How many countries do you have to be at war with to be disqualified from receiving the Nobel Peace Prize? by William Blum

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by William Blum
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4 November, 2009

The Anti-Empire Report

“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” — Voltaire

Question: How many countries do you have to be at war with to be disqualified from receiving the Nobel Peace Prize?

Answer: Five. Barack Obama has waged war against only Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia. He’s holding off on Iran until he actually gets the prize.

Somalian civil society and court system are so devastated from decades of war that one wouldn’t expect its citizens to have the means to raise serious legal challenges to Washington’s apparent belief that it can drop bombs on that sad land whenever it appears to serve the empire’s needs. But a group of Pakistanis, calling themselves “Lawyers Front for Defense of the Constitution”, and remembering just enough of their country’s more civilized past, has filed suit before the nation’s High Court to make the federal government stop American drone attacks on countless innocent civilians. The group declared that a Pakistan Army spokesman claimed to have the capability to shoot down the drones, but the government had made a policy decision not to. 1

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Scott Horton interviews Cindy Sheehan

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Oct. 16, 2009

Peace activist Cindy Sheehan discusses plans for continuous civil disobedience in Washington D.C. until the Iraq and Afghanistan wars end, lessons learned from the Pittsburgh G-20 protests, how Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize was awarded soon after he refused to meet with peace groups and why much of the Left can’t wrap their heads around a pro-war Democratic Party.

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War Is Peace. Ignorance Is Strength By John Pilger

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By John Pilger
Information Clearing House
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October 16, 2009

Barack Obama, winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, is planning another war to add to his impressive record. In Afghanistan, his agents routinely extinguish wedding parties, farmers and construction workers with weapons such as the innovative Hellfire missile, which sucks the air out of your lungs. According to the UN, 338,000 Afghan infants are dying under the Obama-led alliance, which permits only $29 per head annually to be spent on medical care.

Within weeks of his inauguration, Obama started a new war in Pakistan, causing more than a million people to flee their homes. In threatening Iran – which his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, said she was prepared to “obliterate” – Obama lied that the Iranians were covering up a “secret nuclear facility”, knowing that it had already been reported to the International Atomic Energy Authority. In colluding with the only nuclear-armed power in the Middle East, he bribed the Palestinian Authority to suppress a UN judgment that Israel had committed crimes against humanity in its assault on Gaza – crimes made possible with US weapons whose shipment Obama secretly approved before his inauguration.

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Afghanistan, President Obama, and Nobel Intentions by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

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by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
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Oct. 15, 2009

On Afghanistan Policy: Obama and the GOP

Commenting on a column by Prof. Andrew Bacevich (republished on The Planetary Movement), I noted that looking backward (and some noted this some years ago), it was obvious that the number one foreign/military objective of the Cheney/Bush administration was to create Permanent War. It would benefit their party politically over the long term. It would also benefit the major economic interests their party represents: the wealthy, the extractive industries, the military industry, and all of the others, large and small, opposed to any major reforms in domestic policy.

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Winning the Nobel Peace Prize without Even Trying (Yes, Obama’s THAT Good) By Timothy V. Gatto

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By Timothy V. Gatto
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October 12, 2009

I wanted to scream when I woke up to the news the other day that Obama had won the Nobel Peace prize. I shouldn’t have been surprised, not much in this world makes much sense anyway. Look at it this way, most of the self-righteous people that protest abortions because it kills defenseless babies in the womb think nothing of supporting a war where Israel kills women, children and babies in Gaza. I guess as long as they have already been born and can feel the flesh being burned off their bones makes it all right.

Of course there are those that will label me an Obama hater because I don’t believe he should win a peace prize. Just because he spends a trillion dollars for the armed forces and lusts after tanks, guns, planes, bombs and bullets along with advanced nuclear weapons shouldn’t disqualify him. After all, these procurements are to insure peace not to foster war. We are the United States, right? Sometimes what appears to mean one thing means exactly the opposite. Here is a good example:

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Obama and the Nobel Prize: When War becomes Peace, When the Lie becomes the Truth by Michel Chossudovsky

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by Michel Chossudovsky
www.globalresearch.ca, October 11, 2009

When war becomes peace,

When concepts and realities are turned upside down,

When fiction becomes truth and truth becomes fiction.

When a global military agenda is heralded as a humanitarian endeavor,

When the killing of civilians is upheld as “collateral damage”,

When those who resist the US-NATO led invasion of their homeland are categorized as “insurgents” or “terrorists”.

When preemptive nuclear war is upheld as self defense.

When advanced torture and “interrogation” techniques are routinely used to “protect peacekeeping operations”,

When tactical nuclear weapons are heralded by the Pentagon as “harmless to the surrounding civilian population”

When three quarters of US personal federal income tax revenues are allocated to financing what is euphemistically referred to as “national defense”

When the Commander in Chief of the largest military force on planet earth is presented as a global peace-maker,

When the Lie becomes the Truth.

Obama’s “War Without Borders”

We are the crossroads of the most serious crisis in modern history. The US in partnership with NATO and Israel has launched a global military adventure which, in a very real sense, threatens the future of humanity.

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Robert Fisk: Obama’s Nobel Prize for Public Speaking

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October 11, 2009

We discuss the motives behind granting the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama, the US president. Does he deserve the prize? And what has he achieved? Or was the award granted in the hope he would succeed in the future?

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Jason Leopold and Andy Worthington on closing Guantanamo Bay Prison

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11 October 2009

Three months ago, veteran progressive radio host Peter B. Collins interviewed me for an in-depth podcast on his website, where, as I described it at the time, he is “pioneering a listener-funded new media project to make hard-hitting political interviews available online without editorial interference from networks and without the often extensive advertising breaks that do so much to disrupt the flow of so many shows.” Continue reading

“Visions” by Cindy Sheehan

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Oct. 10, 2009

Today, a President of the largest violently military empire in the world, won the Nobel Peace Prize while his nation is mired in wars in three countries where his actions have oftentimes made things worse.

Let’s also make this clear that the Nobel prizes are supposed to be awarded for work done the previous year (2008), so that means Obama was awarded the prize for campaigning for the presidency of the USA, where his “vision” (platform) was consistently pro-more war. The nominations are also due by February 1st. Ten days after the inauguration and about a week after a drone in Pakistan killed over 3 dozen innocent people.

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Peace Prize winner Obama: We will target al Qaeda wherever they take root


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compiled by Cem Ertür
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10 October 2009


1) The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize goes to US President Barack Obama (9 October 2009)
2) Obama: We will target al Qaeda wherever they take root (6 October 2009)
3) Obama agrees to keep Israel’s nukes secret (2 October 2009)
4) The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Resolution on Israeli Nuclear Capabilities (18 September 2009)

from the archives:

1) Israeli President Peres: The best way to deter Iran from continuing its nuclear program is to threaten it with a ‘nuclear response’ (April 2009)
2) European mayors’ petition against the deployment of US nuclear weapons (December 2007)

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http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2009/press.html


excerpt from: The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009

The Nobel Peace Prize website, 9 October 2009

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.

The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.


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http://www.nctc.gov/docs/20091006_obama-speech.pdf


excerpts from: Remarks by President Obama at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)

National Counterterrorism Center website, 6 October 2009

“We know that al Qaeda and its extremist allies threaten us from different corners of the globe – from Pakistan, but also from East Africa and Southeast Asia; from Europe and the Gulf. […]

We will target al Qaeda wherever they take root; we will not yield in our pursuit; and we are developing the capacity and the cooperation to deny a safe haven to any who threaten America and its allies.”


[US President Barack Obama, speech on the 8th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan, National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) in Virginia, 6 October 2009]

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http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/oct/02/president-obama-has-reaffirmed-a-4-decade-old-secr/


excerpts from: Obama agrees to keep Israel’s nukes secret

by Eli Lake, Washington Times,  2 October 2009

President Obama has reaffirmed a 4-decade-old secret [agreement, whereby] […] the U.S. has not pressured Israel to disclose its nuclear weapons or to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which could require Israel to give up its estimated several hundred nuclear bombs. […]

The officials […] said Mr. Obama pledged to maintain the agreement when he first hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in May.


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http://www.iaea.org/About/Policy/GC/GC53/GC53Resolutions/English/gc53res-17_en.pdf


excerpts from: “Israeli nuclear capabilities”: Resolution adopted on 18 September 2009 during the tenth plenary meeting

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) website, 18 September 2009

Recalling the 2000 NPT [Non-Proliferation Treaty] Review Conference, which welcomed the fact that all States in the Middle East, with the exception of Israel, are States parties to the NPT […] [the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) ]  [e]xpresses concern about the Israeli nuclear capabilities, and calls upon Israel to accede to the NPT and place all its nuclear facilities under comprehensive IAEA safeguards.


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from the archives:



http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE53S78020090429


excerpt from: Israel’s Peres sees containment for a nuclear Iran

by Dan Williams, Reuters, 29 April 2009

“Simply attacking the nuclear facilities is not the be-all and end-all. There are other options for the West, or the coalition that arises. The first thing is to tell the Iranians … ‘If you use a nuclear weapon — no matter against whom — you’ll get a nuclear response.’ “ [Israeli President Shimon Peres told Israel’s Channel Ten television].


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http://www.2020visioncampaign.org/pages/319


excerpt from: European mayors want withdrawal of US nukes from their territory marking INF [i.e. the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty] 20th anniversary

2020 Vision Campaign website, 6 December 2007

“While our public is regularly provided alarming media reports of nuclear dangers in Iraq, North Korea or Iran, what is supposed to be a well-informed western audience is living in ignorance of the destructive power of thousands of potential Hiroshimas stored in their backyards.”


[Mayors for Peace petition launched on 6 December 2007 by the European Mayors on whose territory US nuclear weapons are deployed, namely:

Vedat Karadag (Incirlik, TURKEY), Stefano Del Cont (Aviano, ITALY), Anna Giulia Guarneri (Ghedi, ITALY), Theo Kelchtermans (Peer, BELGIUM), Dr. Joke W. Kersten (Uden, NETHERLANDS), Heinz Onnertz (Buechel, GERMANY) ]

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related link:


Phony Nuclear Disarmament

by Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report, 4 August 2009

http://www.blackagendareport.com/?q=content/freedom-rider-phony-nuclear-disarmament

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see

War and peace prizes by Howard Zinn

Obama wins 2009 Nobel Peace Prize + OK, He’s A Nice Guy, But … by Andy Worthington

The Nobel Peace Prize Goes To … + Ron Paul’s commentary

What Does Peace Mean? By Cindy Sheehan

Presidential Remarks to National Counterterrorism Center Staff 289318-1 : C-SPAN Video Library (video)

The Nobel Peace Prize Goes To … + Ron Paul’s commentary

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By Mankh Walter E. Harris III
Axisoflogic.com
Friday, Oct 9, 2009

Editor’s Note: We bring our original 2008 publication of Mankh’s poem back to celebrate the extraordinary announcement that the Nobel Peace Prize is being given to Barack Obama, even as he bombs innocent civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Any questions you may have ever had about the credibility of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and the true value of the prize should now be laid to rest. – Axis Editorial Group Continue reading

What Does Peace Mean? By Cindy Sheehan

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Oct. 9, 2009

I guess to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee it means presiding over the further destruction of the population of three countries that didn’t harm anyone.

I guess it means voting for every war-funding bill while one is a Senator.

I guess it means continuing the use of the obscene and immoral drones.

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Obama wins 2009 Nobel Peace Prize + OK, He’s A Nice Guy, But … by Andy Worthington

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Updated: added Andy Worthington’s commentary and Obama’s reaction and Naomi Klein on Democracy Now!

US President Barack Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

BBC
Friday, 9 October 2009

The Nobel Committee said he was awarded it for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples”.

The committee highlighted Mr Obama’s efforts to strengthen international bodies and promote nuclear disarmament.

[…]

via BBC NEWS | Europe | Obama wins 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

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Noam Chomsky: Want to reduce terrorism, don’t participate in it (2002) + Nobel Lecture by Harold Pinter (2005)

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Noam Chomsky speaks to BBC’s Francine Stock at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral, Dec ’02.

Harold Pinter’s Nobel Lecture video: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2005/pinter-lecture.html

Francine Stock: Since you first started in political activism in the sixties, do you feel that you have made a great deal of headway?

Noam Chomsky: I think the country has made a great deal of headway and I’m happy to participate in it, but it’s not traceable to individuals….If you go back to the sixties…there was no feminist movement, no Third World solidarity movements, no substantial anti-nuclear movement, no global justice movements. These are all developments of the last twenty or thirty years and they come from all over the place. For example, the solidarity movements…are quite unique – there’s never been a time when people from the aggressor country went to the victims and lived with them to try to protect them.

That happened in the eighties – tens of thousands of Americans did it and they came from conservative circles. A lot of it was church based. And it came from Main Street in the United States, and now it’s all over the world.

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