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2002: Ecuador RPCV Frank Shoemaker writes: Rubber Boots

I have friends in jail because of drugs; I have lost friends to drug abuse. The supply of drugs in the United States has not changed one iota no matter how many people are in jail or die from the disease of addiction; no matter how many people are killed in whatever country. This issue alone has an enormous impact on the health and well being of our children of Southwest Neraska. Columbia and the policies of the United States towards that country seem far away from us in Southwest Nebraska, but their impact is significant.��When I was living in the jungle in 1972, the rubber boots didn’t seem very important to a young Peace Corps volunteer just out of college. The mother and her child are dead, the Columbian college kid is probably dead, and maybe you have a son who’s in jail or who has died from the disease of addiction. Albert Einstein said, “Our actions should be based on the ever-present awareness that human beings in their thinking, feeling, and acting are not free but are just as causally bound as the stars in their motion.” Vietnam started in this same way, that is, starting with military advisers, then increasing military aid through different administrations, and finally an all out invasion. It’s not the cold war you say; its different somehow you say. Maybe. It is interesting to note that now that a few years have passed, the Vietnamese want to do business with us. If you would like more information, you can go to a search engine on the web (I used and type in key words such as FARC; if you would like to know how we treated drug addiction in the past, a study of the Harrison Drug Act of 1915 and why it was passed might be interesting. Southwest Nebraska is a great place to live, and I suspect that there are many stories like mine that local residents living in this part of Nebraska have hidden away like secret treasures. Story Date: April 4, 2002 Click this link to read more.

2002: Update: Jack Hoffbuhr remembers Safety and Security in Peru during his service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru in the 1960's

"It was during my Peace Corps days high in the Peruvian Andes. My partner and I were working in the very small villages of that area building water systems, roads, and schools. It just so happened that Che Guevara's minions were also in the same area recruiting and taking anything that wasn't nailed down. But because we pretty much looked and smelled like everyone else, they left us alone. The only transportation to a real town, where one could find hot water, cold beer, and something to eat besides guinea pigs, was a combination bus and truck called a mixto. People went up front, and pigs and chickens were in the rear. When our financial resources were thin, we joined the livestock. Story Date: July 1, 2002 Click this link to read more.

2002: Peru RPCV Joan LaLiberte brings a Part of the West with Her

To date, the wolf has proved to be a teaching and a pastoral opportunity for the parish. Thus far, the law rather than the parish and the local residents has presented the only serious problem. Unlike the state of Idaho, where wild four-footed carnivores are a bit more commonplace, New York State rather severely regulates the ownership of a wolf. At the present time, only LaLiberte is allowed near Singer, so that although Singer and Pt’chee come in the house at night, during the day they are confined to their run alongside the rectory. Story Date: September 1, 2002 Click this link to read more.

2005: Peace Corps Volunteer Lindsey in Peru

"I received a disturbing phone call from my Peace Corps boss today. He wanted to know about 8 murders that had taken place in La Esperanza on Sunday." Story Date: March 1, 2005 Click this link to read more.

2005: Desperate Housewives' Ricardo Chavira is the son of two former Peace Corps volunteers who became health care professionals in the Latino community

Chavira is the son of two former Peace Corps volunteers who became health care professionals in the Latino community. His father, Juan Antonio, is the son of migrant workers; Chavira remembers his mother for her "great smile and great laugh." Though his father gave emotional and financial support, his mother's death--which the family rarely discussed--threw Chavira into turmoil. As difficult as those memories remain, Chavira, now 33, has decided to use his experience to help educate others. As a Latino, he hopes to reach out to the men of his community, especially those who have been raised not to talk about women's health issues. Even worse, he says, "some Latino women aren't getting early detection. They're fearful their husbands might get upset because they're going to see a male doctor for a breast examination." Chavira will serve as honorary chair of this year's Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation's National Race for the Cure, to be held in Washington, D.C., June 4. "My message is, Guys, put the old ways aside. These are our mothers, daughters and wives." Story Date: June 6, 2005 Click this link to read more.

2005: Peru RPCV Randy Lewis, a senior vice president for Walgreens, hopes to hire 200 people with mental retardation, autism or some other cognitive disability

His goal is that at least 200 of the 800 people working at the warehouse by 2010 will have mental retardation, autism or some other cognitive disability. And he hopes at least 40 more will be hired from among the physically disabled — people with paralysis, lost limbs or injured backs. Story Date: July 10, 2005 Click this link to read more.

2005: Honduras RPCV Phil Wazny on a medical mission to Peru

A lot of the revelations were pleasant. He saw indigenous people putting to use the types of herbal treatments he studied in his naturopathic education, such as using chamomile tea to treat stomach upset. He also saw 80-year-old grandparents sprinting up hills that made him wheeze. Their secret, it turned out, was chewing the leaves of the coca plant, the source of cocaine. It helps fend off altitude sickness. Story Date: July 13, 2005 Click this link to read more.

2005: Peace Corps Volunteer Kim in Peru: The hardest part of this experience will be the cold, especially since the water there elicits a unique form of brain freeze in the form of a shower. I’m not sure that my newfound appreciation for cold showers can survive there.

"I will be working with a truly fantastic group of women, called Club de Madres Esperanza. They are composed of 6-8 very talented ladies. These women are all knitters and have a great product to sell. They hand-knit with 100% alpaca wool, and make hats, scarves, shawls, capes, ponchos, and blankets." Story Date: August 25, 2005 Click this link to read more.

2005: China RPCV Monica Glenn and her new husband, William Zea-Palacios survive plane crash in Peru

The couple met in a church choir in Arequipa, Peru's second-largest city. Glenn, a graduate of University High School, had served with the Peace Corps in China before going to Peru to teach English. Story Date: August 25, 2005 Click this link to read more.

2005: Before he and his mother died in a plane crash in Peru this week, Steve Lotti returned home to Fayetteville from Bolivia this month after a two-year stint in the Peace Corps

Steve Lotti, a 1998 University of Georgia graduate, had traveled to Europe and Africa as an archaeologist. He boxed, skydived and played rugby. Every year before he left for Bolivia, he took part in Hosea's Feed the Hungry program. "He wanted to be the kind of person who lived his life," said Young's son-in-law Cullen Lowery, his eyes reddened. "He had a blast." Story Date: August 25, 2005 Click this link to read more.

2005: Scavengers Swarm Over Peru Plane Wreckage where RPCV Scott Lotti died

Hundreds of scavengers combed through the wreckage of a Peruvian airliner Thursday, carrying away scrap metal, passengers' belongings and electronic equipment that could have offered clues into what caused the crash that left at least 37 dead. Story Date: August 25, 2005 Click this link to read more.

2005: RPCV Peter Jensen runs Explorama in Peru's Amazon Jungle

Ceiba Tops is where we found Jenson, who started the venture 40 years ago. A one-time anthropologist-Peace Corps volunteer, Jenson has slowly built up from a single cruise boat to 20 vessels and five lodges offering 500 beds. With more than 150 guides, cooks, boat handlers, barmen and such, he said he’s the biggest employer in the Iquitos region. His 22 English-speaking guides all come from the Amazon area. Story Date: August 28, 2005 Click this link to read more.

2005: Peru RPCV Dr. Domenick Maglio has developed a comprehensive strategy to strengthen Americans' morality and lead them back to a life of traditional values

In his book, Maglio lists several recommendations that he feels will help Americans win the "cultural war" that threatens their morality. Those recommendations include praying to God, being patriotic, ensuring children receive a traditional education, being good role models and saying what we believe, even if it's not politically correct Story Date: September 3, 2005 Click this link to read more.

2005: Alejandro Toledo: The Peace Corps President

Nancy Meister and her ex-husband, Joel, may be among the most successful Peace Corps volunteers in the agency's history. Were it not for them, Alejandro Toledo would never have been elected president of Peru in 2001. Says David Arnold, editor of the magazine published by the National Peace Corps Association: "I cannot think of anyone whose personal friendship and long-time support for an individual has had such a profound influence as Nancy and Joel Meister, not only on an individual career but on the leadership of a nation." Story Date: September 8, 2005 Click this link to read more.

2005: Original article stated "Simply put, Nancy Meister and her ex-husband, Joel, may have been the most successful Peace Corps volunteers in the program's history"

Simply put, Nancy Meister and her ex-husband, Joel, may have been the most successful Peace Corps volunteers in the program's history. Were it not for them, Toledo undoubtedly would never have been elected president of Peru in 2001. Says David Arnold, editor of the magazine published by the National Peace Corps Association: "I cannot think of anyone whose personal friendship and long-time support for an individual has had such a profound influence as Nancy and Joel Meister, not only on an individual career but on the leadership of a nation." Story Date: September 8, 2005 Click this link to read more.

2005: Meisters among most successful volunteers

It is probably true that, without our initial support, our friend never would have been able to run for president of Peru. But there are hundreds, if not thousands, of returned Peace Corps volunteers, some of whom I know personally, who were much more successful in their educational, community development, technical and other activities in the Peace Corps than we were. Story Date: September 29, 2005 Click this link to read more.

2005: Joel S. Meister takes exception to statement that he and his former wife "may have been the most successful Peace Corps volunteers in the program's history."

"There are hundreds, if not thousands, of returned Peace Corps volunteers, some of whom I know personally, who were much more successful in their educational, community development, technical and other activities in the Peace Corps than we were." Story Date: September 29, 2005 Click this link to read more.

2005: Son of Peru RPCV John Platt wins prize for Peruvian Restaurant in Portland Oregon

The first time Andina’s Peter Platt heard it said that the three great cuisines of the world were French, Chinese and Peruvian, he was a bit taken back as well. “I was pretty surprised to hear him say that,” said Peter of a good friend of his who also happens to be a chef. Not that he didn’t already appreciate “the first great, original fusion cuisine,” as he puts it, but to hear the relatively little-known food that his mother had served him growing up in Corvallis referred to as one of the world’s greatest helped to add perspective to a pride he already took in his heritage. Story Date: November 11, 2005 Click this link to read more.

2005: Peru RPCV Judy Espinar creates Folk Art Market in New Mexico

The first market was a huge success. Many of the participants reported that the trip to Santa Fe was life-changing. This year, market-sponsored artists earned nearly $500,000, a 46-percent increase from 2004 sales. Story Date: November 24, 2005 Click this link to read more.

2005: Daniel Pickens Manrique, son of Peru RPCV Hugh Pickens, opens Art Gallery "Imaginarte" in Huancayo, Peru

Que is lo primero que recuerdas de tu infancia? ��La motocicleta de mi viejo en el patio de mi casa. Story Date: December 17, 2005 Click this link to read more.

2005: Bolivia RPCV Michael Hirsh to to direct Peace Corps in Peru

It will be the fourth Peace Corps tour for Hirsh, 60, who served as a volunteer during 1970 and 1971 in Punata, Bolivia. From 1980-83, he was the assistant country director in Ecuador, and from 1992-1997 was country director in the Dominican Republic. Story Date: December 29, 2005 Click this link to read more.

2006: African-American Peace Corps volunteer Angela Jones has — to her surprise — blended into Peru

As one of her secondary projects, Jones recently formed an association of black volunteers along with two other Peace Corps colleagues. The association works as a support group and forum for understanding the experiences of Africans living in Peru. The group travels to villages with large black populations, where they talk with community members about their issues and integration into mainstream Peruvian society. Story Date: February 15, 2006 Click this link to read more.

2006: Peace Corps Volunteers Wayne and Rolly Thompson eat guinea pig in Peru

My hosts took great pride in offering me the front of the guinea pig. The first time, I played with the guinea pig quite a bit. As the others watched to see whether I would eat it or not, I swallowed as much as I could. Story Date: March 1, 2006 Click this link to read more.

2006: Peru RPCV Andy Nichols' story inspires public-health grad student

Before Nichols entered politics, the former Peace Corps volunteer who spoke Spanish paved the way to create rural and border health programs. He created a public-health program at the UA, which eventually became the Zuckerman College of Public Health. He was instrumental in establishing five federally funded rural-health centers in Arizona and he helped establish the federal U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission, which coordinates binational border health programs. Story Date: April 21, 2006 Click this link to read more.

2006: RPCV Alan Coyne returns to Peru after 37 years

The welcome was immediate and overwhelming from villagers who remembered Alan. Even though the 26-year islander has led his profession as president of the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors, it's hard to imagine people following the quiet "El Gringo Alan" through the streets like a Pied Piper. Story Date: May 8, 2006 Click this link to read more.

2006: Lt. Ehren Watada, son of Peru RPCV Robert Watada, calls Iraq war illegal, refuses order to go

"I feel that we have been lied to and betrayed by this administration," Watada said Tuesday in a telephone interview from Fort Lewis. "It is the duty, the obligation of every soldier, and specifically the officers, to evaluate the legality, the truth behind every order — including the order to go to war." His father — Robert Watada, a retired Hawaii state official — was opposed to the war in Vietnam, and was able to do alternative service in the Peace Corps in Peru. Story Date: June 6, 2006 Click this link to read more.

2006: Peru RPCV Alice Gilmore Alusic writes: Only in a culture of deep hospitality could a homemaker stretch an egg to serve six people, rather than serve nothing to the two guests who happened into her kitchen at breakfast time

It was my custom, as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English in a small Peruvian town in the mid-1960s, to take breakfast at the pension up the cobblestoned main street. My compatriot Bob also usually ate at the pension in the morning. But on a particular morning, as I stepped out of my room in the family compound where I lived, I heard his laugh burbling out from just across the grassless courtyard. He must have come visiting. Bob and I understood that it would be a breach of Peruvian hospitality to refuse to stay for the breakfast that Shena and Miguel were so obviously preparing for us, their unexpected guests. Story Date: June 26, 2006 Click this link to read more.

2006: Peru RPCV Hugh Pickens writes: A Victorian Mansion in Baltimore's Reservoir Hill

"When I served in the Peace Corps 35 years ago one of the most interesting and rewarding aspects of the experience was the opportunity to speak the language, learn the music, poetry, and customs of my country of service, and to some extent "get inside the heads" of the people I was working with to understand the world through their point of view. Living in a Victorian house for twenty years and immersing ourselves in books and movies that portray Victorian life has allowed my wife and I a similar experience - a journey not in distance but in time. In our culture today, we think of ourselves as advanced and modern, but in the past few years we have come to admire many aspects of Victorian life, the moral code that they lived by, and the graciousness of sharing our Victorian home with family and friends." Story Date: July 25, 2006 Click this link to read more.

2006: When "Mama Doris," wife of Peru RPCV John Platt, opened a sophisticated New Andean Peruvian restaurant in this city's fashionable Pearl District three years ago, she never imagined the enthusiastic response

The success of Doris Rodriguez de Platt and her family reflects the burgeoning interest in the foodways of the third largest South American country. Peruvian cuisine, with its mix of immigrant influences and characteristic native ingredients including colorful corn, chiles and potatoes, is exploding onto the culinary scene here and abroad, particularly in Japan, Spain and other parts of Europe and Canada. Story Date: August 9, 2006 Click this link to read more.

2006: Lt. Ehren Watada, son of Peru RPCV Robert Watada, says he was following his conscience and upholding his duty not to obey illegal orders

In January, after he became convinced that the war was illegal, he tried to resign rather than go to Iraq, but the Army wouldn't let him do so. As a compromise, he asked to be sent instead to Afghanistan, a war he supports. His request was not granted. Story Date: August 18, 2006 Click this link to read more.

2006: Ecuador RPCV Bob Watada opposed the Vietnam war and avoided serving in it by joining the Peace Corps, then going to graduate school

When Ehren Watada signed up for the army, he thought he was being patriotic. But after talking to veterans returning from Iraq and studying documents that showed Bush had lied about weapons of mass destruction there, the 28-year-old lieutenant became convinced that the patriotic position was to refuse deployment to Iraq. “After 9/11, he wanted to do something to serve the community, to serve the country,” said his father, Bob Watada, over coffee Monday morning in a South Berkeley café. The elder Watada is in the Bay Area this week speaking at more than a dozen events from Santa Cruz to Santa Rosa in an effort to bring pressure from “the court of public opinion” to bear on the military. Story Date: August 22, 2006 Click this link to read more.

2006: Peru RPCV Maureen Haggerty honored for her exceptional efforts as a special education teacher

But it was Haggerty's experience before landing in the Brazos Valley that most helped shape her as a teacher, she said. After completing college, the Tennessee native joined the Peace Corps in 1971 and served as a teacher during the years following a disastrous earthquake in Peru. Story Date: September 3, 2006 Click this link to read more.

2006: Peru RPCV John McAuliff says that his group wants Washington to lift its 40-year-old restrictions on U.S. travel to the island, just as it liberalized U.S. food sales to Cuba

"We've isolated ourselves with our policy toward Cuba," said McAuliff, a former Peace Corps volunteer, active for 21 years with a New York-based nonprofit group called Fund for Reconciliation and Development that initially pushed for exchanges with Vietnam and Cambodia and took groups there. Story Date: September 12, 2006 Click this link to read more.

2006: Meredith Dorneker is leaving to serve with the Peace Corps in Peru

Meredith's mother, Anne Dorneker, wasn't thrilled initially with her daughter's decision to join the Peace Corps. She envisioned politically hostile countries that seemingly lacked basic amenities like running water and hot showers. "I'm an old person, so I think of hippies in the '70s," Anne Dorneker said. "JFK and do-gooders." Story Date: September 13, 2006 Click this link to read more.

2006: Ricardo Chavira narrates newest Peace Corps Public Service Announcements

The PSAs are narrated by Ricardo Chavira, who currently stars as Carlos Solis on the ABC show Desperate Housewives. Ricardo's parents, Juan Chavira and Elizabeth Ries Chavira, were \link{, both Peace Corps Volunteers}, serving in Peru from 1966-68. Ricardo narrated both the English and Spanish language version of the PSA. "I grew up hearing about how my parents' Peace Corps experiences shaped their careers and attitudes," said Chavira. "I'm delighted to share in this legacy by working with the Peace Corps to support its mission of promoting world peace and friendship." Story Date: September 25, 2006 Click this link to read more.

2006: Bush promises Peru's Garcia to push for trade pact

Garcia, making his first official visit to the White House since becoming president in July, has embraced the free trade agreement after criticizing it during his election campaign. The free trade agreement was negotiated during the term of President Alejandro Toledo, the \newurl{, Peace Corps President}. Story Date: October 10, 2006 Click this link to read more.

2006: Peru RPCV Hugh Pickens writes: "Goodbye Darkness" is a Powerful Memoir that explains the "Greatest Generation"

"The book bears more than a superficial resemblance to another favorite book, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," that is also a journey into darkness to discover the author's shadow self. Both books are written in first person, both recount a journey each author makes to places he had been before, both describe the memories that each author rediscovers during the journey, and both books end with the startling realization that the younger protagonist of the book and the author are one and the same. While Pirsig makes a motorcycle trip to Montana to a college where he taught before he had a nervous breakdown and was subjected to electroshock treatments that caused him to "lose" his memory, Manchester tells the story of his journey thirty years afterwards to the battlefields where he fought and of the battle wound that had made his subsequent memories "unreliable." " Story Date: October 16, 2006 Click this link to read more.

2006: Peru RPCV Jerry Secundy appointed President of the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance (CCEEB)

Secundy comes to CCEEB after serving as Vice Chairman of the California State Water Resources Control Board. His past positions include Executive Director of Audubon California, a Vice President of External Affairs and Environmental Health and Safety at the Atlantic Richfield Company, and an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Land and Natural Resource Division. He also previously served as Chairman of CCEEB for three years from 2000-2002 and spent over two years as a volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps from 1966-1969. Secundy is a graduate of both Harvard College and Columbia University Law School where he was awarded his LL.B. He has been a life long member of the Sierra Club, Common Cause and the American Civil Liberties Union. Story Date: November 8, 2006 Click this link to read more.

2006: Watada court-martial set for Feb. 5

Lt. Ehren Watada, the son of Peru RPCV Robert Watada, of is charged with missing movement for not deploying to Iraq with his unit from Fort Lewis, Wash., on June 22. He is also charged with conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman for comments he made. He faces up to six years in prison. An additional charge of contemptuous remarks against the president was dropped. Story Date: November 20, 2006 Click this link to read more.

2006: Peru RPCV Warren "Bill" Weed/ writes: Lessons learned in Peace Corps lasted a lifetime

"Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." John F. Kennedy's words during his inaugural address inspired this young college freshman, and I never forgot them. When the Peace Corps was looking for forestry professionals to embark on a tour in Peru, I signed up and, at the age of 22, soon found myself in the high Andes, confronted with the task of convincing the local forest engineer that the mortality he was experiencing in his nursery was not the norm. Story Date: November 22, 2006 Click this link to read more.

2006: Update: Peru RPCV Ron Garfinkle sells Monroe Salt Works, company stays in Maine

What began in Maine will stay in Maine. That’s the approach Jay and Karen Burke will take as new owners of Monroe Salt Works, said Jay on Tuesday in a telephone interview. For an undisclosed price, the Burkes, from Cape Elizabeth, purchased the business that includes the production facility in Monroe and five stores in Maine and Massachusetts. The Burkes officially took over ownership of the business Nov. 15, from founder Ron Garfinkel. Each piece of salt-glaze pottery made at Monroe Salt Works is one-of-a-kind. Jay has a background in the seafood business, while Karen has retail experience, including 15 years in jewelry sales. Jay said Monroe Salt Works is just what he and Karen were looking for. “We were looking for a company that produced products in Maine that were basically a part of Maine,” said Jay. “Then we found Monroe Salt Works.” The Burkes saw the acquisition as a chance to continue a company that produces “good, high-quality products that are produced in rural Maine.” “We didn’t want to see another company leave the state of Maine,” said Jay. “That was an important part of it for us, that we had a recognized company from Maine with an enthusiastic and skilled workforce. We can’t be any happier.” Story Date: December 1, 2006 Click this link to read more.

2007: Tunisia RPCV Lance Holter writes: 1st Lt. Ehren Watada risks it all in an act of moral conscience

"I learned about the courage of conviction last week when I met with a courageous young American patriot. A leader who lives by example. An individual, who out of a decision of moral conscience, refuses to participate in a war that he believes (after much personal research) violates the U.S. Constitution, Geneva accords, Nuremberg principals, and the United Nations Charter. First Lieutenant Ehren Watada, a 28 year old U.S. Army artillery officer from Hawaii, has become the first active duty military officer publicly to oppose the war in Iraq. As a result of his act of conscience and challenging what we now know about the war in Iraq, Lt. Watada is facing military court martial at Ft. Lewis Washington this February 5, 2007."��"I, for one, am outraged. If the past national election or national polls are any indication of America’s dissatisfaction and outrage with the Iraq war then I am in good company. Seventy-two percent of the U.S. troops in a 2006 Zogby poll want the U.S. out Iraq in 12 months. So when an individual emerges with the integrity of Lt. Watada, all of us benefit, whether we agree with him or not. In the national debate on the Iraq war we have an island boy risking all that he has including his future to help us all arrive at the truth." Story Date: January 2, 2007 Click this link to read more.

2007: A Mistrial for Lieut. Watada

Watada, 28, faced charges both for failing to deploy and for making public statements about the war that the Army considered "conduct unbecoming an officer." In a pretrial stipulation as part of an agreement to lower the number charges against him, Watada had admitted his failure to deploy. He did not admit guilt on the charge, however, because he felt his failure to deploy had been justified by the war's alleged illegality. Prosecutors were satisfied with this arrangement and were prepared to let the jury decide the matter. So was the judge, until Wednesday, the third day of the court-martial. "The judge was concerned that the stipulation amounted to a confession by Watada to an offense to which he intended to plead not guilty," said Fort Lewis spokesman Joseph Piek. It was unclear why it had taken the judge three days to come to this conclusion concerning a document that was a pillar of the prosecution's case, but it was nevertheless devastating to the military prosecutors, who had rested their case the previous day. Story Date: February 8, 2007 Click this link to read more.

2007: Bill Simpich writes: The Watada mistrial: Here's What Really Happened

Lt. Watada repeatedly told the judge on Monday and Tuesday morning, before the trial began, that he agreed with the 12-page "stipulation of facts" that was provided to the panel of seven officers as evidence of most of the key events in this case. The lieutenant reminded the judge in every response that he continued to believe that his orders to go to Iraq were illegal. The judge raised concerns about the document on Wednesday morning, moments before Lt. Watada was set to take the witness stand. The judge had just received a new proposed legal instruction from Defense Attorney Seitz. Since the judge had recently ruled that the order given to Lt. Watada to deploy to Iraq was "legal," Seitz took the logical next step. Entitled "Reasonable Mistake of Fact/Law," his new instruction was designed to inform the panel that even if Lt. Watada were "mistaken" in his belief that the order was illegal, a defense to the "missing movement" charge would be viable if the panel made a finding that Lt. Watada's belief that the order was illegal was "reasonable." Shaken by this instruction, the judge tried to claim that Seitz had introduced some error by submitting this instruction, forgetting that the panel had not seen the instruction and hence any error was literally impossible! Realizing the error of his ways, the judge then tried to speak to Lt. Watada about his understanding of the stipulation without asking Seitz for his permission. After initially warning the judge that he might not let him speak to Lt. Watada, Seitz relented and told the judge that he would let him speak to him over objection The judge repeatedly tried to shake Lt. Watada's insistence that he reasonably believed that he was following an illegal order, all the while insisting that he wasn't trying to mislead him in any way. Lt. Watada again respectfully but firmly punctuated his remarks with his state of mind. Story Date: February 9, 2007 Click this link to read more.

2007: Rory Schember guides villagers in Chota, Peru, as they build small artisan businesses

He guides villagers in Chota, Peru, as they build small artisan businesses. Eventually he will teach them how to market and export their crafts, he said. He hopes his work will ‘‘leave an impact, no matter how small” on his Peruvian neighbors. He also hopes Peace Corps can offer some direction in figuring out what he wants to do with his life. But most important, he said, is socializing and cultivating relationships in Peru. Story Date: February 26, 2007 Click this link to read more.

2007: Ryan Nelson goes to Peru with Peace Corps

Through his work, Nelson hopes to either form an association of women weavers to start a marketable business of hand bags, wall hangings, table sets and other products, or work with a fish-farming project. "As far as the experience goes, I couldn't ask for anything better," he said. "It's really an unmatchable experience. I'm not saying that it's an easy job, as I have never been so challenged in my life, but it is extremely gratifying." Story Date: March 5, 2007 Click this link to read more.

2007: Peru RPCV Bob Watada becomes outspoken critic of Iraq war

Bob Watada, a 67-year-old retired state official, said after his son, Ehren, became the first military officer to face a court martial for publicly refusing to deploy to Iraq, his life dramatically changed. He researched events leading up the war, started criticizing the Bush administration on its reasons for invading Iraq, and then traveled across the country for much of the past year with his wife to speak about his son and raise money for legal costs. "It was because of him that I've gone out and educated myself," said Bob Watada, who served as executive director of Hawaii's Campaign Spending Commission for a decade. "I've given literally hundreds of speeches. If it wasn't for my son I wouldn't have read all these books." Story Date: April 15, 2007 Click this link to read more.

2007: RPCV Char McLaughlin teaches Peruvian cooking at Bismarck State College

Before Columbus landed in the New World, European diets consisted of lots of grain-based gruels, said Char McLaughlin, of Bismarck, whose three-year Peace Corps stint in Peru was spent teaching home economics and picking up traditional cooking from the communities she lived in. So if you like any of the following - tomatoes, potatoes, vanilla, chocolate, squash, peppers, bananas, pineapples and corn - say "thank you" to the Incas and other South and North American peoples who cultivated them. Cooking techniques in Peru were passed down from grandmothers and aunts and mothers, she said. Produce was abundant and varied, but because of the high elevations in portions of the country, a pressure cooker was a must, she said; some foods such as beans could be boiled forever in the low-oxygen heights and never cook through. The time required for chopping and grinding foods meant that the first thing families bought when electricity arrived was a food processor and a rice cooker, she said. Story Date: May 2, 2007 Click this link to read more.

2007: Peru RPCV William Jacoby has been named President of Direct Global Power

Prior to joining DGP in 2006, Jacoby served as Vice President of the Besicorp Group, an independent power producer that developed six successful cogeneration plants in New York State where he performed due diligence assignments and assembled the external development team for a proposed 1,000 MW power project in India. He was Chief Counsel of the Albany Community Development Agency for six years. Earlier, he implemented Albany's award-winning affordable housing development program and managed its local economic development program. His experience also includes 4 years in state government as director of a policy bureau, and service in the U. S. Peace Corps in Peru. Story Date: June 20, 2007 [2007.06.20: June 20, 2007: Headlines: COS - Peru: Business: Engineering: Energy: Solar Power: Direct Global Power,: Peru RPCV William Jacoby has been named President of Direct Global Power Click this link to read more.]

2007: Sierra Leone RPCV Alrick Brown and Peru RPCV St Clair Bourne at African Cinefest in Barbados

Among the visiting directors was Alrick Brown, a Jamaican living in New York, who is in the early stages of pre-production of the epic film to be released next year about the life and times of famous cricketers and Barbados' national hero Sir Garfield Sobers. The movie will involve some local actors and some of the filming will be done in Barbados. Director St Clair Bourne, whose father was a Barbadian, is presenting a documentary, titled: John Henrick Clarke: A Great And Mighty Walk. Clarke was a noted African American historian, scholar and Pan African activist. The film on him was produced and narrated by actor Wesley Snipes. Story Date: August 25, 2007 Click this link to read more.

2007: Federal judge tells military to halt Watada court-martial

In a rare, last-minute move, U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin Settle on Friday put Watada's Tuesday court-martial on hold. In the weeks ahead, Settle will decide whether this second trial should proceed, or be quashed as a violation of the officer's constitutional rights that protect against double jeopardy, or being tried twice for the same crime. Watada's first trial unraveled in February when a military judge expressed misgivings over Watada's interpretation of a pretrial agreement. The judge, over objections by the defense, ruled a mistrial. Watada's attorneys argued that a second trial sought by Fort Lewis prosecutors would represent double jeopardy, and they unsuccessfully sought to persuade two military appeals courts to block the trial. Story Date: October 13, 2007 Click this link to read more.

2007: Peru Country director Frank Mankiewicz to Speak at Monterey Institute of International Studies

Mr. Mankiewicz was president of National Public Radio. He was also the regional director for the Peace Corps in Latin America, campaign director for 1972 Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern, and press secretary to Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Mr. Mankiewicz has been active in national and regional politics, serving as a senior adviser to political candidates. Story Date: November 28, 2007 Click this link to read more.

2008: San Francisco Black Film Festival Establishes St. Clair Bourne Award for Best Documentary Film

Ave Montague, founder and director of the San Francisco Black Film Festival (SFBFF) announced today that a special tribute to the late documentary filmmaker St. Clair Bourne (1943-2007) will take place during the 10th annual San Francisco Black Film Festival in June. The tribute will consist of screening of selected films including Making "Do The Right Thing," The Black And The Green, John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk, a panel discussion with Bay Area documentary filmmakers, and the first St. Claire Bourne Award will be presented to the winner in the documentary category Story Date: February 15, 2008 Click this link to read more.

2008: Deb Peterson writes: After my husband and I got married, we joined the Peace Corps as one of the first married couples

After my husband and I got married, we joined the Peace Corps as one of the first married couples. We were in Puerto Rico training to go on to Peru when we found out I was pregnant. The Peace Corps sent us home because they were not equipped to deal with a pregnant woman in Peru. I got involved with raising our kids and wasn't in the workplace for a number of years and in 1982, I became a Coro fellow. Story Date: March 11, 2008 Click this link to read more.

2008: Peru RPCV Hugh Pickens writes: Death Be Not Proud

When I talked to Peter at his home a few weeks ago, I asked Peter what he thought his legacy would be. "I think it will be my daughters. I am really proud of them," Peter said. "You know they are very kind and I think that kindness is about the most important human attribute." I think Peter had kindness in him. In the years I worked with him I never once heard him raise his voice or lose his temper. Peter always believed that the facts would speak for themselves and it wasn't necessary to present emotional arguments to support a position. When Peter discovered he had cancer he approached the problem like any other. "A weaker individual would have succumbed to self-pity," wrote Jeanne Mignon. "Peter, true to form, researched and advocated for every possible avenue for cure, remission or delay of the tumor engulfing his system." Peter had a quiet dignity as he faced his condition philosophically. There was a strength in Peter that bordered on divine - you could feel it in his presence. Story Date: May 17, 2008 Click this link to read more.

2008: Ecuador RPCV Lynn Lurie took six years to write her novel, “Corner of the Dead" about Peru's Shining Path

Lurie, a former Peace Corps volunteer, drew upon her experiences and set the story in Peru during the time of the Shining Path guerillas. “My theory was that terrorism is much like an illness,” she said. “You don’t know who is going to be dead or alive in the morning. It is the same sense that your world is turned upside down.” She added, “The cries of the children in the book are not from the Andes but the NYU pediatric neurology ward.” Rewriting the novel meant brushing up on her Spanish and studying the 2,000 pages of testimonies from the Peruvian reconciliation commission hearings, mostly accounts of villagers in the Andes. Lurie served as a volunteer in Ecuador, but recalled visiting Lima, the capital of Peru, during the early 1980s. “The Shining path was really active in Lima,” she said. “There were blackouts and you couldn’t go out after six o’clock.” Story Date: May 29, 2008 Click this link to read more.

2008: An Interview with PCOL

"The goal of PCOL is simple, to serve as a resource for Returned Volunteers and Friends of the Peace Corps and to further the third goal of Peace Corps. I have never liked the term "Former Peace Corps Volunteer." To me once you are a volunteer, you are a volunteer for life and I like to think of myself as continuing to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer primarily by contributing to the third goal through my web sites." Story Date: July 4, 2008 Click this link to read more.

2008: Daniel Pickens, son of RPCV Hugh Pickens says: "Pinto como si estuviera escribiendo"

"Mis abuelos coleccionaban pinturas de Josué Sánchez, el artista de los murales del monasterio de Ocopa. Crecí entre sus cuadros. Entonces empecé a imitar sus trazos y colores, hasta que a pocos fui encontrando mis propias líneas", afirma el artista. "Yo no dependo de nadie. Me tomo todo el tiempo para trabajar mis cuadros, por eso cada día voy agregando cosas a mis cruces. Si miras con cuidado, yo voy como escribiendo pequeñas cositas. Por ejemplo, conocí a esta chica, me ocurrió algo, lo coloco. Así, hasta que acabo de pintar la cruz." Daniel Pickens is the son of Peru RPCV Hugh Pickens. Story Date: July 23, 2008 Click this link to read more.

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