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Trip to Rajesthan, India!!
WHY? I have been asked countless times to lead one based on my intimate, international documentary work and adventures. 2nd, I am collaborating with Colonal Singh, whose family has lived in Rajasthan for centuries. 3rd, we will visit an NGO “Vatsalya” that works with women’s microfinance and Indian street children, have a chance to lend a hand and share from our experience. The goal of that visit is to learn about the extraordinary work of Vatsalya, make photographs, stories, articles, and create relationships. We will share any content we create (ex. photographs, articles, dance, etc.) with Vastalya for their website, newsletters, children activities etc. The group will also disseminate this material back in the USA as various forms of media and arts advocacy. If we are photographers, we can make photographs of children who need sponsorship, make photos for their website, if we are writers, we can chat with someone about their experiences and write a story about it, if we are doctors we can bring extra aspirin, teachers can tell their students of their experience, dancers can teach a new form of expression,etc…

We will also see villages and farms, spend time with families, go on a desert trek, visit market places, attend yoga classes, take cooking lessons (local cuisine), learn about Ayurvedic Medicine, and also enjoy some down time. I will be available for photo questions, ideas, technical issues, etc. There will be lots of opportunity for photography, writing, walking, listing, thinking….

INDIAN COLLABORATION: Colonel Singh and I are working together to make this a very custom adventure. It is an honor that he is involved and believes wholeheartedly in this workshop. Colonel K. Fateh Singh is a retired NATO commander who served during two Indo-Pakistan wars and other various conflict zones including the Middle East. He currently resides in Jaipur, proudly employs Hindus and Muslims at his family run hotels where we will stay, and they are first class hosts. He and his family are Rajput, a tribe that descends from the ancient Indian royal warrior dynasties with deep roots to Rajputana, now known as Rajasthan since India’s independence. Basically, he really knows this region.

LOGISTICS: Cost: $3200, double occupancy. Add $150 for singles. $500 deposit is required by 6/15, balance 7/1. Cost includes: RT airport reception/transfers, taxes, all transportation in-country (AC Innova Toyota Vehicle), all lodging, breakfast and 1 major meal, camel safari in the Thar Desert. Not included: tips, personal laundry, drinks (soft and hard), airfare, vaccinations, visas, travel insurance (required), personal first aid kit, spending money. See “India Workshop Logistics” page to learn more about logistical details.

Send your deposit / balance to : (check made out to) Amanda Koster Productions, LLC, 5047 45 Ave. S Seattle, WA 98118 USA
(206) 286-9707

Cut off: June 15. Deposits are fully refundable up to July, balance is due 7/1. 6 people are confirmed as of 6/10/07. To keep the trip intimate, authentic and focused, there is a maximum of 8 people.

more info: http://www.salaamgarage.com


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June 12, 2007 at 5:34 am

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Mukhtar Mai

whether you think she is a conspiracy to tarnish Pakistan or a Pakistani Women of Empowerment, she has an inspiring story.

(from wikipedia): Mukhtaran Bibi (مختاران بی‌بی, born c. 1972) is a Pakistani woman from the small and impoverished village of Meerwala, located in the rural tehsil (county) of Jatoi in the Muzaffargarh District of Pakistan. Also known as Mukhtar Mai, Mukhtiar or just Mukhtaran, she was gang-raped on the demands of tribesmen — or by some accounts, on the orders of a panchayat (tribal council) — of a local clan known as the Mastoi. The Mastoi clan reportedly had bitter disputes with Mukhtaran’s clan, the Tatla.

click here for her bio on wikipedia

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November 16, 2006 at 5:10 pm

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specialist barker. (no need for a link here)

my God. no matter how you look at it this is nasty. i am in tears. i know this sh*t happens in war. war, as i have grown to understand it anyway. accomplishment ? why bother. let’s just smoke ’em out of their… oops, wrong war, just break them more like it, and fu*k with them. spread Halliburton, oops i mean democracy. this war is embarrassing to me. over and over and over again. point me to the success stories. ill give the first taker $10.

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November 16, 2006 at 1:08 am

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Specialist Barker.

My God, no matter how you look at it, this is so sad:

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Specialist Barker said he and Sgt Paul Cortez took it in turns to rape the girl, According to Specialist Barker’s sworn statement cited by Mr Bierce,
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Guardian: Soldiers \’hit golf balls before going out to kill family\’

Specialist Barker’s signed statement was submitted in evidence. According to Specialist Barker’s statement, Private Green not only raped the girl but
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Soldiers ‘hit golf balls before going out to kill family’

According to Specialist Barker’s statement, Private Green not only raped the girl They practised hitting golf balls, Specialist Barker’s statement said.
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The American Gulag — A record of anti-Arab bigotry in America

Specialist Barker said he and Sgt Paul Cortez took it in turns to rape the Specialist Barker is accused along with Sgt Cortez, Pte Jesse Spielman and
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Investigator Recommends Courts-Martial for 4 Soldiers – New York Times

Specialist James P. Barker, Pfc. Jesse V. Spielman, Pfc. Bryan L. Howard and David Sheldon, Specialist Barker’s civilian lawyer, on Sunday criticized
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November 16, 2006 at 1:05 am

Posted in empower her, war