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“Emergency Sex and Other Desperate Measures: A True Story from Hell on Earth”

By Kenneth Cain, Heidi Postlewait, and Andrew Thomson

Cain, Postlewait, and Thomson are three veterans of United Nations operations in Cambodia, Somalia, Haiti, Rwanda and Bosnia. Each focuses on his or her individual journey, from joining the U.N. in the early 1990s through 2003. The authors provide an open account of their lives and the evolution of their values as they travel from one foreign mission to the next. They are so honest that they even share their cross-cultural sexual encounters.

The authors joined the U.N. full of idealism, believing they could make a difference in the world. They experience firsthand how incompetence and cowardice prevented them from completing their peacekeeping missions and promoting democracy. These failures often resulted in the death of thousands, people the U.N. was sent to protect.

Some stories are so gut wrenching, I stopped reading this book several times.

If you approve of the U.N, you should read this book to learn how dysfunctional it has become. If you have a dim view of the U.N., this book will reinforce your negative perception.

– Russ Steele

‘Tibet Through the Red Box’ great for kids, adults

If you haven’t yet seen “Tibet Through the Red Box” at the Nevada Theater, presented by the Community Asian Theater of the Sierras, you should definitely plan to go next Friday or Saturday evening or Saturday afternoon (the last three performances).

I saw the play last Saturday evening and it was wonderful. It has creative and colorful costumes, a charming presentation of an interesting story, good acting, and a visually and physically well-structured set. The play is a mix between reality and fantasy, based on real events, that has characters flying through the air, a talking cat, human-faced fish, and 7-foot high Yeti dancing around the stage. The young lead player, in his first full stage role, was very appealing and natural. Although there is food for thought for adults, the basic story and the delightful characters will keep even a 7-year-old engrossed. There were a number of children at the performance I attended and they laughed often. I highly recommend it for both adults and kids.

– Hindi Greenberg

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