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  • Peace Corps Worldwide is an online community and resource for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), their friends and families, and all who share a desire for international understanding. Peace Corps Worldwide is in no way associated with the Peace Corps or the National Peace Corps Association.

March New-Home Sales A Dud - Posted 18 hours ago to Your Money: Popular Freakonomics

"Sales of new single-family houses in March 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 11.4 percent below the revised February rate of 543,000, but is 19.4 percent above the March 2014 estimate of 403,000." (Read More)

Warren Weinstein Remembered - Posted 1 day ago to Peace Corps: Public Records

The New York Times reported on the death of Warren Weinsten. To read the article, Here is the link:  http://nyti.ms/1DniWd6 From the NYTimes article: "A Fulbright scholar who earned his Ph.D. in international law and economics, Mr. Weinstein was proficient in seven languages. He served as a Peace Corps director in Ivory Coast and Togo. From 2004 until he was captured in 2011, he worked as an adviser for J.E. Austin Associates, a.. (Read More)

Warren Weinstein Peace Corps CD - Posted 1 day ago to John Coyne Babbles

As he announced Warren Weinstein's death Thursday, U.S. President Barack Obama praised what he said was Weinstein's lifelong dedication to service, first as a Peace Corps volunteer and later as a USAID contractor. Weinstein, Obama said, was someone who "willingly left the comforts of home to help the people of Pakistan," focusing his work on helping families escape poverty to give their children a better life. (Read More)

TPA And TPP - Posted 1 day ago to Your Money: In the New Economy

Somewhat overlooked in today's issues of national importance is the Obama Administration's press to renew its Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and to conclude our incorporation into the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).   The former gives the administration the muscle with which to conclude Free Trade Agreements (FTA) such as the TPP in a timely fashion.  And there is no question that FTAs spur major growth in international trade for the USA. Oddly the president is supported in.. (Read More)

Mark Brazaitis (Guatemala 1990-93) Interviewed in Poets & Writers - Posted 1 day ago to Peace Corps Writers

The May/June issue of Poets & Writers Magazine has an article entitled "Winners on Winning"  where they interview writers who won (and lost) literary contests in 2014. Among the handful of winning writers is our Mark Brazaitis (Guatemala 1990-93) for his 2014 Autumn House Press Fiction Award ($2,500) and publication of his most recent collection, Truth Poker. Mark, a professor of English at West Virginia University, (and directs their creative writing program,) has won more contest.. (Read More)

March Existing-Home Sales Spike - Posted 2 days ago to Your Money: Popular Freakonomics

The Mortgage Corner Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 6.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.19 million in March from 4.89 million in February—the highest annual rate since September 2013 (also 5.19 million), said the National Association of Realtors report.   Graph: Calculated.. (Read More)

Fannie Says Better Growth For Rest of 2015 - Posted 2 days ago to Your Money: Popular Freakonomics

Popular Economics Weekly “Economic activity was suppressed in the first quarter due largely to the West Coast port disruptions and difficult weather patterns across the Northeast, but the economy is expected to gain momentum throughout the spring and reach previously anticipated levels by year-end,” said a just released Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group report. Is this a repeat of 2014, when growth surged for the.. (Read More)

Stanley Meisler (PC Staff 1964-67) Publishes: Shocking Paris: Soutine, Chagall and the Outsiders of Montparnasse - Posted 2 days ago to Peace Corps Writers

Shocking Paris: Soutine, Chagall and the Outsiders of Montparnasse By Stanley Meisler (PC Staff 1964-67) Palgrave MacMillan, $26.00 202 pp. 2015 Reviewed by Richard Lipez (Ethiopia 1962-64) Full disclosure: Stan Meisler is one of the Peace Corps figures I have liked and admired most.  As a clueless upstart in the old Peace Corps program evaluation division starting in 1964, I was lucky enough to have had Stan as a co-evaluator on three excursions out.. (Read More)

Gerald Karey writes: The Rumor Project - Posted 3 days ago to Peace Corps Writers

The Rumor Project by Gerald Karey (Turkey 1965–67) . I Time was, rumors and gossip were neighborhood affairs, exchanged over back-yard fences, in cafes and taverns, doctors' waiting rooms, barber shops and chance meetings on the street. Neighbors informed or misinformed neighbors, hearsay was the general rule, (“I heard from a friend who has friend who said . . . ”), lies were sworn by, people may have been slandered.. (Read More)

Africa's Heart by Mark Wentling Featured in Kirkus Review for April - Posted 3 days ago to Peace Corps Writers

Mark Wentling's ((PCV Honduras 1967-69, 1970-73; PC Staff Togo, Gabon & Niger 1973-77)  Africa's Heart was selected by the Indie Editors of Kirkus Reviews to be featured in their April, 2015 issue. His review is one of the 20 reviews in the Indie section of the 4/15 Kirkus Reviews magazine. The publication is sent to over 5,000 industry professionals (librarians, publishers, agents, etc.) Less than 10% of Indie reviews are chosen to be included.. (Read More)