In one week, Friday, October 10th, the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee will announce the winner of this years Noble Peace Prize.
The Committee doesn’t publicize who the nominees are, but many of them are known. Amongst this years candidates we find the Pope, Jacques Chirac, Václav Havel, Bono (U2), Oswaldo Paya (Cuban oppositionist) and George Ryan. Bush and Blair are also nominated.
Other nominees are Hamid Karzai (president Afghanistan), Lula de Silva (president Brazil), Sergeij Kovaljov (Russian human rights activists), Hashem Aghajari (Iranian dissident), Wei Jingsheng (Chinese oppositionist) and Li Hongzhi (leader of the Falungong-movement). All in all, 140 individuals and 25 organizations were nominated.
Traditionally, the prize has been given to someone who has either devoted their life to peace or humanitarian efforts, or someone who has done something remarkable during the last year. Sometimes the Committee also takes the opportunity to send a message to those who prefer warfare over diplomacy, or dictatorship over democracy.
I think this year it would be harder to find someone who has done something truly remarkable recently, so the winner may be an organization or a “lifetimer”. Personally, I think the Pope is a strong candidate, along with Václav Havel and Li Hongzhi.
So, who do you dopers think will win, and why?