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Global activists receive 'Alternative Nobel' prize

AFP/The Local · 29 Sep 2011, 11:47

Published: 29 Sep 2011 11:47 GMT+02:00

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advocate and a Chinese engineer will share the 2011 Right Livelihood Award, often dubbed the "Alternative Nobel," organisers said Thursday.

The 2011 awards highlight some of the world's most pressing issues "and present solutions how to overcome them," the Sweden-based Right Livelihood Foundation said in a statement, adding that the recipients would share the €150,000 ($205,100) cash prize.

Huang Ming, the first Chinese citizen to receive the prize, is an engineer and entrepreneur who received the honorary award for "his outstanding success in the development and mass-deployment of cutting-edge technologies for harnessing solar energy," the prize committee said.

The 53-year-old had thereby showed "how dynamic emerging economies can contribute to resolving the global crisis of anthropogenic climate change," it added.

Chadian lawyer Jacqueline Moudeina, 54, was meanwhile lauded for "her tireless efforts at great personal risk to win justice for the victims of the former dictatorship in Chad and to increase awareness and observance of human rights in Africa," the prize committee said.

International non-profit organisation GRAIN received the prize for "their worldwide work to protect the livelihoods and rights of farming communities and to expose the massive purchases of farmland in developing countries by foreign financial interests."

And finally, 71-year-old American Ina May Gaskin, who has been called "the most famous midwife in the world," was awarded for "her whole-life's work teaching and advocating safe, woman-centred childbirth methods that best promote the physical and mental health of mother and child."

Swedish-German philatelist Jakob von Uexkull, who founded the donor-funded

prize in 1980, said this year's laureates represented some of the world's most

pressing issues.

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"Global climate chaos may well be the biggest challenge of our time threatening all other achievements," he said in a statement, adding that land grabs around the world meanwhile "aggravate the global food situation and threaten biodiversity."

At the same time, some countries see "dictators and torturers go unpunished while parents sell their children to work on farms because poverty does not leave them any other choice," he said, adding that in the developed world, "we are fast becoming out of touch with ourselves, and with the most natural processes of our species like giving birth."

The awards ceremony will take place in the Swedish parliament on December 5th.

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14:55 September 29, 2011 by Freebie
Every Nobel nominee candidate (Alternative, or the other one) should make a required climb to the top of Stockholm City Hall in order to qualify for receiving the award. Reviewing a roster of past recipients, little doubt in my mind, few would actually go home with their trophy. (just a suggestion)
17:16 September 29, 2011 by Lavaux
Great group of candidates!

Huang Ming put Solyndra out of business, and hopefully the Obama regime along with it.

GRAIN fights agribusiness investment in Africa and elsewhere, ensuring that farming remains primitive, unproductive and incapable of feeding local populations or contributing to economic development.

And of course, let's not forget the almighty god of global warming, Chicken Little, who wins the Alternative Nobel Prize every year thanks to faithful proselyte Jakob von Uexkull, the prize's German-Swedish philatelist founder.
01:05 September 30, 2011 by Da Goat
at least they give these prizes to people who have done something ....not like obama and chicken little (Al Blood & Gore)

Lavaux the poor people will still starve if they have no land to grow their primitive food, agribusiness is not investing as much as divesting . they tend to buy the land and send the food away (back home) . either way the farming folk lose out big time! if you no longer own your own country you are in serious trouble, is this a form of friendly warfare? buy your backyard then sell you back your fruit at a profit!

I am still amazed that people still believe the environMENTAL crap foisted upon them, it is quite a poor quality Hoax!
08:23 September 30, 2011 by Lavaux
Da Goat:

If you're smart enough to reject Chicken Little and Fat Al Gore, then you're smart enough to reject the idea that agribusiness is not investing as much as divesting.

Have you ever wondered why agribusinesses produce far more food than subsistence farmers? Answer: It's vastly more efficient and productive because it employs technologies and practices conducing to the same.

Did you know that the reason 90% of Swedes no longer work in the agricultural sector is that Swedish farms switched to agribusiness models? These displaced Swedish farmworkers are now working in factories and offices, restaurants and shops, railyards and ports, schools and daycares, etc.

Do you think Swedes would prefer a life of back-breaking labor on the farm to the cushy ones they have now? Heck no. So why do you want to deny developing countries the same path of development? I'll tell why CAIN does: Global warming. The dirty little secret of CAIN is that their primary motive for opposing agribusiness in developing countries is to prevent their economic development, which would increase their greenhouse gas emissions. Yes, that's right: CAIN want to keep Africa primitive and poor because they worship alongside Fat Al Gore at the altar of the almighty AGW god, Chicken Little.

So wise up, Da Goat, and stop drinking the CAIN Koolaid.
20:36 September 30, 2011 by shahislam
Any type of killing by human is a crime for every human on Earth, that incudes leaders of all kind!

Instead of anti-bacterial-type killings of more of these continually growing @ cosmic rule, the new generation of bacteria-type insurgents, just help in replacing (non-violent possible manner and of course without any bloodshed) all of the religiously or otherwise ego-blind leaders would be more wise!

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