From Henry Kissinger to Yasir Arafat, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has made some controversial picks over the years. Here are seven people who that never won the prize, but should have.
BY DAVID KENNER|OCTOBER 7, 2009
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Achievements: Ken Saro-Wiwa was a Nigerian environmental activist and author who led a nonviolent campaign against the environmental degradation occurring in the Niger Delta as the result of crude-oil extraction. A member of the Ogoni indigenous group based in the region, Saro-Wiwa founded the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People to protest the collusion of the Nigerian military regime and the Royal Dutch/Shell oil company at the expense of Ogoni agricultural and fishing lands. He organized peaceful protests against Shell and advocated for the cleanup of the area's environment.
In January 1993, he led 300,000 Ogoni in a march to demand a share of oil revenues and a degree of political autonomy. As Saro-Wiwa's efforts gained publicity, the Nigerian government, dependent on the revenues from Shell's oil extraction, arrested and tried him in a special military tribunal on trumped-up charges and subsequently executed him in 1995. His death triggered international outrage
~~ As followers of Jesus living in America, we often think democracy and the sort of capitalism we embrace is the worlds best choice for both a political and economic system. Yet, if we take these stories seriously, we quickly realize that we create our own atrocities in the name of profits for our investments.
I'm a lover of the ways of Jesus. I believe we are meant to be people who seek justice and mercy, who attempt to restore broken relationships, and who live with intense and compassionate love.
I also believe much of the North American church has misunderstood Jesus life and message. When justice and mercy, goodness and kindness are not pursued, we have lost virtually all sight of any good news.