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Thursday, October 12, 2006

 
The Envelope, Please XIV

The 2006 Nobel Prize in economics was awarded to Columbia University professor Edmund S. Phelps. Marginal Revolution has some background.

This year's Nobel for Literature goes to Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, "who in the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city [Istanbul] has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures". According to his Wikipedia bio, Pamuk faced criminal charges for a public statement he made in Germany, that "One million Armenians and 30,000 Kurds were killed in Turkey" - referring to the 1915-1917 Armenian Genocide and the Kurdistan Workers Party's 20-year separatist war in eastern Anatolia that began in the early 1980s. The charges were dropped in January of this year.




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