Congratulations from across the world this morning, as the Nobel Committee announced the laureates of its Peaze Price in Oslo today. The Committee rewarded Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and the Yemeni Tawakkul Karman “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.”
Yet not all of the prize’s past winners were bestowed with the same words of praise. U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2009 victory was slammed as being both premature and undeserved, while Jimmy Carter’s 2002 win was viewed as a slap in the face to the Bush administration. Indigenous Guatemalan Rigoberta Menchú’s 1992 win came under fire when it was revealed details included in her famed memoirs may have been fabricated, while radical German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky’s 1935 victory sparked the ire of Adolf Hitler, who forbade all German nationals from accepting further awards.
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