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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.

Sharon Alane Abramowitz (Cote d'Ivoire 2000-02) publishes study on life in post-war Liberia - Posted 2 days ago to Peace Corps Writers

In July, the University of Pennsylvania Press  published Searching for Normal in the Wake of the Liberian War by Sharon Alane Abramowitz (Cote d'Ivoire, 2000-2002), who teaches anthropology and African studies at the University of Florida. Searching for Normal . . . “explores the human experience of the massive apparatus of trauma-healing and psychosocial interventions during the first five years of postwar .. (Read More)

Yellen’s Fed is Full Speed Ahead - Posted 3 days ago to Your Money: Popular Freakonomics

Financial FAQs Is it possible? The Federal Reserve is now more interested in creating wealth for the many, rather than fighting inflation for the wealthiest worrying about their bond prices, as it has in the past? This may seem counterintuitive, since inflation hurts everyone. But when there’s so little inflation at present, it makes more sense to focus on building the assets of those who have the least. (Read More)

Talking with David Mather (Chile 1968–70) - Posted 4 days ago to Peace Corps Writers

David Mather (Chile 1968–70) has published his second novel with Peace Corps Writers. One for the Road, David's first novel, published in 2011, tells the story of Tom Young, a Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Chile, and how that experience changed his life. Now in 2014, David has published a sequel, When the Whistling Stopped, that finds Tom going back to Chile 30 years after his service to resolve past.. (Read More)

Review: The Mystery of Money by Harlan Green - Posted 4 days ago to Peace Corps Writers

The Mystery of Money: Understanding the Modern Financial World by Harlan Green (Turkey 1964–66) Publishing by the Seas 126 pages May 2014 $12.95 (paperback), $8.95 (Kindle) Reviewed by Leo Cecchini (Ethiopia 1962–64) This book is not about “mystery,” but about how to invest your money. The author says in the second sentence it is about “. . . how to make money work for us. . .” As.. (Read More)

What Goes Around, Comes Around - Posted 4 days ago to Your Money: In the New Economy

President Obama got elected on a platform of rejecting his predecessor's war in Iraq and a promise of no more war.   Guess what, it appears as though Obama will be leaving office in the middle of a raging new war in Iraq.  Talk about, "what goes around, comes around." But Obama will up the stakes.  He will add Syria to Iraq and God knows who else. His latest project is to arm 5000 rebels fighting.. (Read More)

Who Are the Real Takers? - Posted 4 days ago to Your Money: Popular Freakonomics

Popular Economics Weekly We have been there before. The Census Bureau reported that the poverty rate fell in 2013, the first drop since 2006. It fell to 14.5 percent, down from 15 percent in 2013, but 45.3 million people are still living at or below the poverty line, which for a family of four was $23,834. Then who are the real "takers" that have held up economic growth and more.. (Read More)

Review: Young Widower: A Memoir by John W. Evans - Posted 5 days ago to Peace Corps Writers

Young Widower: A Memoir by John W. Evans (Bangladesh 1999–2001) Winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize University of Nebraska Press March, 2014 185 Pages $19.95 (paperback), $9.99 (Kindle) Reviewed by Marnie Mueller (Ecuador 1963-65) John Evans has written an unusual and superb memoir of mourning in the aftermath of a devastating death. Five years into his marriage, his wife Katie, whom he met in the Peace.. (Read More)

Clifford Garstang edits travel story collection - Posted 6 days ago to Peace Corps Writers

Clifford Garstang (Korea 1976–77), author of the collection of short stories In An Uncharted Country — winner of the 2010 Peace Corps Writers Maria Thomas Fiction Award, and “a novel in stories,” What the Zhang Boys Know — winner of the 2013 Library of Virginia Award for Fiction, is the editor of a newly published book of travel stories,.. (Read More)

Dead Calm by Carole Sojka (Somalia 1962-64) - Posted 1 week ago to Short Stories by Peace Corps Writers

This short story by Carole Sojka takes place in Kenya in the early sixties. As Carole wrote me, "My husband and I were Peace Corps Volunteers in the Somali Republic from 1962 to 1964. We were with the first Somalia group. There were, I think, seven other Peace Corps groups sent to the Republic  before the coup in 1969 that sent the country hurtling into its current state of chaos. I taught English in the.. (Read More)

GMOs Part 1: Human Health - Posted 1 week ago to Homesteading: Starting from Scratch

When I committed myself to researching this topic I had no idea a summer later I'd still be overwhelmed in resources and information and yet with so much knowledge it deserves a series of posts. In order to narrow down the discussion I'll organize my thoughts into key areas of: Human Health, Community Health, Land Health, and Global Power. This week: Human Health "Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in.. (Read More)