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Opinion Editorials, October 2014
Malala and the Politics of Nobel Peace Prize: How Recipients Serve NATO Interventions, invasions, and Wars Around the World
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, October 16, 2014
On Friday (Oct 10) the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Prize
for Peace to a Pakistani teenager, Malala Yousafzai and an Indian child
rights campaigner, Kailash Satyarthi.
"Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai, has already fought for several
years for the right of girls to education and has shown by example that
children and young people too can contribute to improving their own
situations. This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances.
Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls'
rights to education."
Mr. Satyarthi has maintained the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and headed
various forms of peaceful protests, "focusing on the grave exploitation of
children for financial gain," the committee said at the Nobel Institute in
Oslo. He founded Bachpan Bachao Andolan, or the Save the Childhood Movement,
which campaigns for child rights and an end to human trafficking.
India has one of the largest working child populations in the world, according to Time magazine of USA. There are close to 50 million child laborers in the country, more than 10 million of them in bonded labor, having been sold by their families to work off loans they couldn’t repay.
The committee said it was important that a Muslim and a Hindu, a Pakistani and an Indian, had joined in what it called a common struggle for education and against extremism.
After Malala Yousufzai and Kailash Satyarthi jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize, official reaction in Pakistan was overwhelmingly positive. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called her the “Pride of Pakistan” and said girls and boys should “take the lead from her struggle and commitment.” The spokesman for Pakistan’s powerful army, Major General Asim Bajwal, sent a congratulatory tweet, saying “Except for terrorists, all Pakistanis want their children in school.”
However, Many Pakistanis are skeptical about
the meteorite rise to fame of Malala propelled by the Western media and
Western controlled international organizations and institutions.
It may be pointed out that Malala was only 11 years old when her diaries
were published by the BBC under the pen name Gul Makai - a heroine of
Pakhtun folktale. Many people are wondering how a girl of such age from a
backward area like Swat can write political diaries.
Her father, Ziauddin Yusufzai is the spokesperson for the Swat Qaumi Jirga, which has helped the mercenary Pakistani Army in its Swat operation launched in January 2009 that displaced 2.2 million people. The Swat valley, where army reportedly committed extra-judicial killings, still remains under military occupation and for many displaced persons life never returned to normal.
Internet and facebook are abuzz with stories that McKinsey & Co, Inc.,
the globalist management consulting firm is behind the Malala project. Not
surprisingly, since October 2012 she was bestowed with 34 global and local
awards and honors, according to her biography on Wikipedia.
In 2010, the Norwegian committee gave the Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident and political prisoner Lu Xiaobo. An enraged Chinese government snapped political and economic ties with Norway. Norway could only restore relations in 2014, when the government refused to meet the Dalai Lama who was visiting the country.
Here are more examples as enumerated by Frank Carson in10 Most Controversial Nobel Peace Prize Winners published by wallstcheatsheet.com:
In 1973, Henry Kissinger was given the award with North Vietnamese leader Le Duc Tho. Le Duc Tho rejected the award, given for the pair’s peace work in South Vietnam, because he felt that peace had not yet been achieved in the area. Kissinger, President Nixon’s Secretary of State, accepted the award “with humility,” but many felt that it should never have been offered to him in the first place. There were two reasons for this controversy: Kissinger was accused of war crimes for his assistance in America’s secret bombing of Cambodia from 1969-1975, as well as for helping to contribute arms to South American dictators who would slaughter thousands of people during the terror campaign Operation Condor. Two Norwegian Nobel Committee members resigned to protest Kissinger’s win.
In a move called “a stunning surprise” by the New York Times, Barack
Obama was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize only 12 days after he took
office in 2009. When he actually won the prize only months into his first
term in office, many accused the Nobel Peace Prize Committee of being
politically motivated since the award was given to Obama due to his efforts
to “strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”
instead of his actions. In subsequent years, Obama expanded the drone
campaign, bombed Libya and has had to return to Iraq to fight another war
against the so-called Islamic State.
Additionally, Gore’s eye-opening film about the effects of global warming and measures that could be taken against it was exposed as having nine gross errors, as ruled by a High Court in England. The errors, crafted to support Gore’s argument, included “alarmist” fudging of facts regarding the rising of sea levels, unfounded claims of the effects of global warming with no evidence to back them up, and the manipulation of statistics. Although his work is undeniably important, his presentation of speculation as fact coupled with his refusal to address concerns regarding said inaccuracies makes Al Gore one of the most controversial Nobel Peace Prize winners of all time.
In 2012, the European Union was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “six decades of contributions to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy, and human rights in Europe,” despite the protests and riots occurring in Greece, Portugal, and Spain at the time.
The Associated Press stated that the win came during the union’s most severe internal crisis ever. Arguments over the European Union’s possible democratic deficit and its economic crisis made this Nobel Peace Prize particularly controversial, but there’s no denying the positive effects the European Union has had uniting participating nations after World War I and II and by participating in international aid efforts.
(We should not forget that EU's military arm,
NATO is currently involved in an aggressive war in Afghanistan, it bombed
Libya in 2011 and at present one of its member Turkey is involved in
supporting a civil war in Syria.)
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