Do you have time on November 30th?

United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA)

Young Professionals for International Cooperation (YPIC)

like to invite you to our upcoming event entitled,

Inequality and Democracy in Latin America

November 30, 2005

Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the regions in the world with extensive inequalities. According to studies by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), poverty affects 222 million people, of which 96 million are indigents, and there are serious problems with employment and the distribution of wealth. Nonetheless, this region is expected to complete three straight years of economic growth in 2005, which could open up new opportunities or further widen the income disparity gap. There are severe ethnic tensions in many of these countries such as in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela, due to the marginalization of the indigenous populations for hundreds of years. From the recent widespread protests in these countries, it is evident that we are witnessing a unique evolution of democracy in the Americas.

Panelists will address the various social, historical, and economic implications derived from inequalities and how these affect democracies throughout the region. Panelists include: Wanda Engel, Inter-American Development Bank; Doug Hellinger, The Development GAP; and Margaret Sarles, USAID.

The program will take place on November 30, 2005 from
6:30-8:30 pm at the National Council of La Raza (1126 16th St. NW, Washington DC). The closest metros are Farragut North and Farragut West. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session. Following the event, there will be light refreshments, which will provide an opportunity for guests to interact informally with speakers and network among themselves.

Space is limited so please RSVP to with "Income Equality and Democracy in Latin America" in the Subject line. For more information please call the UNA office at 202-518-0471.



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An email received for failing to pick up a black table purchased off of Craigs List:

I think u are a real jerk for not calling me to let me
know earlier. not only did i wait around for you but I
had tons of people interested and turned them down
since you wanted. bad karma.



Dear Resident Drone:

Thank you for informing me that they sell jackets at stores now. In case you didn’t notice (and saying that you, a government drone, could have a discerning eye, is highly unlikely), I was wearing a cashmere sweater.

I know that after years of solitude in your cube have left you bored and bitter. How does it feel to know that I, a 22 year old, make as much as your stiff, antiquated ass? Have fun living the rest of your life living by 2.5 percent pay raises the rest of your life. Lord knows you’ll need the excitement.



books (and suggestions)

for christmas i am asking for the following books:

– Great Short Works of Dostoyoevsky
– Imperial Grunts by Robert Kaplan
– The Coming Anarchy by Robert Kaplan
– The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman
– Ghost Wars by Steve Coll

can people give me some more recommendations of books to ask for or to read? thanks



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Look at me, I’m Alec’s mom dressed as a ballerina.



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