Archive - December 2012

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Susan Rice and Africa's Despots
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The Problem With Susan Rice and Manufactured Outrage
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Susan Rice and Double Standards From The Washington Post
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More About Susan Rice's History, This Time From The WSJ
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Mark Brazaitis (Guatemala 1991-93) on the Diane Rehm Show Tuesday at 11 a.m.
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Peace Corps Porn
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RPCV Contributing Editors
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Peace Corps Directors to Attend the RPCV/W Holiday Party in D.C. on December 14. Aaron Williams Receives Peace Corps Champion Award
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Third Goal for Peru, The Chijnaya Foundation
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Is the Peace Corps on its way to becoming just a placement agency for other people’s programs?

Susan Rice and Africa's Despots

December 9, 2012 Susan Rice and Africa’s Despots By SALEM SOLOMON–The New York Times Tampa, Fla. ON Sept. 2, Ambassador Susan E. Rice delivered a eulogy for a man she called “a true friend to me.” Before thousands of mourners and more than 20 African heads of state in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Ms. Rice, the United States’ representative to the United Nations, lauded the country’s late prime minister, Meles Zenawi. She called him “brilliant” – “a son of Ethiopia and a father to its rebirth.” Few eulogies give a nuanced account of the decedent’s life, but the speech was part of a disturbing pattern for an official who could become President Obama’s next secretary of state. During her career, she has shown a surprising and unsettling sympathy for Africa’s despots. This record dates from Ms. Rice’s service as assistant secretary of state for African affairs under President Bill Clinton, who . . .

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The Problem With Susan Rice and Manufactured Outrage

[James Bruno was a Foreign Service officer for 23 years, having worked previously in military intelligence and journalism. He is a member of the Diplomatic Readiness Reserve, subject to worldwide duty on short notice. He holds a M.A. degrees from the U.S. Naval War College & Columbia University, and a B.A from George Washington U. He has served in SE Asia, Cuba, Guantanamo, Pakistan/Afghanistan. He also spent time at the White House and have worked with the Secret Service in a presidential protection detail overseas. He knows the Pentagon, CIA and other foreign affairs agencies well. He have been featured on NBC’s Today Show, Washington Post, Huffington Post & NPR. His political thrillers Permanent Interests and Chasme have simultaneously been on three Amazon Kindle Bestseller lists, including #1 in Political Fiction. His recently released Afghanistan thriller, Tribe, is also a bestseller. Here is what he has to say about Susan Rice.] The Problem With Susan Rice and . . .

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Susan Rice and Double Standards From The Washington Post

 By Ruth Marcus, Published: November 29 Does gender – or the supercharged combination of gender and race – play a role in the preemptive strikes on not-yet-secretary of state nominee Susan Rice? For perspective on this complex question, it helps to return to 1974 and the nomination of another woman, Alice Rivlin, to head the Congressional Budget Office. As Rivlin tells the story, the office had just been created, she was selected by a search committee – and the House Budget Committee chairman made clear his adamant, gender-based opposition. “Over his dead body was a woman going to run this organization,” Rivlin recalled at an Atlantic magazine “Women of Washington” lecture last year. No one would say that today. No one, I’d venture, would even think it. A woman, after all, has been secretary of state for all but four of the last 16 years; during the interregnum, the job was held . . .

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More About Susan Rice's History, This Time From The WSJ

Updated December 3, 2012, 7:23 p.m. ET Stephens: Failing Up With Susan Rice Benghazi was not her first African fiasco. By BRET STEPHENS in the Wall Street Journal Long before Susan Rice became a household name thanks to her part in the Benghazi fiasco, she was building a career from the ruins of other African fiascoes. To some of these she merely contributed. Others were of her own making. Ms. Rice’s misadventures in Africa began nearly two decades ago when, as a 28 year-old McKinsey consultant with an Oxford Ph.D. (her dissertation was on Zimbabwe), she joined Bill Clinton’s National Security Council. The president, who had been badly burned by the Black Hawk Down episode in October 1993, was eager to avoid further African entanglements. So when a genocide began in Rwanda the following April, the administration went to great lengths to avoid any involvement-beginning with the refusal to use . . .

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Mark Brazaitis (Guatemala 1991-93) on the Diane Rehm Show Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Mark Brazaitis (Guatemala 1991-93) Director of Creative Writing at West Virginia University will appear (Tuesday) December 11, 2012 at 11 a.m. on the Diane Rehm Show to discuss his short story collection The Incurables. Broadcast from Washington, D.C., the Diane Rehm Show has been called “the gold standard of civic, civil discourse” and reaches more than 2.2 million listeners. Past guests have included Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu, Julie Andrews, and Toni Morrison. The Diane Rehm Show is produced at WAMU 88.5 in Washington, D.C., and distributed by National Public Radio, NPR Worldwide, and SIRIUS satellite radio. “I’m thrilled to talk about my book, and about how the themes of my book connect to the work I’ve been doing at WVU-my teaching, my work with the Appalachian Prison Book Project, and my talks at the Health Sciences Center on the importance of listening to and understanding patients,” Brazaitis said. For more, see: http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2012-12-11/mark-brazaitis-incurables . . .

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Peace Corps Porn

Well, I knew that would get your attention! How ’bout a paperback porn novel entitled Passion Delights by Frances Sibley published in 1985 that has for a jacket cover the rather overwhelming bare breasts of a young PCV woman beckoning you to buy the paperback for $3.50 and find out what really happens to PCV women in Senegal? The story, as far as I read (and I’ve only read enough to write this blog, I promise!) is about a newly married couple, Doug and Penny, just out of college with degrees in anthropology who are assigned to “Corps-sponsored Mgoro Techical School” and are deeply and newly in love. That is until Penny realizes what is wanting for her in West Africa! It doesn’t take long. By page 26, Penny is having a hard time ‘adjusting’ to the sight of her naked houseboy, Ojike, and his “omnipresent erections” (I didn’t write this, I just copied . . .

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RPCV Contributing Editors

Killing time this morning as I had my car serviced for winter, I picked up and leafed through dozens of mainstream magazines left in the waiting room and was delighted to find a number of RPCVs listed on the mastheads of some serious publications. For example, National Geographic Traveler has P.F. Kluge (Micronesia 1967-69) as a Contributing Editor. Outside Magazine has both  Peter Hessler (China 1996-98) and  Bob Shacochis (Eastern Caribbean 1975-76) listed as Contributing Editors. (The publication also lists Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as a Contributing Editor, but, I guess, we can’t count him.) So, what about the rest of you?

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Peace Corps Directors to Attend the RPCV/W Holiday Party in D.C. on December 14. Aaron Williams Receives Peace Corps Champion Award

RPCV/W will honor RPCV Aaron Williams, the agency’s recent director, with its “Peace Corps Champion Award” at the group’s 2012 Holiday Party & Silent Auction. This is taking place on the evening of December 14, 2012, at 2020 O Street N.W. Tickets are $45 for members;  $60 for Non-Members. It will cost you $70 at the door. According to the RPCV/W e-mail blast, ” The guest list is growing and tickets are going fast. Get yours before its too late!” Each year, RPCV/W awards its Peace Corps Champion Award to an individual whose work has made a great impact on the Peace Corps and its community. This year they selected Aaron S. Williams who served as Director from 2009 to 2012. Acting Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will also be at the party, as will the former Senator Harris Wofford, who, as we know, was one of the original Mad Men of the agency and also the . . .

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Third Goal for Peru, The Chijnaya Foundation

I am continually amazed and humbled by the work that RPCVs continue to do in the countries where they once served as PCVs. Recently I received word about another amazing project, this time in Peru, carried on by a handful of former Peru Volunteers. These RPCVs have established the Chijnaya Foundation and they work directly with villages in hard to access, under-served areas of the Peruvian Andes. Among the RPCVs on this foundation board are Ralph Bolton (Peru 1962-65) who contacted me, Peggy Slater (Peru 1966-68),  John Rouse (Peru 1966-68), Connie Jaquith (Bolivia and Peru, not sure of her dates). Other former RPCVs who were early organizers are Andrew Hoffman (Peru 1966-68), Raymond Rifenburg (Peru 1966-68), and Paul Doughty, a Peace Corps trainer in Peru in the early ’60s, Rolly Thompson,  a consultant to the foundation, and Judith Haden, who was a PCV in Central America.  As I said, the The Chijnaya Foundation works directly with . . .

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Is the Peace Corps on its way to becoming just a placement agency for other people’s programs?

If the new Peace Corps Response “partnership” with Global Health Service is any indication that might well be the future for the agency. So what do you all think? It is critical, in my opinion, that the RPCV community review and comment on this new direction. These are my concerns. Peace Corps might lend the name, administration support, and participant benefits, but it seems to me  that Global Health Services will oversee every step of the program from recruitment to selection to training to placement and supervision. Wouldn’t  this program be far more suitable  for any of the major organizations working in Africa, such as the Gates Foundation, USAID, or the World Health Organization? Show me where I am wrong. Global Health Service will share responsibilities with Peace Corps in what appears to be a duel system with the policy and program decisions resting with Global Heath Service. The administrative functions of . . .

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