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fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Apr 5, 2012 - 12:05pm PT
Largo,

Just a point of correction, the girls are not Arabs, they may or may no practice the religon of Islam.



TheTool
Port

Trad climber
San Diego
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 5, 2012 - 12:31pm PT
only an imbecile would swallow whole

I fully admit that I was duped. As were many others.
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Apr 5, 2012 - 01:55pm PT
Arab virgins while our boy was putting down the bubbly on the concord

I'm all for colorful writing, but the Central Asian people in question aren't Arab, and the last Concorde flight was in 2003.
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Apr 5, 2012 - 02:40pm PT
Like I said take your money to your local boys n girls club and throw it down there. Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, juvenile diabetes, cancer, abused women shelter, or how about this your local school.

By the way I had three cups of coffee this morning and that is undisputed in my intestinal track.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Apr 5, 2012 - 03:46pm PT

This is the shpeil I got from CAI today. . . lame. . .

"A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank . . . but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child." - Forest Witcraft



Asalaam Aleikum (Peace be with you). With this spring edition of Alima, we are happy and relieved to announce that the Montana Attorney General's Office (OAG) has completed its investigations of Central Asia Institute and our cofounder Greg Mortenson. Most important, our mission continues unabated.



In conjunction with the OAG's announcement of its findings, we created a page on our website designed to help supporters easily find the original documents and relevant information. In this edition of Alima, you will also find a personal message from Executive Director Anne Beyersdorfer about the AG investigations and resulting agreement.



For legal reasons, Greg is still not talking publicly about the OAG's conclusions. However, along those lines, we learned this week that a hearing on defendants' (CAI, Greg, et al) motions to dismiss the class-action lawsuit filed in federal court in Montana is scheduled for April 18, 2012, in Helena, Mont. As we have said all along, CAI believes that the claims made against all defendants involved are warrantless and meritless and hope the case will be dismissed with prejudice.



In other good news, CAI is also delighted to announce that it has been added to the list of nonprofit organizations eligible to receive federal employees' donations via the Combined Federal Campaign. More on that below, too.


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Message from Anne Beyersdorfer, CAI executive director | 4/5/2012


We are pleased that the Montana Attorney General's Office (OAG), Central Asia Institute (CAI), and Greg Mortenson have signed an agreement resolving the OAG's inquiries. While we respectfully disagree with some of the analysis and conclusions in the OAG's report, we look forward to moving ahead as an even stronger organization, focusing on CAI's vital mission. Most importantly, we are pleased the OAG's report reinforced that CAI's mission is noble and valuable and its achievements are important.

CAI has always been a small group of dynamic, mission-centric individuals doing extraordinary work. Mistakes were made during a rapid period of growth, and we have corrected or are in the process of correcting them. CAI continues to strengthen its governance, management, and accounting, including enforcing our policies and acting on any findings of the annual audits of our financial records.

During the OAG's 11-month inquiry, we continued our overseas work and educational outreach, including our Pennies For Peace (P4P) program, designed to empower children to create global awareness about peace through education, www.penniesforpeace.org. Highlights of all our programs are published on our website, www.ikat.org, the CAI Communiqué blog, www.ikat.org/cai-communique, and in our e-newsletter, Alima, www.ikat.org/alima.

Specifically, in 2011 we worked with villages in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan to initiate 57 new school and community projects while providing ongoing support to our existing projects in the remote, mountainous, and often war-wracked areas we serve. All of our projects are listed on our project master list, which is frequently updated: www.ikat.org/projects/project-list/

We are extremely grateful to our loyal supporters who provide the support to fulfill our mission, and to the communities, which typically match CAI funds with free land or subsidized or volunteer manual labor. Many of these schools are the first or only schools in their communities. Instruction of the children is based on Pakistan and Afghanistan's standard education requirements and subject to their peer review and certification.

In recent weeks some CAI overseas personnel have also been working hard to deliver winter disaster aid to isolated villages in Badakhshan Province in NE Afghanistan. Please see detailed reports at www.ikat.org/cai-communique/. In addition, CAI cofounder Greg Mortenson and Communications Director Karin Ronnow and I recently returned from Pakistan, where we spent several weeks working with program managers to confirm plans for schools and community projects in the upcoming year. As always, we have dedicated, resourceful men and women working in the field to make this happen.

CAI has worked with communities in remote regions for more than 15 years to build, supply, staff, and maintain over 180 schools and 30 vocational centers, and support an additional 56 schools, 20 literacy centers, eight scholarship programs, and 22 public health (potable water, midwifery, and disaster-relief) projects.

No other NGO does what we do in these locales with such a small team of dedicated individuals.

News fatigue about Pakistan and Afghanistan is evident everywhere we look these days. But the children and their parents, village elders, and teachers with whom we work cannot look away; this is about their futures. Greg and our overseas managers have dedicated their lives to helping fulfill countless dreams and aspirations and we are honored to continue our life-changing work together.

CAI is an educational organization; we learn and grow stronger from any adversity we face. This past year brought unprecedented challenges for all of us at CAI, our extended families and communities. Yet challenges yield opportunities, and we are extremely grateful for the ongoing opportunities provided by our steadfast supporters, as well as their constant compassion and care.

As Greg often says, "Onward"!
Shukria, Tashakur, Thank you.

Very truly yours,

Anne Beyersdorfer
Executive Director




ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:


MASTER LIST: Verification of overseas projects (www.ikat.org/projects/) by way of survey teams composed of US-based and overseas staff. Based on those assessments and evaluations, we prepare and post our Master Project List on our website, www.ikat.org/wp-includes/documents/masterprojectlist.pdf. The list is a "living document," in that it is constantly amended with the most current information available about each CAI project. We are currently developing an accompanying interactive mapping feature that will be an educational resource about our projects. www.ikat.org/projects/project-list/



BLOG: The CAI Communiqué includes stories about projects, communities and our overseas project managers, as well as news from the areas we serve. www.ikat.org/cai-communique/



FYE 2009 & 2010 AUDITS & ANNUAL REPORT: We take very seriously our obligation to ensure that donor funds are spent wisely. Tracking the money is part of our job. Last year for the first time, in conjunction with our FYE 2009 & FYE 2010 independent audit, CAI issued an annual report, focused primarily on financial information (stories about the projects have been published in the "Journey of Hope" each fall since 2007; and current news is now posted on our blog as it happens).

http://www.ikat.org/wp-includes/documents/Financials/annualreport2010-09.pdf



FYE 2011 AUDIT: CAI is undergoing an audit of fiscal year 2010, which ended Sept. 31, 2011. Once the audit is complete, a new annual report will be posted at www.ikat.org.



ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION: CAI's annual IRS 990s since inception are available on the financial page of our website, www.ikat.org/about-cai/financials/, and are available upon request at info@ikat.org.


EXPANDED BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Extraordinarily qualified and interested people are ready to serve CAI's mission, and the process of expanding CAI's Board of Directors and Board of Advisors is underway. The names of CAI's board members are posted at: www.ikat.org/about-cai/board-of-directors/.



GREG MORTENSON'S ROLE: As announced in December 2011, Greg remains on staff as co-founder. His role will be focused on delivering educational opportunities, especially for girls, in the communities we serve, and continuing to educate the public about peace through education.

http://www.ikat.org/wp-includes/documents/JOH2011DonorLetter.pdf


PENNIES FOR PEACE: Students, schools and community groups are active, and every penny collected has gone, and will continue to go, to schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. For more information visit www.penniesforpeace.org.

CAI'S ORGANIZATIONAL EVOLUTION: Additional details about CAI's history are available online at www.ikat.org.

JOURNEY OF HOPE: Every year CAI publishes a detailed publication that summarizes our work, the challenges and problems we face, and the results of what we do as reflected by the people we serve. Electronic copies are available on our website, www.ikat.org/media-and-press/cai-publications/ and hard copies are available upon request at info@ikat.org.

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CAI added to Combined Federal Campaign's list of eligible charities


Central Asia Institute has been added to the list of charities eligible for donations through the U.S. government's Combined Federal Campaign.


Students in CAI's Wark High School, Badakhshan Province,
Afghanistan.

The Combined Federal Campaign, or CFC, is the largest annual workplace charity campaign in the world, according to the campaign website, www.opm.gov/cfc/. It allows federal employees - civilian, postal and military workers - to pledge support for eligible nonprofit organizations through a payroll deduction. On average, 57 percent of the federal workforce donates to the campaign.



"This is something that many of our military supporters have requested for a long time, so this is very positive news," said CAI's US Operations Director Jennifer Sipes.



One of those people is a U.S. Air Force captain, who wrote to CAI urging our participation in the campaign.



"I read 'Three Cups of Tea' several months ago and have long supported education initiatives. I believe, dollar for dollar, education solves more problems than other humanitarian efforts," he wrote. "I have many peers within the Air Force who have read 'Three Cups of Tea,' have spent significant time in Afghanistan and support your efforts. I'm certain the Central Asia Institute would receive significant donations from federal employees if you register with the CFC."



The CFC was set up by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 "to promote and support philanthropy" by "providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all," according to the website. Its 200-plus campaigns helped raise more than $280 million dollars in each of the past two years.



"The civilian workforce in my hometown of Seattle (King County) alone contributed over 3 million dollars toward charities in 2009 and I've been part of military installations that have contributed over $10 million each year," wrote another supporter, a retired U.S. Navy sailor who now works for the U.S. Labor Department in western Washington. "It's one large way that we public servants give to charity and definitely the armed forces' favorite way to contribute."



Like the Air Force captain, the Washington supporter said he was "turned on" to CAI after reading "Three Cups of Tea," one of two books written by CAI cofounder Greg Mortenson.


"I have been amazed with [Mortenson's] work and simplicity of focusing efforts in the right places for long-term benefits. Your organization is so right on the money," he wrote. "My friends and family would like to help and contribute."



Yet another CAI supporter in Southern California was also inspired by Mortenson's book.



"I just got done reading 'Three Cups of Tea,' and went to check the Combined Federal Campaign to see if CAI was listed as a charity," he wrote. "I did not see CAI listed. I assume CAI knows about this area of donation opportunity."



He, too, urged CAI to look into CFC eligibility, as it would give us access to a potential donation pool of "millions of federal, postal and military employees" who "donate to charities right from their paychecks," he said. "I am a federal employee (who) participates in the CFC each year. ... In the Greater Los Angeles Area, it collected over $3 million this last campaign."



Federal employees can, in most cases, donate online and choose which eligible organization receives that donation. Payroll deductions let workers spread contributions over an entire year. The automated system keeps overhead low, meaning more money goes to the nonprofit organizations. Federal employees can find the campaign nearest them at www.opm.gov/cfc/search/locator.asp.



QUOTE: "Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal." - John F. Kennedy.


 Karin Ronnow
Gray


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Bhamber Girl's Middle School students welcome guests to their new school in January 2012.

The latest news from CAI is always available on our blog, www.ikat.org/cai-communique. Topics covered so far this year include: CAI helps hundreds of families stranded by winter storms in NE Afghanistan; Avalanche kills extended family; reprint of a column about Greg and CAI published in a Pakistani newspaper; profile of a new CAI girls' school; and the benefits of CAI's expanding work in Pakistan's troubled Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.



Also, you can sign up to receive an e-mail notice whenever the blog is updated at www.ikat.org/cai-communique.



Please feel free to forward this electronic newsletter to any and all people you think might be interested. Thanks for helping us spread the word.



As we head into the spring building season of 2012, we at CAI - inspired by the communities we serve and our supporters' commitment to peace through education -remain focused on helping children in the last best places achieve their dreams of a bright future.



Peace,

Central Asia Institute staff
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A Mir Afghan student reads her lesson aloud. The students attend classes in a rented house until CAI completes construction of their new high school.

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fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Apr 5, 2012 - 03:47pm PT
Jail




TheTool
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Apr 5, 2012 - 03:58pm PT
Holy shlt Steve!

Are they allowed to say all that with a straight face?

Talk about spin-doctoring!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Apr 5, 2012 - 04:04pm PT

Quite the statement, eh Ron???
bhilden

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Apr 5, 2012 - 09:43pm PT
What I like is that they have a master list of all the projects they are supporting and, if I read the official CAI statement correctly, that list is verified by CAI staff. Is the fox guarding the hen house?

The bottom line here is that the CAI has a real credibility problem right now. They need to take extraordinary steps, not business as usual, to prove that they are legitimate. It is not sufficient to just 'stay the course.'
graniteclimber

Trad climber
The Illuminati -- S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Division
Apr 5, 2012 - 10:23pm PT
They had a good story. Too bad it was fiction.

With so many legitimate charities around, why would anyone continue to fund these crooks?
Rick A

climber
Boulder, Colorado
Apr 7, 2012 - 04:42pm PT
The report issued by the Montana Attorney General confirms the facts that Krakauers' private investigation revealed in Three Cups of Deceit. Mortenson was so brazen in his self-dealing with CAI that it took 10 years, Krakauer's book, a "60 Minutes" television expose, and the threat of prosecution to get him and CAI to finally do what any self-respecting nonprofit should have done in the first place.

Mortenson has been proven to be either completely untrustworthy, or simply dishonest, when it comes to handling other people's money. Remember that the one million dollars that the Montana Attorney General believes he improperly took for his own personal use is contributor's money (for example money donated by schoolchildren from Pennies for Peace to CAI),not his.

Much of what the Montana attorney general forced Mortenson to do under threat of prosecution was what CAI's own independent board members repeatedly requested and cajoled him to do 10 years ago . Hornbein and Wiltsie told Mortenson that what he was doing was wrong in 2002 and were forced off the board because they protested. They, along with JK, are the heroes in this story.

Here are some excerpts from the report:

Mortenson, in particular, consistently failed to comply with either commonly accepted business practices or CAI’s policy manual with respect to documenting expenses charged on CAI’s accounts. The issue was repeatedly raised through the years. Board members testified that despite requests, cajoling, demands and admonitions, they were unsuccessful in getting Mortenson to submit proper documentation to support the charges he was making to the charity...

The more significant issue was not simply compliance with expense reimbursement and documentation policies, but the nature and magnitude of charges for which inadequate documentation exists. Through the years, Mortenson charged substantial personal expenses to CAI. These include expenses for such things as LL Bean clothing, iTunes, luggage, luxurious accommodations, and even vacations...

The board’s history and testimony from certain members, however, supports a conclusion that there was a deliberate effort to put people who are loyal to Mortenson on the board. The three board members who resigned in 2002 were effectively ousted, based on tensions and conflict that had developed with Mortenson. Meeting minutes show Hornbein, the board chair, and Wiltsie, the board treasurer, repeatedly asked for documentation to prove that CAI was getting a positive return on the money Mortenson was spending. Hornbein in particular requested itemized lists of Mortenson’s travel expenses, of the money coming in, and of contacts being made. He also advocated for phasing out Mortenson’s role in overseeing daily operations. In short, the board members who resigned were essentially trying to perform the kinds of oversight functions expected of boards of directors for organizations such as CAI.
The Montana Attorney General now has forced Mortenson to: (1) honor the written agreement he made in 2008 to CAI to pay royalties to CAI from the books CAI bought; (2) pay back travel costs improperly paid with donated CAI money; and (3)pay back book advertising and book promotion costs improperly paid with donated CAI money. Because of a weak board that Mortenson purposefully loaded with his cronies in order to escape effective oversight, Mortenson was able to milk CAI for his own personal benefit until forced to stop at the point of a gun, i.e., threat of prosecution.

Incredibly, as Steve points out, CAI is trying to spin the report as some sort of exoneration! Its statement even uses the old formulation, "Mistakes were made..." William Safire used to define the phrase as "[a] passive-evasive way of acknowledging error while distancing the speaker from responsibility for it."

The yiddish have a word for this: chutzpah. For those who may not be familiar with the term, the best illustration of its meaning is in the form of an old joke: A kid kills his parents and is found guilty of murder. At sentencing the judge says, "Well, what have you got to say for yourself ?" The kid replies, "Have pity, Judge, I'm an orphan!"
Riley Wyna

Trad climber
A crack near you
Apr 7, 2012 - 08:39pm PT
So we have poor people in jail for stealing food but they don't prosecute this scum for stealing millions.

Why?
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 8, 2012 - 06:59am PT
It ain't necessarily over Riley. I wonder what the IRS will have to say about all of it. :/
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Apr 8, 2012 - 07:28am PT
Yeah the IRS could In effect close the CAI by deeming it a for profit I guess and removing the non profit status it's filing under.


Like I say give local and feel,good about that this is just bizarre. Reading the article the AG notes on how little paper work and simple accounting is available or was done to ensure a proper paper trail is there to account for the money. Convenient.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Apr 8, 2012 - 09:48am PT
Totally agree with Silver. And would add If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck.........

I think it always best to give local anyway. Plenty of poverty in one's own back yard.
Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Apr 18, 2012 - 09:10am PT
Author faces civil suit over 'Three Cups of Tea'

Apr 18, 9:51 AM (ET)

By MATT VOLZ

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - After making a $1 million deal to settle allegations that he misused his charity's money and resources, author Greg Mortenson now must face accusations that he fabricated parts of his best-selling books "Three Cups of Tea" and "Stones Into Schools."

A hearing is set for Wednesday in federal court in Great Falls on claims that Mortenson lied about how he came to build schools in Central Asia after losing his way in a failed mountaineering expedition and being nursed back to health in a Pakistani village.

The lawsuit - filed by two California residents, a Montana man and an Illinois woman who bought the books - list more than two dozen alleged fabrications and accusations of wrongdoing by Mortenson, publisher Penguin Group, co-author David Oliver Relin and the Central Asia Institute.

In "Three Cups of Tea," Mortenson tells how he resolved to build schools in Central Asia after wandering into a poor Pakistani village, then follows him as he expands his school-building efforts. The 2006 book was conceived as a way to raise money and tell the story of his institute, founded by Mortenson in 1996. The book and tireless promotion of the charity by Mortenson, who appeared at more than 500 speaking engagements in four years, resulted in tens of millions of dollars in donations.

The plaintiffs say Mortenson and the others purposely presented the lies as the truth to trick readers into buying the books and donating to the charity. They accuse Mortenson and the others of racketeering, fraud, deceit, breach of contract and unjust enrichment. A First Amendment expert calls the lawsuit absurd, regardless of whether the books contain fabrications.

Mortenson did not defame or harm anybody in his books, and barring narrow exceptions like national secrets, he can write what he wants and does not have to justify it, said Wayne Giampietro, a Chicago attorney and general counsel of the First Amendment Lawyers Association.

"It's his story. It purports to be his experiences. He can say it any way he wants to say. He has the right to publish anything he wants about himself," Giampietro said. "The idea that you can be sued because perhaps they don't like what you wrote, for whatever reason, is absurd."

Lawyers for Mortenson and Penguin Group plan to argue that very point before U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon. They are asking Haddon to dismiss the lawsuit, which seeks triple the amount of total books sales, plus punitive damages. The lawsuit is asking a judge to order that everybody who bought the books be refunded. Whatever money is left over would go to a humanitarian organization selected by the plaintiffs' attorneys and approved by the court

That promises to be several million dollars. "Three Cups of Tea" alone sold about 4 million copies.

The hearing comes less than two weeks after Mortenson and the Montana attorney general announced a $1 million agreement to settle claims that Mortenson mismanaged the Central Asia Institute and misspent its funds. The agreement removes Mortenson from any financial oversight and overhauls the charity's structure, but it did not address the contents of the books.

That's where the civil lawsuit comes in. The four plaintiffs allege that Mortenson, Relin, Penguin, the Central Asia Institute and Mortenson's consulting group, MC Consulting, were involved in a conspiracy to promote and sell the books based on lies.

"The enterprise's fraudulent scheme was to make Mortenson into a false hero, to sell books representing to contain true events, when they were false, to defraud millions of unsuspecting purchasers out of the purchase price of the books and to raise millions of dollars in charitable donations for CAI," their lawsuit alleges.

The claims cite a laundry list of alleged fabrications. They include Mortenson's recollections about holding Mother Teresa's hand while her body was lying in state in 2000, when Mother Teresa actually died three years earlier.

Also noted was Mortenson's account that he wandered lost into the village of Korphe after trying to climb the world's second-highest peak, then decided to build a school there. His previous writings made no mention of his being lost or wandering into Korphe, and he also previously indicated that he originally planned to build that first school in another village.

Those and several other alleged fabrications in the lawsuit were first brought to light last year by author Jon Krakauer and a "60 Minutes" story that questioned the truth behind Mortenson's writings and whether he was benefiting from his charity. Those reports prompted the Montana attorney general's investigation and also the civil lawsuit whose original plaintiffs dropped out months ago.

One of the lawyers in the case is Larry Drury, who also represented plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against James Frey, who admitted on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" that he lied in his memoir "A Million Little Pieces."

That lawsuit ended in a settlement that offered refunds to buyers of the book.

Drury and fellow plaintiffs' attorney Alexander Blewett say the Mortenson and Frey cases "are stunningly close."

Mortenson and Penguin don't argue that the events in the books are true, though the publisher says that nobody can rely on the truth or accuracy of autobiographies because they are based on the authors' own recollections.

Both Mortenson and Penguin argue that the plaintiffs can't prove that they were actually injured by anything that was written in the books and that this lawsuit amounts to a threat to free speech.

Mortenson attorney John Kauffman says in his court filing that such lawsuits could be filed only to discourage certain authors from writing about topics and it would stifle the free exchange of ideas.

Penguin attorney F. Matthew Ralph says that if a publisher were required to guarantee the truth and accuracy of everything an author says, the costs of publishing books would be prohibitive.

"No standards exist for drawing the line where 'fiction' becomes 'nonfiction' or vice versa; and the courts are not a proper place for developing such standards or policing that line," Ralph wrote.

http://apnews.myway.com//article/20120418/D9U7CDGO1.html



Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Apr 18, 2012 - 09:11am PT
Maybe he should ask for a lawyer referral from Floyd Landis.
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Apr 18, 2012 - 09:20am PT
This looks like a perfect case for Mighty Hiker.




TheTool
QITNL

climber
Apr 30, 2012 - 10:40am PT
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/04/30/national/a101718D85.DTL&tsp=1

A federal judge on Monday dismissed claims of fraud and racketeering against "Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson as "imprecise, flimsy and speculative."

U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon rejected the civil lawsuit filed by four people who bought Mortenson's books....
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
May 1, 2012 - 01:44pm PT
More blather from the Central Asia Institute today. . .

Lawsuit Dismissed, Mission Continues

Central Asia Institute is extremely pleased with the U.S. District Court ruling Monday dismissing the lawsuit against it, cofounder Greg Mortenson, writer David Oliver Relin and Penguin Group publishing.

In dismissing the suit U.S. District Court Judge Sam E. Haddon concluded:

"The case has been pending for almost a year. The Complaint before the Court is the fifth pleading filed. Plaintiffs have been accorded every opportunity to adequately plead a case, if one exists. Moreover, the imprecise, in part flimsy, and speculative nature of the claims and theories advanced underscore the necessary conclusion that further amendment would be futile. This case will be dismissed with prejudice."

CAI is invigorated by the news. Greg is on his way overseas. Our dual mission continues unabated.

Yet, today's good news should not take away from the tremendous amount of work still to be done. Millions of children in the world remain out of school due to war, religious extremism, discrimination, and poverty.

CAI has worked with communities in remote, mountainous, and often war-wracked regions for more than 15 years to build, supply, staff, and maintain over 180 schools and 30 vocational centers, and support an additional 56 schools, 20 literacy centers, eight scholarship programs, and 22 public health (potable water, midwifery, and disaster-relief) projects. No other NGO does what we do in these locales with such a small team of dedicated individuals.

Greg stands by the stories in his books. Please read his response to media allegations last spring.

As always, CAI staff is available to answer any questions or concerns. info@ikat.org

LA Times: Court dismisses suit against "Three Cups of Tea" author

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