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Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Almost makes Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize seem earned

I should add emphasis on the word, “almost.”

Although thousands of Russian troops recently crossed the border into the Ukrainian Crimean region, Russian President Vladimir Putin remains on the docket as one of this year’s 278 Nobel Peace Prize nominees.

Via Yahoo! News:

Putin’s name was first put forward for the prestigious prize in October by an advocacy group, citing his role in preventing a US air raid on the Syrian regime following a chemical attack on its citizens last August.

The Norwegian Nobel Institute has now announced there are a record 278 candidates for this year’s prize, 47 of which are organisations, with Putin remaining a potential winner.

The committee gathered for the first time this year to discuss the nominations. During the meeting, the members added their own proposals as well as discussing conflicts round the world before the winner is announced on 10 October.

It is believed the crisis in Ukraine and neighbouring Crimea will be high on the Institute’s agenda.

“Part of the purpose of the committee’s first meeting is to take into account recent events, and committee members try to anticipate what could be the potential developments in political hotspots,” said the Norwegian Nobel Institute’s director, Geir Lundestad.

There has been a tense standoff between Russia and the Ukraine after Putin deployed forces in Crimea following the ousting of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich on 22 February.

The move has also increased tensions between Russia and the US to heights not seen since the end of the Cold War.

Call me old fashioned, but being responsible for a return to Cold War era tensions does not seem like a move in the direction of peace. This isn’t the first time in recent years, however, that a nominee’s actions haven’t quite lived up to the standards the title of the award suggests.

In 2009, President Barack Obama had all of 11 days in office before the deadline for nominations was reached for that year. Still, the Norwegian Nobel Committee extended the award to President Obama in October, which he accepted.

I certainly don’t expect Putin to win the Nobel Prize, especially given that the likes of Malala Yousafzai are in contention this year as well.

That said, even the mere nomination will likely be seen as a snub to the plight of the Ukrainian people.

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joethefatman | March 5, 2014 at 11:56 am

I thought they might be, but now I know the Nobel people are trolling the world.

The Nobel prizes in all areas have been reduced to a joke.

The entire process has been corrupted by politics, even in the science awards.

Other than Obama, most people couldn’t even tell you the last few winners.

You know what they were awarded to the last 2 years?

To ‘the EU’, basically for just being the EU. Despite the face that nothing has changed about them in the last few years, they suddenly merit a Peace prize.

Last year it was the ‘Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’, a laughably toothless organization that does absolutely nothing to force dictators to give them up.

Does the word “PEACE” mean something different in Scandi?

Is it like reverso where everything’s opposite? Like you say “I Hate you” to your girfriend and “I love you” to Michael Mann?

Is that how it works now.

Of course this is an organization that gave the most notorious and infamous terrorist leader of a vicious terrorist organization a peace prize once so . . it’s value has . . . declined.

“…committee members try to anticipate what could be the potential developments in political hotspots,…”Could be potential,” how soft is that? Then there are “political hotspots,” veritable cauldrons of Peace.

So, let’s see if I’ve got this right; the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded on the basis of a Norwegian committee’s guess about what might could happen in a ‘political hotspot’ somewhere in the world. Surely there’s a Tarot card, tea leaf, and crystal ball reader association class action suit in this somewhere.

Attention elite parents all over the world: Calling for birth announcements, your gifted one may be a winner.

Sure why not? Let Putin have it. He is at least as qualified for a peace prize as Obama.

He deserves it! as much a that Super Bowl ring he obtained

Those filthy axe-vandal scandis never fail to peg the outrage meter, but their women are hot, so they get a pass.

Henry Hawkins | March 5, 2014 at 3:24 pm

And so, Scandinavia does what it can to protect it’s eastern flank.

    JimMtnViewCaUSA in reply to Henry Hawkins. | March 5, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    There is that.
    With the US pres so undependable and feckless, sucking up to the East may look like a useful short term maneuver.

I think it should go to Al Gore.

Clearly, he’s defeated Global Warming.

let’s not conflate the “peace prize” awarded by some people in norway, to the actual funded nobel committee in stockholm that awards real nobels. the peace prize is a joke.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to vsop4u. | March 5, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    i think they all might be . Even the science ones are the result of lobbying . The ( still alive ) band of medical scientists that discovered & developed the stem cell concept & actual therapeutic results in the 1980’s are still not on the list .

    They did not pay the lobbyists enough money at the right window of time & were too busy workingon new applications.

Getting nominated is easy, but still it’s pretty surreal.

How do we nominate Professor Jacobson? That would be fun.

TrooperJohnSmith | March 6, 2014 at 2:19 am

It’s like hiring Magic Johnson to endorse Trojans.

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