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Jimmy Carter: I nearly punched out South African president over AIDS treatment failures

Former President Jimmy Carter said he nearly punched out South Africa’s president over his refusal to allow treatment of AIDS patients in his country. “The first time I came here to Cape Town I almost got in a fight with the president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, because he was…

WATCH LIVE: Presidents Obama, Clinton and Carter join others to commemorate ‘I Have A Dream Speech’ anniversary

President Barack Obama, former President Jimmy Carter and former President Bill Clinton will be joined by civil rights activist and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), , Caroline Kennedy, LBJ’s daughter Lynda Johnson Robb, Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker and Jamie Foxx at the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on…

Brzezinski: The GOP candidates are all ‘comics’

In his weekly appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss U.S. foreign policy, Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski took a big swing at the Republican presidential field on Tuesday morning. In almost similar fashion to host Joe Scarborough calling the candidates “idiots” the previous day, the former national security adviser to then…

US tried to stop Pakistan nuclear drive: documents

WASHINGTON — The United States waged a secret diplomatic campaign in the 1970s to prevent Pakistan from developing nuclear weapons by pressing countries to control exports, declassified documents said. In remarks with striking parallels to current US debates, officials in President Jimmy Carter’s administration voiced fear about Pakistan’s trajectory and…

President Carter urges U.S. to rethink drug war

Former President Jimmy Carter, in an editorial published by The New York Times on Thursday, urged sitting U.S. officials to rethink the drug war by decriminalizing marijuana possession and focusing on harm reduction policies over hard boiled policing. In his essay, Carter looks at the proposals by a global commission…

Jimmy Carter: My role is ‘probably superior’ to that of other presidents

Former President Jimmy Carter is in an awkward position after he told NBC’s Brian Williams that “I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents” in an interview. Carter quickly tried to clarify, saying that his work at the Carter Center and…

Observers approve South Sudan vote

JUBA, Sudan (AFP) – Foreign observer missions on Monday endorsed the credibility of south Sudan’s landmark independence vote to the delight of the region’s ruling party, although it held off on declaring victory. Poll observers from both the European Union and the six-nation east African bloc that helped broker the…

Jimmy Carter helps build DC homes after illness

Jimmy Carter helps build DC homes with Habitat, just days after illness put him in hospital Former President Jimmy Carter strapped on a tool belt Monday to help build and rehabilitate homes in Washington, just days after a viral infection landed him in a hospital. Carter and former first lady…

Jimmy Carter to spend 2nd night in Ohio hospital

Cleveland hospital says ex-President Jimmy Carter to spend 2nd night there for stomach ache Former President Jimmy Carter will spend a second night in an Ohio hospital for additional medical observation after being whisked from an airplane to an emergency room with an upset stomach. “President Carter is in very…

Praying instead of policy-making

I’m particularly happy with this piece I did for the Guardian. It’s a look into history if we’d tried to pray away our problems, instead of looking at more reality-based solutions. A sample: The 1979 Energy crisis. Instead of responding to the energy crisis through international political pressure and conservationist…

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