Who Should Win the Nobel Peace Prize?
The winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced this Friday, October 7th. Last week, a former Norwegian prime minister ignited speculation about this year's winner by announcing, "It will be an interesting and very important prize ... I think it will be well-received."
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The winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced this Friday, October 7th. Every year, the prize is awarded to "the person 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 congresses." Recent laureates include Barack Obama, Al Gore, and Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese peace activist, who was under arrest at the time of his award.
Last week, a former Norwegian prime minister ignited speculation about this year's winner by announcing, "It will be an interesting and very important prize ... I think it will be well-received." Will it be Bradley Manning? Julian Assange, of Wikileaks fame? Social Media? Or will the Nobel Committee recognize the activists behind the Arab Spring? One confirmed nominee is Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia and leader of the party "Movimiento al Socialismo," which aims to reduce poverty, re-nationalize the country's energy sector, fight corruption, and increase taxes on the wealthy. Watch Big Think's interview with Evo Morales here:
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Who do you think should win this year's Nobel Peace Prize?