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Mario Machado is a recently returned Peace Corps volunteer (RPCV) who served as an agricultural extensionist in the country of Paraguay from 2011 - 2013. He is a native of Allentown, Pennsylvania and is currently working on his Masters/PhD in Geography at the Pennsylvania State University.

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An 8-Point Guide to Discussions With People Who Support the CIA's Torture Program

(7) Comments | Posted December 14, 2014 | 11:50 PM

The Senate Intelligence Committee's recent release of their report on the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program (aka the CIA Torture Report) has caused quite a public and political stir. And while most reasonable people would agree that torture is categorically immoral, I have been repeatedly amazed (and disheartened)...

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The Media Covering Ebola: Fear Tactics That Play on Racial, Economic Divides

(8) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 11:53 AM

Behind the fear-mongering and scare tactics that have conflated all of today's hot news issues into some sort of dystopic conservative nightmare -- Ebola on the backs of ISIS crossing into the U.S. through the porous Mexican border -- lie very palpable undertones of colonialist attitudes towards racism...

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Environmental Disturbance and the Emergence of Tropical Disease: Lessons From the Gold Fields of Ghana

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 7:17 PM

This forest feels like an eternity as our four-wheel drive vehicle plods down yet another washed-out dirt road. This is the Central Region of Ghana and the lack of infrastructure only adds the ambiance as groups of women pass by with their loads of firewood balanced effortlessly on their head,...

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The Privilege of Doing Development Work: Voluntourism and Its Limitations

(5) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 1:33 PM

One month ago I arrived home after serving my two-plus years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the country of Paraguay. I should begin by saying that, while I certainly am not one to pull my punches when it comes to criticizing the organization, I definitely feel as if Peace...

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Monoculture Soy and the Future of the Paraguayan Campesino

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 4:01 PM

Sitting at the heart of South America is the quiet country of Paraguay. Relatively small and sparsely populated, it is a place that often seems to have been overlooked by the rest of the world.

By chance of history and geography, Paraguay has always been rather isolated and underdeveloped....

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Service as Diplomacy: The Faces of the US Abroad

(4) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 6:49 PM

The contents of this article are those of the author and do not reflect the position of the U.S. government or the Peace Corps.

The iconic image of the modern U.S. soldier and that of the stereotypical Peace Corps volunteer could hardly be more different.

The former we've all...

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The Revolution Will Be Tweeted

(1) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 3:54 PM

The contents of this article are those of the author and do not reflect the position of the U.S. government or the Peace Corps.

The next revolution will certainly be televised, but when it is, it will already be old news. Long before the cameras and the reporters arrive in...

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Campesinos Sin Tierra

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 11:00 AM

The contents of this article are those of the author and do not reflect the position of the U.S. government or the Peace Corps.

There is a child sitting next to me, his head resting in his mothers lap. He is exhausted and his small body hangs like a collapsed...

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