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U.N. World Food Program wins Nobel Peace Prize

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One of the better choices in recent years. That’s not saying much by the way.

The United Nations' World Food Program won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its efforts to fight hunger in regions of conflict and hardship around the globe.

Maybe it’s time to scrap or rename this prize. A prize for humanitarianism would help clarify things.

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Great nomination!

The organization has long been headed by an American, and U.S. President Donald Trump nominated the former Republican governor of South Carolina for the post in 2017.

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$6.4 billion is an achievement. Winner could’ve been worse looking at some of the nominations recently.

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The Nobel Prize committee has made itself an awarder of a joke prize. It should just pass them out for direct payment at this point. I am sure Trump will be the first to purchase one.

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The Nobel Prize committee has made itself an awarder of a joke prize. It should just pass them out for direct payment at this point. I am sure Trump will be the first to purchase one.

It has been discredited but it could be redeemed. Dr Denis Mukwege received it for his work treating rape victims. A fine man, but again, this is better described as humanitarianism rather than peace.

I think there is a place for a prize honouring people like him.

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Jimizo, come on. Only by serious convolutions could you believe the YN (of all corrupt joke organizations) food distributer has anything to do with peace.

You really should do cursory research before posting:

http://www.fao.org/3/a-i7821e.pdf

https://peacemealproject.com/

https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/9106/WDR2011_0025.pdf?sequence=1

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JimizoToday  09:20 pm JST

One of the better choices in recent years. That’s not saying much by the way.

The United Nations' World Food Program won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its efforts to fight hunger in regions of conflict and hardship around the globe.

Maybe it’s time to scrap or rename this prize. A prize for humanitarianism would help clarify things.

The Peace Prize is given to humanitarian organizations and individuals. Amnesty International got it in 1977 and Mother Theresa got it in 1979. Besides, humanitarism is a part and a drive towards peace and justice. And in America they 'No Justice, No Peace'.

It all goes together.

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The Nobel Peace Prize committee just lost what little, if any, credibility it had left. Ditto all above who said the prize awarded to the WFP should be for Humanitarianism. Duh ...

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What a cheap and misleading propaganda show.

1) I cannot see any relation to peace. Those food delivery areas are the most violent areas on the planet, full of conflicts, killings and wars, sometimes even those supported people are fully equipped with expensive weapons, even consisting of fighting emotionless brutal children. Or the militias grab the whole help goods delivery etc.

2) Also in all developed countries are many people without sufficient nutrition or even hungering, from schoolchildren over families with many children and homeless people to sick, disabled and retired elderly people. There those UN program completely fails.

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Maybe it’s time to scrap or rename this prize. A prize for humanitarianism would help clarify things.

I understand the argument. But it would be nice to think of and thank those who explain the horror of war to us and the value of peace. On my list would be some Japanese vets of World War II that I met who explained its ugliness to me. And a couple of my own uncles who did the same. Sadly, all dead now.

One who is still probably alive was an American vet of the Vietnam war who I met in a bar in Osaka. At the same table was another American of similar age who ran off to Canada to escape the draft. Wondering about possible hostility towards the "coward", I asked him his opinion of the draft dodger. "I wasn't that brave," was his reply. His words have stuck with me ever since.

Sorry for the rambling. But I think many of the volunteers of the World Food Program who deliver food in ugly circumstances can also tell us of war's horrors.

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Good choice. The World Food Program promotes peace because a lot of why wars start is the lack of food.

I would have quite liked Greta or the WHO to get it, but that was mainly because it would have triggered a heap of right wing shills, so not really a good reason. But, to be honest, it's probably why they didn't get it.

Some posters here think Trump should have got it. They point to the UAE deal. But just ask the Palestinians in the middle east their opinion and you would have got a different answer. His pulling out of the Iran deal was plain idiotic and has left the region and the world in more danger.

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albaleo Sorry for the rambling. But I think many of the volunteers of the World Food Program who deliver food in ugly circumstances can also tell us of war's horrors.

You're absolutely right.Food drive workers often have to enter war zones for relief efforts. During the mid 80s Band Aid / Live Aid efforts, there were wars in parts of Africa where governments or rebel / guerilla groups would stop and at least question the workers, with suspicion. The aftereffects of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide were so devastating the Red Cross and Red Crescent had to basically invade and occupy that country because 1 out of 8 Rwandans (Hutu and Tutsi) were killed. Something during the last decade the scummy dictatorship of Myanmar would not allow any US or UK vessels to land at their ports, using the excuse that they didn't want any relief going to the various ethnic rebellions going on there. And sending quake relief to Haiti in 2010 was no picnic either. US Marines were sent to occupy the country (again!) because there were bandits, gangs, looters and anarchy. That's called peacekeeping.

In the past 2 decades there's been crazy guerilla wars thruout Africa and currently in the Middle East too, with ISIL doing their evil crap and Syrians and Yemenese in particular are suffering big time humanitarian crises of starvation and sickness.

More often than not, food drive workers have to deal with war and violence in order to do their humanitarian work, so that's why the WFP deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.

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And BTW, some of these food drive workers are in great danger. They too risk being victims of war and violence and some of them get caught into it.

Humanitarianism goes with peace most of the time.

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Serving food and saving lives is a challenging mission. Hunger needs to be fought on a war-footing. Hearty congratulations to the United Nations' World Food Program. The organization is serving humanity with dedication and distinction. The Nobel Peace Prize is a humble acknowledgement to the gigantic task the UNWFP has been doing day in and day out across the hunger-stricken zones on the Planet.

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