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Edward Snowden nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by Swedish professor

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2363191/Edward-Snowd...

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I suggest that the 2013 Peace Prize awarded to the American citizen Edward Snowden.

Edward Snowden has - in a heroic effort at great personal cost - revealed the existence and extent of the surveillance, the U.S. government devotes electronic communications worldwide. By putting light on this monitoring program - conducted in contravention of national laws and international agreements - Edward Snowden has helped to make the world a little bit better and safer.

Through his personal efforts, he has also shown that individuals can stand up for fundamental rights and freedoms. This example is important because since the Nuremberg trials in 1945 has been clear that the slogan "I was just following orders" is never claimed as an excuse for acts contrary to human rights and freedoms. Despite this, it is very rare that individual citizens having the insight of their personal responsibility and courage Edward Snowden shown in his revelation of the American surveillance program. For this reason, he is a highly affordable candidate.

The decision to award the 2013 prize to Edward Snowden would - in addition to being well justified in itself - also help to save the Nobel Peace Prize from the disrepute that incurred by the hasty and ill-conceived decision to award U.S. President Barack Obama 2009 award. It would show its willingness to stand up in defense of civil liberties and human rights, even when such a defense be viewed with disfavour by the world's dominant military power.


Stefan Svallfors
Professor of Sociology at Umeå University

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Snowden's nomination explains why Obama is headed to Sweden.

Instead of meeting with Putin next month, Obama is going to Sweden instead. Will he also "force" the Nobel Committee to abandon their consideration of Snowden for the Peace Prize?

"Mr. Putin while there. Instead of visiting Mr. Putin in Moscow, the president will add a stop in Sweden to his early September travel itinerary."

The Nobel Peace Prize is now

so tainted that It should be scrapped.
Do you guys really want to award the "heroic" Edward Snowden with something that has been awarded to the "demonic" Barry?
liberty should come up with her own medal.

Maybe they'll give the prize for political actions for peace.

Instead of giving it to politicians for their promises, creative lies or wacky economics.

Free includes debt-free!

Will Obama Lose His Nobel Peace Prize?

"The decision to award the 2013 prize to Edward Snowden would - in addition to being well justified in itself - also help to save the Nobel Peace Prize from the disrepute that incurred by the hasty and ill-conceived decision to award U.S. President Barack Obama 2009 award."

There’s also a petition demanding the Nobel Committee revoke Obama’s prize.
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I hope he does have it taken from him.

However, nothing will redeem the honor that I used to attribute to that award.

They should be disbanded immediately, no act they will ever support will redeem them in my eyes. I do hope Snowden wins the prize, only due to the cash award that comes with it.

I now consider the Nobel Peace Prize to be trivial and irrelevant.

Alfred Nobel has been spinning in his grave so long, he's probably near the center of the earth by now. ;)

Just open the box and see

Their record is hit and miss at best

I watched an interesting biopic last night about Burma political activist and leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Here is a person who spent two decades in some form of detention because of her efforts to bring democracy to Burma, a military-ruled country. The junta nullified her overwhelming election victory in 1991 so she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

People like Al Gore (another questionable winner) and Obama have not had to make the kind of personal sacrifices made by this woman and Snowden. I go along with you that the prize has been made irrelevant by giving the award to such undeserving people. They need to firm up their standards if they are going to be taken seriously.


There are certainly some deserving winners. I don't intend to disparage their contributions to the world, but the Prize Committee definitely has some things to account for.

It seems there are at least a few committee members who are "for sale" from time to time.

I might be convinced to re-evaluate, if they could address these issues. ;)

Just open the box and see