Thursday, October 09, 2003

NOBEL FOR KARZAI: This is strange. Hamid Karzai is speculated to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The committee does not release the names of any candidates, but this "Nobel shortlist" most likely stems from names being guessed by Nobel watchers. The alleged guess list:

... Silva for trying to overcome social injustice in Brazil; Russian anti-war group Mothers in Black; jailed Iranian dissident Hashem Aghajari; Russian human rights activist Sergei Kovalyev; Italian charity The Community of Sant' Egidio; the Salvation Army; American politicians Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar for their Cooperative Threat Reduction Program; and Karzai. Other nominees include U2 singer, social activist Bon, pop singer Michael Jackson, former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, President Bush, Prime Minister Tony Blair, French President Jacques Chirac, jailed Israeli nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu, Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng, Women in Black for promoting Israeli-Palestinian ties, and Cuban human rights activist Oswaldo Paya Sardinas.
Yes, Karzai is included, but the bets are against him:
[T]he Web-based betting site Centrebet gave John Paul 2-1 odds of winning the prize, ahead of Havel (8-1), who received this year's Gandhi Peace Prize. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was given 14-1 odds, while Afghan leader Hamid Karzai had 25-1 odds.
Reuters is saying that the Pope is poised to win, but will only get the price if it's shared with an anti-war Muslim. Or something like that. Karzai is a Muslim, but he supported the war on Iraq.

Very strange indeed. The winner will be announced tomorrow.

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