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Nobel Committee Gets Peace Prize Wrong Yet Again

The Nobel Peace Prize selection ignores a side of the war that saw even Amnesty International denounced for observing.
Nobel Peace Prize medal. ProtoplasmaKid, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

By David Swanson / World BEYOND War

The Nobel Committee has yet again awarded a peace prize that violates the will of Alfred Nobel and the purpose for which the prize was created, selecting recipients who blatantly are not “the person who has done the most or best to advance fellowship among nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies, and the establishment and promotion of peace congresses.”

With its eyes on the news of the day, there was no question that the Committee would find some way to focus on Ukraine. But it steered clear of anyone seeking to reduce the risk of that thus-far relatively minor war creating a nuclear apocalypse. It avoided anyone opposing both sides of the war, or anyone advocating for a ceasefire or negotiations or disarmament. It did not even make the choice one might have expected of picking an opponent of Russian warmaking in Russia and an opponent of Ukrainian warmaking in Ukraine.

Instead, the Nobel Committee has chosen advocates for human rights and democracy in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. But the group in Ukraine is recognized for having  “engaged in efforts to identify and document Russian war crimes against the Ukrainian civilian population,” with no mention of war as a crime or of the possibility that the Ukrainian side of the war was committing atrocities. The Nobel Committee may have learned from Amnesty International’s experience of being widely denounced for documenting war crimes by the Ukrainian side.

The fact that all sides of all wars have always failed and always will fail to engage in humane operations is possibly why Alfred Nobel set up a prize to advance the abolition of war.  It’s too bad that prize is so misused. Because of its misuse, World BEYOND War has created instead the War Abolisher Awards.


Adding here some thoughts from Yurii Sheliazhenko:

NGO Center for Civil Liberties (Ukraine) recently was co-awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Russian and Belarussian human rights defenders.

What is the Ukrainian secret of success? Here are some tips.

– don’t rely on support of local citizens, embrace international donors with their agendas, like the U.S. Department of State and NED;

– support NATO membership of Ukraine, shame those who seek compromise with Russia and ask the West to engage in war against Russia on Ukrainian side by imposing no-fly zone and delivery of armaments;

– insist that war is necessary for survival and no negotiations are possible;

– insist that international institutions are worthless and therefore human rights activists must ask for weapons for the Ukrainian Armed Forces;

– insist that only Putin violates human rights in Ukraine, and only the Ukrainian army are real human rights defenders;

– never criticize Ukrainian government for suppression of pro-Russian media, parties, and public figures;

– never criticize Ukrainian army for war crimes, for violations of human rights related to war effort and military mobilization, like beating of students by the border guard for their attempt to study abroad instead of becoming cannon fodder, and nobody should hear from you even a word about human right to conscientious objection to military service.

David Swanson
David Swanson

David Swanson is Co-Founder, Executive Director, and a Board Member of World BEYOND War. He is based in Virginia in the United States. David is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is campaign coordinator for Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at and He hosts Talk World Radio.He is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and was awarded the 2018 Peace Prize by the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation. Longer bio and photos and videos here. Follow him on Twitter: @davidcnswanson and FaceBook.


  1. No comment really necessary. The ‘Nobel Peace Prize has gone to war mongers for decades. I think the Nobel Committee thinks that if you give an award for ‘Peace’ that it will suddenly make them a ‘Peace Ambassador’ and change their behavior. It hasn’t worked, and made the ‘Peace Prize’ a joke.

    Same mistake made by Democrats. Al Gore gave up the fight in Florida during the “Brooks Brothers Riot” and assumed he was setting a standard that would translate into an ethic of graceful transition of power. Instead, it only emboldened insurrectionists.

    Now, human society is devolving into chaos. Sometimes you have to call a sociopath a sociopath and fight fire with fire. One characteristic of a Narcissist is that they are only interested in themselves (hence sociopathic). We not only tolerate these people but reward them with money and political office. As a result, we are killing ourselves at a spectacular pace.

  2. It’s supposed to the the Nobel PEACE prize and has in the past gone to those speaking out against war — like Rigoberta Menchú. It should have gone to Swanson, Lawrence Wilkerson, former NATO analyst Jacques Baud or to Code Pink. The literary Nobel should have gone to the Blue Collar Review for speaking out against the war and the capitalist monstrosity that supports and has imposed fascism around the world and that is dependent on fomenting and arming endless war. Such Nobels can serve to expose and embarrass hypocritical global criminal regimes and systems. That is what they can best do but Europe is the lapdog of the CIA now.

  3. Thank you David for calling out the Nobel Peace Prize and its committee for its utter hypocrisy. They should rename it the Nobel War Prize headlined by its being given to President Obama undeservedly simply for being elected the first black president and commander in chief of the greatest war spreader and terrorist state on the planet!

  4. As a pacifist observer of these awards it seems that the yanks call the tune in terms of awards but in so in doing they reduce it to a trinket a cheap bauble ,and that in turns despoils the name of a good man ,and also soils the other awards for science and medicine .
    It seems they ruin all they touch, shame.

  5. Another institution bites the dust! Once it was a great honor and badge of achievement to win the Nobel Prize!

  6. ” shame those who seek compromise with Russia ”

    I’m no longer surprised when I see the soi-disant “advocates for peace” are really “advocates for peace at any price, as long as it’s the victims who’re doing the paying”.

    It does still turn my stomach, though.

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