Thursday, February 17, 2005

Dirty Economics

At least 166 names are already on this year's list of Nobel Peace Prize candidates.

"The number of candidates is not final. We will continue receiving some depending on how fast the postal service works," the head of the Nobel Institute, Geir Lundestad, said today.

Submissions of candidate names for this year's Nobel Prize had to be in by February 1, but the Nobel Committee's five members can submit their own candidates for the prestigious prize up until their first meeting of the year on February 22.

The number of candidates is not expected to surpass the record 194 individuals and organisations in the running for the prize last year, but the list already includes 137 individuals and 29 organisations.

As tradition dictates, the Nobel Institute never reveals the identities of the candidates. However, those entitled to submit nominations for the prize, including past laureates, members of parliament and cabinet ministers from around the world and some university professors, are allowed to disclose their suggestions.

This year, US secretary of state Colin Powell, Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and Irish U2 singer Bono are all said to figure on the list.
Bono!!!??? F**king Bono??? I nearly choked on my coffee while reading this. Considering how big his ego is now, just imagine if he won? On the other hand, if he did win, it would be rather appropriate seeing his name along with previous winners, for example:
2001 United Nations, Kofi Annan
1994 Yasser Arafat
1990 Mikhail Gorbachev
Wonder if he would donate the cheque for $1.82 million to the UN, tsunami relief or keep it for himself, while he instructs the rest of us to 'lie down in front of the train'. Bono made a star appearance at the World Economic Forum:

Bono, in particular, spoke impressively. He recalled a meeting that he had had with US Senator Tom Lantos, who was born in Hungary and is a Holocaust survivor. Senator Lantos had told Bono that what haunted him was the memory of watching people boarding trains on their way to the concentration camps but never asking where the trains were going.

Bono said that now, with Africans facing death and destruction from poverty and disease on similarly horrific scale, this time we do know where the trains are going – that, for instance, 3,000 children are dying from malaria every day, another 6,000 Africans dying daily from HIV-related illnesses.

Bono said that it was the duty of people everywhere to lie down in front of the train.
You gonna go first?

1 Comment:

Ian Scott said...

Bono... yes.. and never forget that Bono is the man who pays no taxes on his largest source of income. Being an 'artist,' he is exempt under the laws of Ireland.

That makes him even more of a hypocrite as far as I am concerned.