This year’s candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize included Pope Francis, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel (presumably for her work in flooding the country with refugees and terrorists), Edward Snowden, and believe it or not John Kerry who was nominated in partnership with Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif! Evidently someone thought Kerry and Zarif’s work on the horrendously crappy Iran deal was worth a Nobel Prize nomination. However, those who bet on the favorites listed above were doomed to disappointment.
This morning, the Nobel Committee announced their choice for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize, and it was awarded to a group few have heard of:
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 is to be awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011. The Quartet was formed in the summer of 2013 when the democratization process was in danger of collapsing as a result of political assassinations and widespread social unrest. It established an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when the country was on the brink of civil war. It was thus instrumental in enabling Tunisia, in the space of a few years, to establish a constitutional system of government guaranteeing fundamental rights for the entire population, irrespective of gender, political conviction or religious belief.
Who? This is a choice that has literally confounded everyone. Seriously, every newsroom around the world is now frantically Googling for information concerning this quartet. Who are they and what is it that they have done that led them to this prestigious award?
— Wajd Bouabdallah (@tounsiahourra) October 9, 2015