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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: America's chemistry professor Linus Pauling, the only one in history honored. . .

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

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