Archive - January 15, 2013

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New Ground For Peace Corps–The Peace Corps on NPR
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Peter Chilson (Niger 1985–87) Writes About Mali

New Ground For Peace Corps–The Peace Corps on NPR

[Joanne Roll (Colombia 1963-64), who blogs on our site, was kind enough to alert me to this interview with the Acting Peace Corps Director and Dr. Kerry who were interviewed on NPR yesterday (January 14,2013)  about the Global Health partnership. In this interview the presence of nurses and doctors as Peace Corps Volunteers, over the last fifty years, was acknowledged.  That link would not be to the audio just the web page. http://www.npr.org/2013/01/14/169334681/new-ground-for-peace-corps This development with Global Health is another example of the work that Carrie Hessler-Radelet has started since becoming Acting Director of the agency.] Tell Me More 9 min 17 sec Playlist Download The Peace Corps has a new project with a new mission. It’s working with the Global Health Service Corps to send American doctors and nurses to Africa. Those volunteers will train medical professionals there to help create a healthier future. Host Michel Martin discusses the . . .

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Peter Chilson (Niger 1985–87) Writes About Mali

The world news is full of stories of ‘what’s happening in Mali?’ from the French airstrikes, to the Islamist rebels taking over of Mali villages, to the US involvement, to the 3,300 soldiers from other West African nations who are now fighting alongside the Malian Army. The Op-Ed page of The New York Times this morning (January 15, 2013) has an essay entitled, “Why We Must Help Save Mali” written by Vicki Huddleston, the U.S. ambassador to Mail from 2002-2005, and a former deputy assistant secretary in the State and Defense Departments. Luckily for RPCVs we have our own expert, Peter Chilson (Niger 1985-87), who teaches creative writing at Washington State University and writes about West African, and lately about Mali. Here’s a  blurb for his new book on the nation. The book is entitled, We Never Know Exactly Where. “What happens when a country suddenly splits in two? In . . .

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