Monday, July 21, 2008

[Film news] New Liberia documentary available to FOG members

FOG newsletter editor Mackenzie Pfeifer Dabo reports:

Friends of Guinea members and friends have the opportunity to purchase copies of the new documentary "Iron Ladies of Liberia" at a discount and at the same time raise money for FOG.

From Producer Annie Eastman:

The documentary film, "Iron Ladies of Liberia," as seen on PBS and BBC, is now available on DVD. Use this direct link and get $5 off and help raise $5 for FOG when you purchase a copy:

(Offer expires 10/15/2008)

Educators, this is a great way to teach about democracy, Africa, and courage!

In November 2005, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became Africa’s first elected female president. A former finance minister known as the “Iron Lady,” Sirleaf quickly appointed a team of strong women around her, including the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Commerce, and the Chief of Police. Iron Ladies of Liberia follows these women over the course of their turbulent first year in office – a year which will determine the future of their country.

Iron Ladies of Liberia is a unique look behind the scenes at the rebirth of a nation and democracy in action, under the steady hand of women determined to make history and move their country forward.

Monday, July 07, 2008

[Commentary] Is the Peace Corps broken?

A controversial essay on the website of Foreign Policy magazine opines: In the eyes of Americans, no government agency better exemplifies the optimism, can-do spirit, and selfless nature of the United States than the Peace Corps. Unfortunately, it’s never lived up to its purpose or principles.