Nobel Peace Prize

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Malala Gave Obama Advice About Guns

Namely, send books instead

(Newser) - Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai says that when she met fellow laureate President Obama, she offered him a "very simple" message: Education is the best way to fight terrorism. "I said, 'Instead of sending guns, send books. Instead of sending weapons, send teachers,'"... More »

Be Glad for Malala, but Please Don't Patronize Her

Let's skip this 'bravest girl in the world' sentiment: columnists

(Newser) - While Slate's Joshua Keating argued previously that the Nobel Peace Prize should go to no one this year, he's not about to begrudge Malala Yousafzai, who was named a co-recipient today . The 17-year-old Pakistani activist is certainly worthy, he writes at the website . Just one thing, though: Can... More »

Malala Shares Nobel Peace Prize

Shot teen wins prize with India's Kailash Satyarthi

(Newser) - Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India won the Nobel Peace Prize today for risking their lives to fight for children's rights. The decision made Malala, a 17-year-old student and education activist, the youngest-ever Nobel winner. When she was a student at Mingora's Khushal Public School... More »

Nobel Peace Prize Should Go to No One

It would actually mark the 20th time that's happened

(Newser) - The culmination of Nobel week comes on Friday, when the Nobel Prize for Peace is handed to ... no one, hopes Joshua Keating. In a column for Slate , Keating writes that in the past, and "at its best," the award has shone a spotlight on important issues—like climate... More »

Putin Gets Nobel Peace Prize Nod

But that whole Ukraine situation may pose a slight problem

(Newser) - No, it's not an Onion headline: Among this year's record 278 Nobel Peace Prize nominees is one Vladimir Putin. Any member of a national assembly worldwide is eligible to nominate candidates, Reuters notes, adding that the Nobel Committee is likely to take Russia's actions in Crimea into... More »

Snowden Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

His NSA leaks will lead to a safer world, say Norwegian politicians

(Newser) - It's a safe bet that Nobel peace laureate Barack Obama will not be rooting for this particular fellow American to join him in the winners' circle. Two Norwegian politicians today formally nominated Edward Snowden for the honor, reports Bloomberg . The members of parliament acknowledged that Snowden's NSA leaks... More »

Nobel Peace Chief: We Need Spy Laws to Protect People

Thorbjorn Jagland says Snowden leaks make this clear

(Newser) - The man who handed President Obama his Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 thinks the world needs protection from Obama's spies. Thorbjorn Jagland, head of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, says the Edward Snowden leaks make clear the need for international spy laws to protect people's privacy, reports the... More »

Assad Makes a Funny: I Deserved the Nobel

Meanwhile, terrible things continue happening in Syria

(Newser) - That Bashar al-Assad sure is a kidder. When asked today to comment on the Nobel Peace Prize—which was awarded to the UN group currently working to dismantle his chemical weapons arsenal—the Syrian ruler quipped that it "should have been mine," the AFP reports. The comment came... More »

Everyone Loves Pakistan's Malala ... Except Pakistan

Many in her home country think she's a CIA agent

(Newser) - Sixteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai has been on a whirlwind book tour of the US, winning hearts and minds with her courageous story of sticking up for women's education in her native Pakistan, then surviving being shot in the head by a Taliban assassin last year. Yesterday, Malala met with President... More »

Nobel Committee Turned to Twitter to Find Winner

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons currently working in Syria

(Newser) - A 16-year-old won this year's Nobel Peace Prize, but, no, it wasn't Malala . Instead, the honor goes to the group currently at work trying to get rid of Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons in Syria—the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, or OPCW, reports the LA ... More »

Dennis Rodman: I Deserve Nobel Peace Prize

For his incredible work in North Korea, he explains

(Newser) - Dennis Rodman is pretty pleased with himself and the important work he did over in North Korea. So pleased, in fact, that he offers up this amazing quote to Sports Illustrated :
  • "My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries. Why it’s been left to me to
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EU Accepts Peace Prize Amid Protest

Former winners, local demonstrators slam award

(Newser) - The European Union officially received the Nobel Peace Prize today in an Oslo ceremony attended by some 20 EU leaders, including Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande, and UK deputy PM Nick Clegg. The prize committee applauded the EU's efforts toward peace in Europe after World War II, and called leaders... More »

Nobel for Malala? Thousands Sign Petition

Backers hope she gets formally nominated for peace prize

(Newser) - As Malala Yousufzai continues her recovery in a UK hospital, more than 90,000 supporters hope the Pakistani teenager has a big honor in store next year: the Nobel Peace Prize. A petition at Change.org to get the 15-year-old nominated for the honor is drawing support from around the... More »

Did the Nobel 'Jump the Shark' With EU Prize?

Reactions range from approval to derision

(Newser) - The Nobel committee has made some strange choices over the years, but awarding its peace prize to the European Union "may be the most bizarre decision in the history of the award," writes Dashiell Bennett at the Atlantic . So naturally, it's got people talking. Here's what... More »

Nobel Peace Prize Goes to ... European Union

It's another surprise pick

(Newser) - As it struggles with internal divisions and an ongoing debt crisis, the European Union has been given a surprise morale boost by the Nobel Committee—plus a $1.2 million prize a few of its members could certainly use. The committee awarded the 2012 peace prize to the 27-member bloc,... More »

Nobel Winner Hit With Banking Probe

Supporters say Muhammad Yunus was targeted for activism

(Newser) - A Nobel laureate honored for fighting poverty with revolutionary microloans is now the target of a government probe. The Bangladeshi Cabinet has ordered an investigation to determine if Muhammad Yunus was illegally benefiting from a tax exemption while he was managing director of the Grameen Bank, and to find how... More »

Suu Kyi: World Is Short on Kindness

She accepts her Nobel Peace Prize, two decades late

(Newser) - Aung San Suu Kyi finally got to deliver her acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize she won in 1991, reports Reuters . Some highlights from the Myanmar opposition leader's speech in Oslo, from AP :
  • What it meant to win: "Often during my days of house arrest it felt
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Bono, Ireland, Nobels to Fete Suu Kyi

Burma opposition leader getting top Amnesty honor

(Newser) - It'll be a busy week for Aung San Suu Kyi: On June 17, she's headed to Oslo to belatedly pick up the Nobel Peace Prize she was awarded in 1991. The next day, she heads to Dublin to receive Amnesty International's top honor, presented by Bono at... More »

Anders Breivik 'Planned Car Bomb' for Obama

Nobel Peace Prize ceremony was his target

(Newser) - Killing 77 innocent people apparently wasn't enough for Anders Behring Breivik. The Norwegian far-right extremist also planned to car bomb President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony back in 2009, the Telegraph reports. Breivik admitted to police that it would have been a symbolic attack—security was too... More »

Bradley Manning Nominated for Nobel

Suspected WikiLeaker among 231 peace prize nominees

(Newser) - Suspected WikiLeaker Army Private Bradley Manning has been nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. He joins a list of 231 nominees—people like Russian human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina. Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, and former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl are also believed to be on the list. The... More »

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