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Matt Taibbi has a compelling take on Obama's win, though the obvious exception that may or may not prove the rule to this...
"You never, ever get a true dissident from a prominent Western country winning the award, despite the obvious appropriateness such a choice would represent"
... is MLK, though arguments could be made for Alva Myrdal, Norman Borlaug, former Nation editor Emily Green Balch (midcentury American pacifists - pretty dissident IMO), Carl von Ossietzky (can't we start giving it to journalists again?), and of course Jane Addams.