About Peter Maybarduk

Peter Maybarduk is a Washington, D.C.-based songwriter and a human rights lawyer.

Notaries Public debut in DC

Peter Maybarduk with J. Robbins recording "No Hay Pueblo Vencido." Photo by Brendan Hoffman.Next show: Sunday Feb. 1st, 4-7pm | The Pinch, 3548 14th St NW Washington, DC | All ages | $5.

I have been putting a band together with Scott Charney, Emily Crockett, Ben O’Donnell and Lisa Van Arsdale. We call ourselves Notaries Public and we will play our first show February 1st at The Pinch in Adams Morgan (DC). It is a Sunday matinee. We are playing with our friends Tiger Horse and Alex Tebeleff of Paperhaus. Notaries are up first.

You can listen online to two of the songs we will perform, “Meet Me in the Middle” and “Star Field Below.”

“A Neglectful Response to Ebola”

My father, Gary H. Maybarduk, has a letter in The Washington Post today, concerning what he considers to be the U.S. Government’s lost opportunity to respond in timely, effective fashion to Ebola in West Africa — and what we can do now to help curb exponential transmission.

My father Gary Maybarduk Web Pictureserved as Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Government in Sierra Leone from 1988-1991, which included the Liberian refugee crisis and an invasion tied to the regional war, and as political and economic officer in Cuba in 1998-1999. Soon after ebola cases started appearing this year he pitched the government of Sierra Leone on the idea of requesting U.S. Army field hospitals and Cuban medics. He enlisted some high-ups in the U.S. and Sierra Leone to help the cause. Sierra Leone took the advice, and Cuban medics are there now.

Read my father’s letter here. You can also donate to Borbor Pain Charity School of Hope, a school we support outside Freetown, which operates for the poorest, takes no user fees, and is working hard to keep ebola out, here.

Barrio Adentro

mision-barrio-adentroIn 2004 I wrote about Venezuela’s contentious community healthcare program, Barrio Adentro, for The Multinational Monitor. I believe it was the first investigative article on the subject, or at least in English. Read it here.

“It is nearly impossible to travel Venezuela without hearing reference to the government’s highly popular and controversial healthcare initiative that invites Cuban doctors to treat, train and live with working-class Venezuelans in communities across the country…” 



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