The list of this year's Nobel Prize winners has been announced, and the prizes have been awarded. Each winner has given their speech, their thanks, and headed home to carry on their life's work that has led them to this place in history, this place that has honoured them for making a difference.This year, two winners have been causing a bit of a stir. The first, Harold Pinter, won the Nobel Prize for Literature for his work as a playwright. His speech was a rather scathing criticism of US foreign politics, and the penchant of that country's government for concealing truth and promoting its own brand of "democracy", which I like to call "anti-communist democracy at any cost". Read his speech here; it is long, but very interesting, if only for Pinter's description of how he goes about writing his plays. His words are powerful; evidence of why he was awarded the highest achievement for literature.
The second controversial winner this year won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in global nuclear disarmament. Mohamed ElBaradei of the International Atomic Energy Agency is a chief nuclear facilities inspector for the United Nations, and his speech highlights how nuclear technology can be used for good as well as destruction. Read his speech here. ElBaradei is a controversial winner because the US has a grudge against him; her refused to support US claims of "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq prior to the US-led war there in 2003, and refuses to back US claims of such weapons in Iran – the US's next oil-rich war-target. Read about US opposition to the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER here. It seems incredible to me that the US could find fault with a man whose life work is promoting peace adn non-violence. Then again, war is big business for the US, and as Bush so famously declared in 2001 after Sept 11 attacks on the WTC: "You're either with us or against us".
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