I read this morning that Obama was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. And I can't avoid to think this is pure nonsense: even if I have a rather positive opinion on Obama, the truth is that he has done very little to deserve such a prize, and in particular I am rather critical on his lack of activity regarding the crisis in Afghanistan.
In much the same way, the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to an almost completely unknown Romanian writer, Herta Müller, whose merits seem quite far from the world class that are supposed to be necessary to receive such award.
One wonders if the members of the Swedish Academy enabled to choose these prizes are getting overenthusiastic, or if simply political pressures are pushing them to select people without real accomplishments. Whatever the case, in my opinion the prestige of Nobel Prizes is in the way to vanish, if they continue along the same pathway.