And the Nobel goes to…


This year’s Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded to the intergovernmental organisation known as Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) which supposedly verifies the adherence to the Chemical Weapons Convention and requires the destruction of such armaments. As of September 2013, 190 states have given their consent to be bound by the Chemical Weapons Convention, according to Wikipedia.

The use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime against the population just last month (September 2013) outraged the international community, although resembling most cases like these, no further action was taken despite the death toll of the attack suspected to be as high as 1,300.

Oddly enough, the OPCW supported the deal by which the Syrian regime avoided US military intervention following the attack, according to The Telegraph:

The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to a chemical weapons inspectors has been attacked as premature and giving support to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The Telegraph.

OPCW is headquartered in The Hague, where its main building serves as a permanent memorial to all victims.

The Hague, Netherlands.
The Hague, Netherlands.

The Nobel Peace Prize is no strange to controversy, given that the list of laureates includes Mr. Barack Obama and the late Yasser Arafat among other characters. The citation is awarded “to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”.

On October 2nd, 2013 The Independent reported former Prime Minister and current Russian President, Vladimir Putin had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Vladimir Putin. File photo.
Vladimir Putin. File photo.

October 11th, 2013.




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