Skip to comments.Bono, Geldof among Nobel Peace Prize nominees
Posted on 02/24/2006 4:48:17 AM PST by Pharmboy
Rock stars Bono and Bob Geldof are among 191 nominees for this year's Nobel Peace Prize -- the second longest list in the prize's 105-year history.
Nominations for the $1.3 million award -- considered by many to be one of the world's top accolades -- trickled in from all corners of the globe, the director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute Geir Lundestad said on Friday.
"There are two trends I want to point out. The first is that this is again a very high number and that this year we have received more nominations from different parts of the world than usual," he told Reuters.
He said 23 of the 191 nominees were organizations. In 2005 there were a record 199 nominations. As usual Lundestad declined to give any indication of who had or had not been nominated for the prize and instead referred to media leaks.
U2 front man Bono and Live8 organizer Geldof have campaigned for canceling third world debt and once again make the list.
Website reports say former mayor of New York Rudolph Giuliani and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who helped organize a peace deal in Indonesia's tsunami-ravaged Aceh province, have also been nominated for the peace prize.
And the Internet has been used by campaigners to drum up support for some celebrities.
Previous Nobel Peace Prize winners include U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 for organizing a 1905 peace treaty between Russia and Japan and Martin Luther King in 1964 for his civil rights campaign.
Mother Teresa, the Indian missionary, won the prize in 1979 and former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev won in 1990 for helping to end the Cold War. The International Committee of the Red Cross has won the award three times in 1917, 1945 and 1963.
OPRAH, A FRIEND OF THE WORLD
The oprah4peaceprize.org website has been campaigning for U.S. chat show host Oprah Winfrey to make the list.
Under the rules, nominations must be postmarked no later than February 1. Some university professors, parliamentarians, former winners and members of the prize committee can all make nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.
And the list of former nominees includes Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic who is standing trial at the U.N.'s war crimes tribunal in the Hague.
The U.N. nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, and its director Mohamed ElBaradei won last year's prize for their work to curb the spread of nuclear arms and ensure the safe use of nuclear energy.
That award is likely to mean that anti-nuclear campaigners have little chance this year as the secretive five-person Norwegian Nobel Committee tends to vary its choices among different kinds of work for peace.
The prize winner is announced each year in mid-October, and the prize is given to the winner in Oslo on December 10.
A Chinese dissident could be favored. Lundestad said in a 2001 speech that the committee had to "sooner rather than later" speak out about human rights in China.
The peace prize is named after Alfred Nobel, the Swedish philanthropist and inventor of dynamite who died in 1896, one of the wealthiest men in Europe.
He left his money to the foundation established in his name to reward excellence each year. The peace prize is the only one of six Nobel prizes awarded outside Stockholm.
Hitler? That makes sense. I wonder if they've stopped nominating Tookie Williams yet?
Being "nominated" for a Nobel Peace Prize has no standing. Anybody can be "nominated."
After all, Tookie Williams was "nominated" for the prize.
I'll nominate you if you nominate me...don't tell anyone, OK?
Bono has no chance. He hasn't killed enough people to qualify. You need to get into really big numbers like Jimmy Carter and Arafat to make the cut.
"The U.N. nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, and its director Mohamed ElBaradei won last year's prize for their work to curb the spread of nuclear arms and ensure the safe use of nuclear energy"
...and just look where his excellent work on stopping the spread of nukes to Iran has got the world. His utter failure in that regard has probably cost the world any hope of peace in the near future.
i've nominated myself twice this year already, I'm looking for more nominations...anyone, anyone?..:)
Which only goes to show that the way to PEACE is to be ready for WAR. :o)
I don't even KNOW you and I'd vote for you over Bono and Geldof!!
Consider yourself nominated!!!
Since I'm female I'll take the shirt. I'm sure some of the males would prefer to have the chick though! LOL
Any chance I could get my dog "Chester" nominated. He certainly shows more inteligence than this bunch and a lot more than past winners.
Conspicuously absent from the list of nominees is Stanley 'Tookie' Williams.....
The shirt or the woman or both?
He wouldn't have been able to accept it. No Dead Class seats available on SAS flights...
I don't like mondays, true, but I still haven't found what Im looking for.
Their slipping....must be really shook up over the cartoon business!
Their....They are! Thats better.
Was Tookie nominated again?
I nominate 'Anyone but Oprah'.
I say nominate the guy in his pajamas from the Boomtown Rats.
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