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OSLO, Norway (AP) - The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for promoting peace and democracy in Europe - an honor that came as 27-nation bloc was struggling with its biggest crisis since it was created in the 1950s.

The Norwegian prize committee said the EU was being honored Friday for six decades of contributions "to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe."
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Is there a prize for economic stability & growth?
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These guys really do live in an alternate universe, don't they?
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These guys really do live in an alternate universe, don't they?
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I think they give prizes to people they want to have more credibility. Krugman, Arafat, Gore, etc. That's the only thing that makes sense.

I realise the peace prize and the Nobel prize are different, but same criteria.
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Is there a prize for economic stability & growth?


I think they won it for appeasing Muslims.


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The EU certainly needs the prize money to help pay for their problems.
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Let's see....

Yassar Arafat - leader of the PLO - wins the peace prize years ago, Al Gore wins it for making a fact-challenged GW movie designed to enrich his own pockets, then of course, the biggest head scratcher of all, Obama wins it after a very short time in office before he unpacked all his boxes and booted his computer...and now the EU.

What an absolute corrupted mess driven by politics.
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Yassar Arafat - leader of the PLO - wins the peace prize years ago, Al Gore wins it for making a fact-challenged GW movie designed to enrich his own pockets, then of course, the biggest head scratcher of all, Obama wins it after a very short time in office before he unpacked all his boxes and booted his computer...and now the EU.

What an absolute corrupted mess driven by politics.


The Nobel Literature Prize is, too, to a large extent:

The Nobel Prize for Political Literature

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000087239639044479990457805...

Some splendid writers have won the Nobel Prize in Literature — W.B. Yeats, T.S. Eliot, Thomas Mann, William Faulkner, Boris Pasternak, S.Y. Agnon — but so many of the prizewinners are now entirely forgotten. A number of other winners were never regarded as quite first-rate in their own national literature — to consider only the United States: Pearl Buck, John Steinbeck, Sinclair Lewis — let alone as figures in the grander category of world literature, on which winning the Nobel Prize is supposed to set the seal.

The Nobel Prize in Literature, like the Nobel Peace Prize, has too often been given out of political motives. For a time it went to Soviet dissidents: Pasternak, Alexander Solzhenitzyn, and Joseph Brodsky. In more recent years, the prize has gone to Marxisant writers, especially those with a grudge against the U.S., among them Günter Grass, Dario Fo, José Saramago.

The reason so many obscure writers win the Nobel Prize in Literature is largely owing to what one assumes has been the geopolitical impulses of the Nobel Committee. Time, its members must feel, to give the award to an East Indian, a Latin American, an Icelander.
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Sounds like Affirmative Action at work. Among those greats who were alive since the lit prize began but somehow never won: Leo Tolstoy, Henry James, Anton Chekhov, Mark Twain, Henrik Ibsen, Marcel Proust, Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, Thomas Hardy, Jorge Luis Borges and Vladimir Nabokov. Not to mention Robert Ludlum.

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You think that Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Physics and other "hard sciences" suffer from the same taint in political correctness in awarding winners? I would hope not. Another big one is economics...but that's like a cross between science and the grand liberal arts.....50% corruption is still corruption.
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"A number of other winners were never regarded as quite first-rate in their own national literature — to consider only the United States: Pearl Buck, John Steinbeck, Sinclair Lewis — let alone as figures in the grander category of world literature, on which winning the Nobel Prize is supposed to set the seal." - fleg
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I loved Pearl S. Buck's writing. I've read all her books. I read The Good Earth for the first time in the 4th grade. Read it again later when I was an adult. Her books about China were my favorites. The American books weren't quite as interesting to me.

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