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Andrei Latyshau

New Youth Policy (Canadian chapter)

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Does the Russian president Vladimir Putin deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?

On 11 September 2013 New York Times featured a byline in the op-ed section you don't see every day. The Russian president Vladimir Putin addressed the American people and their political leaders directly with a Plea for Caution.

The same night, the Fox News analyst Pat Buchanan praised Vladimir Putin's op-ed, calling it “outstanding", pointing out that it was the Russian president, and not President Barack Obama, who has best spoken to American opinion on Syria.

A day before that, Vladimir Putin's candidacy has been proposed for the Nobel Peace Prize. A letter to the Nobel Committee has been sent by the president of the Russian Foundation for Education, Sergei Komkov. The letter emphasized that, Vladimir Putin showed his commitment to peace in practice: "Being the leader of one of the leading countries of the world, he makes every effort to maintain peace and tranquility in his own state and actively contributes to the peaceful resolution of all conflicts arising on the planet."

It is noteworthy to mention that Vladimir Putin has already been awarded China’s version of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.

What do you think about all that?


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    Sep 17 2013: Our global civilization is a holistic complex organism, which has been already deeply and firmly interconnected: economically, informationally, ecologically. There is still partial cultural and administrative separation, some rudimentary informational propaganda walls. But the real setup of the world makes impossible anymore to isolate countries from each other, and impossible to run internal or external policy. The concepts of “internal and external policy” are obsolete concepts of previous civilizational setup that finished somewhere in 90-ies. We have now global politics that affect the whole civilization, and we have players of global politics and objects of global politics. And these players do not necessarily correspond to particular governments or nations: there might be a periphery of conceptually different players within the same governmental institution. Thus, the countries by themselves are not the players on the arena. And by far not all of the politicians and entrepreneurs still realized this evolutionary change on the planet. Those of them who realized are learning how to play in global politics and smoothly entering the arena. And instantly one of the most challenging topics that they meet is how to prevent the World War 3 and how to resolve the accumulated conflicts in all world regions. Some of them think only how to make profit and exploit the situation, others feel true personal global responsibility. Keeping all that in mind, my question is how people of the Earth think about Vladimir Putin, who undoubtedly is already an experienced player on this arena.

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