OUTSIDE THE BOX
I am an admirer of Jimmy Carter, due largely to what he has done since leaving the office of US president in January 1981. Instead of leading a comfortable and quiet life or focusing on making a lot of money by using his political connections as many prominent American politicians do and, in the process, tarnishing the glow of democracy and market economy, Mr Carter has been doing things largely for the benefit of others. The 2002 Nobel Peace Prize is testimony to his good deeds.
Mr Carter has taken up numerous issues after leaving the presidency and has written more than two dozen books. His books are not limited to memoirs that many politicians often write after leaving office; nor are they confined to tame subjects, such as fly-fishing taken up in his 1989 book, An Outdoor Journal.
Some of them, in fact, court controversy, such as Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, published in 2007. Last month, he published another book which addresses the issues relating to discrimination and abuses against women and girls under the title A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power.