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Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize 719

Posted by samzenpus
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An anonymous reader writes "A Swedish professor of sociology has nominated Snowden for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Giving him the prize would also 'save the Nobel Peace Prize from the disrepute that incurred by the hasty and ill-conceived decision to award U.S. President Barack Obama' the prize, according to professor Stefan Svallfors. He notes ultimately that at great personal cost, 'Edward Snowden has helped to make the world a little bit better and safer.'"
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Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

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  • Re:Definitely... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Xest (935314) on Monday July 15, 2013 @08:54AM (#44283159)

    Even better, take Obama's away and give it to Snowden.

  • I have an idea (Score:5, Interesting)

    by slashmydots (2189826) on Monday July 15, 2013 @09:12AM (#44283349)
    Someone should give Obama the "best arming of rebels" award now too just to really rub in how stupid that decision was. Foreigners need to keep their opinions and million dollar prizes out of our elections. Snowden, however, should get one. Well, except that he probably worsened foreign relationships and might actually cause a war. But just on merit, why not?
  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Monday July 15, 2013 @09:16AM (#44283391) Journal

    What sort of information are you awaiting that would make you not-ambivalent?

  • Re:Peace Prize (Score:4, Interesting)

    by DigiShaman (671371) on Monday July 15, 2013 @09:17AM (#44283409) Homepage

    You also forgot Wangari Maathai, and African Nobel prize winner. She believes AIDS was developed in the West as a biological warfare weapon.

  • Re:Definitely... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by SJHillman (1966756) on Monday July 15, 2013 @09:30AM (#44283535)

    You haven't been to an American public school lately, have you? You get a prize for showing up (even if you don't). Then another prize for competing (regardless of effort), then another prize for the winning (you didn't lose, you just got fourth place out of four). And then everyone gets some pizza and calls it a day.

  • Re:Nice (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Jerom (96338) on Monday July 15, 2013 @10:06AM (#44283961)

    Oh please, you just sound like a retard who knows nothing outside of the US when making statements like that. And the focus on "race" is also a typical US thing. What about a female president or a gay one or even an atheist one?

    Belgium has a gay prime minister who is the son of two Italian immigrants.
    Germany has a female chancellor.
    Great Britain had a female prime minister decades ago.
    I can't count the number of countries that have atheist prime ministers/presidents.

    There a dozens of other examples if you care to search for them. None of which make those leaders eligible for a Nobel Peace prize.

    Yeah but the US president deserves a nobel peace prize just because he's black? What an achievement!

    USA! USA! USA!

  • Re:Nice (Score:5, Interesting)

    by CrashandDie (1114135) on Monday July 15, 2013 @10:11AM (#44284007)

    You may want to stop drinking the Ghandi koolaid brought to you by Western Civilisation. From what I can tell (which is probably very biased as well), Ghandi isn't seen in some parts of India (Tamil Nadu, in my experience) as the great saviour of the nation as he is hailed by the media in the rest of the world.

    He was someone who looked down on a number of castes, was an incredible imperialist, and hence very loyal to the British Empire. He didn't fight apartheid in South Africa because he believed the Whites were wrong, he fought it because he believed "clean Indians" were above "uncivilized races".

    http://www.raceandhistory.com/historicalviews/ghandi.htm [raceandhistory.com]
    http://www.trinicenter.com/WorldNews/ghandi5.htm [trinicenter.com]
    http://www.trinicenter.com/oops/gandhi2.html [trinicenter.com]

    Also, from Velu Annamalai's recommended readings regarding Gandhi:

    Ambedkar, B.R. What Congress and Gandhi Have Done to the Untouchables. Bombay: Thacker, 1945.
    Annamalai, Velu. Sergeant-Major M.K. Gandhi. Bangalore: Dalit Sahitya Akadiy, 1995.
    Assisi, Francis. "Gandhi's Links with South Africa Examined." India West, 28 Sep 1990: 45.
    Assisi, Francis. "Mahatma Gandhi's Links with SA Blacks Questioned." News India, 28 Sep 1990: 1.
    Assisi, Francis. "Two New Books on Gandhiji." India West, 28 Sep 1990: 45.
    Das, Nani Gopal. Was Gandhiji a Mahatma? Calcutta: Dipali Book House, 1988.
    Edwards, Michael. The Myth of the Mahatma. London: Constable, 1986.
    Gandhi, Mohandas K. Untouchability. Edited by Bharatan Kumarappa. Ahmedabad: Navajivan Publishing House, 1954.
    Grenier, Richard. The Gandhi Nobody Knows. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983.
    Grenier, Richard. "The Gandhi Nobody Knows." Commentary (Mar 1983): 59-72.
    Huq, Fazlul. Gandhi: Saint or Sinner? Foreword by V.T. Rajshekar. Bangalore: Dalit Sahitya Akadiy, 1991.
    Kapur, Sudarshan. Raising Up a Prophet: The African-American Encounter with Gandhi. Boston: Beacon Press, 1992.
    Rajshekar, V.T. Hinduism, Fascism and Gandhism: A Guide to Every Intelligent Indian. Bangalore: Dalit Sahitya Akadiy, 1984.
    Rajshekar, V.T. Why Godse Killed Gandhi? Bangalore: Dalit Sahitya Akadiy, 1986.
    Rajshekar, V.T. Clash of Two Values: Mahatma Gandhi and Babasaheb Ambedkar (The Verdict of History). Bangalore: Dalit Sahitya Akadiy, 1989.

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