Sunday, 11 September 2011

Jimmy Carter: A man of principle – still active, still looking for ways to serve

Filed under: Human Rights,Humanitarian work,Peaceworkers in the news,Religion and peacebuilding — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 09:34 PDT

Jimmy Carter, now aged 86, 39th president of the United States (1977-1981), is that increasingly rare phenomenon in international politics: a man of modesty and principle. Whatever his failures and successes while in office, an interview in the New Review reveals the values that have shaped his three decades of service. He is a citizen of the world, shunning the exploitation of his political career via the pursuit of celebrity, wealth, and the acquisition of all the often ridiculous paraphernalia of visible affluence.

The Carter Centre, the foundation that he and his wife, Rosalynn, set up in the 1980s, in their home town of Plains, Georgia, is the base from which the couple work to eradicate diseases such as Guinea worm and river blindness and from where they champion human rights.

This autumn, as he has done every year, Carter will be helping to build homes with volunteers, this time in Haiti. As one of Nelson Mandela’s Elders, a group of elder statesmen, he visits the most intractable trouble spots negotiating to avoid conflict and bloodshed, motivated not by commercial considerations but from a respect for human life.

Guided by a strong Baptist faith and steadied by a 65-year love affair with Rosalynn, that colleagues say is touching in its fire and constancy, the former engineer, peanut farmer and naval officer, has pioneered the model of post-presidential activism that Bill Clinton has tried to emulate.

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Jimmy Carter: ‘We never dropped a bomb. We never fired a bullet. We never went to war’

Filed under: Human Rights,Peaceworkers in the news,Religion and peacebuilding — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 09:30 PDT

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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Rwandan President Makes First Visit to France Since 1994 Genocide

Filed under: Restorative justice,Rwanda — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 07:21 PDT

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has begun a visit to France, striving to rebuild ties that were shattered by accusations related to Rwanda’s 1994 genocide.

Mr. Kagame was scheduled to meet with Rwandan expatriates, French business leaders and French President Nicolas Sarkozy during his three-day visit.

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Palestinians hold non-violent protests in four West Bank villages

Filed under: Middle East,Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 07:12 PDT

This week, non-violent weekly protests in four villages were in support of UN resolution 194 and in support of the statehood bid at the UN later this month.

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