Peace Corps Worldwide

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Peace Corps Worldwide

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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.

Were PCVs Used as Test Animals for Meflouine? - Posted 13 hours ago to John Coyne Babbles

A comment on the WSJ Law Blog: http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2015/03/27/former-peace-corps-volunteers-sues-over-malaria-drug/ Commander Bill Manofsky USN(ret) wrote this comment in the Wall Street Journal following the article that appeared about RPCV Sara Thompson (Burkina Faso 2010-12) Sueing The Peace Corps Over Malaria Drug Mefloquine was invented by the US Army at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) during the Vietnam War. For a history of how poorly this was handled, do a Google search for the full text version.. (Read More)

Summer Books From Two Fine RPCV Writers - Posted 15 hours ago to Peace Corps Writers

Karl Luntta (Botswana 1978-80) A swimming pool in the Kalahari Desert, the ice skates of a boy in a wheelchair, and a midnight train ride in the cool African night form the backdrop of the eight diverse stories in Swimming. Some of the stories take place in Africa, others in the United States, but in all of them, the characters confront cultural and racial differences,.. (Read More)

The Peace Corps Poetry Contest - Posted 1 day ago to Peace Corps Writers

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, Peace Corps announces its first annual poetry contest, to run from April 1-30.All current and returned Volunteers are invited to submit poems for consideration by April 30. Submission requirements:* Up to three original works of written poetry that highlight one's volunteer experience and promotes the Third Goal of Peace Corps.* Poems must be less than 300 words and.. (Read More)

Culture Change at the Peace Corps Webcast: April 2 at 10:00 a.m. - Posted 1 day ago to John Coyne Babbles

Over the last few years, the Peace Corps has implemented a series of new policies and procedures aimed at reducing risks for volunteers and providing support and guidance to volunteers who experience, witness, or report sexual assault. The following discussion will be streamed live on the website (http://csis.org/events/event/culture-change-peace-corps) of the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington DC: Culture Change at the Peace Corps (Read More)

Vaccinations, Small pox, Measles, Dona Ermelinda and me. - Posted 1 day ago to Peace Corps: Public Records

Dona Ermelinda is the smiling lady in the green dress in the photo above on my blog page Peace Corps: Public Records. She is  next to the smiling man with the guitar. If this had been Appalachia, she would be called a granny midwife; in Benin, a "Sage Femme", a wise woman. In Colombia where we lived, she was a Partera, technically a woman who delivered babies. But she was far more than that;.. (Read More)

Peace Corps Connect/Berkeley early-bird registration - Posted 2 days ago to Peace Corps Writers

From the NPCA: Early bird registration for Peace Corps Connect/Berkeley ends tomorrow! Join us June 5-6, 2015 for this annual event showcasing our community's lifelong commitment to Peace Corps ideals. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and other prominent leaders among the Peace Corps community. Click the link on this page to see the full program. You will be inspired and motivated. Peace Corps Connect/Berkeley will provide an.. (Read More)

RPCV Sara Thompson (Burkina Faso 2010-12) Sues The Peace Corps Over Malaria Drug - Posted 2 days ago to John Coyne Babbles

Wall Street Journal By JOE PALAZZOLO Sara Thompson (Burkina Faso 2011-13) sometimes wakes up in the middle of the night and finds her balance has left her. She stumbles to the kitchen. Or to the bathroom. She suffers spells of dizziness when she tilts her head just so, and sometimes for no reason at all. Ms. Thompson, 32, said the symptoms began during her Peace.. (Read More)

War In The Middle East - Posted 2 days ago to Your Money: In the New Economy

Finally, a coalition of the affected is being formed to combat ISIS and other radicals in the Middle East.  As I have been saying all along this is a feud between different lines in the Muslim church and thus best left to those who have a stake in the outcome to duke it out.   There is also an ethnic dimension to the fray.   We have Arabs, Kurds, Iranians, Turks and some smaller ethnic.. (Read More)

Why Doesn’t Government Want Fannie, Freddie to Succeed? - Posted 2 days ago to Your Money: Popular Freakonomics

The Mortgage Corner At a time when the housing market is just beginning to recover, the US Treasury wants to close down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two GSEntities under government conservatorship. Counselor to the Secretary for Housing Finance Policy Dr. Michael Stegman, speaking at Monday’s National Council of State Housing Agencies Legislative Conference, said, "I know that many of you want to know where we are.. (Read More)

Listening to Glaciers - Posted 3 days ago to Introduced Species

I just finished reading “The Lathe of Heaven” by Ursula Le Guin, my first excursion into science fiction. I decided to give a try to this genre after several visits to Mrs. LeGuin’s  blog, which inspired me to declare her as my blogger muse. The plot evolves on dual time tracks and alternate universes, leaving me perplexed. Mrs. LeGuin published the book in 1971, while.. (Read More)