Prizes: Honoring an Unpopular Cause

The Nobel peace award cheers the U.N. refugee program

When Swedish Dynamite Tycoon Alfred Nobel established a peace prize in his name 80 years ago, he specified that it be given for the "best work for fraternity between nations." In the past decade some of the Nobel choices have caused more friction than fraternity, notably the 1973 joint award to North Viet Nam's Le Due Tho and U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, for their role in ending the Viet Nam War; and the 1978 prize to Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian...

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