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#Nobel Prize 2010 nominees: who will take the peace prize?

Liu Xiaobo (Reuters)

After last year's controversial choice of President Barack Obama for the Nobel peace prize, speculation over this year's Nobel recipients has run wild.

There are 237 nominees this year, including six Chinese dissidents, the radio group Democratic Voice of Burma and the Internet.

Let us know Your Take. Does the prize matter? Who should win? Who would you nominate? Use the hashtag #nobelprize to let us know your thoughts. Or add them in the comments.

For the peace prize, Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo is topping the list of front runners at the PaddyPower betting site with odds at 3:1. China, however, has urged the Nobel Prize committee to not give him the top prize.

The head of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, which assists the Nobel Committee in making its decisions, told reporters Monday that a senior Chinese official had warned him that awarding the peace prize to Liu would hurt relations between Norway and China.

The committee has angered China before, most notably with the 1989 peace prize going to the Dalai Lama. However, some insiders say this year's choice will not be a more conservative choice following the controversy over Obama.

Other highly rated choices are the Russian human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina and Sima Samar, an Afghan women's rights activist who leads the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.

A few long shots include Bono with 50:1 odds at Paddy Power and Tony Blair, with 80:1 odds.

The Nobel Prize for Literature also has betting sites counting up the odds. Ngugi wa Thiong'o, a Kenyan novelist, and Cormac McCarthy are running a tight race. The U.K. bookies say his odds of winning are 2.75:1, just edging out McCarthy at 3:1.

Rounding out the top three authors is the Japanese author Haruki Murakami.

Many Nobel Prize dissenters claim the award does not really matter. The Post's Anne Applebaum wrote last year, "Nevertheless, year in, year out, the Nobel laureate turns out to be an obscure writer, usually European, whose works are hardly known outside of a few German-speaking and Germano-centric countries."

Newsweek wrote last year, after the award went to the semi-obscure Herta Müller, "There are all the authors whose greatness actually diminishes the value of the Nobel. How, we have to ask, could the jurors have erred so badly as to neglect James Joyce, Eugene Ionesco, Eudora Welty, and Vladimir Nabokov?"

Read reviews of Thiong'o here, Murakami here and McCarthy here.

By Melissa Bell  | October 5, 2010; 10:06 AM ET
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Whether or not the writers are 'little known' is beside the point. Only quality matters, and more often than not I have agreed with the prize having found a new, wonderful writer I hadn't heard of before. To me, this is the greatest boon of the prize.

Posted by: arisplato | October 5, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Why not? He makes as much sense as Obama who was nominated after just a few weeks in the job or Al Bore for a joke of a movie that has so many factual errors in it a British judge said it had to be accompanied with opposing views when show to school kids. Or then there's the vicious terrorist yasir Arafat. He won one too. What a farce.

Posted by: theduck6 | October 5, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Apparently all the nominees are against nations with non-western values. People who are against the human crimes committed in the Middle East war are not nominated. So it can be said that the Nobel Peace Prize is a banner of Western cultural imperialism.

Posted by: thmak | October 5, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Since the criteria is nonsense at best, who cares?

Posted by: illogicbuster | October 5, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

The Nobel Peace Prize is really a Nobel Celebrity Prize. Obama gets it for what? Potential? I love it. runs on a platform of ending the war in Iraq (still there in whatever forms and under whatever covers) and in Afghanistan has expanded the war using some of the same apparent war criminals from the Bush Admininstration while expanding the number of troops, and extending tours and sto-losses. Even in terms of "ptential" Obama does not cut it for any kind of "peace" prize. Then you have Bill Clinton racing all over the world, angling for his own Nobel Peace prize so that his presidency will be more than a fottnote in history books, or perhaps several, mostly about Lewinsky.

Posted by: jcraven | October 5, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Back, bach in your trailers!

The Nobel prize has eluded many that deserved it for those that wooed the judges with the proper fanfare as to warrant attention.

There have certainly been many qualified and valued contributions by these people. Many people aspire to win rewards such as these, but my praise goes to the unsung heroes of science, art, education and others that seem to work on despite a lack of recognition of their works.

I salute them with this response and declaim the above respondents for their conceit and ignorance.

Nobel established the prize with the money he made in Chemistry and particularly in stabilizing the explosive- nitro glycerin. This became a useful product in the construction of roads, mining and other industries.

much has been done in the pusuit of achievement in society and the Nobel prize is a result.

Posted by: mtstewart1 | October 5, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

The Nobel Committee has become so aggressively political and partisan that we should not be surprised if the peace prize is awarded to Joe Biden this year because he has visited Iraq a number of times.

Posted by: vismorge | October 5, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

The Nobel prize is awarded for politically correct thought and nothing more.

Posted by: VastRightWingConspirator | October 5, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

After the Nobel Prize for literature was awarded to a French man who was facinated with Native Americans and studied them as they were "below reigning civilization" I decided the awards were too ethnocentric to be of relevance. Being of Native American ancestry and always faced with the double standard of our tribal governments not having seats on the United Nations, and our methods of communication of oral tradition and art not awarded prizes by the Nobel Committee, let alone being labeled below reigning civilization, I thought the award and the persons awarding it had lost some of the perspective as to why these awards existed and the more peaceful world they were supposed to help create by such awards. I am sure that Native Americans who learned to read write and speak English in order to work effectively with nonNatives who forced them to sign treaties that they did not understand and cede vast amounts of land to settlers who threatened that if they did not sign the treaties they would walk knee deep in blood deserve an award more than the writers do of said treaties, but how long will it take before we are recognized as part of civilization?

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