Posts Tagged ‘prize’

Bradley Manning for Nobel Peace Prize

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Members of the Icelandic Parliament have nominated Private First Class Bradley Manning for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. If there’s any sense of justice left in the Nobel Committee, he’ll win.

Bradley Manning is accused of leaking a video showing the killing of civilians by a US Apache helicopter crew in Iraq. As well, he is charged with sharing the documents known as the Afghan War Diary, the Iraq War Logs, and embarrassing US diplomatic cables, all of which Manning leaked to the champions of transparency: Wikileaks.

Since his arrest in May 2010, Manning has been held in military prison without trial.

The chain of events Manning helped spark include:

In 2009, President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” Since then, Obama has increased military spending, expanded US-led war into several new countries, and has furthered the continued erosion of precious civil liberties.

If Pfc Manning doesn’t take the Nobel this year, maybe the Committee should strip Obama of his award and instead bestow the 2009 honors on a more deserving peace-builder.

Castro Wins Prize for World Peace

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

(Smoke all you want. In Cuba, the healthcare is freeeee!)

Cuba’s Commander in Chief Fidel Castro was awarded the Olive of Peace by the World Peace Council for being “a constant example in the struggle for the peaceful coexistence of nations.”

Now, it may seem odd that a notorious dictator would be given an award for World Peace, but as for tyrants go, Castro ain’t so bad.

Indicators, like life expectancy and education rates, show the citizens in the socialist state enjoy a quality of life on par with other developed nations. Also, Cubans are amongst the happiest people on the planet.

Plus, how many countries has Cuba invaded? None!

So really, picking Castro as beneficiary for a peace prize isn’t that ludicrous. Especially not when you consider how Obama – the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner – has at least three unending conflicts on his hands.

Obama to be Ex-Nobel Laureate?

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

With the US spearheading attacks on Libya, high-ranking officials have  launched a campaign aimed at revoking Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize.

Bolivian President Evo Morales asks “How is it possible that a Nobel Peace Prize winner leads a gang to attack and invade? This is not a defence of human rights or self-determination.”

Vice-Chairman of the Russian State Vladimir Zhirinovsky wrote that the attacks were “another outrageous act of aggression by… the United States… to establish control over Libyan oil and the Libyan regime.”

These calls to strip Obama of his honor echo similar sentiments expressed by the Arab League, who criticized the strikes from the west shortly after the no-fly zone was implemented.

So what if Obama has fired more missiles than all the other Nobel Peace winners combined, all the while maintaining two huge wars and the whole torture-facility he never got around to closing? At least the Nobel Peace Prize still has more name credibility than Gaddafi’s Prize for Human Rights.