August 27, 2010 |
Former President Carter on Friday left the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, after negotiating the release of an American who had been imprisoned since January for illegally entering the secretive country, officials said. Carter went to North Korea this week seeking the release of Boston native Aijalon Mahli Gomes, a former English teacher in South Korea who was sentenced to eight years in prison for entering the North from China in January. North Korea's state-run media reported in July that Gomes had tried to commit suicide.
April 28, 2010 |
On Monday, the results of the April 11-15 elections in Sudan were announced: The ruling party's President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir won 68% of the vote. Despite being opposed in advance and severely condemned by many critics, these elections will permit this war-torn nation to move toward a permanent peace and strengthen its quest for true democracy. Among the more than 75 challenged or troubled elections monitored by the Carter Center, the Sudanese vote was by far the most complex and difficult.
December 6, 2008 |
Health workers are on the verge of eradicating Guinea worm disease in what would be just the second time in history that a disease has been wiped from the planet, the Carter Center said Friday. Cheap interventions such as hygiene education, using larvicides to kill the worm and distributing inexpensive cloths to help filter parasites from drinking water have cut the infection rate by 99%, the center said. Fewer than 5,000 cases of Guinea worm disease, also known as dracunculiasis, remain in Mali, Niger, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan and Ethiopia, the Atlanta-based center said.
December 5, 2008 |
Former President Jimmy Carter has written a new book on the Middle East with a title he hopes will not be as controversial as the last one, which was called "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid." Carter, 84, said that "We Can Bring Peace to the Holy Land" will be published in January, just after the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. "I was going to call it 'Yes, We Can.' My wife talked me out of it," Carter joked toward the end of a panel discussion on human rights at the Carter Center in Atlanta this week.
June 24, 2007
I wasn't a regular watcher of "The Price Is Right," but I've always been an admirer of Bob Barker and probably for all the same reasons felt by so many others who bemoan his departure from the airwaves ["This Career? Priceless," by Martin Miller, June 10]. But now that the show is behind him I would like to float a serious suggestion for Mr. Barker to use his prodigious deal-making skills for the benefit of world peace. Since the current administration took power, how many deals, calling out to be made, have soured, backfired or just withered on the vine: North Korea, Russia, Iraq, Iran, Gaza and the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria.
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January 13, 2007 |
A former executive director of the Carter Center whose resignation from the institution has been a focal point of the furor over former President Jimmy Carter's new Middle East book said his decision to step down was a matter of "intellectual honesty." In his first detailed public comments since his resignation last month, Kenneth W.