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Peace in ninja ways

Ukraine's choice: This year's Peace Prize winner is best celebrated with Treholt, ninja technique and new Polish spirit.


[peace & such] When you read this, you probably know who has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2006. The Peace Prize winner was announced on Friday the 13th at 11. When you read now, you know something I do not know when I write.

In return, I can tell you something you probably did not know enough about: The many peace prize rites since the first distribution in 1901.

Admittedly, Norway can thank the union with Sweden, and the will of dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel, for the world's attention at least once a year. But for the past 105 years, the Nobel Committee has been instrumental in creating a lot of fun with its awards to 12 women, 18 and 82 men.

Not only are men best at war, they are best at making peace out of war as well.

Facts for the week to come:

"Peace Land": USA, with 20 peace prize winners.

Wholesaler: Red Cross, with peace prize in 1917, 1944 and 1963.

The skeptic: Vietnam's Le Duc Tho, who in 1973 became the only one to refuse to receive the award. Tho pointed out that there was no peace in his country, but Henry Kissinger showed up.

Elder: Joseph Rotblatt of the Pugwash movement, who at the awards ceremony at 1995 was 87 years old and the oldest Nobel Prize winner of all time.

Hungary: Mairead Corrigan, founder of the Northern Ireland Peace Movement, who in 1976 was 32 years old and the youngest Nobel laureate after the war.

The lucky pig: US chemistry professor Linus Pauling, the only person in history honored with two Nobel Prizes alone. First, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954, for the study of "chemical bonds". Then the Peace Prize in 1962, to end nuclear weapons blasts. Did not succeed quite recently.

The Tab: The British-friendly Nobel Committee's passing of Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), who fought the empire with non-violence. 11. September was the 100 year since he started his fight. In 100 years nothing is forgotten. The Gandhi memory will never die.

Morale: Take a trip to the Nobel Peace Center on Saturday, as long as you're near Oslo and City Hall Square. At 11-18 it is open day and free admission. While the Nobel Institute behind the Castle opens its doors to the public at. 13-15. There you can on Thursday at. 17 also hear the Nobel Committee leader holding the mini-lecture "Nobel Peace Prize 2006".

[book] The advantage of peace is that one should react with violence afterwards. For this, this year's most hysterically funny book is recommended: Ninateknikk II – Invisibility in battle 1978 (October). The book claims to have been written by Arne Treholt, an instructor at the Marine Hunter Command's ninja school in Ramsund in the 70's. In Tronsmo's bestseller, spy convict Treholt reveals his love for Japanese ninja technique, which includes sneaking. Follow Ny Tid to find out more about the book and the author, Thomas Malling.

[liquor] Violence breeds as a known fill. Then it is good that Norway Wednesday 18. October can celebrate the 80 anniversary of the repeal of the ten-year liquor ban (1916-1926). It becomes overkill to drink sake after a ninja book, so from the Vinmonopolet's liquor wine news, rather Polish liquor can be recommended: Wyborowa Exquisite Vodka.

For the 490 kroner bottle we can toast for the peace prize winner from 1983, the Polish electrician Lech Walesa. Thank you to him for lifting the Iron Curtain for Eastern Europeans. Then invite Polish craftsmen in the neighborhood home on a Wyborowa glass. Thank you to them for building Norway.

Thank us that peace will be with us all.

Dag Herbjørnsrud
Dag Herbjørnsrud
Former editor of MODERN TIMES. Now head of the Center for Global and Comparative History of Ideas.

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