Clinton, Kohl, EU among candidates for Nobel Peace Prize


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By Pierre-Henry Deshayes

OSLO: A total of 231 nominees are up for the Nobel Peace Prize this year, the Nobel Institute said Monday, with Bill Clinton, Helmut Kohl, the EU and WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning known to be on the list.

“As always, there are the usual ‘nominees’ and some newcomers, some famous and some unknowns, hailing from the four corners of the world,” the head of the Nobel Institute, Geir Lundestad, told AFP.

With 188 individuals and 43 organizations, the number of candidates comes close to last year’s record of 241, when the prestigious award went to Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni Arab Spring activist Tawakkol Karman.

The winner or winners will be announced in October.

The prize generates a media frenzy every year and occasionally sparks controversy – as in 2009 when U.S. President Barack Obama was honored just a few months after taking office.



Posted on February 28, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. The reappearance of the Kohl name on the list is truly shocking. I am one of the victims of his re-unification machinations and my brother’s death was indirectly caused by the Kohl/Mitterrand axis which wangled the land parcels where the Minol gas-stations were to the French elf Aquitaine – without a share in the proceeds of course or any other compensation. Kohl was no honest broker; he was just like the communists who cannot distinguish between what’s yours and what’s mine.
    The exact steps in the events have never been fully unravelled because before moving his office from Bonn to Berlin, Kohl had the files regarding the Leuna-Minol „sale“ shredded. Duplicates should have been in another Department, but surprise, surprise, they had evaporated. And this went on with tacit approval from the US, who worked closely with Mitterrand when Europe changed in the few years since 1989. Of course with such protection, this case never went to court in Germany, and what emerged from the investigations in Geneva (illicit CDU party money) and Paris (convictions of elf Aquitaine managers) could not be acted upon in Germany as they simply did not provide funds to translate the findings from French into German. German courts cannot act on findings in the French language. Protection through non-translation.
    A clear breach of law by Kohl was, however, the so called donors affair. Kohl considers himself above the law when he says he has given his word not to reveal the donors of several million Deutschmark. The law says otherwise but that does not affect him, of course. Prosecutors in Germany are answerable to the politicians so they have a perfect system to prevent prosecutions of corruption in the political scene. Lately, thoughts have emerged that these donations might have come from the secret services of the US and/or France, which makes his law breaking a little more logical. Elf Aquitaine was a front company for the French secret service and they might well have had reasons to show their gratitude with kickbacks from the loot. Legally, the secret party donations are a clear breach of the law by Kohl, and I would hope that the Nobel organisation does not tarnish their prize by selecting Kohl. It beggars belief that there is always someone who is ignorant or corrupt enough to nominate Helmut Kohl, whose German nickname is Kohleone.

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