The mission of the FPA is:
- Promote professional and social relationships for media professionals.
- Support and protect foreign correspondents working and living in the United States.
- Provide opportunities that keep members in contact with American life and opinion and with affairs in other countries.
- Foster international goodwill through relationships built through global media.
Additional events are regularly added, so please check back regularly. For more information or to propose an event contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, August 7th, 1 PM
Caribbean islands weigh the risks: welcome the visitors who keep their economies afloat – or risk COVID -19. Many, like the US Virgin lslands, are squaring the circle -putting out the welcome mat but also masks and health warnings. USVI governor Albert Bryan, showed how tough the calls can be when he welcomed Rolly Tolentino a dying Philippine sailor to the territory from a passing freighter when other islands had refused.
This week, Tolentino, dubbed “Sam the Sailor” by the Governor to protect his privacy during his illness, recovered from COVID 19 after five weeks of coma in ICU, and was sent happily on his way home. The island looks forward to a lot more healthy customers soon – for its own economic health
Governor Bryan and Commissioner of Tourism and Joseph Boshchulte join FPA President Ian Williams to discuss how to run a tourist-dependent tropical paradise in this dangerous New World, in an ocean where cruise ship fleets are marooned off-shore and may never come back.
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July 31st, 6:00PM
Grab a tot and "up spirits" to join us to commemorate "Black Tot Day,” the end of Navy rum.
It is 50 years since on July 31st, 1970, the British Admiralty ended the daily rum ration to The Royal Navy, They had concluded that the rum issue was no longer compatible with the technical challenges of a Nuclear armed fleet!
This ended a British naval tradition that went back to 1655 and which was emulated by many foreign navies who saw rum as the reason Britannia was ruling the waves.
Now rum is in both Cocktails and in the cockpit of international conflict, like the ongoing battle between Bacardi and Cuba over Havana Club.
To discuss the history of rum, the day and the spirit itself, FPA president Ian Williams is joined by Matt Pietrek, “Cocktail Wonk” and historian of naval rum We invite you to pour your favorite rum and "up spirits" with us at 6 PM.
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July 14th, 11:00 AM
Le jour de gloire est arrivé!
It started with the Bastille; then it was the 1848 Révolution de Février; then May 68, and very recently, the Yellow Vests Movement. The modern history of France is rife with revolution sweeping the land. With five iterations of the republic in 231 years, it seems that revolution is part of the spirit of the French people.
FPA board member, Emilie Pons will explore this spirit with Fabrice Jaumont. In fact, we will learn about another coming revolution in discussion of his book, The Bilingual Revolution (https://fabricejaumont.net/the-books/the-bilingual-revolution/).
So pour yourself a glass of wine, grab a baguette and some good butter and join us to toast the revolutionary spirit and see how it can be applied to push our society forwards!
Tuesday, July 7th, 4:00 PM
This week, as the rockets’ red glares fade, the Beyond Earth Institute issues a report on the need for legal and regulatory environment for Space Exploration and eventual permanent human communities in space. Existing treaties on Outer Space are half a century old, predating President Trump’s Space Force and Space-X and serious commercial interest in asteroid mining.The FPA explores new horizons and welcomes a distinguished panel to explain the problems and the proposed solutions. Join us in Space, 4 pm Tuesday 8 July.