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Highlights of Major Media Coverage of The Carter Center 2011

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011
A Conversation With Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter About Stigma, Discrimination, and Brain Disorders
Huffington Post
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has been an unrelenting crusader for people suffering from mental illness (which I refer to here as brain disorders). For more than 40 years she's been working on promoting awareness of the issues, public policy, making health care insurance coverage for these brain disorders comparable to traditional health care coverage, and reducing stigma and discrimination against the people who suffer from these brain conditions.

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Friday, Dec. 16, 2011
Congo Supreme Court Upholds President's Victory
Associated Press
Congo's supreme court on Friday upheld President Joseph Kabila's victory following a contested election, raising fears of more violence in sub-Saharan Africa's largest nation because the main opposition candidate already has rejected the results showing he placed second.

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Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011
Fixing Ailing System Achievable
Atlanta Journal Constitution
I became involved in mental health issues in 1966, campaigning for my husband for governor. A newspaper exposé had revealed terrible conditions in our large mental hospital, Central State in Milledgeville, and families of the patients there were frustrated and almost beyond hope that anything could be done to help their loved ones.

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Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011
Carter Recalls His Lifelong Fascination With China
China Daily
Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter shares his good memories about China and views on Sino-U.S. relations during an exclusive interview with China Daily at a hotel in Beijing on Dec. 14, 2011. Carter has been in China for the past week to mark the 40th anniversary of Ping-Pong Diplomacy.

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Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011
Observers: Congo Election Lacks Credibility
Associated Press
The results from Congo's election which handed victory to the country's president of 10 years lack credibility, said one of the major observation missions.

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Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011
DRC Vote Lacks Integrity - Interview with the Carter Center's David Pottie
CNN.com
David Pottie, of the Carter Center, discusses the disputed results of elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011
Observers Question Integrity of DRC Vote
Voice of America
Electoral observers from the U.S.-based Carter Center say presidential results in the Democratic Republic of Congo were "mismanaged," compromising the integrity of a vote that gave President Joseph Kabila another five years in power. The leading opposition candidate is rejecting the poll.

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Thursday, Nov. 1, 2011
DR Congo Mining Transparency Site Launched
BBC
The Carter Center said it helped launch congomines.org to give people more information about the mining sector, including contracts and payments.

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Monday, Oct. 24, 2011
Slide Show: Historic Elections Mark Tunisia's 'New Beginning'
PBS NewsHour
Tunisia, the country that ushered in the Arab Spring, was the first in the region to hold unfettered elections on Sunday. Voters, spurred on by thoughts of a "new beginning," waited in line for hours in some spots to participate in the historic day, election observers said.

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Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011
Jimmy Carter in Conversation with Jon Snow – IQ2 Talks
Intelligence²
In this special Intelligence² interview—with Jon Snow from Channel 4 News—at the Royal Festival Hall, President Carter talks about his career as president and the past three decades as a senior statesman and ambassador for The Carter Center.

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Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011
Treating the Psychological Scars of Liberia's Conflict
PBS NewsHour
After a brutal civil war, an estimated 40 percent of Liberians suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, but mental health is just now becoming a priority in the West African nation.

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Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011
War-Torn Liberia Struggles to Care for Mentally Ill
PBS NewsHour
After decades of civil war, Liberia struggles to provide mental health care for its citizens. In partnership with the Bureau for International Reporting, special correspondent Kira Kay reports.

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Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011
Fresh Push to Rid the World of Guinea Worm by 2015
BBC
The U.K. government is backing a new campaign to try to rid the world of Guinea worm by 2015.

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Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011
Jimmy Carter Spearheads Final Drive to Eradicate Guinea Worm Disease
The Guardian
The world is tantalisingly close to eradicating Guinea worm disease, which would make it only the second disease of humans to be wiped from the planet, according to former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

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Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011
UK Helps Fund Drive to Wipe Out Parasitic Disease
Reuters
Britain said it was ready to give 20 million pounds over four years to support a global campaign to combat Guinea worm, but wants other donors to come forward with additional funding.

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Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011
Jimmy Carter: 'No Downside' to Palestine Statehood
NPR
Former President Jimmy Carter urges the United States to not veto the Security Council vote for Palestinian statehood anticipated to take place next week.

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Friday, Sept. 16, 2011
Jimmy Carter's View of Palestinian State
CNN
CNN's Jim Clancy talks with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter about the Palestinian statehood bid.

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Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011
President Carter Interview
The Rachel Maddow Show
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Rachel Maddow interviews former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the direction of Middle East peace, President Obama, religion, President Reagan, and more.

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Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011
The Real Work of Election Monitors
foreignaffairs.com. 
Professors Susan Hyde and Judith G. Kelley ("
Limits of Election Monitoring") are correct in saying election monitoring has become "almost universally accepted in media and policy circles," but are wrong to imply that monitors are unaware "of the power and limits of observation." Rather, it is Hyde and Kelley who may be guilty of exaggerating them both.

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Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011
Jimmy Carter: 'We Never Dropped a Bomb. We Never Fired a Bullet. We Never Went to War'
The Guardian
He may live a modest life in a one-horse town, but Jimmy Carter, now 86, retains his global vision. And 30 years after leaving the White House, the peanut farmer turned president is still a man on mission. In Plains, Georgia, we found the 39th US president full of energy… and determined to make a difference.

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Friday, Sept. 9, 2011
Liberia: Carter Center - Local Graduates 21 Mental Health Workers
AllAfrica
The Carter Center-Liberia in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Warfare (MOHSW) has graduated the first batch 21 Metal Health workers in the country.

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Wednesday, Aug.17, 2011
Liberia Marks Milestone In Mental Illness Fight
NPR
In this African country, locals are still trying to heal from years of civil war, while the only psychiatric hospital has 36 beds and one practicing doctor. And yet, Liberia's first ever class of mental health clinicians graduated last week with help from the U.S.-based Carter Center. A Liberia mental health expert speaks with guest host Tony Cox.

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Wednesday, Aug. 03, 2011
Ghana Joins 14 Other African Nations in Eradicating Guinea Worm
Voice of America
Ghana has joined 14 other African countries in eradicating Guinea worm disease. The announcement from the Carter Center in Atlanta says the disease cycle has been broken after a 23-year nationwide battle.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011
Ghana Eradicates Guinea Worm After 23-Year Fight
Associated Press release, carried by more than 60 media outlets.
Jimmy Carter watched in horror as the inches-(centimeters-) long worm emerged from the breast of a woman in remote northern Ghana. That was in the 1980s. The former U.S. president dedicated himself to eradicating the sickness and estimated it would take 10 years.

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Monday, July 18, 2011
Epidemiology: In Losing Its Southern States to Secession, Sudan Also Sheds Its Guinea Worm Cases
The New York Times
As of July 15, one more country was declared free of the guinea worm: Sudan. But it was a hollow victory. That was the date Sudan split in two and South Sudan became the world's newest country — and all the known Sudanese cases are in the south.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011
Helping a Starving Family in Niger
New York Times
Sometimes the story becomes more than a story.

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Friday, June 10, 2011
Farewell to Guinea Worm
National Geographic
It's not every day that a disease disappears, but Guinea worm disease may be next, after smallpox.  Thanks to international efforts led by The Carter Center, just 1,797 cases were reported worldwide last year, most in what is now South Sudan.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Antiobiotics Reduce Child Mortality Rate
CNN
New studies suggest antibiotics used to treat an eye disease can save children's lives in Ethiopia.
The video highlights Ethiopia's and the Center's trachoma effort and experts in Ethiopia.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Meeting Mental Health Needs in Liberia
InternalMedicineNews.com
Most of the way through a doctorate in medical anthropology, Dr. Brandon Kohrt felt a void: "I was doing research on cross-cultural mental health, and I realized that just doing research – especially in areas where there are no services – wasn't enough."

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Global Partners Take Two Steps Closer to Eradication of Guinea Worm Disease
Journal of the American Medical Association
A 25-year-old campaign to rid the world of Guinea worm disease has written 2 more success stories. The Atlanta-based Carter Center announced recently that eradication efforts have halted transmission of the parasitic disease, also known as dracunculiasis, in Nigeria and Niger.

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Monday, April 18, 2011
Carter Center in Final Push to Eradicate Guinea Worm Disease
Voice of America
As Southern Sudan prepares to emerge on the world stage as the newest nation on the planet, health workers combating Guinea Worm disease are hoping the country's independence will energize the campaign against the parasite.

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Thursday, April 7, 2011
Carter:  Religious Leaders Discriminate Against Women
Associated Press
Former President Jimmy Carter says much of the discrimination and abuse suffered by women around the world is attributable to a belief "that women are inferior in the eyes of God."

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Thursday, April 7, 2011
Jimmy Carter on Women's Rights, Ivory Coast
CNN
Jimmy Carter discusses the unrest in Ivory Coast and the impact of the Arab Spring on women's rights.

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View part two of interview conducted with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter >

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Former U.S. President Says Women 'Pivotal' in Uprisings
Voice of America
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says women have played a pivotal role in the uprisings in the Middle East, including Tunisia and Egypt, as well as the ongoing revolution in Libya that demanded change for democracy and equal rights.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Carter Urges U.S., Cuba to Do More For Better Ties
Reuters
The United States should end its trade embargo on Cuba to mend ties, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said on Wednesday, but he also urged Havana to do more, such as freeing jailed U.S. aid contractor Alan Gross.

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Monday, Feb. 28, 2011
Pewee Flomoku saw Liberia's Child Soldiers Through a Camera Lens. Now He Promotes Peace
The Christian Science Monitor
Photojournalist Pewee Flomoku captured images of child soldiers and the other horrors of war in Liberia. Now he's working on free and fair elections.

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Saturday, Feb. 23, 2011
Guinea Worm:  Parasitic Infection Nears Extinction
PBS Newshour
Officials at the Atlanta-based Carter Center said this week that the effort to eradicate the Guinea Worm parasite -- a scourge that dates back to Biblical times -- is now 99 percent complete.

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Friday, Feb. 18, 2011
Nigeria Halts Transmission of Guinea Worm
Reuters Africa
Nigeria has halted transmission of Guinea worm disease, bringing closer the moment when a disease is eradicated from the planet for just the second time in history, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said on Thursday.

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Monday, Feb. 7, 2011
The Objective Here Is Zero Cases Worldwide
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Guinea worm disease, a parasitic illness contracted by the poorest Africans who drink contaminated water, has been called the "forgotten disease of forgotten people."

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Jan. – Mar. 2011
Turning the Corner (PDF)
BBC Focus on Africa Magazine
Once a scourge of many parts of Africa, guinea worm is on the verge of eradication. Joseph Warungu speaks to former United States President jimmy Carter about his foundation's fight to beat the disease.

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Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011
Southern Sudan's Votes Could Kill an Ancient Disease
Newscientist.com
"There is huge excitement and euphoria here," says Makoy Samuel Yibi, phoning from Juba in Southern Sudan. There, this week's referendum vote looks set to divide Sudan into independent north and south countries, potentially ending decades of civil war. The result is largely a foregone conclusion: independence will be announced officially in February.

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Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011
New York Times "On The Ground" Blog: President Carter, Nicholas Kristof Answer Readers' Questions About Sudan, Referendum
The New York Times
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof posts answers to readers' questions for former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

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Monday, Jan. 10, 2011
Jimmy Carter:  Where Sudan is Headed
CNN
On Sunday, the people of Southern Sudan began casting ballots in a historic seven-day referendum in which they will choose between continued unity with northern Sudan, or secession to become a new state.

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