Corbyn receives international peace prize in Geneva

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As Theresa May scrambled frantically to present her Ireland ‘deal‘ as anything less than the utter capitulation it was, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn gave a landmark, statesmanlike speech in Geneva on the great challenges facing us.

What few may know – because the ‘MSM’ have been largely silent on it – is that Corbyn was also in Geneva to receive the international MacBride Peace Prize in recognition of his decades of commitment and service to peace.

The award is presented jointly by the International Peace Bureau (IPB) and the World Democratic Forum. The reasons for the award are described on the event’s website:

Jeremy Corbyn is awarded – for his sustained and powerful political work for disarmament and peace. As an active member, vice-chair and now vice-president of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the UK he has for many years worked to further the political message of nuclear disarmament.

As the past chair of the Stop the War Campaign in the UK he has worked for peace and alternatives to war.  He has ceaselessly stood by the principles, which he has held for so long, to ensure true security and well-being for all – for his constituents, for the citizens of the UK and for the people of the world.

Congratulations Jeremy Corbyn. The Labour leader has frequently been on the right side of history in his political stands, in spite of constant Establishment criticism, and has received a little of the recognition due.

Let’s hope it’s not long before similar recognition at the ballot box sweeps him and his transformed Labour Party into Downing Street.

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  1. Reblogged this on The Night Owl and commented:
    This is all the more reason for wanting – needing – Jeremy Corbyn as our next Prime Minister!

    Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a man lead our country, who is genuine in his efforts at peace talks, instead of the succession of war-mongers we’ve had to endure over the last 4 decades?

  2. Congratulations Mr Corbyn.

    The argument against nuclear weapons is of course largely a moral argument. However, there is a critical economic aspect to the argument as well.

    Nuclear war is no longer a regional or even an intercontinental matter.

    As a result of the economic interdependency of states that has resulted from globalisation, any state which discharged nuclear missiles would set in motion an economic chain reaction that would cause the entire global economy to fall.

    Therefore there is no scenario in which nuclear missiles will ever be deployed.

    Any country which possesses these devices is doing so for no purpose whatsoever, other than for the financial benefit of the companies that supply them.

    Globalisation has rendered nuclear weapons obsolete.

    1. “Therefore there is no scenario in which nuclear missiles will ever be deployed.”
      What about a scenario including ego-driven idiots insulting each other on Twitter?

  3. Congratulations to Jeremy Corbyn. This world certainly needs all the peace-makers we can find.

  4. If the world was run by men and women of peace – instead of the psychopaths that always have – our reality would be transformed.

    Congratulations Jeremy, it is well deserved.

  5. A point of consideration: Recently, the winner of the MacBride Prize in 2016 (Colin Archer) was rewarded as little more than a thank-you by the organisers. Two years earlier, the winner (the Marshall Islands) was bestowed the Prize for filing lawsuits against nuclear states which have since been dismissed, both by the ICJ (against India, Pakistan and the UK) and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (against the USA). The other five states simply wafted away the case.

    The recipients of the Prize have been generally been eventually noteworthy, then-active campaigners, or occasionally underrated figures, but the track-record of the prize recipients as of late in doing their job – if it has anything to do with the people that award it in the first place – is becoming very shoddy. Whether Corbyn joins this unenviable list will depend on whether he enters 10 Downing Street in the next few years.

  6. Well done to JC. Here we have a man who has remained faithfull to his beliefs for decades, in spite of constant attacks from those with less integrity. It is pleasing to have his fortitude recognised and rewarded with this prize.

  7. Interesting that the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to ICAN (International campaign to abolish nuclear weapons) this year and UK, US and French ambassadors will not be attending the ceremony.
    This government shaming UK citizens yet again on the international stage.
    Prof. R, D, Wolff’s take on the matter @ 19.07 – 23.42 approx.

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