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Created by John Eipper on 10/09/21 3:23 AM

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Two Journalists Share Nobel Peace Prize (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 10/09/21 3:23 am)

Two journalists have received the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.

One of the recipients, Dmitry Muratov of the Novaya Gazeta (six newspersons of this paper have been killed over the years, including the famous Politkovskaya), is said to be a friend of Navalny. The Kremlin, through Dmitry Peskov, immediately congratulated him. The prize money will go to charity for kids.

The other journalist to receive the prize is Maria Ressa of the Philippines.

This Bastian Contrario had a different candidate in mind:  Donald Trump, for the following reasons:

1) After the long-ago Gerald Ford, Trump was the first US President not to start a new war,

2) In foreign policy Trump did not use the usual rhetoric of Good against Evil, Democracy, Freedom, the Shining City on the Hill, etc. Rather, he was sincerely blunt: America First as his predecessors were doing but camouflaging it (maybe instead of the American People, it was for the American Deep State). For instance, in the NATO meeting of 2017 Trump practically said to the other chiefs of state:

"You spineless guys enjoy the protection of the US military bases in your countries, therefore you should spend more on your armies, our cannon fodder, and for such protection, you should also pay all expenses plus an additional 50%." (Mafia protection tends to be cheaper).

It is reported that Italy already pays $400 million per year to support the US bases.

President Truman was also blunt and sincere in his day.  On the evening prior to the signing of the NATO treaty, he told the Europeans that if a country were to be occupied by the Soviets he may have to use nuclear weapons on said country. Of course, this statement was not publicized.

On another item, on 8 October the proud Polish Supreme Court has (rightly) declared that Polish laws shall have priority over the EU laws. Some other non-spineless countries (do not look to Italy lay, democratic and antifascist) may follow Poland.

The bureaucrats of the so-called United Europe have violently reacted to the Polish measure, saying the EU laws have priority and the EU will be inflexible against Poland.

Will we see a repeat of Hungary 1956 or Czechoslovakia 1968? But who will supply the tanks?

In Italy, the opposition party Fratelli d'Itallia is supporting the move of Poland.

JE comments:  O Bastian!  Let's not take the spotlight away from the Nobel recipients.  Oslo this year opted for those who bravely expose the corruption and abuses of the powerful.  Muratov is better known than Ressa.  I'd like to learn more about the latter.  Duterte accuses Ressa's Rappler news service as a "fake news" outlet owned and directed by the US.

I do see one valid objection to the Nobel selection process.  Has the prize lost its original intent, which was to honor the agents of peace?  Battling against authoritarianism is a noble (pardon the pun) mission, but doesn't it also fan the flames of violence?

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