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A Nobel Peace Prize for the World's "Poorest" President?


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JL
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The organization is pushing for a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for the 76-year-old head of state, on account of his efforts to legalize marijuana in the South American country.



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JL A. (275)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 11:09 am
A Nobel Peace Prize for the World's "Poorest" President?
PHOTO: Uruguayan President Jose Mujica at his office in the government house in Montevideo, on September 5, 2012, during an exclusive interview given to AFP.
Uruguayan President Jose Mujica at his office in the government house in Montevideo, on September 5, 2012, during an exclusive interview given to AFP. Mujica has been an outspoken advocate for the legalization of Marijuana in Uruguay, which he sees as a way to decrease drug related violence. (Miguel Rojo/AFP/Getty Images)
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By MANUEL RUEDA (@ruedareport)
March 15, 2013

A Dutch NGO called the Drugs Peace Institute recently made a bold proposal to Uruguayan President José Mujica.

The organization is pushing for a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for the 76-year-old head of state, on account of his efforts to legalize marijuana in the South American country.

"We have come to Uruguay to ask for [Mujica's] permission to campaign on his behalf," said Frans Bronkhorst of the Drug Peace Institute.

"We believe that he has made a proposal…that aims to end this [global] drug war, which has done nothing but serve the interests of obscure parties," Bronkhorst told Uruguayan newspaper El Observador in an interview published on March 13th.

In mid 2012, Mujica promoted a bill that would legalize the consumption of Marijuana in Uruguay, and regulate the production and sale of the plant.

The proposal, known to Uruguayans as the marijuana law, was tabled by Mujica at the end of last year after polls showed that most Uruguayans did not approve of legalizing marijuana. Regardless, Mujica continues to support the marijuana law, and it could be approved later this year if congressmen in Uruguay garner more public support for the initiative.

The Uruguayan president has not yet made any statements about the Nobel campaign proposal presented to his advisers by the Drug Peace Institute.

Bronkhorst said that his organization would gather "the voices of victims of the drug war" in its campaign to get a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for Mujica. He said organizations that campaign against prohibitionist drug policies currently lack a global symbol or a famous spokesman, and added that Mujica could fill this void. "He could be the Bob Marley of the 21st century," Bronkhorst joked with El Observador.

Every year in September, the Nobel Peace Prize committee sends out nomination ballots to some 300 academics, former prize winners and government representatives around the world.

To be nominated for the peace prize, Mujica would have to secure the support of one of the people receiving a ballot. Winning the prize is far more difficult, as Mujica would have to defeat hundreds of worthy nominees from all over the world.

Bronkhorst argued that the Uruguayan president was a strong candidate for the peace prize, not just because of his efforts to change drug policy but because of his personal background.

"He is a former [left-wing] guerrilla, who abandoned weapons, and became president through the ballot box in a democratic process," Bronkhorst said.

Mujica currently donates 90 percent of his salary to charitable causes, and leads a simple lifestyle which has earned him the nickname "the world's poorest president."

If he were to win the nobel peace prize, Mujica would become the first person to receive this honor for tackling prohibitionist drug policies.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 11:23 am
Considering the legal, moral, social implications of legalizing marijuana, I don't think this man has a chance. Obama can't get his act together to legalize it - what chance does this man have in claiming the Nobel Peace Prize.
On the other hand, didn't Obama get it?
 

Kit B. (276)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 1:49 pm

I have read Mujica's proposal and it is indeed creative and major shift. The prohibition of marijuana, in fact all drugs has led to massive International crime that has now allowed these criminals so much wealth they are considered "investors". We no one to blame but ourselves, we still have people that do not grasp the broader consequences, those far beyond whether or not a teenager might use POT.

How nice if Obama had the time and the legal ability to just "legalize" with a sweep of pen. How many battles can one man fight at one time?

 

Kit B. (276)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 1:50 pm

**We have no one to blame but ourselves,.....(correction)
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 1:53 pm
Thanks Kit for a serious analysis of this nomination, the related issues and the contrast of limits on the US POTUS in this regard. You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day
 

Carol D. (109)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 2:13 pm
Cant comment really I dont believe in legalizing marijuana seen too many people with pot schitzophrenia including my brother

Noted thanks
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 6:53 pm
You are welcome Carol. You cannot currently send a star to Carol because you have done so within the last day.
 

tiffany t. (148)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 8:08 pm
interesting thank you
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 8:09 pm
You are welcome Tiffany
 

Billie C. (2)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 10:05 pm
he can't be any less qualified than obama was.
 

Ruby A. (36)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 10:36 pm
It really smells for us who don't want to smell it...Yuck.
 

Ruby A. (36)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 10:42 pm
@Billie C, no one was talking about our President. And if you indeed want to help this country, get the Repubs out and vote for persons who can help our President, guess what he doesn't hold the purse strings talk to Boner and Cantor, and Mitch. We see you're trolling for answers, all you have to do is read and stop looking at Faux news.. educate yourself person.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 2:27 am
Noted, thanks.
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 9:31 am
Thank you Ruby for reminding people of what the topic of this thread is and thus the content their comments should address.
You are welcome Kerrie.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 12:28 pm
"He could be the Bob Marley of the 21st century," Bronkhorst joked with El Observador. ...
Mujica currently donates 90 percent of his salary to charitable causes, and leads a simple lifestyle which has earned him the nickname "the world's poorest president."

Ok, I for one wish him SUCCESS an do hope there will be more support from worldwide voices! Looks like this leader deserves a win and the prize! Thx JL !
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 1:45 pm
You are welcome Angelika and thank you for emphasizing what most consider especially noteworthy about his example. You cannot currently send a star to Angelika because you have done so within the last day.
 

Billie C. (2)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 8:47 pm
ruby a you can't tell me obama won that peace prize. he did nothing to get it and still hasn't. he's not a man of peace. obama should be up for the poorest president that he can win hands down.
 

Billie C. (2)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 8:47 pm
btw i don't watch fox news i watch local news for the weather. if i decide i want to watch cable news i watch cnn.
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 8:51 pm
The topic of this thread is not Obama but the Uraguyan President and efforts to nominate him for the Nobel; off topic comments, like the two above, will not receive responses since they represent possible hijacking of thread effort, which violates the code of conduct.
 

Helen Porter (40)
Monday March 25, 2013, 1:28 am
Hummm I just don't know.
 

Homer E. (309)
Friday May 17, 2013, 12:23 pm
worthy story ... thanks for reporting on it... didn't see it before now... but thank you. peace is a good cause.
 
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