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  • Obama says Nobel Peace Prize choice a victory for human dignity

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama congratulated Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian campaigner against child trafficking, for winning the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, calling it a victory for those who uphold human dignity.

    "Today's announcement is a victory...

  • Malala Yousafzai becomes world’s youngest Nobel Prize winner

    2 weeks ago

    Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 for advocating girls' right to education, and Indian children's right activist Kailash Satyarthi won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.

    Yousafzai, aged 17, becomes the youngest Nobel Prize...

  • Nelson Mandela remembered by L.A.‘s South African Jews

    By Ryan Torok

    December 5, 2013 | 2:54 pm

    Anti-apartheid activist and former South African president Nelson Mandela — a hero to many Los Angeles Jews, including a large number with ties to that country — died Dec. 5. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was 95.

     “I think the important thing is Mandela’s great gift to the...

  • Syria destroys chemical weapons facilities, watchdog group confirms

    October 31, 2013 | 9:35 am

    Syria reportedly has completed destroying or permanently disabling all of its chemical weapons production and mixing facilities.

    The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which won the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this month for its involvement in the Syrian chemical...

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  • Pakistani teenager, shot by Taliban, wins EU human rights prize

    October 10, 2013 | 1:16 pm

    Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for education for girls, won the European Union's annual human rights award on Thursday, beating fugitive U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden.

    The 16-year-old was attacked last year while on...

  • Survivor, storyteller, celebrity, sage: Elie Wiesel at 85

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 24, 2013 | 2:36 pm

    When talking about Elie Wiesel, who turns 85 on Sept. 30, it is far too easy to fall into a list of superlatives. 

    As a child who survived Auschwitz and other concentration camps, Wiesel witnessed more death and more horrors than most human beings ever will. A onetime journalist...

  • Kerry, peace and the EU

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 24, 2013 | 3:37 pm

    Three leaders were eligible for a Nobel Peace Prize 20 years ago for not bringing about a lasting peace. Today one wonders: Has the bar been lowered enough since then so that achieving negotiations alone — just the talking — is now an accomplishment worthy of the trophy? If Yitzhak...

  • Happy birthday Mr. Mandela!

    July 18, 2013 | 10:14 am

    South Africa and the world showered tributes on Nelson Mandela on Thursday as the anti-apartheid leader turned 95 in hospital and his doctors reported he was "steadily improving" from a six-week lung infection.

    The country has been on edge since the former president and father of...

  • Pakistani girl shot by Taliban starts at English school

    March 19, 2013 | 2:59 pm

    Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani girl who drew global attention after being shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls' education, returned to school on Tuesday in Britain where she has been treated for her injuries.

    Yousufzai, 15, has become an international figure as a...

  • Elie Wiesel and questions of God and duty

    February 15, 2013 | 9:49 am

    The madness always calls him back.  You only have to glance at Elie Wiesel’s tortured face to know that he is always at risk.  Even after the countless novels and the Nobel Peace Prize.  Even after producing “Night,” his devastating masterpiece about Auschwitz.  Even after all the...

  • Elie Wiesel on Oprah Dec. 9: Sneak peak Q & A [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 8, 2012 | 11:02 am

    Eight years ago, Holocaust survivor and author Eli Wiesel took Oprah Winfrey on a tour of Auschwitz, which she has described as a life-altering experience.  On Sunday, Dec. 9, Wiesel will again speak with Oprah, this time on a "Super Soul Sunday" episode (set to air on OWN – the...
  • Peres briefs Obama on Hamas commander killing

    November 14, 2012 | 10:43 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres briefed U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday about Israel's killing of the Hamas military commander in Gaza, saying the man was a "mass-murderer", Peres's office said in a statement.

    Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former Israeli prime...

  • Who’s winning the foreign policy debate?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 17, 2012 | 11:42 am

    It is often assumed that foreign policy is a field in which deeds matter more than words. But looking at the two presidential candidates in the 2012 election cycle, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, one might end up with the opposite impression: It is words, not...

  • Wiesel, Jewish leaders rap changes to Canada’s refugee policy

    July 9, 2012 | 10:45 am

    Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel joined a growing list of Jewish leaders who are calling on Canada to reverse changes to legislation that denies health care to refugee claimants.

    In a letter released last week to the Globe and Mail newspaper, Wiesel said he supports the Toronto Board of...

  • Teshuva in Liberia: Moving from ruin to reconciliation

    July 5, 2012 | 4:19 pm

    Sometimes, when you visit a place that is full of so much pain, the stories — and days — begin to bleed into one another. 

    The stories of the people of Liberia, whose ferocious civil war ended only nine years ago, reveal horrifying trends through 14 years of fighting. Scant...

  • Wiesel raps Hungary Nazi past ‘whitewash’

    June 19, 2012 | 10:57 am

    Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel has renounced a Hungarian state award he received in 2004 in protest against what he said was a “whitewashing” of the role of former Hungarian governments in the deportation of Jews during World War Two.

    In a letter to Hungarian Parliament...

  • The Perception Gap

    By Helen Davis

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Who is the most distrusted and despised Israeli politician in the Arab world? The answer is not to be found among the usual suspects -- current and former Likud prime ministers Ariel Sharon and Binyamin Netanyahu. Rather, it is the dove incarnate: Shimon Peres.

    Amid the welter of...

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