Trump is 1000-1 underdog to receive Nobel Peace Prize

Trump is 1000-1 underdog to receive Nobel Peace Prize

By Luke Vargas   
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Donald Trump addresses supporters before announcing his vice presidential selection. New York, NY. July 16, 2016. Photo: Luke Vargas/Talk Media News
Donald Trump addresses supporters before announcing his vice presidential selection. New York, NY. July 16, 2016. Photo: Luke Vargas/Talk Media News

An anonymous American nominator submitted Trump's name for consideration for the prize this year, praising his 'peace through strength' vision.

NEW YORK (Talk Media News) – Feeling lucky? Bookkeepers tracking the soon-to-be-announced Nobel Peace Prize have pegged Republican nominee for president Donald Trump as a 1,000-1 underdog to receive the vaunted award.

The Irish betting firm Paddy Power ranks Kim Kardashian and her rapper husband Kanye West as more likely picks at 500-1, but Trump has a key advantage over the celebrity couple: he was officially nominated for the prize.

An anonymous American nominator submitted Trump’s name for consideration earlier this year, citing “his vigorous peace through strength ideology, used as a threat weapon of deterrence against radical Islam, ISIS, nuclear Iran and Communist China.”

According to the Norwegian Nobel Committee – which is responsible for selecting the prize winner – “Qualified Nominators” include former prize recipients, international court judges, as well members of national assemblies and university processors. Those criteria would allow a member of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives to submit Trump’s name.

If you’re hesitant to bet on Trump to win the Nobel Price, we’ve highlighted some other notable candidates with better odds to take home the award:

Volunteers assist refugees arriving on the Greek Island of Lesbos. Credit: Dimitris Kyriakopoulos/Platanos Refugee Solidarity, Lesvos
Volunteers assist refugees arriving on the Greek Island of Lesbos. Credit: Dimitris Kyriakopoulos/Platanos Refugee Solidarity, Lesvos

Greek Aegean Islanders

ODDS: 8/5

ACHIEVEMENT: Greek citizens and grassroots support groups have been praised for providing life-saving assistance to refugees arriving in the country via boat.

More than 670,000 people have signed a petition launched on Avaaz.org backing their candidacy, prising the Greek islanders for, “compassion and courage, for treating those in danger with humanity, and for setting an example for the rest of the world to follow.”

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos shakes hands with FARC commander Timoleón Jiménez at a June 2016 ceremony in Havana. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos shakes hands with FARC commander Timoleón Jiménez at a June 2016 ceremony in Havana. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Timoleón “Timochenko” Jiménez

ODDS: 13/4

ACHIEVEMENT: Santos and Jiménez formalized a peace deal between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla group earlier this month, ending a war that raged since the 1960s, killings thousands and displacing millions.

Norway played a key role in guiding years of peace talks between the two sides, and that may influence the Nobel’s panel of Norwegian judges.

The candidacy of Santos and Jiménez is also bolstered by a recent trend of awarding the prize to individuals and organizations that have pursued political reconciliation. The 2015 prize was awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for steering Tunisia toward democratic elections after the Arab Spring.

Denis Mukwege

Denis Mukwege. Credit: Hospital de Panzi
Denis Mukwege. Credit: Hospital de Panzi

ODDS: 9-1

ACHIEVEMENT: Dr. Denis Mukwege is a physician from the Democratic Republic of the Congo acclaimed for his treatment of victims of rape and sexual violence. Mukwege’s Panzi Hospital offers advanced reconstructive surgery and has treated tens of thousands of patients since it began operations in 1999.

Mukwege has survived assassinations attempts and briefly sought exile in 2012 before returning to the hospital.

The White Helmets

ODDS: 12-1

ACHIEVEMENT: Formally known as the Syrian Civil Defence Force, the “White Helmets” are praised for providing emergency search and rescue services to Syrian civilians caught up in the country’s ongoing civil war.

The story of the White Helmets reached a greater global audience this month upon release of the Netflix documentary “White Helmets,” which highlights their work in the city of Aleppo.

Media reports suggest the White Helmets have received the backing of more than 100 nominators.

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Iranian Atomic Energy Organization chief Ali Akbar Salehi

ODDS: 30-1

ACHIEVEMENT: Moniz and Salehi are credited with hashing out the finer points of the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The nuclear accord formally entered into effect earlier this year, but despite hopes that the deal would reduce heated rhetoric between the U.S. and Iran, the diplomatic row between the two countries continues.

Moniz’s predecessor, Steven Chu, won the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Edward Snowden

ODDS: 54-1

Credit: @Snowden (Twitter)
Credit: @Snowden (Twitter)

ACHIEVEMENT: This isn’t the first time Snowden is nominated for the prize. The famed American “whistleblower” has received vocal backing from academics and European parliamentarians since he leaked documents highlighting American surveillance in 2013.

But Snowden’s candidacy remains controversial. Even the Norwegian government – often praised for its whistleblower protections – has punted on the issue of whether he’d be allowed to travel to the country to receive the award.

The odds cited in this article reflect the average betting lines available from Paddy Power, William Hill and Paf as of September 29, 2016.

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