with justice has been given out. Previous winners are Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama and Japanese Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda. Foundation director Professor Stuart Rees accused the Australian government of demonizing Mr Assange and aiding US efforts to behave like a totalitarian state."

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DUPE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103082)

DUPE

About as meaningful... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103094)

About as meaningful as Obama's Nobel Peace Prize. That is to say... It isn't.

Re:About as meaningful... (-1)

johnsnails (1715452) | more than 3 years ago | (#36104440)

really modded troll? This is insightful and was the first thing that came to my mind.

Re:About as meaningful... (0)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 3 years ago | (#36104640)

Yeah, it should be up to 5, Insightful. Obama had not done one thing to earn the Prize when he got it. I'll get modded down for this, but he was the Affirmative Action Nobel winner.

Turn the page to today and he's still done nothing worthy of a Nobel.

Re:About as meaningful... (2)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#36104890)

Why would you compare the two? Obama did nothing to deserve a Nobel peace prize (and most disappointingly, still hasn't since) unless you count bringing grammar back to the White House. Assange has actually done things to further world peace, whether you agree with the means or not. The two are not comparable.

WHO THE FUCK DOES HE THINK HE IS? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103096)

Who ARE these people??? Do they think that we're just going to believe them that this guy is something special? What, they just stick up for their own countrymen or something? Are you SERIOUS?

yes (5, Insightful)

unity100 (970058) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103106)

contrary to what you arrogant and self-centered right wingers in america tend to think, the people around the world think good of assange since he is exposing the SHIT that u.s. perpetrates around the world, ranging from bullying germany to prevent prosecution of the cia agents who kidnapped german citizens and tortured them in syria, to bullying spanish government to put out 3 strikes law to censor people for american copyright interests.

i find your disgust at exposition of such information, disgusting.

now scram.

Re:yes (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103152)

I find your disgust at such a comment disgusting. Assange doesn't deserve the medal.

Now scram.

Re:yes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103182)

Looks like you got trolled once again, my boy. But it didn't stop your subprehensile brain from rushing out a 2-minute reply to someone who likely agrees with you.

Re:yes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103198)

itt trolls trolling trolls

Re:yes (1)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103272)

What?

Re:yes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103474)

Exactly.

Re:yes (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103810)

That's because whilst America screams about free speech, justice, liberty and so forth the only thing America really actually stands for is hypocrisy.

- Condemning countries who torture whilst torturing

- Screaming about justice and liberty whilst performing detention without trial, extraordinary rendition, and having a long history of assassinations

- Fining foreign firms for dodgy dealings whilst turning a blind eye to it's own

- Touting the importants of the WTO and how everyone should join it and adhere to it's rulings whilst ignoring rulings by the WTO against it

- Putting free speech at the centre of everything America claims to be about, whilst trying to silence the likes of Wikileaks

- Talking about peace, whilst being the largest warmonger of the last 50 years

- Complaining about terrorism whilst having a long history of having funded terrorists

- Patriotic talk of how their military is the greatest, and making fun of countries like France for their military history, whilst having lost or at least definitely failed to win pretty almost every major war or military incursion they've been involved in since World War II (e.g. Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon, Somalia, Iraq x2, Afghanistan)

- Talk about how China should stop polluting despite the fact China has far more investment, a far bigger programme, and a far better ratio of renewable energy use than the US and a third of oil use despite having over 4 times the population

Really, the list goes on, the case with Assange and American attempts to supress Wikileaks is just one of many examples of American hypocrisy lost in a sea of such problems. Americans fear the rise of China, India and so forth and talk of how dangerous the rise of these countries are, when really, the only thing that's causing the decline of the US is it's own complete and utter hypocrisy and the knock on effects of that.

Re:WHO THE FUCK DOES HE THINK HE IS? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103252)

I wouldn't post ac but other wise I’ll get modded down to oblivion by a bunch of propaganda swallowing Americans that want to be able to kill who ever they want when ever they want. Any way Assange is a stand up man that is willing to stand up to you nation of trolls so he deserves many medals.

Re:WHO THE FUCK DOES HE THINK HE IS? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103262)

But he's afraid to go to Sweden to face the women he raped.

Re:WHO THE FUCK DOES HE THINK HE IS? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103404)

the women the cia bribed.

Re:WHO THE FUCK DOES HE THINK HE IS? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103490)

So much for your vaunted innocent until proven guilty, eh? I knew that was a load you didn't really believe in.

Re:WHO THE FUCK DOES HE THINK HE IS? (1)

mcvos (645701) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103684)

So much for your vaunted innocent until proven guilty, eh? I knew that was a load you didn't really believe in.

In thew US that concept has been dead for some time. Mind you, some European countries are doing their best to follow in those footsteps.

Re:WHO THE FUCK DOES HE THINK HE IS? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36104280)

Yeah, 'raped'.
http://radsoft.net/news/20101001,01.shtml

Assange aside, calling this case 'rape' is an insult to real rape victims. It diminishes the severity of rape.

Re:WHO THE FUCK DOES HE THINK HE IS? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103508)

I wouldn't post ac but other wise I’ll get modded down to oblivion by a bunch of propaganda swallowing Americans that want to be able to kill who ever they want when ever they want. Any way Assange is a stand up man that is willing to stand up to you nation of trolls so he deserves many medals.

STFU you Eurotrash faggot pussy.

must be a (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103104)

jewish foundation.

Re:must be a (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103218)

Lol, you pathetic antisemite. Just remember next time you look in the mirror, it is the Jews that achieve over 30% of Nobel Prizes, Field Medals, Chess Masters, and Best Writers. Every piece of technology, from quantum mechanics needed in advanced computing (Richard Feynman), to the actual computing architecture (Jon Von Neumann), to the relativity (Einstein) without which there is no space travel, there is no GPS, there would not even be a safe way to do standard air travel, all of this is created by the Jewish race, and never yours, even though the Jews only compose less than 0.3% of the earth's population. Neither you, nor your pathetic offspring, will ever have the genetics to accomplish even a 1/1000th of the great things the Jews have accomplished in this world. You are disgusting, you are not even a man.

Re:must be a (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103270)

In history class they taught us about some misguided guy trying clean up and/or purge all the bad genetics in his country. I think they called it geneticide... or something like that ;) So ya, keep talking about your great genetics - sounds like you're learning from the very best. Keep up the good work!

Re:must be a (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103286)

i think the jews would support assange maybe not the secret service killers but in genral.

Re:must be a (1)

Alex Belits (437) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103618)

I am Jewish, and Assange disappoints me -- he posts about all conspiracies except ours!

(I am actually Jewish, so I am allowed to make Jewish jokes).

Re:must be a (2)

Hazel Bergeron (2015538) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103686)

A. Different brains?
B. Different culture?
C. Favouritism?

Unfortunately, racists on either side are quick to highlight A or C. I'm not so fanatically politically correct that I'm going to dismiss A (we don't really know enough about the brain nor have we devised any suitable tests to determine) and C (it is human nature to support your own group, so if one group is already well established it might foster further success for that same group), but maybe there's quite a lot of B.

I mean, why are such a great proportion of students at Oxbridge from private schools? Could it be because the parents who have given their children a private education have tried to prioritise good education? We're not saying that every parent has the means to do that, but neither does every Jewish family have the means: all you need is significantly more Jewish families to want to prioritise their children's education, some of whom will also have the means to action their want, for them to end up overrepresented in some professional field. This sort of sentiment is cultural, passed down through families and community groups. It is a spirit perhaps to be learnt from, though perhaps not adopted wholesale: a graduate from a top university is just as likely to become a wanker banker as a life-enhancing scientist.

Awarding the idea (3, Insightful)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103110)

I like the fact that they are awarding the idea of open government and open corporatism, but what has been released that has been worth all the hub-bub?

Re:Awarding the idea (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103130)

Iraq war documents, for example.

Re:Awarding the idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103132)

What about them?

Re:Awarding the idea (3, Informative)

TemperedAlchemist (2045966) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103150)

Showing how great of pains the US government goes through to prevent us from learning that their military doesn't live up to their propaganda.

Re:Awarding the idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103274)

Showing how great of pains the US government goes through to prevent us from learning that their military doesn't live up to their propaganda.

And if you think every other government doesn't do exactly the same thing, then you're a fucking retard.

Re:Awarding the idea (5, Insightful)

mykos (1627575) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103320)

And if you think every other government doesn't do exactly the same thing, then you're a fucking retard.

Everyone hiding secrets doesn't make hiding secrets the right thing to do, so you gotta start somewhere. Also, I don't think he claimed that nobody else was doing it.

Re:Awarding the idea (3, Insightful)

sortius_nod (1080919) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103350)

Exactly. Add to this that the US has dragged other nations into their criminal wars. More people have died at the hands of US forces committing war crimes than any other nation over the last two decades.

Again, this is not to say other countries aren't doing this, but to claim that taking down Sadam for gassing 30 000 people by killing more than 10 fold people is fine is just wrong.

I know I'll get modded down by the US patriots, but war crimes are war crimes. No escaping it, no matter how just you think they are.

History is written by the winners. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103466)

War crimes..... That term does not apply to the winners of the war.

Re:History is written by the winners. (1)

sortius_nod (1080919) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103498)

The US didn't win the American war in Vietnam, committed war crimes, and no one was brought before the Internation War Crimes Tribunal. So this doesn't ring true really.

It's more that whoever controls the information controls whether someone is brought up on war crimes charges.

Re:History is written by the winners. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103586)

The US didn't win the American war in Vietnam, committed war crimes, and no one was brought before the Internation War Crimes Tribunal. So this doesn't ring true really.

For the time being, it does ring true. Like in "Formal logic 101":
"if you win the war, war crimes charges are not brought to against you" do not necessary imply that "if you are not charged with war crimes, you are a winner" (but rather "if you are charged with war crimes, you didn't win the war")

Re:History is written by the winners. (1)

sortius_nod (1080919) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103776)

I still reject this idea. It's about information, not who "won".

Re:History is written by the winners. (1)

man_of_mr_e (217855) | more than 3 years ago | (#36104016)

Vietnam wasn't a war, it was a police action. We were there at the behest of south vietnam government. We were basically "hired guns". War requires occupation, which means that not only are there troops there, but we're also the government. Unlike the situation in Iraq where we overthrew the government and installed our own.

Re:History is written by the winners. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36104128)

We have committed war crimes. Oops! Quick, let us call this invasion a "police action". Oh if someone else takes "police action" on our soil, we will call them terrorists! We install our governments in foreign countries but we are not imperialists. No sir!

Re:History is written by the winners. (1)

man_of_mr_e (217855) | more than 3 years ago | (#36104400)

WTF?

Are you suggesting that 9/11 was the same thing as Vietnam? Really? Good thing you said that as an AC.

The US went into vietnam at the south vietnamese governments request. I think there's a little bit of difference there.

Re:Awarding the idea (2, Informative)

rainmouse (1784278) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103796)

And if you think every other government doesn't do exactly the same thing, then you're a fucking retard.

True, but consider that Bush quite freely admits that God told him to invade Iraq and that it was a holy crusade. Shame God couldn't also tell him there were no WMD there. The fact that a Country with frequently elects religious fundamentalist presidents who genuinely believe invisible men are telling them to invade other nations, also has enough nuclear weapons to extinguish all life on the planet. Yes this deserves some serious scrutiny and a man willing to risk his freedom and his life exposing the dirty things their military and global corporations get up to does actually deserve some kind of recommendation.

Now read through this staggeringly long list of military engagements and consider how many of them were necessary :- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_United_States_military_operations#2000.E2.80.932009 [wikipedia.org]

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/bush-god-told-me-to-invade-iraq-509925.html [independent.co.uk]

Re:Awarding the idea (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103344)

Showing how great of pains the US government goes through to prevent us from learning that their military doesn't live up to their propaganda.

And if you think every other government doesn't do exactly the same thing, then you're a fucking retard.

There is a scale of 1 to 10. Most countries is somewhere around 3, but USA, North Korea, Libya and some other countries is set to 11.

Re:Awarding the idea (1)

Alex Belits (437) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103688)

When exactly North Korea or Libya were involved in wars abroad, leave alone committed war crimes while doing so?

If you compared fuckheadedness of leaders, I guess, all those three would indeed stand out (but then Iran, Saudi Arabia and US-installed current governments of Iraq and Afghanistan, and a large chunk of Africa would have to join them), but this has nothing to do with indiscriminate killing of foreigners, aggressive wars, or other war crimes.

Re:Awarding the idea (1)

moortak (1273582) | more than 3 years ago | (#36104624)

Libya was actively involved in fueling the civil wars in Sierra Leone and other countries in the region.

Re:Awarding the idea (0, Flamebait)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103704)

Lemme guess, you are a European, the biggest mass murderers in history(whom have yet to really apologize for it in any meaningful way by the way). Yeah, real "peacenicks" there.

Re:Awarding the idea (4, Informative)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103710)

Wait, what? What propaganda haven't they lived up to that was revealed by Wikileaks? As far as I can tell, the worst thing the military has done in the current campaigns was the Abu Ghraib scandal. I like reading Wikileaks stuff, but it seems to me that anyone who pays attention to the news and such will have a good idea of what the US military is capable of, and what it is doing. Some people were surprised by the Wikileaks releases, but that's because they don't pay attention.

That said, I really liked reading about US diplomats opinions of French racial issues. Or Yemen's attempts to take credit for US actions. Stuff like that is really fun to read.

Re:Awarding the idea (2)

metacell (523607) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103998)

What propaganda haven't they lived up to that was revealed by Wikileaks?
The US military likes to pretend their strikes are very precise and kills few civilians. The Afghan and Iraq war documents show that they fail to disclose many civilian deaths.

Re:Awarding the idea (4, Insightful)

AGMW (594303) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103758)

What about them?

Maybe I got it all wrong, but in amongst all the info exposed, didn't US forces kill a couple of Reuters reporters? Didn't they lie about it? Didn't they say there wasn't any film of the incident when approached (FOI request) for the footage? Didn't that footage then miraculously appear? Ditto for a number of 'friendly fire' incidents?

Accidents happen, and when you're at war they can be bad, but you don't lie and cover it up or it's far more difficult to work out what happened to try and stop it happening again! It's like a four year old saying "it wasn't me", then wikileaks pointing out the chocolate all around your mouth!

Now the US (and others!) are trying to make Wikileaks out to be the bad guy - continuing the analogy, the US is saying "yer, but Wikileaks smells of wee!".

Re:Awarding the idea (1)

metacell (523607) | more than 3 years ago | (#36104054)

Yes, the video was called "Collateral Damage" by Wikileaks.

Actually... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 3 years ago | (#36104598)

That is the name of a video with Arnold Schwarzenegger. [imdb.com]

The video of US military forces killing civilians, which was released by WikiLeaks was labeled "Collateral Murder". [wikipedia.org]

Re:Awarding the idea (3, Funny)

aarggh (806617) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103164)

I like the fact that they are awarding the idea of open government and open corporatism, but what has been released that has been worth all the hub-bub?

We could tell you but the U.S. gov would then probably have to kill you!

Re:Awarding the idea (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103168)

leaked diplomatic cables have been instrumental in the "arab spring"

Re:Awarding the idea (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103462)

In today's world, the "unthinkable" act of free speech and you knowing what your government does (instead of the other way around) seem to be already enough for a global witch hunt with accusations of "terrorism" and "rape".

Why do I get this weird feeling that we are on the downwards arm of a progress parabola, halfway between our best days, and the witch hunts and information control/manipulation of the religious fundamentalist dark ages?

Re:Awarding the idea (4, Informative)

metacell (523607) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103932)

The Iraq war documents exposed that the number of civilians killed had been downplayed by the US military. If we are going to safeguard human rights, we first need to know the truth.

The "Cablegate" documents showed that my own country's toughened copyright legislation was due to pressures from the USA.

One of Wikileaks' most recent leaks exposed child slavery and prostitution in Saudi Arabia, which the Saudian government denies exists.

Re:Awarding the idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103940)

Lots of very important stuff, in my view. Also internationally a lot of interesting things have come out, such as proof that the Netherlands is storing nuclear weapons.

Here's a good source: http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2010/11/29/wikileaks_roundup

Re:Awarding the idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36104048)

Depends on what corporate news source you use to tell you what's worth how much hub-bub.

Hateful and Evil Organization (-1, Troll)

TheMiddleRoad (1153113) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103212)

This is a worthless prize from a worthless, Jew-hating group that claims to support human rights while pushing a leftist, scary agenda.

Re:Hateful and Evil Organization (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103224)

The Jews in Israel are 90% of the world's problems right now. The world would seriously be a better place if the United States stopped supporting their goal of subjugating the Arabs whose land they have stolen.

Re:Hateful and Evil Organization (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103250)

Quick! Someone grab the pop corn!

Re:Hateful and Evil Organization (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36104024)

Why would you grab cop porn ?!

Re:Hateful and Evil Organization (0)

TheMiddleRoad (1153113) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103436)

And this is why I make such comments. Jew-hating exists. The Sydney group partakes, even if naively.

Re:Hateful and Evil Organization (3, Insightful)

mcvos (645701) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103718)

There's a big difference between hating Jews and hating an oppressive regime. Not all Jews support Israel. I think that deserves to be pointed out every once in a while.

Re:Hateful and Evil Organization (2, Informative)

TheMiddleRoad (1153113) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103788)

So you're saying Israel is a repressive regime? Do you know anything about the Middle East or the world for that matter? I bet you view Israel as a far greater problem area than Syria, but Syria is the one that has a repressive regime. Israel has a Democracy with citizens of all religions. Homosexuals can walk the streets holding their lover's hand without getting stoned to death. Christians don't run in terror from angry mobs, expect in the West Bank and Gaza. What an unusual repressive regime.

Re:Hateful and Evil Organization (1)

metacell (523607) | more than 3 years ago | (#36104038)

Israel is a democracy and doesn't oppress its own citizens, but it behaves like a dick towards other peoples.

Re:Hateful and Evil Organization (3, Insightful)

mcvos (645701) | more than 3 years ago | (#36104208)

But it also kicks families out of the house where they've lived for generations. It built a wall that separates farmers from their fields. Israel goes out of its way to disrupt the lives of normal Palestinian families. It's not oppressive to the people it likes, but it is oppressive to the people it oppresses. The fact that there are also people who are not oppressed by the Israeli government doesn't change this simple fact.

Re:Hateful and Evil Organization (0)

Squiddie (1942230) | more than 3 years ago | (#36104446)

No one is arguing that Jewish people have rights in Israel, but try to find an Arab that is treated fairly there. Non-Jews are treated like second class citizens in Israel.

Re:Hateful and Evil Organization (1)

Mitsoid (837831) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103254)

Please provide citation from a reputable source for those that wish to verify your claim.

Re:Hateful and Evil Organization (0)

TheMiddleRoad (1153113) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103442)

Just look at their politics. Google is your friend. They're a leftist hate group masquerading under the banner of human rights. They single out Israel while Gazans launch a laser-guided missile at a school bus, murdering a child. It's a sick, twisted mindset.

Re:Hateful and Evil Organization (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103516)

Israeli (nation) is not identical to Jew (religion), so don't confuse them. There are plenty of Jews who don't like what Israel does to the Palestinians (eg [antonyloewenstein.com] ).

Re:Hateful and Evil Organization (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103582)

Jew is not a religion, Judaism is a religion. Jewish = Ethnicity, Judaism = Religion.

Re:Hateful and Evil Organization (-1, Troll)

TheMiddleRoad (1153113) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103822)

Every single hateful accusation leveled against Jews has been leveled against Israel and Zionists. They all mean the same thing. Jew-haters simply attempt to hid their hate speech by saying Zionist instead of Jew. It's using code words. Some of them even fool themselves into believing they love Jews but hate those evil Zionists.

These Jew-haters are all twisted and sick, especially the Jewish ones. History is filled with these "good Jews." Soros is one of them. Usually they're just undereducated leftists who get some blind blood lust when they see an underdog.

Re:Hateful and Evil Organization (1)

Squiddie (1942230) | more than 3 years ago | (#36104490)

Hating what your country does when it does something evil, like killing or jailing protesters, is not Jew hating. Israels is a country that does not guarantee the rights of all its citizens, the Arab citizens especially. Israel steals land and only pretends to want peace. I guess it's only wrong if things like this are done to Jews, but no the other way around.

Re:Hateful and Evil Organization (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103380)

-"Israel's actions suck and therefore Israel sucks."
-"That's wasis! ..no, wait! That's anticementite derp derp derp!"

The real question is - (5, Funny)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103290)

Did he know before they announced it?

Re:The real question is - (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103560)

Yes, he and (potentially) a whole world knew: it was "leaked" [theregister.co.uk] at least since early February [smh.com.au] .

How's this relevant?

Sydney says: Me too! (4, Interesting)

donscarletti (569232) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103306)

So it's been around 14 years, so basically before Assange it has only awarded one prize to someone who did not already have a nobel peace prize at the time of the award. Having grown up in Sydney I have got to say I am pretty uninterested in this me-too institution. Since I doubt many Australians will do anything worthy of the attention of the Norweigian government or whoever awards these things, maybe starting with Assange they can make it a sort of domestic competition with lesser criteria.

Re:Sydney says: Me too! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103972)

How long until US Americans hand out 'World Peace Awards' to their own people?

Re:Sydney says: Me too! (3, Funny)

Jeek Elemental (976426) | more than 3 years ago | (#36104196)

The nobel peace prize committee is chosen by norwegian parliament but is otherwise independent.
I have no idea how Obama got it tho, maybe it was to show they have a sense of humour.

Id say Wikileaks, Assange and Manning would be worthy recipients.

Re:Sydney says: Me too! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36104828)

Obama only got it because he's the first non pure white president of the USA. It was a racial thing.

Bradley Manning? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103362)

I'm just saying.

Awesome (-1, Offtopic)

teetshirt (2144878) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103482)

It's genius founded wikileaks. http://www.tee-tshirt.com/ [tee-tshirt.com]

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What the fuck (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103726)

Manning risked everything and has and will continue to pay dearly for it. Assange has risked substantially less and really we only talk about him because of the actions of Manning.

Re:What the fuck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36104396)

That is kind of fucked up. So we should see assange re hand it to Manning.

Manning? (3, Interesting)

muffen (321442) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103798)

Bradley E. Manning [wikimedia.org] should get this price, he is the real hero. He put his life on the line to release this information, what did Assange risk?
Manning was held naked in a prison cell without windows for 23 hours a day, Assange won't even go to Sweden to face the charges for sex-crimes (not even after being assured he will not be sent to any other country without britains concent). [abc.net.au]

Re:Manning? (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103888)

Assange won't even go to Sweden to face the charges for sex-crimes (not even after being assured he will not be sent to any other country without britains concent (sic) ).

There are no charges.

Re:Manning? (3, Insightful)

LordLucless (582312) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103896)

Not to disagree with you on Manning being a hero, but why should the criteria be how much they "risked" rather than how much they accomplished? Wikileaks has released more than just Manning's material.

Re:Manning? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36103964)

Not to disagree with you on Manning being a hero, but why should the criteria be how much they "risked" rather than how much they accomplished? Wikileaks has released more than just Manning's material.

True, but the other stuff didn't get much attention compared to Collateral Murder, the war reports and the diplomatic cables.

Swedish Court System - A medieval political circus (5, Insightful)

FriendlyLurker (50431) | more than 3 years ago | (#36104390)

The Sweden "court system" for this issue is almost a regular medieval political circus [wlcentral.org] . Look at what Sweden has all but promised Assange in his "fair" trial: Solitary confinement before trial without access to his lawyers. Closed door secret court - no one will hear let alone be able to refute any testimonies. Three of the four judges to be (or appointed by) politicians! Not to forget that the case was closed [radsoft.net] before being reopened by, you guessed it, a politician - apparently because they say the girls did not know they were being raped at the time and it is up-to their court of laypersons to decide (I kid you not, crazy system Sweden has, huh). The rabbit hole of deceit by Swedish authorities goes way deeper than most would like to see however - in this case starting with the Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny, lawyer Mr Claes Borgström and their relationship with the Swedish Democrat party [justiceforassange.com] which stands to gain from this circus.

Who in the right mind would not try to fight for a fairer trial than this? I don't care if it is Assange or anyone else, Sweden should be ashamed of these "courts", if you can even call them that.

The only good thing coming out of this abuse is the increased scrutiny on the very broken European extradition laws [wlcentral.org] - and perhaps some Swedish rethinking their leaders (although the last election shows this to be unlikely).

Re:Swedish Court System - A medieval political cir (5, Informative)

Co0Ps (1539395) | more than 3 years ago | (#36104934)

I'm Swedish and this is 100% accurate, +100 Insightful. The Swedish justice system is a huge embarrassment and completely broken. Hopefully this case will shed some light on it so it can be fixed.

You also forgot to mention two other interesting facts of Claes Borgström, both of which you can find in his Wikipedia article [wikimedia.org] . First of all he was the attorney of Thomas Quick, a case that is one of the biggest scandals in Swedish justice history. Basically Quick was mental and admitted to a whole bunch of murders he never committed and was sentenced guilty without a shred of evidence. Secondly Claes Borgström is an extreme left wing feminist nutjob that thinks men has a "collective guilt" against women and should pay a special tax for being men.

Bullshit politics (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 3 years ago | (#36103878)

Well, we see here the award isn't given to honor the recipient, it's given to make the elites of Sydney feel good. The Dalai Lama is a rather unsavory character in many respects, although you'll never hear anything against him in the Western media as the narrative has firmly been established and anyone who says otherwise must be insane. Naming Nelson Mandela was another feelgood exercise. Daisaku Ikeda is a religious freak. Religion! What the hell? How on earth does any religion get any honor at all? I thought everyone was in agreement that religious people are total morons? Did this change overnight? Daisaku Ikeda's cult is like Scientology, members have made bomb threats against rival cults [nytimes.com] (the source is the New York Times, so you know it's true because they're fact-checked). He's a big player in Japan's New Komeito political party, sort of like how the Koch brothers influence American politics in a negative direction. And now we have Assange's award, another totally political statement.

This Sydney Peace Medal is just more bullshit, just elites scratching each other's backs. It means nothing...sort of like the Nobel Peace Prize in that respect (note the similarity of names...a total coincidence I'm sure).

Re:Bullshit politics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36104460)

NYTimes is fact-checked? Only a yank would be dumb enough to say that...

The death of relevance... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36104056)

Mandela, Dalai Lama, Ikeda.... prolific writers, peace activists and leaders who have been repeatedly recognized internationally for their selfless actions. And they add to that list a pseudo-anarchist egomanaical twit who runs a sensationalist media outlet under the guise of altruism? It will take another 3 years of self-important dinners and newsletters, but the Sydney Peace Foundation is already gearing up to present Mel Gibson with their 2014 Gold Medal for Racial and Religious Tolerance.

As for Wikileaks, gone is the myth of freedom of information with their new internal gag order. Do as we say, not as we do. Honestly though, you have to protect that first-release-based profit margin somehow... even though he seems to spend most of his time abroad shacking up with stupid young girls or living in other peoples' houses, I'm sure Assange's rock star globe-trotting was quite expensive before his arrest.

Today Assange... (0)

Richard_at_work (517087) | more than 3 years ago | (#36104224)

Tomorrow, you, in your breakfast cereal.

Talk about cheapening the award, if it had any value in the first place...

Re:Today Assange... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36104292)

Ah fuck off, Assange has accomplished more than you would given a thousand lifetimes. You might have seen the news about the Spring uprisings in Arab nations? How about him finally giving America's corporate masters something to worry about?

I'm sure you were high-fiving and punching the air (alone) when Mark Zuckerberg was announced Time person of the year. For his services in hastening the formation of police states around the world. Assange does the exact opposite and he is vilified by all. Keep drinking the Kool-Aid.

Irony (2)

lyinhart (1352173) | more than 3 years ago | (#36104376)

How ironic. I have varying opinions on all the past recipients named, but all of them have actually been the center of conflicts, more so than defusing them. So in retrospect, Al Gore winning the Nobel Peace Prize wasn't such a bad idea since most folks agree on global warming and don't launch armed conflicts about the issue.

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Ikeda??????? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36104568)

I'm sorry, but as a Japanese national, I have to question the credibility of any prize that goes to that cult megalomaniac.
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