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(Metro)   The 10 most controversial Nobel Peace Prize winners. Yes, they're on the list   (blogs.metro.co.uk) divider line 121
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2012-10-19 11:00:01 AM
Most of these were in the 2000's. I wonder if that's a testament more to recent political divisiveness of the populace or the committee itself playing up the controversial factor.
 
2012-10-19 11:52:25 AM
Actually, the 1948 winner was appropriate. The controversy is that they never got around to awarding it to Gandhi in the first place.
 
2012-10-19 12:22:27 PM
The Nobel Peace Prize is turning into as big a joke as Time Mag's (Thing) of the Year.
 
2012-10-19 01:45:12 PM
Personally, I thought the Nobel committee gave it to the EU to do their part for the European Debt Crisis.
 
2012-10-19 01:51:36 PM
There's all sorts of Nobel Prize controversies, if you go beyond the Peace Prize.
1918 Chemistry: Fritz Haber, developer of Haber-Bosch Process; also involved in Germany's chemical weapons program
1974 Literature: Eyvind Johnson and Harry Martinson, who were both on the Nobel panel

Medicine's seen more than a few controversies, among them:
2008: Harold zur Hausen, for finding the link between HPV and Cervical Cancer. AstraZeneca, which had stake in the HPV vaccine, sponsored media related to the Nobel Foundation.
1949: Antonio Egas Moniz, for inventing the lobotomy, and not the transorbital one

Etcetera...
 
2012-10-19 01:55:45 PM

Brick-House: The Nobel Peace Prize is turning into as big a joke as Time Mag's (Thing) of the Year.



If you understand what the Time Person of the Year is about, its hard to argue with most of them:
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_Person_of_the_Year
 
2012-10-19 02:01:39 PM

Paris1127: 1918 Chemistry: Fritz Haber, developer of Haber-Bosch Process; also involved in Germany's chemical weapons program


Fun fact: Fritz Haber was a Jew and while he was working on fumigants for pests, he developed a cyanide gas called Zyklon A.

When the Nazis took over, they took his Zyklon A and used to to kill Jews in death camps with the formulation Zyklon B.

Tragedy all around.
 
2012-10-19 02:17:36 PM
When you have Carter, Gore and Obama on a list you can be certain there is nothing good coming from it.
 
2012-10-19 02:19:27 PM
When Obama got his peace prize, I remember a farker defending it by saying something along the lines of "well, perhaps the committee gave it to him as a tolken to make him do the right/peaceful thing. He'll look upon this award as guidance."

It was one of the strangest rationales I've ever heard. That'd be like me getting the noble prize in chemistry in the hopes that I do something amazing one day in that field.
 
2012-10-19 02:20:32 PM
Nobel Peace Prize has jumped the shark. Completely.
 
2012-10-19 02:20:42 PM
2009: Barack Obama

I should have given the prize to the Marxsh Brothersh
 
2012-10-19 02:21:00 PM

Frank N Stein: When Obama got his peace prize, I remember a farker defending it by saying something along the lines of "well, perhaps the committee gave it to him as a tolken to make him do the right/peaceful thing. He'll look upon this award as guidance."

It was one of the strangest rationales I've ever heard. That'd be like me getting the noble prize in chemistry in the hopes that I do something amazing one day in that field.


I think that, along with the Carter and Gore awards, the committee was pretty clearly saying "anyone in America who can stand as a counterpoint to Bush is okay by us."
 
2012-10-19 02:21:55 PM

SweetBluebonnet: When you have Carter, Gore and Obama on a list you can be certain there is nothing good coming from it.


Yup - none of them started a few futile wars or anything!
 
2012-10-19 02:22:53 PM

Frank N Stein: When Obama got his peace prize, I remember a farker defending it by saying something along the lines of "well, perhaps the committee gave it to him as a tolken to make him do the right/peaceful thing. He'll look upon this award as guidance."

It was one of the strangest rationales I've ever heard. That'd be like me getting the noble prize in chemistry in the hopes that I do something amazing one day in that field.


It sounds strange, but I have heard the same thing. I think that it's children saying these things.
 
2012-10-19 02:22:56 PM
I say peace everytime I leave, and I think its pretty nobel of me to do, so i would like to enter this contest for a prize.

Oh and I stopped my cat from eating a moth last night, and let it go freely into the night, peacefully.
 
2012-10-19 02:23:05 PM

SnarfVader: Most of these were in the 2000's. I wonder if that's a testament more to recent political divisiveness of the populace or the committee itself playing up the controversial factor.


I'm pretty sure the decline has been caused by the committee offering to randomly pick someone who liked their facebook page as a winner
 
2012-10-19 02:24:26 PM
Before this gets political, I just think its BS that a group of people trying to influence the world as they see fit by handing out an award should have never gained traction to begin with.
 
2012-10-19 02:26:11 PM
What a great article. I'm glad I spent two minutes of my life reading it.
 
2012-10-19 02:27:11 PM

thecpt: Before this gets political, I just think its BS that a group of people trying to influence the world as they see fit by handing out an award should have never gained traction to begin with.


I give it the same credibility as the Oscars.
 
2012-10-19 02:29:17 PM

Super Chronic: Frank N Stein: When Obama got his peace prize, I remember a farker defending it by saying something along the lines of "well, perhaps the committee gave it to him as a tolken to make him do the right/peaceful thing. He'll look upon this award as guidance."

It was one of the strangest rationales I've ever heard. That'd be like me getting the noble prize in chemistry in the hopes that I do something amazing one day in that field.

I think that, along with the Carter and Gore awards, the committee was pretty clearly saying "anyone in America who can stand as a counterpoint to Bush is okay by us."


Maybe they should just create a new prize: The "Nobel Not-Bush Prize"
 
2012-10-19 02:29:30 PM
Beavis and Butthead?
 
2012-10-19 02:31:50 PM

RexTalionis: Personally, I thought the Nobel committee gave it to the EU to do their part for the European Debt Crisis.


Officially, it got the prize for "for over six decades [having] contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe". Technically it isn't the EU that has the power or the responsibility to end the debt crisis, it's more the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
 
2012-10-19 02:32:57 PM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I give it the same credibility as the Oscars.


I'd say that's an insult to the Oscar's, but they did say that Slumdog Millionaire earned best film so yeah thas about right.
 
2012-10-19 02:33:51 PM
1961: Dag Hammarskjold. Despite its Gandhi stance, the committee awarded the prize to the Swedish diplomat, the second secretary general of the United Nations, after his death months earlier in a plane crash en route to ceasefire negotiations in Zambia. He remains the only posthumous laureate.

Ralph Steinman won the Physiology Prize last year posthumously, dying days before the announcement. The committee went ahead & gave it to him anyway as it was announced & his death made public
 
2012-10-19 02:35:51 PM

thecpt: Before this gets political, I just think its BS that a group of people trying to influence the world as they see fit by handing out an award should have never gained traction to begin with.


Should they try to influence the world as they don't see fit? Or just not influence the world because you might not agree with them?
 
2012-10-19 02:35:52 PM
Bah, the real travesty was Jethro Tull winning the best Heavy Metal Nobel Prize over Metallica, and I love Tull!
 
2012-10-19 02:36:11 PM

Arkanaut: RexTalionis: Personally, I thought the Nobel committee gave it to the EU to do their part for the European Debt Crisis.

Officially, it got the prize for "for over six decades [having] contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe". Technically it isn't the EU that has the power or the responsibility to end the debt crisis, it's more the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.


Thanks for ruining my joke. Would you like to kick me in the shins next? How about peeing all over my shoes?
 
2012-10-19 02:36:19 PM
Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres


those guys controversial? nooooooooo
 
2012-10-19 02:36:23 PM

Brick-House: The Nobel Peace Prize is turning into as big a joke as Time Mag's (Thing) of the Year. the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


FTFY
 
2012-10-19 02:36:32 PM

rocinante721: 1961: Dag Hammarskjold. Despite its Gandhi stance, the committee awarded the prize to the Swedish diplomat, the second secretary general of the United Nations, after his death months earlier in a plane crash en route to ceasefire negotiations in Zambia. He remains the only posthumous laureate.

Ralph Steinman won the Physiology Prize last year posthumously, dying days before the announcement. The committee went ahead & gave it to him anyway as it was announced & his death made public


If the winner dies after being chosen but before the announcement is made it isn't considered posthumous.
 
2012-10-19 02:37:07 PM
Muhammad Yunus stopped by here when our gub'mint made a medal for him.
Hil clinton and john kerry have made public statements supporting the crook
what a buncha twats
 
2012-10-19 02:37:08 PM
Mindful of how detractors back home could use the prize as a stick to beat him with, Obama gave an acceptance speech extolling the power of the US military to do good.

Dear Metro:

Lists of things (particularly when the list itself is very short- consuming less than half the page) do not require text extracts be placed with ginormous quotation marks and in huge text midway through the article.

It's not clever or sharp-looking, it's confusing and stupid.

Thanks.
 
2012-10-19 02:37:08 PM
I think the point is that the rest of the world (especially the Europeans who sit on the Nobel committee) rightly or wrongly view the post-war US as a far-right, expeditionary military power, and tend to see the executive election of anyone left of center to be a check on the power of our military-industrial complex, especially given the fact that the US presidency is perhaps the most empowered office on the planet to affect the state of world peace.
 
2012-10-19 02:37:59 PM

Super Chronic: I think that, along with the Carter and Gore awards, the committee was pretty clearly saying "anyone in America who can stand as a counterpoint to Bush is okay by us."


So from what I know, Carter's seemed like a perfectly reasonable choice; the only thing that seemed political about that one was the timing. Gore's pick does have a distinct air of politics going into it, but I do buy that it has some legitimacy: there's a very good argument to make that "environmental work was not related to conflict" will increasingly become false, especially as it pertains to water supply.

But Obama? By US standards I'd say I'm a pretty hardcore liberal on most issues, and I still couldn't see that as anything but a giant middle finger from the Nobel committee towards Bush. I felt like that's the sort of price that the Ig Nobels would gave given out (actually I could see them having given that literally for being "not GWB"), and to be honest I did actually lose quite a bit of respect for the peace prize at that time.
 
2012-10-19 02:41:07 PM

TheOther: Should they try to influence the world as they don't see fit? Or just not influence the world because you might not agree with them?


I think its BS that it gained any traction. Thanks for being condescending though.

And how I see fit means you actually have to do something to earn it. Not have intentions of doing it then you know, not doing it. Kind of removes any idea of prestige and implies douchiness.
 
2012-10-19 02:41:57 PM
Since the founder of the prize made his fortune with high-explosives, the hypocrisy is pretty much baked-in.
 
2012-10-19 02:42:10 PM
Frank N Stein:
When Obama got his peace prize, I remember a farker defending it by saying something along the lines of "well, perhaps the committee gave it to him as a tolken to make him do the right/peaceful thing. He'll look upon this award as guidance."

It was one of the strangest rationales I've ever heard. That'd be like me getting the noble prize in chemistry in the hopes that I do something amazing one day in that field.


www.historycommons.org

"Suck on some PEACE, wedding-party-distantly-related-to-terrorists!"


/and I LIKE Obama :/
 
2012-10-19 02:42:30 PM
You know who won TWO Nobel Prizes? Linus Pauling. You know who has never won ANY? Neil DeGrasse Tyson
 
2012-10-19 02:44:15 PM

oldfarthenry: SweetBluebonnet: When you have Carter, Gore and Obama on a list you can be certain there is nothing good coming from it.

Yup - none of them started a few futile wars or anything!


Sort of the EU argument... "well, they've finally managed to tackle a problem without launching a world war". With apologies to Chris Rock... WHAT DO YOU WANT, A COOKIE? YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO LAUNCH WORLD WARS, YOU LOW-EXPECTATION-HAVING MF!

jfivealive: I say peace everytime I leave, and I think its pretty nobel of me to do, so i would like to enter this contest for a prize.

Oh and I stopped my cat from eating a moth last night, and let it go freely into the night, peacefully.


Where it was promptly eaten by a bat.
 
2012-10-19 02:45:00 PM

Brick-House: The Nobel Peace Prize is turning into as big a joke as Time Mag's (Thing) of the Year.


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2012-10-19 02:45:50 PM

SweetBluebonnet: When you have Carter, Gore and Obama on a list you can be certain there is nothing good coming from it.


A wit!
 
2012-10-19 02:46:47 PM
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The committee searches for its next recipient...
 
2012-10-19 02:49:37 PM

RexTalionis: Arkanaut: RexTalionis: Personally, I thought the Nobel committee gave it to the EU to do their part for the European Debt Crisis.

Officially, it got the prize for "for over six decades [having] contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe". Technically it isn't the EU that has the power or the responsibility to end the debt crisis, it's more the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Thanks for ruining my joke. Would you like to kick me in the shins next? How about peeing all over my shoes?


Can I pee into your shoes? That's usually more satisfying.
 
2012-10-19 02:56:45 PM
Suffering from syphilis, how about some malaria too ?

Julius Wagner-Jauregg wiki
The main work pursued by Wagner-Jauregg throughout his life was related to the treatment of mental disease by inducing a fever, an approach known as pyrotherapy. ...he tried in 1917 the inoculation of malaria parasites, which proved to be very successful in the case of dementia paralytica (also called general paresis of the insane), caused by neurosyphilis, at that time a terminal disease.[8] It had been observed that some who develop high fevers could be cured of syphilis. Thus, for a brief time malaria was used as treatment for tertiary syphilis because it produced prolonged and high fevers (a form of pyrotherapy). This was considered an acceptable risk because the malaria could later be treated with quinine, which was available at that time. This discovery earned him the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1927.
 
2012-10-19 02:58:31 PM
I think part of the problem is that actual people deserving of the prize don't come around very often. Seriously, who would you give it to right now? I wish they would just abstain from awarding it unless there is someone doing something to actually deserve it.
 
2012-10-19 03:01:23 PM
Clinton still seeking his Nobel Peace Pipe
 
2012-10-19 03:03:13 PM

Brick-House: The Nobel Peace Prize is turning into as big a joke as Time Mag's (Thing) of the Year.


You mean the achievement of my lifetime, which I've proudly been displaying on my Fark bio for years, might not be as significant as I thought?
 
2012-10-19 03:07:54 PM
I

Brick-House: The Nobel Peace Prize is turning into as big a joke as Time Mag's (Thing) of the Year.


I don't know who you are, but you stole that nearly word for word from my Facebook posting the other day.

Great minds think alike. Either that or you're stalking me.
 
2012-10-19 03:09:05 PM

gbv23: You know who won TWO Nobel Prizes? Linus Pauling. You know who has never won ANY? Neil DeGrasse Tyson


NdGT is such a shameless self-promoter that he could hardly get any more press if he had won one.
 
2012-10-19 03:11:32 PM

vwarb: I think part of the problem is that actual people deserving of the prize don't come around very often. Seriously, who would you give it to right now?


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