Is This True? Donald Trump Gets Nobel Peace Prize Nomination

Is This True? Donald Trump Gets Nobel Peace Prize Nomination
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An anonymous American politician reportedly nominated Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize 2016. A renowned Nobel watcher speculated that Trump may have actually gotten a nomination.


According to predictions from Nobel veteran observer Kristian Berg Harpviken, this year’s nominees will include Trump, the Greek island groups welcoming the Syrian refugees, an escaped ISIS sex slave now a women’s rights advocate, negotiators who stopped the decades-long civil war in Colombia and National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. Harpkiven is the director of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo.

Trump is nominated for “his vigorous peace through strength ideology, used as a threat weapon of deterrence against radical Islam, ISIS, nuclear Iran and Communist China,” Harpkiven said in a statement. According to AFP however, the names of the nominees are usually kept under tight wraps. As stated on the official website for Nobel Prize, the Committee does not announce the names of nominees, not until the next 50 years. “Neither to the media nor to the candidates themselves. In so far as certain names crop up in the advance speculations as who will be awarded, this is either sheer guesswork or information put out by the person or persons behind the nominations,” the rule stated.

AFP reported that there had been an ongoing online petition with 630,000 signatures calling for Nobel Peace Prize to be awarded to the Greek islands groups. The Aegean Solidarity Movement for example got an endorsement from Desmond Tutu. 85-year-old Emilia Kamvisi was also nominated for her assistance to the boat refugees according to Harpkiven. Greek fisherman, Stratis Valiamos, was nominated for rescuing scores of refugees from drowning. Susan Sarandon was also nominated for spending Christmas with the refugees in Greece.

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Harpkiven has his own top-five list. His list includes Snowden; Ernest Moniz and Ali Akbar who served as chief negotiators on behalf of US and Iran for the Iran nuclear deal; Juan Manuale Santos and Timoleon Jimenez who ended the 50 years of civil war in Colombia. Also among his top-five are Thelma Aldana, Aura Elena Farfan and Ivan Velasquez who contributed to the transformation in Guatemala. Last on his list are Jeanne Nacatche Banyere, Jeannette Kahindo Bindu and Dr. Denis Mukwege who are anti-sexual violence advocates from DR. Congo. Trump meanwhile did not make it to his top-five.