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Three questions to the Nobel Peace Prize committee
2010-10-16
 

The Nobel committee, which is often questioned over its candidate selection for the Nobel Peace Prize, has a history of 109 years.

In recent years, the Norwegian academic circle has been questioning the Committee about the rationality of its composition, its fidelity in applying Nobel's will and its independence in practice.

Is it Nobel's original intention to include committee members on the base of their political parties?

The Committee now has five members who are virtuosos of politics.

Kristian Berg Harpviken, director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), has been questioning the distribution of the membership of the Committee to experienced politicians.

Also, has the evaluation process of the Committee followed Nobel's will?

According to Nobel's wishes, the Peace Prize should be awarded to person(s) who "shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congress."

However, Liu has been imprisoned for agitation aimed to subvert the Chinese government. What he has done goes against Alfred Nobel's will of peace.

Just as Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu put it, the Nobel committee's decision was "blasphemy" and "a violation of the principles of the Peace Prize."

The decision to honor Liu mocks the century-old Nobel Peace Prize and serves as an insult to its many outstanding laureates.

The election of laureates for the Nobel Peace Prize should have been a serious business.

Unfortunately, the Nobel committee could not resist the temptation of using the prize as a political tool.

As the name indicates, the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to those who promote peace.

However, the committee awarded it in 1989 to the Dalai Lama, who strove to separate China and disrupt ethnic harmony.

This year, the committee honored a criminal who has violated Chinese law. The general public in China is wondering why the Nobel committee adopts double standards when dealing with China.

By awarding the prestigious Peace Prize to Liu, the committee has disgraced itself.

The decision also shows that a few Westerners are unable to come to terms with China's growth, and try to tarnish the image of China by all means.

With its economy flourishing, China has made more and more contributions to the prosperity and economic growth of the world at large.

However, people in the West intentionally turn a blind eye to China's contributions.

They want to see China through colored spectacles and try to politicize many issues related to China.

Third, is the Committee independent in practice?

The members of the Nobel committee have been active in Norwegian politics and their values, concepts, and thoughts belong to one system.

Therefore, it is impossible for it to be independent in the evaluation process.

It also explains why the awarding of the Peace Prize was often kept in harmony with  US global strategy during and after the Cold War era.

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