Nobel Politics - by Stephen Lendman
Since first awarded in 1901, Nobel Peace recognition went to 98 individuals and 23 organizations. Last year, another war criminal won, Barack Obama, one among many previous ones. A earlier article on the Nobel Committee's long and inglorious tradition may be accessed through the following link:
Nearly always, politics, not merit, determines awards. Consider past winners, including Henry Kissinger, three Israeli war criminals (Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin, and Menachem Begin), the Dalai Lama (a past and likely current CIA asset), Elie Wiesel (a hawkish Islamophobe), Kofi Annan (a reliable imperial stooge), and Al Gore, (another war criminal, neoliberal extremist, and no friend of the earth), a previous article on him may be accessed through the link below:
A celebratory Western media hailed this year's winner, jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, a man New York Times writers Andrew Jacobs and Jonathan Ansfield called:
"an impassioned literary critic, political essayist and democracy advocate repeatedly jailed (for) his activism,
the Nobel Committee "recogni(zing) his long and non-violent (stand) for fundamental human rights in China."
Long supportive of US adventurism, The Nation magazine hailed Obama's award but said little about Liu, save for writer Robert Dreyfuss calling him "a Chinese dissident and author of a manifesto for human rights," then adding:
"It's well and good to draw attention to China's treatment of political dissidents and its harsh restrictions on free speech, meeting, and Internet communications." However, the award "isn't likely to cause Chinese authorities to change their minds; if anything, it's more likely to cause them to crack down even harder," especially after Obama's disingenuous September 23 General Assembly speech, talking peace and stressing human rights while waging war and defiling them at home and abroad even more egregiously than Bush.
Two Wall Street Journal editorials praised "A Nobel for China" and a "Nobel Vision for a Better China," using the award to bash Beijing, less on human rights violations than for becoming an economic superpower, challenging America's dominance. That's the core issue, not pretending humanitarian considerations matter.
A Financial Times editorial called the award "A Nobel Peace Prize to celebrate," saying:
The Nobel Committee "reinstated itself into the best traditions of the award," recalling past winners like Martin Luther King and Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi, but omitting names listed above and numerous other non-worthies. Saying nothing either about Western imperial wars, co-sponsored by America, Britain and Israel, topics major media accounts suppress or gloss over superficially.
Broadcasting US propaganda globally, the Voice of America was jubilant over Liu's award, saying the Nobel Committee "issued an explicit challenge, calling on China to respect political rights as it rises toward economic great-power status." Omitted was America's support for wealth and privilege, not populist and human rights it disdains.
Al Jazeera's Imran Kahn reported accurately, calling Liu's award "controversial" and "contentious," citing past winners like Kissinger, the Israelis and Obama, choices exalting war, not peace.
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