Archive - August 25, 2018

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Washington Post publishes article on Peace Corps drug use
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Weekend Book Quiz

Washington Post publishes article on Peace Corps drug use

  The Washington Post has now published an article based on the Inspector General’s report on drug use among Peace Corps Volunteers and Trainees. Earlier, USA Today had also highlighted the same report. Both papers circulate in Washington DC.   The link to the article will also give access to the comments • Report warns of ‘serious risk’ to Peace Corps from drug use by volunteers Marijuana policy lags behind growing national acceptance. August 24   The Peace Corps has a drug problem. It’s a problem related to an increasingly outdated view of marijuana but significant enough to the agency’s Office of Inspector General that it warns of a “serious risk to the integrity and reputation of the Peace Corps as well as the health and safety of Volunteers.” The warning, in a management advisory report from Inspector General Kathy A. Buller, said “efforts to address Volunteer drug use have been . . .

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Weekend Book Quiz

  Weekend Book Quiz Who wrote the books with the first sentences listed below, and that are based on their Peace Corps Experience, Travel, and Living the Life of an RPCV? • #1. They took us in the Land Rover, Mike and me, with Kim Buck driving. We had planned to leave that morning, as it was a good four hours’ drive, although it was only about sixty miles from Mbeya. #2. I got my Peace Corps application at the post office in Red Bluff, California, put it on the table in the kitchen, and walked around it for ten days without touching it, as though it were primed to detonate—as indeed it was—trying to convince myself that for a forty-eight-year-old farmer the idea of Peace Corps service was impractical and foolhardy. #3. The widow opens my door without knocking. A trail of Flying Horse-brand cigarette smoke enters behind her. . . .

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