“Nobel Peace Prize winner: barely known but close to home” by Maureen K. Reed (Article in the Pioneer Press)

Maureen K. Reed, Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, writes about the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. You can read the full article by following the link below.

“We all saw the pictures. Girls gasping for air. Boys convulsing on the floor. Dads weeping over lifeless little bodies. The international outrage at the use of chemical weapons in Damascus in August had not yet subsided when the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons arrived in Syria early this month to oversee the odious task of collecting and destroying sarin and mustard gas. Perhaps the organization was as surprised as anyone to discover Friday morning that it had been awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.

Selection of the winner by the Norwegian Nobel Committee is intentionally secretive in order to reduce popular or political pressure. But secrecy doesn’t dampen rampant speculation. This year’s winner was on no website “short list,” and the surprise surrounding the announcement was met with a collective gasp. Or sigh.”

Read the full article here: http://www.twincities.com/columnists/ci_24316932/maureen-k-reed-nobel-peace-prize-winner-barely

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