Category Archives: Togo & Peace Corps

They eat horses, don’t they?

By Joel Thurtell Couple weeks ago, my friend Donna invited me to dinner. I was delighted. Donna has a summer place near our cottage in McGregor Bay, Ontario, and I’ve eaten her food before. She is a brilliant cook. We … Continue reading

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Peace Corps needs a union

By Joel Thurtell The Peace Corps does not need a cascade of new laws designed to force its administrative caste to treat the flunky class — volunteers — like human beings. What Peace Corps volunteers need is a union. Recent … Continue reading

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Redeeming the Peace Corps, or not

By Joel Thurtell I’m not surprised that Peace Corps volunteers are being raped at their work sites overseas, and I’m less surprised that Peace Corps administrators have taken a callous, blame-the-victim attitude. I’ll be astonished if Congress passes a bill … Continue reading

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Deep in my heart: Togo and the Peace Corps

Fifty years ago today, presidential candidate John F. Kennedy announced from the steps of the University of Michigan’s Union that if elected, he would form the Peace Corps to use young Americans to help underdeveloped countries. Twenty years ago, my … Continue reading

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