The Nobel Peace Prize

Mahatma Gandhi, Man of Peace
Mahatma Gandhi spent his life teaching non-violent resistance, yet he never received a Nobel Peace Prize. Go figure.

This years Peace Prize winner(s) will be announced on Friday, October 12.

Some candidates this year include jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Russian human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina, and Cuban rights activists Oswaldo Paya and Yoani Sanchez.

The 5 member committee that chooses the winner is part of the Council of Europe – basically what we refer to as “The Hague.” All five members are from the Kingdom of Norway.

Earlier this year, the committee faced a formal inquiry over accusations that they drifted away from the prize’s original selection criteria – to diminish the role of military power in international relations, because they gave the prize to President Barack Obama in 2009.

From the Nobel Prize website:
The Nobel Peace Prize 2009 was awarded to Barack H. Obama “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”.

Tell that to the people of Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.

Bruce Springsteen – War: