Jimmy Carter

Bennett to Tea Party: Don't become Carter

Bennett to Tea Party: Don't become CarterAccording to reports, Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, took aim at the Tea Party's "gloom talk," likening it to that of former President Jimmy Carter.

In an op-ed in The Washington Post Sunday, Bennett not only hung the Carter insult on the party that defeated him but also said the Tea Party falls well short of the principles, ideals and optimism of one of its heroes, Carter's successor, former President Ronald Reagan.


Carter backtracks on Obama critics racist claim

Carter backtracks on Obama critics racist claimWashington, Oct. 2 : Former US President Jimmy Carter has backtracked on a claim in which he said that an "overwhelming portion" of criticism towards President Obama is based on race.

Carter told CNN in an interview that he was only talking about a "fringe element" when he made the controversial remarks two weeks ago. He stood by his original remarks, but argued that they were misinterpreted.


Jimmy Carter behind all present-day terror ills, says Empress Farah of Iran!

Jimmy Carter behind all present-day terror ills, says Empress Farah of Iran!New York, September 23 : Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran says that neither there would have been any problems in Afghanistan nor an Iran-Iraq war, had then U. S. President Jimmy Carter not overthrown her late husband Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in 1979.

"Iraq would never have dared to even send a plane over our country. The Gulf War wouldn''''t have happened, nor would any of the problems of the past 30 years, including the exporting of religious fanaticism," the New York Post quoted her as having told Avenue magazine.


Carter says Republican lawmaker''s outburst against Obama was racist in tone

Carter says Republican lawmaker''s outburst against Obama was racist in toneWashington, Sep. 16 : Former US President Jimmy Carter has said Republican representative Joe Wilson''s outburst to President Barack Obama during a speech to Congress last week was an act "based on racism" and rooted in fears of a black president.

"I think it''s based on racism," the Daily Express quoted Carter, as saying.

"There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president," he added.


Carter arrives in Gaza for talks with Hamas leaders

Carter arrives in Gaza for talks with Hamas leadersGaza City - Former US president Jimmy Carter arrived in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday for rare talks with leaders of the otherwise internationally shunned radical Islamist movement.

Entering through the Israeli-controlled Erez crossing, north of Gaza City, Carter's convoy immediately proceeded to north-east Gaza to inspect the damage caused to houses and industrial zones during Israel's three-week military offensive of last winter.


Carter meets family of Israeli soldier held captive in Gaza

Carter meets family of Israeli soldier held captive in GazaJerusalem  - Former US president Jimmy Carter met Friday in Jerusalem with the father of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held captive in Gaza for the past four years.

Noam Shalit handed Carter a letter addressed to his son and asked him to use his contacts with Hamas, the radical Islamist movement ruling Gaza and holding Shalit, to try and pass it on to him.

He told reporters after the meeting, which lasted nearly 45 minutes, he hoped Carter would be able to use his "connections" with Hamas to help.


Carter, in Damascus, hopes for Israeli-Arab peace by 2012

Carter, in Damascus, hopes for Israeli-Arab peace by 2012 Damascus  - Former US President Jimmy Carter said Thursday that he hoped that Syria and the Palestinians could make peace with Israel by 2012, after a meeting with Syrian President Basha al-Assad in Damascus.

Carter, who has talks with Hamas scheduled for later Thursday, is officially in the region as a private citizen, according to US diplomatic sources.

However, it is believed to be his third trip to Syria in little over a year.


N. Korea can be made to give up its nuke weapons in half-a-day: Carter

Former US President Jimmy CarterNew York, Jan. 27 : Former US President Jimmy Carter has said that North Korea can be talked into surrendering its nukes in "half a day."

Carter was quoted by Fox News as saying during an Associated Press interview on Monday that he believed North Korea would be willing to give up its nuclear weapons for U. S. diplomatic recognition, a peace deal with South Korea and America, and if it got new atomic power reactors and free fuel oil.

"It could be worked out, in my opinion, in half a day," Carter said.


Carter considers sending observers to 2009 Lebanon elections

Beirut, LebanonBeirut - Visiting former US President Jimmy Carter said Thursday during his meeting with Lebanese parliamentarians and politicians that he would study the possibility of sending a Carter Centre representative to monitor the 2009 elections if Lebanese authorities agreed.

"The inspectors would not intervene in the electoral process, but would try to implement the electoral law," Carter told Lebanese MPs at the parliament house in downtown Beirut.


Former US president Carter arrives in Beirut

Beirut  - Former US president Jimmy Carter arrived in Beirut Tuesday on a two-day official visit to discuss the process of the upcoming Lebanese parliamentary elections and the prospects for peace in the Middle East region, a Lebanese government source said.

The Carter Centre said Friday that Carter would lead a pre- electoral assessment mission in Lebanon. The centre is considering observing parliamentary elections scheduled for the spring of 2009.

Carter is due to address Lebanese students, faculty staff and invited guests at the American University of Beirut on December 12.

Carter also plans to visit Syria and meet with President Bashar al- Assad and other officials.


Jimmy Carter: Obama could change US image in "10 minutes"

Jimmy Carter: Obama could change US image in "10 minutes"Denver, Colorado - Former president Jimmy Carter said Wednesday that if Barack Obama were elected president, he could improve the US image overseas "in 10 minutes" with a strong inaugural speech, according to a broadcast interview with Voice of America.

Carter is in the Rocky Mountain state attending the Democratic presidential convention. He put in a cameo appearance along with wife Rosyln before delegates at the Pepsi Center Monday evening, but did not speak.


Jimmy Carter says Israel has 150 nuclear weapons

Jimmy CarterLondon, May 26 : Israel has 150 nuclear weapons in its arsenal, former President Jimmy Carter said yesterday, while arguing that the US should talk directly to Iran to persuade it to drop its nuclear ambitions.

His remark, made at the Hay-on-Wye festival which promotes current affairs books and literature, is startling because Israel has never admitted having nuclear weapons, let alone how many, although the world assumes their existence, reports The Telegraph.


Former US President Jimmy Carter "ready to mediate on Niger Delta"

Jimmy CarterAbuja - The militant Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta said Tuesday that former US President Jimmy Carter had indicated willingness to mediate in the region's crisis.

It said it received the confirmation Tuesday from The Carter Center through its Vice-President, John Stremlau.

The crisis in the Niger Delta, where militant groups have been kidnapping expatriate oil workers and destroying oil production facilities, has led to the production loss of more than one million barrels of crude oil daily from the 2.1 million barrels that Nigeria had been producing.


Hamas leaders to meet Jimmy Carter in Cairo

US president Jimmy CarterGaza City  - Representatives from Hamas movement left for Cairo Wednesday to meet with former US president Jimmy Carter, a spokesman for the Islamist movement in the Gaza Strip said.

Sami Abu Zuhri said Hamas officials Mahmoud al-Zahar and Said Siam crossed into Egypt through the Rafah border passage.

Carter, on a Middle East tour, said he was refused permission to enter the Hamas-run Gaza Strip while in Israel.

Israel controls the crossings into the strip from its own territory.


Election will end conflict, establish republic: Carter

Jimmy CarterKathmandu, Apr 9 : Former US President Jimmy Carter said today that the April 10 Constituent Assembly election would end the armed conflict and establish a new republic in Nepal.

"I see this election is going to end an armed conflict, and form a new republic with an end to the dominating royalty," Kantipur quoted Carter as saying.

"We are very excited about the prospects of this country finding peace and also finding democracy based on republic. It is a very wonderful achievement," he added.


Former US President Jimmy Carter to arrive in Nepal on April 7

Former US President Jimmy CarterKathmandu, Apr 2: Former US President Jimmy Carter is scheduled to arrive in Nepal on April 7 to observe the April 10 polls for Constituent Assembly.

According to a Carter Center press statement, Carter will lead a team of more than 60 international observers representing more than 20 countries. His wife Rosalynn will accompany him.

"Dr. Surakiart Sathirathai, former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, will co-lead the delegation with the Carters," ekantipur. com quoted the press release as saying.


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