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Critics Slam Decision to Award EU Nobel Peace Prize


The Norway Peace Committee, however, took grave issue with the decision and went so far as to call on Jagland to resign for supporting and defending the award. The NPC said a statement:

Gran­ting the EU the Nobel Peace Prize for 2012 indi­ca­tes its highly poli­ti­cal dimension, awar­ding it to a pro­ject that for the past year has pro­ven to repre­sent the oppo­site of peace. The EU suf­fers from an exten­sive democra­tic defi­cit, with vio­la­tions of human rights along increas­ing social inequa­lity. Awar­ding the prize to the EU illust­ra­tes how the Nor­we­gian Nobel Com­mittee repeatedly appoints reci­pi­ents that are irre­le­vant and who only ser­ves to con­so­li­date an alre­ady well-established socie­tal power structure.

The Nor­we­gian Nobel Committee’s deci­sion does not com­ply with Alfred Nobel’s mis­sion state­ment, which sets out to rew­ard peace acti­vists’ efforts throug­hout the pre­ce­ding year. To the con­trary, the award pro­mo­tes the Nor­we­gian Nobel Committee’s own inte­rests and poli­ti­cal visions. This shows that Thor­bjørn Jagland’s ear­lier assu­rance that Alfred Nobel’s will shall be respec­ted is mere rhetoric.

The Nor­we­gian Peace Coun­cil regards the bes­tow­ment of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2012 to the EU as a furt­her con­fir­ma­tion of how the com­po­sition of the Nor­we­gian Nobel Com­mittee is overly poli­ti­cal. We demand that the Nor­we­gian Par­lia­ment con­si­ders the appoint­ment of a new com­mittee that inclu­des com­pe­tent peace acti­vists and peace rese­ar­chers with a much grea­ter focus on inter­na­tio­nal peace issues. The Nor­we­gian Peace Coun­cil argues that the head of the Nobel Com­mittee, Thor­bjørn Jag­land, should resign.

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"war is peace"

Heck if Obama got it then why not the EU. And let's give krugman one for economics while we're at it. Oh wait

genuine lol


They will soon change the

They will soon change the name to the "Political Dipstick Cash Prize", to bring it more in line with its true mission. Second runner-up name: "Underachiever of the Year Prize".

May as well give it to Kony

or General Butt Naked.

The next fictitious Peace Pwize Winner?


When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Peace... they keep using that word

I do not think it means what they think it means:

1: a state of tranquillity or quiet: as
a : freedom from civil disturbance
b : a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom
2: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
3: harmony in personal relations
a : a state or period of mutual concord between governments
b : a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity

Yes, this totally describes the EU right now...

oh i get it

they're being ironic.

Absolutely, if you understand the awards are sarcastic ...

.. THEN they totally make sense.


"Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."

-James Madison, Political Observations, April 20, 1795


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LOL, the Nobel committee crashed when it

nominated Obama. Now it is burned to a crisp, nothing but a trashy political laughingstock.

funny, they were crap long

funny, they were crap long before then, remember Al Gore?

I guess I have a different definition of peace

than the Nobel committee does.