This year’s Nobel Peace Prize, to be awarded on 11 October in Oslo, is provoking talk of violence, treachery and embarrassment.
16-year-old Malala Yousafzai, nominated for her campaign for girls’ right to education and recognised for her courage in surviving an assassination attempt and critical gun-wound, has had her life threatened by the Taliban should she win the prestigious award. She has been reported globally as the popular favourite, despite the threat against her young life.
SouthChina MorningPost has reported that America would be embarrassed if either nominees Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley Manning) or Russian President Vladimir Putin took out the award.
For a peace prize, it’s stirring up a lot of antagonism. Although one blogger, confusing the Peace prize with the Nobel Prize in Physics happily reports: