Magazine December 19, 2011, Issue

Three Winners

Leymah Gbowee, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Tawakkul Karman (Brown/AFP/Getty, Sanogo/AFP/Getty, Panoramic/Zuma)
The Nobel peace committee divides its 2011 prize wisely

The Oslo Freedom Forum is an annual human-rights conference, held in the Norwegian capital. There are always brave and admirable people among the speakers. One such at the conference last May was Leymah Gbowee of Liberia. And she was surely the most colorful: colorful in her dress and colorful in her presentation. She joked about her pleasantly plump figure. And she had a serious message to impart: “The road to freedom is long. The cost of freedom is high. The fight for freedom is not for the fainthearted or the pessimistic.”

On October 7 came big news out of Oslo: The

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