Alfred Nobel, a Swedish arms businessman who opposed both capitalism and war, founded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1895 for people who had contributed to “the abolition or reduction of standing armies”; for people who had contributed directly to stopping militarism and wars.
In his will, he bequeathed the decisions over this prize to the parliament of Norway; then a neutral country.
However, Norway is a NATO country now. Nobel Peace Prizes have quite often gone to people or organisations which had not contributed to peace at all.
Or, better but still not Alfred Nobel’s intention, to people who had contributed indirectly to peace.
Malala Yousafzai, this year’s Nobel Peace laureate, is best known in Western media as a supporter of girls’ education; which contributes to peace indirectly. She is not as…
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