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Highlights of Major Media Coverage of The Carter Center 2013

Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013
Time to be Bold and Make Peace in Syria
The Washington Post
On Nov. 26, the U.N. secretary general made another
call for a Geneva peace conference on Syria, to be held
Jan. 22. These calls have been issued since June 2011, but no belligerents have shown up because each has been allowed to define the preconditions for negotiations.

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Thursday, Dec 19, 2013
Madagascar Elections
Al Jazeera
Reporting from Antananarivo, Al Jazeera's Tania Page speaks to John Stremlau an election observer from the Carter institute on the importance of the ongoing elections on Madagascans.

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Friday, Dec. 13, 2013
Pro-Regime Militias May Outlast Assad, Threaten Future State: Report
The Daily Star (Lebanon)
The strength and reach of pro-government paramilitary groups in Syria is growing and could threaten any future state, according to a report released this week by a U.S. conflict resolution advocacy group.

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Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013
Nepal Vote Counting Begins After High Poll Turnout (link no longer available) 
Agence France Presse
Nepalese officials began counting votes Wednesday as election observers, including former US president Jimmy Carter, hailed the poll's high turnout as key to cementing a peace process seven years after civil war ended.

 

Friday, Nov. 15, 2013
Jimmy Carter Talks About China
CNN International
Jim Clancy sits down with former American President Jimmy Carter to discuss U.S.-China relations.

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Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013
Carter Celebrated Program to End Trachoma Disease
Associated Press
Former President Jimmy Carter and officials from Pfizer Inc. celebrated the 15th anniversary of an initiative focused on eliminating an infectious eye disease known to cause blindness in people living in developing nations.

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Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013
President Carter Discusses Carter Center Health Programs
ABC's "Good Morning America"
Former president's passion project, The Carter Center, helps get medicine to remote locations.

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Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013
Jimmy Carter Works for Global End to Blindness Caused by Houseflies
Reuters
As Jimmy Carter approaches 90, he is reaching for victory in a 15-year war against an infection spread by houseflies that blinds millions in developing countries and posed a threat to his own family and neighbors as a child on a Georgia farm.

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Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013
An Intimate Chat With Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter
Parade Magazine
Nearly 33 years after leaving the White House, the former president and first lady reflect on the work they are most proud of, how Washington politics have changed, and the secret to their 67-year marriage.

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Friday, Oct. 18, 2013
Eliminating River Blindness in Uganda
Al Jazeera
Due to a nationwide elimination strategy, interruption of transmission has been seen in some originally endemic areas.

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Monday, Oct. 14, 2013
Dr. Moses Katabarwa: 'A Cause to Fight For'
Al Jazeera
Dr Moses Katabarwa has dedicated himself to eradicating river blindness, playing a key role in community based initiatives in Uganda. But had the course of history been different, his career may not have been the same.

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Monday, Sept. 16, 2013
Blinding Trachoma: Why Success Depends on Risk Taking
TheGuardian.com
Blinding disease trachoma is a bacterial eye infection, once endemic to the United Kingdom, United States, and Europe, but now relegated to the poorest, most neglected communities on earth – largely in sub-Saharan Africa. Though easily preventable, trachoma can rob a victim of quality of life slowly, by painfully blinding by repeated infections over the years.

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Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013
Carter Backs Diplomacy Plan to Disarm Syria
Associated Press (Article appeared in many outlets.)
Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday he believes the best path forward in Syria is for the United States to work out a deal with Russia for Syria to give up its chemical weapons.

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Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013
TALK BUSINESS 360 Interview with President Jimmy Carter
TALK BUSINESS 360
U.S. Airways/American Airlines In-Flight "Talk Business 360" Program for Fall 2013 features interview with President Carter about The Carter Center's current work (Airing on more than 60,000 flights to over 9 million travelers).

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Friday, Aug. 9, 2013
Of Worms and Water: In The Field With The Carter Center
Huffington Post
On my first trip to Africa, I stepped off the plane in Kampala and I noticed the smell. It was woody, pungent and deeply foreign to me. I had two camera bodies, four lenses, a polarizer, eight memory cards; I was ready to see Africa, but the smell was unexpected, a blanket of otherness that me made me feel instantly alone, far from home, foolish.

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Friday, June 28, 2013
President Carter Discusses Human Rights Defenders Forum
CNN Newsroom
President Carter and human rights activist Zainah Anwar talk with CNN about the Carter Center's Human Rights Defenders Conference on women's rights.

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Friday, June 28, 2013
Jimmy Carter: Women's Plight Perpetuated By World Religions (link no longer available) 
Associated Press
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says religious leaders, including those in Christianity and Islam, share the blame for mistreatment of women across the world.

 

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Says Some Religions Sexist
Reuters
This week at the Carter Centre in Atlanta, Carter will open a conference called Mobilizing Faith for Women to encourage religious leaders to advance equal rights. The conference will include discussion of sex trafficking and war's impact on women.

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Thurdsay, June 27, 2013
Women, Faith, Rights Forum Set: Carter Center Will Discuss Faith Community's Role
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Carter Center and the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights will tackle the role that the faith community plays in furthering the rights of women around the globe.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013
Jimmy Carter: A Sunday Interview
TIME
In a wide-ranging interview, the former president calls on Catholics to accept female priests, America to denounce the death penalty and Obama to stay out of the Syrian war.

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Friday, May 31, 2013
State's Reputation For Openness Must Be Sore Spot
Hartford Courant
Some Connecticut leaders must be ashamed. That can be the only reason they continue to conspire to diminish the state's worldwide reputation as a leader in freedom of information laws. Year after year, friends of liberty look to Connecticut for instruction on how to build a system of access to government where none exists.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013
CDC: Mental Disorders Rising in Children
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Millions of American children suffer from depression, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders and an array of other mental health issues, and the prevalence of such conditions is rising, a new study shows.

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Monday, May 6, 2013
Jimmy Carter, Now 88, on Aging and Health
Washington Post
What's life like for an ex-president? Pretty busy, if you're Jimmy Carter. Sporting a pair of artificial knees, Carter, 88, logs many thousands of miles each year, monitoring elections (Egypt and Libya), mediating conflicts (Sudan and Congo), building houses (Haiti).

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Wednesday, May 2, 2013
How to Keep the Spotlight on Neglected Tropical Diseases
The Guardian
Can we build the commitment and consensus necessary to eliminate NTDs by 2020?

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Another Scourge in His Sights
The New York Times
In his home office, Dr. Donald R. Hopkins has statues of the Hindu smallpox goddess and the Yoruba smallpox god. And, floating coiled up in a glass jar, something that looks like a yardlong strand of capellini but is actually one of the last Guinea worms on earth.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Preventing Blindness
Huffington Post Live Blog
It's the world's leading cause of preventable blindness. It's spreads easily from person to person, and of the 320 million at risk, most are children. Dr. Paul Emerson is going to great lengths to fight it.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
President Carter on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
President Carter appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and explained how The Carter Center has nearly eradicated Guinea worm disease. President Carter also discussed latrine building in Ethiopia to prevent trachoma and answered a few questions about the news of the day.

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Friday, April 5, 2013
New Strategy Aims to Eradicate Elephantiasis
Voice of America
The tropical disease known as lymphatic filariasis, or elephantiasis, affects 120 million people worldwide.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Carter Center Slates Kenya Vote on Technical Failures; U.S. Ambassador to Attend Swearing-in
Associated Press
(Also ran in Washington Post and
other outlets.)

An American election observer group led by former President Jimmy Carter said Thursday that Kenya's March 4 presidential election suffered serious technological shortcomings and that election officials at times prevented observers from carrying out their mission, but it said the election's paper trail preserved the will of Kenyan voters.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Carter Center China Expert on New China Leadership
CNN
Yawei Liu of the Carter China Center discusses what to expect from Xi Jinping on foreign policy.

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Monday, March 4, 2013
Kenyans 'Determined' to Move Beyond 2007 Election Violence
PBS Newshour
Millions of Kenyans voted in general elections Monday, and though there were some incidents of violence, the worst many experienced were lengthy lines and long wait times, international election monitors reported.

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Monday, March 4, 2013
Kenyan Election Marked by Record Turnout, Limited Violence
NPR "All Things Considered"
In the east African nation of Kenya, voters cast ballots for their next president from a field featuring the sons of the nation's first leaders. One of them has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for alleged human rights abuses related to elections five years ago when more than 1,200 people died in ethnic violence.

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Monday, March 4, 2013
Rupiah Banda: Kenya Elections 'Went Well'
BBC
Millions of Kenyans have been voting in crucial elections.

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Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013
More Than 150 Items Up for Auction as Part of Carter Center's Annual Winter Weekend Event
CNN and CNN.com
President Carter shares his views on domestic and international affairs on Piers Morgan Tonight on CNN and CNN.com from the Carter Center's Winter Weekend fundraiser in San Diego, Calif.

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Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013
When Species Extinction is a Good Thing
Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal reports on the campaigns to eradicate Guinea worm disease and polio. Print edition requires subscription.

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Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013
With River Blindness, 'You Never Sleep'
CNN.com
The machete blades turned red with heat in the fire that the rubber workers built on a Liberia plantation, Thomas Unnasch remembers from a visit in the 1980s.

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Thurdsay, Jan. 24, 2013
The Guinea Worm: A Fond Obituary
National Geographic's "The Loom" Blog
In 1996, while I was traveling in South Sudan, I visited a small hospital in Tambura. People there were sick in all sorts of ways–with malaria, sleeping sickness, and other illnesses–but one group of patients left an impression on me that I'll never get rid of. They all stayed in a single, small narrow building. They lay on two rows of clean, thin mats on the floor. They were all clothed and were supremely bored. The men kept one pant leg rolled up to the knee. Exactly what sort of disease a sick person has can be mysterious–Is it stomach cancer? Is it HIV? It is mumps?–but there was no confusion in this room. All the patients had a short stick attached to their legs, seemingly tied by a string. That string was, in fact, an animal.

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Saturday, Jan.19, 2013
Inching Closer to the Demise of a Stubborn Parasitic Worm
NPR's "Shots" Blog
What's the big fuss about Guinea worm, a parasite that now infects just a few hundred people? Well, the public health community finally has the nasty bug's back against the wall.

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Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013
Jimmy Carter: Guinea Worm Cases Decreasing
Associated Press (Picked up by more than 4,000 additional outlets)
Guinea worm disease cases were cut to less than 600 in 2012, marking significant progress in eradicating the parasitic infection, former President Jimmy Carter said Thursday.

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Friday, Jan. 11, 2013
Jimmy Carter to Assess Colombia Peace Talks
Colombia Reports
The United States former president Jimmy Carter will travel to Bogota Saturday to assess the ongoing peace talks between Colombia's government and its largest leftist guerrilla group, the FARC.

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