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Nobel Peace Prize Watch Faults Award’s Selection Process


CNN reports: “The Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded in Norway on Friday.”

FREDRIK S. HEFFERMEHL,, @nobelpeacewatch

Heffermehl is founder of Nobel Peace Prize Watch and wrote the book The Nobel Peace Prize: What Nobel Really Wanted and the forthcoming The Real Nobel Peace Prize: A Squandered Opportunity to Abolish War, to be released next month.

Heffermehl faults the results and process of the Nobel Peace Prize awarders. Not only is the prize sometimes given to people who are actually conducting or facilitating wars, but Heffermehl has found that many prizes do not fit into the specific terms laid out by Alfred Nobel.

Nobel wrote that the prize should be awarded to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for the fraternity of nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

Thus, Heffermehl states that people working on environmental issues, human rights, and democracy may be deserving of recognition, but “they are not Nobel prizes and nothing could serve all these good causes better than the global demilitarization Nobel intended to support.”

In his latest book, The Real Nobel Peace Prize, to be released on Nov. 11, he explains how Alfred Nobel, “over 50 years before the first nuclear bomb, understood what was coming and established his peace prize for a global co-operation to end war.”

With access to internal committee files, Heffermehl has “evaluated the work of the Norwegian award committee and shows how it never delivered on its primary obligation, to clarify and promote the high purpose Alfred Nobel’s prize.” The main content of the book is a year-by-year “presentation of the people who should have won the prize if Nobel’s intention had been respected, a unique listing of the forces, people, and ideas that sought to establish a new world order of nations committed to enforceable rules of law.”