Archive - November 22, 2011

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John Givens' (Korea 1967-60) famous novel now available as E-book
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Obama Signs Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act

John Givens' (Korea 1967-60) famous novel now available as E-book

Concord ePress has republished John Givens (Korea 1967–69) novel,  A Friend in the Police. Originally published in 1980 by Harcourt, Brace, you can now buy the ebook version at Concord ePress: http://www.concordepress.com/a-friend-in-the-police/  Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005WOG6DE  The plot goes something like this: A middle-aged American businessman arrives in an unnamed Southeast Asian country to retrieve his wayward son. George Bates finds himself confronted by a climate and culture more bizarre than he could have anticipated, and by the mysterious Detective Sergeant Xlong, whose own background is even more tangled than the Americans and whose fecund language reflects the lush ambiguity of the tropical rain forest. Bates is soon lost in a complex, hallucinatory world that resembles a rewrite of The Heart of Darkness by Franz Kafka. A Friend in the Police is often spoken of by veteran authors as the book they wish they had written. Newly revised by the author, this . . .

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Obama Signs Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act

By ANGELA M. HILL and RANDY KREIDER–ABC NEWS Nov. 21, 2011 – President Obama signed the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act today, less than a year after an ABC News investigation into the murder of the 24-year-old volunteer in Africa. The act, which passed earlier this month in Congress, is designed to protect Peace Corps whistleblowers and improve the treatment of victims of violence and sexual assault. The law is named for 24-year-old Kate Puzey of Georgia, who was murdered in Benin in 2009 after telling superiors she believed a fellow Peace Corps employee was molesting female students. In an investigation that aired on “20/20,” ABC News told the story of Kate’s murder and examined what critics say has been a “blame-the-victim” culture within the Peace Corps when volunteers are assaulted or attempt to report problems. “It’s such a wonderful thing. We’re really, really happy this is happening,” . . .

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