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  • Is Prosecution or Rehabilitation the Better Response to Home-Grown Terrorist Recruits?

    Saturday, May 23, 2015
    The prosecutor in the case, U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger, had previously opposed rehabilitation over prison for another Somali-American, Abdullahi Yusuf, who also wanted to join IS. Luger appears to have had a change of heart however, and hopes to fight the recruitment of young people by IS with programs such as mentoring and job counseling. The federal government estimates that between 150 and 180 Americans have tried to leave the country and join up with groups fighting in Syria.   read more
  • Biggest, Oldest Trees Most Likely to Succumb to Global Warming; Small Plants May be Spared

    Saturday, May 23, 2015
    If researchers are correct and older, larger trees die off as a result of climate change, the trees’ demise will cause there to be even more carbon in the atmosphere. “It’s the big trees that store the most carbon,” McDowell said, noting that the tall trees are also those that do the most photosynthesis, pulling more carbon out of the atmosphere than small trees. In addition, the loss of bigger trees could affect animal species that rely on them for their habitats.   read more
  • Capitol Police Ordered to Get More Training after Leaving Guns in Public Restrooms

    Saturday, May 23, 2015
    In March, a child found a gun belonging to a member of House Speaker John Boehner’s police detail in a bathroom at the Capitol. Another gun, this one belonging to a member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s detail, was discovered by a worker in a bathroom at the Congressional Visitors’ Center. So now, officers will be required to take an online class in the proper protocol for handling weapons in situations such as when nature calls.   read more
  • Director of the Transportation Security Administration: Who Is Peter Neffenger?

    Saturday, May 23, 2015
    Neffenger went on to serve as the Coast Guard’s director of strategic management and doctrine and by 2010 he was the Coast Guard’s deputy commandant for operations and deputy national incident commander and worked on much of that service’s response to the April 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. In May 2014, he was made vice commandant of the Coast Guard, that service’s No. 2-ranking officer, a post he held until his nomination as TSA director.   read more
  • Director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis: Who Is Brian Moyer?

    Saturday, May 23, 2015
    Some of Moyer’s research has been directed at improving statistics related to measures of volume and prices, productivity and uses of intermediate purchases by industry. Moyer became BEA’s acting director in May 2014 when the previous director, J. Steven Landefeld, stepped down. If Landefeld’s tenure is any predictor, Moyer might be at BEA for a while; Landefeld led the agency for 19 years.   read more

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  • Four Banks Guilty of Currency Manipulation but, as Usual, No One’s Going to Jail

    Friday, May 22, 2015
    “For more than five years, traders in ‘The Cartel’ used a private electronic chat room to manipulate the spot market’s exchange rate between euros and dollars using coded language to conceal their collusion,” said Attorney General Lynch. In one conversation, a Barclays employee said: “If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying.” Lynch said the currency manipulation “inflated the banks’ profits while harming countless consumers, investors and institutions...including the banks’ own customers.”   read more
  • World Trade Organization Overrules U.S. Country-of-Origin Rules for Meat Products

    Thursday, May 21, 2015
    WTO ruled that American regulations that require the meat industry to use country of origin labels (COOL) represent a violation of NAFTA. “This is just the latest example of how multinational companies use the global trade system to attack basic protections for U.S. consumers,” said Wenonah Hauter. “The meat industry has been trying – and failing – for years to get rid of COOL through the U.S. system, so it had to use unaccountable, unelected trade officials at the WTO to do its dirty work.”   read more
  • Wyoming Criminalizes taking Soil Samples and “Ecological” Photos on Public Lands

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    The Republican-dominated state has adopted a new law which outlaws the collecting of ecological data on private and public lands. Violations can result in a year of prison time and fines of $5,000. It also makes any samples inadmissible as evidence in court, even if they show environmental hazards. The law prohibits photos and soil samples used for ecological purposes, even in state and national parks. Opponents say it is so broad, it would prevent taking photos at Yellowstone National Park.   read more

Unusual News

  • Tall Men Make more Money…but only up to 6 Feet

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    About to ask for a raise? You might have more luck if you do it wearing a pair of elevator shoes. A study published in the Journal of Human Capital showed a difference in height among men, even just four or five inches, can result in higher earnings ranging from 9% to 15%, according to Joe Pinsker at The Atlantic. Pinsker also reported that another source indicated “an extra inch is worth almost $800 a year in elevated earnings.”   read more
  • Organic Produce Now Accounts for 12% of Sales in U.S.

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015
    “Across the heartland of America and all along the Gulf Coast, sales of organic products are posting double-digit increases,” according to OTA. “The majority of American households in all regions of the country now make organic a part of their supermarket and retail purchases – from 68 to almost 80% of households in southern states, to nearly 90% on the West Coast.” The trade group also reported that organic sales are reaching the “milestone” of 5% share of the total food market in the U.S.   read more
  • New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Sued for Rejecting “8THEIST” License Plate, but Accepting “BAPTIST”

    Sunday, May 17, 2015
    Shannon Morgan entered 8THEIST into the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission website and it was rejected with the message “requested plate is considered objectionable.” However when Morgan entered “BAPTIST,” she was allowed to continue with the application.   read more

Where is the Money Going?

  • Millions Donated to Cancer Charities Paid for Online Dating, Caribbean Cruises, Hooters Meals and Victoria’s Secret Shopping

    Friday, May 22, 2015
    The FTC and attorneys general from all 50 states have accused the managers of four related cancer charities of spending millions of dollars in donations on themselves instead of helping cancer patients. Only 3% of the monies raised by the four charities went to help patients. The FTC and AGs have described the charitable operations as “sham charities” that “operated as personal fiefdoms characterized by rampant nepotism, flagrant conflicts of interest, and excessive insider compensation.”   read more
  • The $36 Million Marine Headquarters in Afghanistan that was never Used: Who Pocketed the Money?

    Thursday, May 21, 2015
    The money never would have been spent had the Corps heeded the requests of then-Maj. Gen. Richard P. Mills, who said the headquarters wasn’t needed and that commanders could make do with other facilities. The building wasn’t even seen as something that would have been nice to have. “We certainly needed many things in those early days,” Marine Maj. Gen. Larry Nicholson said, “but we were very pleased with [current headquarters].” Neither Mills nor Nicholson got their way, however.   read more
  • Franchises Most Likely to Fail: Golf Etc. and All Tune and Lube

    Saturday, May 16, 2015
    A report from Service Employees International Union shows that 19.3% of all franchises purchased with SBA loans from 2006 to 2010 have failed. That failure rate has increased over time; loans originating from 1991 to 1995 failed 12.7% of the time. Two franchises with the highest failure rates are Golf Etc., at 49.6%, and All Tune and Lube at 41.6%. Purchasers of those two franchises were almost even money to go down the tubes, costing the taxpayers thousands of dollars.   read more

Controversies

  • West Virginia Court Allows Illegal Prescription Drug Addicts to Seek Damages from Healthcare Providers

    Friday, May 22, 2015
    In a 3-2 decision, Chief Justice Margaret Workman said the plaintiffs were entitled to seek damages even though they themselves behaved illegally or immorally. Interestingly, “the majority noted that most, if not all, of the plaintiffs admitted their abuse of controlled substances occurred before they sought help at Mountain Medical Center,” according to the AP. Justice Allen Loughry, who dissented along with Justice Menis Ketchum, wrote: “There are no even remotely innocent victims here.”   read more
  • DEA Operatives Accused of Secretly Operating New Jersey Strip Club

    Friday, May 22, 2015
    Polos spent 24 years with the DEA, recently as assistant special agent-in-charge of a joint task force on illegal narcotics. Glover is a telecommunications specialist who has spent 17 years with the DEA. But neither revealed on a national-security form that they owned and operated the Twins Plus Go-Go Lounge which featured “scantily clad and sometimes topless women.” Had they told superiors about the strip club, they likely would have lost their security clearance and, thus, their jobs.   read more
  • EEOC Files Lawsuit against 10 Oil Companies for Paying Women less than Men for Same Work

    Thursday, May 21, 2015
    The EEOC lawsuit is directed at True Oil LLC, based in Wyoming and owned by brothers Hank and Dave True, and its associated companies. One alleged violation involved a male clerk who had only one year of accounting experience, plus 11 years as a store manager with some bookkeeping experience, being paid $21 an hour. Hired at the same time as that man was a woman who had 17 years of accounting experience yet was never paid more than $16.93 an hour.   read more

U.S. and the World

  • Release of Warren Report on U.S. Labor Protection Failures Aims to Counter Obama Fast Track Authority for TPP Passage

    Friday, May 22, 2015
    Warren claims the GAO, along with the Labor and State departments, have documented “significant and persistent problems with labor abuses in countries with which we have FTAs.” However, the report notes that the U.S. seldom tries to enforce fair labor provisions. Warren has also objected to the lack of transparency about the exact provisions of the TPP: “We’re being asked to grease the skids for a deal that’s basically done but is being held in secret until after this vote."   read more
  • Obama Promises U.S. Military will Defend Rich Arab Dictatorships

    Monday, May 18, 2015
    High officials from six Persian Gulf countries got assurances from President Barack Obama that the United States would respond, perhaps with military force, to an “external threat” to any of the countries. Amnesty International has cataloged human rights abuses in each of those countries.   read more
  • Polish Government Agrees to Pay Victims of CIA Torture

    Sunday, May 17, 2015
    The CIA paid Poland as much as $50 million to use the Stare Kiejkuty intelligence base to interrogate prisoners it brought in from other countries. Former President Aleksander Kwaśniewski and then-Prime Minister Leszek Miller, who allowed the use of the base, may even be subject to prosecution. Many Poles feel betrayed that their country, so recently subject to abuses under Communist rule, was used as a torture site by the United States.   read more

Appointments and Resignations

  • Hungary’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Réka Szemerkényi?

    Monday, May 18, 2015
    In 2006, Szemerkényi was named chief advisor for international public relations to the CEO of MOL group, the Hungarian oil and gas company. That same year, she also became a senior associate in the Institute of Kremlinology at Gáspár Károli Reformed University. Orbán and Fidesz returned to office in 2010 and by 2011 Szemerkényi was the prime minister’s chief advisor on security policy. Szemerkényi’s views are said to be completely in line with those of Orbán.   read more
  • Chair of the Federal Election Commission: Who Is Ann Ravel?

    Sunday, May 17, 2015
    In May 2015, Ravel said it is unlikely that the FEC, which has three Democrats and three Republicans on its board, will be able to do much to regulate the coming presidential election. “The likelihood of the laws being enforced is slim,” she told The New York Times. “I never want to give up, but I’m not under any illusions. People think the FEC is dysfunctional. It’s worse than dysfunctional.”   read more
  • Equatorial Guinea’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Miguel Ntutumu Evuna Andeme?

    Saturday, May 16, 2015
    Evuna Andeme is not an ordinary citizen; his father, Alejandro Evuna Asangono Owono, is minister of state and his sister, Mari-Cruz Evuna Andeme, is ambassador to the United Kingdom, is the president of the country. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo’s government is known as one of the most repressive in the world.   read more

Domestic Policy/Agency of the Day

  • National Reconnaissance Office

    One of the most secretive agencies in the federal government, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) launches the nation’s military spy satellites. The NRO takes orders from both the Secretary of Defense and the Director of National Intellige...   more

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Foreign Policy/Nation of the Day

  • Norway

    One of the “lands of the midnight sun,” during its long history Norway has given the world the adventurous spirit of the Vikings, the plays of Henrik Ibsen and a humane model of domestic and foreign policy. Human settlement in what is considere...   more

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Meet Your Government

  • Woods, Sharon

    Special Agent Sharon E. Woods was appointed Acting Director of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) on January 27, 2008 after being named Deputy Director of DCIS on June 3, 2007.   According to the DCIS website, Woods is th...   more

Blog

  • Academy Awards 2015—Best Foreign Language Film

    When I tell people that, over a two-month period, I watched films from 83 different countries, the most common reaction is…a blank stare. Most people don’t even ask me what my favorites were. But I have to say that I had a wonderful time. Not only...   more
  • Is Prosecution or Rehabilitation the Better Response to Home-Grown Terrorist Recruits?

    Saturday, May 23, 2015
    The prosecutor in the case, U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger, had previously opposed rehabilitation over prison for another Somali-American, Abdullahi Yusuf, who also wanted to join IS. Luger appears to have had a change of heart however, and hopes to fight the recruitment of young people by IS with programs such as mentoring and job counseling. The federal government estimates that between 150 and 180 Americans have tried to leave the country and join up with groups fighting in Syria.   read more
  • Biggest, Oldest Trees Most Likely to Succumb to Global Warming; Small Plants May be Spared

    Saturday, May 23, 2015
    If researchers are correct and older, larger trees die off as a result of climate change, the trees’ demise will cause there to be even more carbon in the atmosphere. “It’s the big trees that store the most carbon,” McDowell said, noting that the tall trees are also those that do the most photosynthesis, pulling more carbon out of the atmosphere than small trees. In addition, the loss of bigger trees could affect animal species that rely on them for their habitats.   read more
  • Capitol Police Ordered to Get More Training after Leaving Guns in Public Restrooms

    Saturday, May 23, 2015
    In March, a child found a gun belonging to a member of House Speaker John Boehner’s police detail in a bathroom at the Capitol. Another gun, this one belonging to a member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s detail, was discovered by a worker in a bathroom at the Congressional Visitors’ Center. So now, officers will be required to take an online class in the proper protocol for handling weapons in situations such as when nature calls.   read more
  • Director of the Transportation Security Administration: Who Is Peter Neffenger?

    Saturday, May 23, 2015
    Neffenger went on to serve as the Coast Guard’s director of strategic management and doctrine and by 2010 he was the Coast Guard’s deputy commandant for operations and deputy national incident commander and worked on much of that service’s response to the April 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. In May 2014, he was made vice commandant of the Coast Guard, that service’s No. 2-ranking officer, a post he held until his nomination as TSA director.   read more
  • Director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis: Who Is Brian Moyer?

    Saturday, May 23, 2015
    Some of Moyer’s research has been directed at improving statistics related to measures of volume and prices, productivity and uses of intermediate purchases by industry. Moyer became BEA’s acting director in May 2014 when the previous director, J. Steven Landefeld, stepped down. If Landefeld’s tenure is any predictor, Moyer might be at BEA for a while; Landefeld led the agency for 19 years.   read more

Top Stories

  • Four Banks Guilty of Currency Manipulation but, as Usual, No One’s Going to Jail

    Friday, May 22, 2015
    “For more than five years, traders in ‘The Cartel’ used a private electronic chat room to manipulate the spot market’s exchange rate between euros and dollars using coded language to conceal their collusion,” said Attorney General Lynch. In one conversation, a Barclays employee said: “If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying.” Lynch said the currency manipulation “inflated the banks’ profits while harming countless consumers, investors and institutions...including the banks’ own customers.”   read more
  • World Trade Organization Overrules U.S. Country-of-Origin Rules for Meat Products

    Thursday, May 21, 2015
    WTO ruled that American regulations that require the meat industry to use country of origin labels (COOL) represent a violation of NAFTA. “This is just the latest example of how multinational companies use the global trade system to attack basic protections for U.S. consumers,” said Wenonah Hauter. “The meat industry has been trying – and failing – for years to get rid of COOL through the U.S. system, so it had to use unaccountable, unelected trade officials at the WTO to do its dirty work.”   read more
  • Wyoming Criminalizes taking Soil Samples and “Ecological” Photos on Public Lands

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    The Republican-dominated state has adopted a new law which outlaws the collecting of ecological data on private and public lands. Violations can result in a year of prison time and fines of $5,000. It also makes any samples inadmissible as evidence in court, even if they show environmental hazards. The law prohibits photos and soil samples used for ecological purposes, even in state and national parks. Opponents say it is so broad, it would prevent taking photos at Yellowstone National Park.   read more

Unusual News

  • Tall Men Make more Money…but only up to 6 Feet

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    About to ask for a raise? You might have more luck if you do it wearing a pair of elevator shoes. A study published in the Journal of Human Capital showed a difference in height among men, even just four or five inches, can result in higher earnings ranging from 9% to 15%, according to Joe Pinsker at The Atlantic. Pinsker also reported that another source indicated “an extra inch is worth almost $800 a year in elevated earnings.”   read more
  • Organic Produce Now Accounts for 12% of Sales in U.S.

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015
    “Across the heartland of America and all along the Gulf Coast, sales of organic products are posting double-digit increases,” according to OTA. “The majority of American households in all regions of the country now make organic a part of their supermarket and retail purchases – from 68 to almost 80% of households in southern states, to nearly 90% on the West Coast.” The trade group also reported that organic sales are reaching the “milestone” of 5% share of the total food market in the U.S.   read more
  • New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Sued for Rejecting “8THEIST” License Plate, but Accepting “BAPTIST”

    Sunday, May 17, 2015
    Shannon Morgan entered 8THEIST into the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission website and it was rejected with the message “requested plate is considered objectionable.” However when Morgan entered “BAPTIST,” she was allowed to continue with the application.   read more

Where is the Money Going?

  • Millions Donated to Cancer Charities Paid for Online Dating, Caribbean Cruises, Hooters Meals and Victoria’s Secret Shopping

    Friday, May 22, 2015
    The FTC and attorneys general from all 50 states have accused the managers of four related cancer charities of spending millions of dollars in donations on themselves instead of helping cancer patients. Only 3% of the monies raised by the four charities went to help patients. The FTC and AGs have described the charitable operations as “sham charities” that “operated as personal fiefdoms characterized by rampant nepotism, flagrant conflicts of interest, and excessive insider compensation.”   read more
  • The $36 Million Marine Headquarters in Afghanistan that was never Used: Who Pocketed the Money?

    Thursday, May 21, 2015
    The money never would have been spent had the Corps heeded the requests of then-Maj. Gen. Richard P. Mills, who said the headquarters wasn’t needed and that commanders could make do with other facilities. The building wasn’t even seen as something that would have been nice to have. “We certainly needed many things in those early days,” Marine Maj. Gen. Larry Nicholson said, “but we were very pleased with [current headquarters].” Neither Mills nor Nicholson got their way, however.   read more
  • Franchises Most Likely to Fail: Golf Etc. and All Tune and Lube

    Saturday, May 16, 2015
    A report from Service Employees International Union shows that 19.3% of all franchises purchased with SBA loans from 2006 to 2010 have failed. That failure rate has increased over time; loans originating from 1991 to 1995 failed 12.7% of the time. Two franchises with the highest failure rates are Golf Etc., at 49.6%, and All Tune and Lube at 41.6%. Purchasers of those two franchises were almost even money to go down the tubes, costing the taxpayers thousands of dollars.   read more

Controversies

  • West Virginia Court Allows Illegal Prescription Drug Addicts to Seek Damages from Healthcare Providers

    Friday, May 22, 2015
    In a 3-2 decision, Chief Justice Margaret Workman said the plaintiffs were entitled to seek damages even though they themselves behaved illegally or immorally. Interestingly, “the majority noted that most, if not all, of the plaintiffs admitted their abuse of controlled substances occurred before they sought help at Mountain Medical Center,” according to the AP. Justice Allen Loughry, who dissented along with Justice Menis Ketchum, wrote: “There are no even remotely innocent victims here.”   read more
  • DEA Operatives Accused of Secretly Operating New Jersey Strip Club

    Friday, May 22, 2015
    Polos spent 24 years with the DEA, recently as assistant special agent-in-charge of a joint task force on illegal narcotics. Glover is a telecommunications specialist who has spent 17 years with the DEA. But neither revealed on a national-security form that they owned and operated the Twins Plus Go-Go Lounge which featured “scantily clad and sometimes topless women.” Had they told superiors about the strip club, they likely would have lost their security clearance and, thus, their jobs.   read more
  • EEOC Files Lawsuit against 10 Oil Companies for Paying Women less than Men for Same Work

    Thursday, May 21, 2015
    The EEOC lawsuit is directed at True Oil LLC, based in Wyoming and owned by brothers Hank and Dave True, and its associated companies. One alleged violation involved a male clerk who had only one year of accounting experience, plus 11 years as a store manager with some bookkeeping experience, being paid $21 an hour. Hired at the same time as that man was a woman who had 17 years of accounting experience yet was never paid more than $16.93 an hour.   read more

U.S. and the World

  • Release of Warren Report on U.S. Labor Protection Failures Aims to Counter Obama Fast Track Authority for TPP Passage

    Friday, May 22, 2015
    Warren claims the GAO, along with the Labor and State departments, have documented “significant and persistent problems with labor abuses in countries with which we have FTAs.” However, the report notes that the U.S. seldom tries to enforce fair labor provisions. Warren has also objected to the lack of transparency about the exact provisions of the TPP: “We’re being asked to grease the skids for a deal that’s basically done but is being held in secret until after this vote."   read more
  • Obama Promises U.S. Military will Defend Rich Arab Dictatorships

    Monday, May 18, 2015
    High officials from six Persian Gulf countries got assurances from President Barack Obama that the United States would respond, perhaps with military force, to an “external threat” to any of the countries. Amnesty International has cataloged human rights abuses in each of those countries.   read more
  • Polish Government Agrees to Pay Victims of CIA Torture

    Sunday, May 17, 2015
    The CIA paid Poland as much as $50 million to use the Stare Kiejkuty intelligence base to interrogate prisoners it brought in from other countries. Former President Aleksander Kwaśniewski and then-Prime Minister Leszek Miller, who allowed the use of the base, may even be subject to prosecution. Many Poles feel betrayed that their country, so recently subject to abuses under Communist rule, was used as a torture site by the United States.   read more

Appointments and Resignations

  • Hungary’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Réka Szemerkényi?

    Monday, May 18, 2015
    In 2006, Szemerkényi was named chief advisor for international public relations to the CEO of MOL group, the Hungarian oil and gas company. That same year, she also became a senior associate in the Institute of Kremlinology at Gáspár Károli Reformed University. Orbán and Fidesz returned to office in 2010 and by 2011 Szemerkényi was the prime minister’s chief advisor on security policy. Szemerkényi’s views are said to be completely in line with those of Orbán.   read more
  • Chair of the Federal Election Commission: Who Is Ann Ravel?

    Sunday, May 17, 2015
    In May 2015, Ravel said it is unlikely that the FEC, which has three Democrats and three Republicans on its board, will be able to do much to regulate the coming presidential election. “The likelihood of the laws being enforced is slim,” she told The New York Times. “I never want to give up, but I’m not under any illusions. People think the FEC is dysfunctional. It’s worse than dysfunctional.”   read more
  • Equatorial Guinea’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Miguel Ntutumu Evuna Andeme?

    Saturday, May 16, 2015
    Evuna Andeme is not an ordinary citizen; his father, Alejandro Evuna Asangono Owono, is minister of state and his sister, Mari-Cruz Evuna Andeme, is ambassador to the United Kingdom, is the president of the country. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo’s government is known as one of the most repressive in the world.   read more

Domestic Policy/Agency of the Day

  • Department of Commerce

    The Department of Commerce (DOC) has something of an odd mix of responsibilities. As its name indicates, the DOC focuses on promoting American businesses both in the United States and overseas. The department also gathers economic and demograph...   more

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Foreign Policy/Nation of the Day

  • Norway

    One of the “lands of the midnight sun,” during its long history Norway has given the world the adventurous spirit of the Vikings, the plays of Henrik Ibsen and a humane model of domestic and foreign policy. Human settlement in what is considere...   more

Nations

Meet Your Government

  • Kouroupas, Maria

     Maria P. Kouroupas is the executive director of the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation. She attended the University of Arkansas and the State College of Arkansas, receiving a Master’s Degree in History and Education. In 1977 she worked f...   more

Blog

  • Academy Awards 2015—Best Foreign Language Film

    When I tell people that, over a two-month period, I watched films from 83 different countries, the most common reaction is…a blank stare. Most people don’t even ask me what my favorites were. But I have to say that I had a wonderful time. Not only...   more

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