The 2021 Nobel Peace Prize appears to be heavily contested, judging by some of the expected nominees.
Nominations for the Nobel peace prize are accepted from any politician serving at a national level, and they are allowed just 2,000 words to state their case. The deadline for this year’s submission is February 1st, and by the end of March the committee prepares a shortlist.
The winner is chosen in October and the award ceremony is scheduled for December 10th. There were more than 300 nominations for last year’s award, which was ultimately won by the World Food Programme.
These year’s notable mentions include: the BLM movement, Greta Thunberg (again), former US President Donald Trump (again), Belarus “opposition leader” Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, and Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny, and Trump’s son-in-law and the most vocal supporter of Israel – Jared Kushner and his deputy Avi Berkowitz.
Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda nominated Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. She claimed that she had won the presidential elections in Belarus, after previously being a stay-at-home mother and English teacher, but her husband, an actual politician was arrested for attempting to organize violent riots.
The BLM movement was nominated by the Norwegian MP Petter Eide said the movement had forced countries outside the US to grapple with racism within their own societies.
“I find that one of the key challenges we have seen in America, but also in Europe and Asia, is the kind of increasing conflict based on inequality,” Eide said. “Black Lives Matter has become a very important worldwide movement to fight racial injustice.
“They have had a tremendous achievement in raising global awareness and consciousness about racial injustice.”
Eide, who has previously nominated human rights activists from Russia and China for the prize, said one other thing that impressed him about the Black Lives Matter movement was the way “they have been able to mobilise people from all groups of society, not just African-Americans, not just oppressed people, it has been a broad movement, in a way which has been different from their predecessors.”
Eide, however, said he didn’t want his nomination for Black Lives Matter to be seen as a comment on domestic US politics.
Furthermore, when confronted with the reality that BLM protests involved a lot of violence, destruction of public and private property and looting, he said that wasn’t the case. He simply said it was either “counter-protesters” or “police”.
“Studies have shown that most of the demonstrations organised by Black Lives Matter have been peaceful,” he said. “Of course there have been incidents, but most of them have been caused by the activities of either the police or counter-protestors.”
The study in question is a highly dubious “research” report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data project in September 2020 which showed that 93% of Black Lives Matter demonstrations involved no serious harm to people or property.
Navalny was obviously nominated for surviving an alleged failed assassination attempt and being “Putin’s arch-enemy”. Also for not respecting the law being arrested as a result.
Greta Thunberg is the world’s premiere climate crisis advocate, and her nomination is also no surprise.
Finally, Jared Kushner and Avi Berkowitz. They were nominated by a friendly attorney for the Nobel Peace Prize for their role in negotiating four normalization deals between Israel and Arab nations known as the “Abraham Accords.”
“The deals were announced in a four-month span between mid-August and mid-December and were the most significant diplomatic breakthroughs in the Middle East in 25 years as the region girds for a prolonged confrontation with Iran.”
In his letter to the Nobel committee, Dershowitz also cited the work of former U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and former Israeli ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer in the normalization deals. He seemed to suggest his nomination could be controversial.
“The Nobel Peace Prize is not for popularity. Nor is it an assessment of what the international community may think of those who helped bring about peace. It is an award for fulfilling the daunting criteria set out by Alfred Nobel in his will,” he wrote.
The race promises to be interesting, as each of these individuals (and organizations) has attempted to bring forth change, which has been hugely misrepresented by MSM and social media, with the Tech Giants behind their back. True advocates of the neo-liberal agenda, and of violence to reach one’s goals.
That violence has, more than once, been presented either as not having been carried at all, or blamed on another party.
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