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: