Putin Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Now Putin and Obama have something in common! Russian President Vladmir Putin has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize because he “actively promotes settlement of all conflicts arising on the planet” (read: tried to prevent a U.S. airstrike on Syria), according to an activist group called the International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples of the World, which put Putin’s name forward. Of course, the organization's letter of recommendation neglected to mention any of the Putin administration’s past violence toward Chechen separatists, the war in Georgia, Putin’s past in the KGB, the supplying of weapons to Iran, or the president’s anti-gay stance. This year’s winner will be announced October 11.