STOCKHOLM -- Guessing who will win a Nobel Prize is a bit like forecasting the stock market: Experts don't seem to do it any better than laymen.
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As the U.S. exit from Afghanistan approaches, protection of Afghan women's rights requires courage and political will instead of tired rhetoric. However, in an election year, we are unlikely to see meaningful action.
Why Sima Samar? Simply put, she embodies the need for an inclusive and reconciliatory peace process in Afghanistan and, more broadly, women's inclusion in peace-making processes throughout the world.
Now I know a lot of my friends are going to be very happy about this; a new day has dawned, etc. Personally I found it inexplicable. And disturbing. And vaguely annoying.
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