US soldier and WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning, Bill Clinton and Helmut Kohl are known to be on the list of a total of 231 nominees up for the Nobel Peace Prize this year. With 188 individuals and 43 organisations, the number of candidates comes close to last year’s record of 241, when the prestigious award went to Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee, and Yemeni Arab Spring activist Tawakkol Karman.
“As always, there are the usual nominees and some newcomers, some famous and some unknowns, hailing from the four corners of the world,” the head of the Nobel Institute, Geir Lundestad, said.
Thousands of people are eligible to submit nominations – including members of parliaments and governments worldwide, university professors, past laureates and members of several international institutes – who had until February 1 to propose candidates. The Nobel Institute keeps the names of nominees secret for 50 years, but those who are entitled to nominate are allowed to reveal the name of the person or organisation they have proposed. Read the full article »»»»