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Jimmy Carter, 39th US President, Enters Hospice Care At Home



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ATLANTA, Ga. — Former President Jimmy Carter, the longest-living American president at 98 years old, has entered home hospice care in Plains, Georgia, according to a statement from The Carter Center on Saturday.

Carter “decided to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care instead of additional medical intervention” after a series of short hospital stays, according to the statement.

The 39th president has the full support of his medical team and family, who “ask for privacy at this time and are grateful for the concern shown by his many admirers,” according to the statement.

Jimmy Carter was a little-known Georgia governor when he launched his presidential campaign ahead of the 1976 election. He went on to defeat then-President Gerald R. Ford, capitalizing on his status as a Washington outsider in the aftermath of the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal, which forced Richard Nixon out of office in 1974.

Jimmy Carter served a single turbulent term before being defeated by Republican Ronald Reagan in 1980, paving the way for his decades of global advocacy for democracy, public health, and human rights through The Carter Center.

The Center was founded in 1982 by the former president and his wife, Rosalynn, 95. In 2002, his work there earned him the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Jimmy Carter, Who Spent Most Of His Life In the Plains

Jason Carter, the couple’s grandson who now chairs The Carter Center’s governing board, tweeted on Saturday that he “saw both of my grandparents yesterday. They are at peace, and their home is full of love, as always.”

Jimmy Carter, who spent most of his life in the Plains, traveled extensively into his 80s and early 90s, including annual trips to Habitat for Humanity and frequent trips abroad as part of the Carter Center’s election monitoring and efforts to eradicate the Guinea worm parasite in developing countries. However, the former president’s health has deteriorated in his tenth decade, particularly as the coronavirus pandemic has limited his public appearances, including at his beloved Maranatha Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School lessons for decades to standing-room-only crowds.

Former President Jimmy Carter is receiving hospice care at the Carter Center.

Carter had a small cancerous mass removed from his liver in August 2015. Carter said the next year that he didn’t need any more treatment because an experimental drug had taken care of all the cancer.

Carter’s most recent birthday was celebrated in October with family and friends in Plains, the small town where he and Rosalynn were born between World War I and the Great Depression.

Last year, the Carter Center celebrated 40 years of promoting its human rights agenda.

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Jimmy Carter Was Born In Rural South Georgia

Since 1989, the Center has been a leader in the field of election observation. At least 113 elections in Africa, Latin America, and Asia have been watched by the Center. The organization recently said that there were only 14 cases of Guinea worm disease in humans in all of 2021. This is the result of years of public health campaigns in Africa to make it easier for people to get clean drinking water.

This is a dramatic reduction from when The Carter Center took the lead on global eradication efforts in 1986 when the parasitic disease infected 3.5 million people. Carter once stated that he hoped to outlive the last Guinea worm parasite.

Carter was born in rural south Georgia on October 1, 1924, to a prominent family. During WWII, he attended the United States Naval Academy and served as a Cold War Naval officer before returning to Plains, Georgia, with Rosalynn and their young family to take over the peanut business after Earl Carter’s death in the 1950s.

The younger Carter, a moderate Democrat, rose quickly from the local school board to the state Senate and then to the governorship of Georgia. He launched his presidential campaign as an underdog with a broad smile, outspoken Baptist beliefs, and policy proposals that reflected his engineering education. He was popular among many Americans because he promised not to deceive the American people following Nixon’s disgrace and defeat in Southeast Asia.

“Don’t vote for me if I lie or make a false statement. “I would not deserve to be your president,” Carter frequently said during his campaign.

Jimmy Carter, who came of age politically during the civil rights movement, was the last Democratic presidential nominee to sweep the Deep South before Reagan and the Republicans swept the region in subsequent elections.

He governed amid Cold War tensions, volatile oil markets, social unrest over racism, women’s rights, and America’s global role.

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At 100 Years Old, The Man Is Still An Active Volunteer

Jimmy Carter’s foreign policy triumphs included keeping Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin at the negotiating table for 13 days in 1978. That Camp David experience inspired the post-presidential Center where Carter would leave his imprint. Domestically, Jimmy Carter deregulated the airline, railroad, and trucking industries and established the departments of Education and Energy and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He established national parks and wildlife refuges on millions of acres in Alaska. He appointed a record number of women and non-whites to federal positions. He never received a Supreme Court nomination, but he did appoint civil rights lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the nation’s ≥second-highest court, putting her in line for a promotion in 1993.

Jimmy Carter also expanded on Nixon’s opening to China, and while tolerating autocrats in Asia, he pushed Latin America away from dictatorships and toward democracy.

Despite this, Jimmy Carter’s electoral coalition splintered due to double-digit inflation, gasoline lines, and Iran’s 444-day hostage crisis. In April 1980, eight Americans were killed in a failed hostage rescue, contributing to his landslide defeat.

Jimmy Carter largely disappeared from electoral politics in the years following his defeat. Democrats were wary of embracing him. Republicans used him as a punchline, portraying him as a helpless liberal. In reality, Jimmy Carter governed as a technocrat, more progressive on race and gender equality than he had campaigned, but a budget hawk who frequently irritated more liberal Democrats, including Ted Kennedy, the Massachusetts senator who ran a damaging primary campaign against the sitting president in 1980.

Carter said after he left office that he had underestimated how important it was to deal with Washington power brokers, such as the media and lobbying groups in the nation’s capital. However, he insisted that his overall strategy was sound and that he had achieved his primary goals — to “protect our nation’s security and interests peacefully” and “enhance human rights here and abroad” — despite falling dramatically short of a second term.

Years later, when he was 100 and was told he had cancer, he said he was happy with his long life.

“I’m perfectly fine with whatever happens,” he said in 2015. “I’ve had an exciting, adventurous, and rewarding life.”



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North Korea Test-Fires 2 More Missiles As US Sends Carrier



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South Korea’s SEOUL — On Monday, the nuclear-powered USS Nimitz and her battle group began operations with South Korean warships, hours after North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles in apparent protest of the allies’ growing maneuvers.

This month’s seventh missile test heightened regional tensions as the North’s weapons tests and joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea intensified in a cycle of tit-for-tat.

The launches could have been timed to coincide with the arrival of the USS Nimitz and its strike group, which included a guided missile cruiser and two destroyers and participated in air defense exercises and other maneuvers with South Korean vessels waters around Jeju Island.

South Korean navy spokesperson Jang Do Young said the drills were aimed at honing joint operational capabilities and proving the U.S. resolve to defend its ally with all available options, including nuclear, in the wake of the North’s “escalating nuclear and missile threats.”

On Tuesday, the Nimitz strike group was scheduled to arrive in Busan’s South Korean mainland port.

“The United States has deployable strategic assets at the ready every day,” said Carrier Strike Group Eleven leader Rear Adm. Christopher Sweeney. “We can and will continue to deploy those assets.”

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The two North Korean missiles were launched from a western inland area

The two North Korean missiles were launched from a western inland area south of Pyongyang between 7:47 a.m. and 8 a.m. and traveled approximately 370 kilometers (229 miles) before falling at sea, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. The missiles, which landed beyond Japan’s exclusive economic zone, traveled on an erratic trajectory and reached a maximum altitude of 50 kilometers, according to Japan’s military. (31 miles).

Previously, Japan used similar wording to describe a North Korean solid-fuel missile that appears to be modeled after Russia’s Iskander mobile ballistic weapon, which is supposed to be maneuverable in low-altitude flight to better elude South Korean missile defenses. North Korea also has another short-range system similar to the MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System used by the United States.

Hirokazu Matsuno, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary, stated that North Korea might increase its testing activity by launching additional missiles or conducting its first nuclear test since September 2017.

The South Korean and Japanese militaries condemned the new launches as a severe provocation endangering regional peace and stated that they were cooperating with the U.S. to further evaluate the missiles. The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command stated that while the launches did not constitute an imminent threat to the U.S. or its allies, they underscore North Korea’s “destabilizing impact” of its illicit nuclear and missile programs.

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North Korea, subject to U.N. Security Council sanctions for its nuclear program since 2016

North Korea, subject to U.N. Security Council sanctions for its nuclear program since 2016, did not immediately respond to the launches.

Last week, the U.S. and South Korea concluded their largest springtime drills in years, including computer simulations and live-fire field exercises. However, the allies have continued their field training as a show of force against the mounting dangers from the North.

North Korea also launched a short-range missile when the USS Ronald Reagan and its battle group arrived in September for joint drills with South Korea, the last time the U.S. sent an aircraft carrier to waters near the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea has launched more than 20 ballistic and cruise missiles this year to push the U.S. to accept its nuclear status and negotiate sanctions relief from a position of strength.

This month’s tests included an intercontinental ballistic missile and a series of short-range missiles designed to overwhelm South Korean defenses as North Korea attempts to demonstrate its ability to undertake nuclear strikes on South Korea and the United States mainland.

The North conducted a three-day practice last week that claimed to simulate nuclear assaults on South Korean targets.

The country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, has called the joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea “invasion rehearsals.” According to the allies, the exercises are defensive.

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The tests included a rumored nuclear-capable underwater drone.

The tests included a rumored nuclear-capable underwater drone, which the North said could unleash a massive “radioactive tsunami” and destroy navy vessels and ports. Analysts questioned whether such a device posed a significant new danger, and Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff warned in a statement Monday that the North Korean allegations were likely “exaggerated and fabricated.”

Following some of its ballistic and cruise missile tests earlier this month, North Korea claimed that those missiles were tipped with dummy nuclear warheads that detonated 600 to 800 meters (1,960 to 2,600 feet) above their sea targets, presenting them as maximum damage heights.

North Korea has already had a record year of weapons testing, launching more than 70 missiles in 2022. It had enacted an escalator nuclear strategy that allows for pre-emptive nuclear strikes in a wide range of scenarios in which it perceives its leadership to be under threat.

“It appears North Korea is practicing, or signaling that it is practicing, the use of nuclear strikes, both preemptive and retaliatory, in various scenarios authorized in its nuclear doctrine,” said Duyeon Kim, a senior analyst at the Center for a New American Security.

“The problem is that continued testing allows Pyongyang to perfect its technology, strengthen its nuclear weapons capability, threaten South Korea and Japan, increase the possibility of miscalculation, which could lead to inadvertent conflict, and accumulate political leverage ahead of future diplomatic talks with Washington.”

Following the North’s confirmation of the drone test on Friday, South Korea’s air force disclosed information about a five-day joint practice with the U.S. last week, which included live-fire displays of air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry.

According to the air force, the exercise aimed to test precision strike capabilities and reaffirm the credibility of Seoul’s “three-axis” strategy against North Korean nuclear threats. This strategy includes striking potential targets ahead of time, stopping incoming missiles, and taking out the North’s leadership and key military facilities.


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Vice President Harris’ Trip Aims To Deepen US Ties In Africa




WASHINGTON — The U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris will strive to strengthen and reinterpret U.S. partnerships in Africa during a weeklong trip that marks the Biden administration’s latest and most visible outreach as it moves to offset China’s growing influence.

Harris intends to travel to Ghana, Tanzania, and Zambia, focusing on economic development, climate change, food security, and a growing young population. She is set to arrive in Ghana’s capital, Accra, on Sunday. Doug Emhoff, her husband, is accompanying her.

“For far too long, the United States’ foreign policy establishment has treated Africa as an after-school project rather than part of the core curriculum,” said Michelle Gavin, an Africa expert at the Council on Foreign Relations and a former United States ambassador to Botswana. “I see a concerted effort now to change that mindset.” However, it takes time.”

Harris will be widely followed across Africa as the first person of color and the first woman to serve as America’s vice president. Harris was reared in California even though her mother was born in India and her father was born in Jamaica.

“Everyone is excited about Kamala Harris,” said Idayat Hassan, director of Abuja, Nigeria’s Centre for Democracy and Development. “You can be whatever you want — that’s what she represents to many of us.”

A lecture in Accra and a visit to Cape Coast Castle, where enslaved Africans were once put onto ships bound for America, will highlight Harris’ trip. Harris also intends to meet with authorities in each country she visits and to lay a wreath in memory of the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s capital.


Harris will be widely followed across Africa as the first person of color and the first woman to serve as America’s vice president.

Her schedule also includes a few non-traditional sites designed to emphasize the exciting future of a continent with a median age of only 19.

Harris intends to visit a recording studio in Accra, meet with female entrepreneurs, and visit a tech accelerator in Dar es Salaam. Harris is scheduled to meet with corporate and charity leaders in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, to discuss boosting access to digital and financial systems.

Emhoff’s events have a similar focus. During his visit to Ghana, he intends to hold a town hall meeting with performers from a local television show, attend a girls’ basketball clinic, and tour a women-run chocolate company.

According to administration sources, the goal is to promote Africa as a site for investment rather than just aid packages, a subject that Harris underlined in December during a U.S.-Africa meeting in Washington.

“Because of your energy, ambition, and ability to turn seemingly intractable problems into opportunities,” she remarked, “I am an optimist about what lies ahead for Africa and, by extension, for the world.” “Simply put, your ability to see what could be, unburdened by what has been.”

Harris will spend three nights in Ghana, two nights in Tanzania, and one in Zambia before returning to Washington on April 2.

“It’s trip to support reformers,” said Vanda Felbab-Brown, co-director of the Brookings Institution’s Africa Security Initiative. “All three countries have faced significant challenges and changed dramatically.”


Tanzania’s first female president has loosened restrictions on opposition parties and rallies.

Ghana is facing a debt crisis and excessive inflation, dragging down an economy that was once among the best in the region. It is particularly concerned about instability caused by Islamist extremists and Russian mercenaries operating in countries north of Ghana.

Tanzania’s first female president has loosened restrictions on opposition parties and rallies. Zambia has implemented its reforms, such as decriminalizing presidential slander. However, democratic development in both areas is thought to be fragile.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and First Lady Jill Biden have traveled to Africa. President Joe Biden is set to leave office later this year.

Harris will visit Zambia for the first time since childhood when her maternal grandpa worked there. He was a civil servant from India who assisted with refugee relocation after Zambia gained independence from Britain.

“Grandpa was one of my favorite people in the world and one of the earliest and most lasting influences in my life,” Harris writes in her book.

The December U.S.-Africa meeting was the first since President Obama hosted one in 2014. Although Washington’s approach to Africa has had some historic successes, such as President George W. Bush’s HIV/AIDS effort, which has saved millions of lives, there have also been times of neglect.

“There’s a lot of skepticism and doubt about American staying power,” said Daniel Russel, a former State Department official who now works at the Asia Society Policy Institute. “They’re used to American promises that fizzle out and don’t amount to much.”

In stark contrast, China has led far-reaching infrastructure projects and increased telecom activities throughout the region.

According to John Kirby, a White House national security spokesman, African leaders are “beginning to realize that China is not their friend.”

“China’s interests in the region are purely selfish, in contrast to the U.S.,” he remarked. “We are truly committed to assisting our African friends in dealing with many challenges.”

Senior administration officials have been careful not to characterize Harris’ visit as another step in a geopolitical contest, which might alienate African leaders weary of choosing sides between global heavyweights.

They are now waiting to see what Harris and the U.S. have to give over the next week.

“Because of her profile, she has a very good reputation in Africa,” said Rama Yade, senior director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center. “However, beyond that, public opinion in the three countries will develop expectations very quickly.”



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LGBTQ+ Dating App Grindr Issues Warning To Users In Egypt




CAIRO, Egypt – A popular gay social networking app told its Egyptian users on Friday that police are targeting LGBTQ+ people by pretending to be part of the community.

When Egyptian users open the app, they will display the following warning in Arabic and English:

“We have received information that Egyptian police are actively arresting gay, bi, and trans people on digital platforms.” They use fake accounts and have even taken over the accounts of real people in the community who had been arrested and had their phones taken away. Please use extreme vigilance both online and offline, including with accounts that were credible in the past.”

Although homosexuality is not officially illegal in Egypt, members of the LGBTQ+ community are routinely prosecuted for ‘debauchery’ or ‘violating public morality.’ It detained seven people in 2017 for waving a rainbow flag at a rock festival. Arrests of homosexuals and non-conforming individuals continue to be widespread.

An Egyptian government media officer did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Grindr’s new measure.

The warning comes after rights groups and the media reported that authorities in the region are aggressively using digital platforms to target the LGBTQ+ community.


Authorities in the region are aggressively using digital platforms to target the LGBTQ+ community.

Human Rights Watch published a report in February detailing dozens of examples of security forces extorting, harassing, publically exposing, and detaining LGBTQ+ people in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Tunisia based on their behavior on Facebook and Instagram, as well as the dating app Grindr. The journal also questioned big technology corporations for failing to invest adequately in Arabic language content filtering and protection.

“Grindr is working with groups on the ground in Egypt to ensure our users have up-to-date information on how to stay safe, and we are pushing international organizations and governments to demand justice and safety for the Egyptian LGBTQ community,” Grindr spokesperson Patrick Lenihan said in response to a comment request on Friday.

Grindr, a popular gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer dating app in California, has been chastised in the United States and penalized in Norway for sharing personal data with third parties that might identify users.

The company’s website’s privacy policy details how it uses and strives to protect user data. It says its goal is “to give you as much control over the Personal Information that you share within the Grindr Properties as possible.”


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