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Afghan human rights activist brings her controversial message to UMass, Smith

Joya, who spoke at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in the afternoon and at Smith College in Northampton on Monday night

By Steve Pfarrer, Daily Hampshire Gazette, March 29, 2011

Malalai Joya in the Western Washington University
Malalai Joya, left, author of “A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice,” receives a standing ovation after her talk Monday at the University of Massachusetts.

AMHERST - Forced to travel with bodyguards, staying in various safe houses when she's at home and surviving several assassination attempts, Malalai Joya has dealt with some heavy burdens in her 32 years.

But the Afghan human rights activist, writer and former Parliament member has not let her opponents silence or intimidate her.

And on Monday, just days after the U.S. government reversed its initial decision to deny her a visa to enter the country, Joya brought a message that will not win her any accolades from the Obama administration: that the U.S.-NATO war against the Taliban is helping to destroy her country.

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"Stop These Massacres": Ex-Afghan Parliamentarian Malalai Joya Calls for End to U.S. Occupation of Afghanistan

Malalai Joya: The lives of Afghans is equal to $2,000 for these warmongers

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now, March 28, 2011

U.S.-led NATO forces in Afghanistan fear increasing opposition after photographs of U.S. troops posing over dead Afghan civilians were published last week by German news magazine Der Spiegel and broadcast by Democracy Now!. Rolling Stone magazine has just published 18 additional images. The photographs are graphic and have been compared to images that emerged from the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The soldiers in the photographs are on trial for forming a secret "kill team" in Afghanistan that murdered unarmed Afghan civilians at random and collected body parts. NATO air strikes have also recently led to more than 15 civilian deaths in the past month. We get reaction from former Afghan member of parliament, Malalai Joya. [includes rush transcript]

Guest: Malalai Joya, former Afghan member of parliament and outspoken critic of warlords, fundamentalists, the Taliban, and of the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan. She is touring the United States to promote the second edition of her autobiography, A Woman Among Warlords.

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Malalai Joya, Noam Chomsky Denounce US Occupation of Afghanistan

Malalai Joya spoke with Professor Noam Chomsky to 1200 people at Harvard's Memorial Church Friday night

By David Swanson, War Is A Crime.org, March 27, 2011

Malalai Joya and Noam Chomsky in Boston

March 26 - In two jam-packed appearances this weekend, Afghan feminist leader Malalai Joya reached at least 1500 people with her denunciations of the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan. She spoke with Professor Noam Chomsky to 1200 people at Harvard's Memorial Church Friday night and to 300 in Jamaica Plain this afternoon. The Harvard event was the largest single Boston area event focused on opposing the Afghanistan war since the war's start almost ten years ago.

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In Jamaica Plain, visiting Afghan activist denounces US-led war

Former lawmaker says foreign forces increase violence

By David Abel, The Boston Globe, March 27, 2011

Afghan activist Malalai Joya, after initially being denied a visa to the United States for a three-week speaking tour, appeared in Boston yesterday and denounced the US-led war in Afghanistan, contending that the Obama administration’s surge of forces has led to only “more massacres, more tragedy, more violence.’’

She said she believes US officials banned her because “I exposed what the US government was doing in my country, and how most of the money goes into the pockets of the warlords. I think this is something the people in the White House and the warlords don’t want to hear.’’

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Militarism, Mutilation, and Minerals: Understanding the Occupation of Afghanistan

Video documentary featuring Malalai Joya

Film by Iara Lee, Cultures of Resistance, March 27, 2011

By mid-2010, the war in Afghanistan had arguably passed Vietnam as the longest war in the history of the United States. At the war’s outset many U.S. citizens supported the invasion as a means of holding responsible those who orchestrated the attack on the World Trade Center.

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Author Malalai Joya Speaks at Busboys and Poets Despite Being Denied a Visa by State Department

Malalai Joya: "...they can never block my voice from reaching the great and peace-loving people in the United States."

Don Allen, Teaching for Change's Busboys and Poets Bookstore, March 25, 2011

Malalai Joya via Skype at Busboys and Poets 3.22.11
Malalai Joya via Skype at Busboys and Poets 3.22.11

Because the United States denied her visa to enter the U.S., Malalai Joya, an acclaimed women’s rights activist and former member of Afghanistan’s parliament, addressd an audience of over 50 for an author event at Busboys and Poets via Skype on Tuesday, March 22. The event was co-hosted by Teaching for Change and the Afghan Women's Mission. Ms. Joya, who was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2010, had been scheduled to appear at Busboys and Poets in person as part of her three-week U.S. tour to promote an updated edition of her memoir, A Woman Among Warlords.

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U.S. Responds to Broad Public Campaign, Grants Malalai Joya Visa!

The campaign to pressure authorities to grant Ms. Joya the visa was a multi-pronged one.

Afghan Women’s Mission, March 24, 2011

Malalai Joya

For Immediate Release

A U.S. Embassy today granted acclaimed Afghan human rights activist and former MP Malalai Joya, a visa, a little over a week after she was initially turned down. The outspoken critic of the war in Afghanistan was informed at her initial visa interview that because she “lived underground” and was “unemployed” she would not be allowed into the U.S. for an extensive speaking tour, even though she had been granted visas 4 times over the past several years. Due to the visa denial, Joya has already missed all her events in New York and Washington DC and is now on her way to Boston to attempt to finish up the rest of her tour.

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Why is the U.S. afraid of Malalai Joya?

Khury Petersen-Smith writes about Malalai Joya and her struggle to speak out.

Khury Petersen-Smith, Socialist Worker, March 24, 2011

Malalai Joya visiting an all-girls school in Farah Province, Afghanistan

WOMEN'S RIGHTS activist and former member of Afghanistan's parliament Malalai Joya is fearless. She has stopped at nothing to raise her voice against the dual enemies of freedom and women's equality in her country: the misogyny of Afghan warlords and the brutal U.S./NATO occupation.

She has been suspended from the Afghan parliament after using her position there to campaign for women's rights. Joya's life is threatened because of her work, and she has survived five assassination attempts.

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Afghan activist denied U.S. visa

"She is a truth-teller," said Ralph Lopez, 41, co-founder of the non-profit Afghanistan Peace Plan, at a rally in Harvard Square Wednesday.

UPI, March 24, 2011

Malalai Joya

BOSTON -- An Afghan activist critical of the U.S. military effort in Afghanistan has been denied a visa to visit the United States for a speaking tour, officials said.

Malalai Joya, 32, had been scheduled to speak at Harvard University and elsewhere as part of a three-week tour to promote her memoir, "A Woman Among Warlords," The Boston Globe reported Thursday.

The rejection of her visa application has sparked anger and protests in the United States.

"She is a truth-teller," said Ralph Lopez, 41, co-founder of the non-profit Afghanistan Peace Plan, at a rally in Harvard Square Wednesday. "That's why the Obama administration doesn't want her to come here."

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تقاضای بازنگری صدور ویزه به ملالی جویا

اتحادیۀ آزادی مدنی امریکاییان از جملۀ سه ارگانی است که خواهان بازنگری روی صدور ویزه به این فعال امور زنان افغانستان شده است

قدیر مشرف-واشنگتن، صدای امریکا، ٢٤ مارچ ٢٠١١

ملالی جویا در جریان کنفرانس مطبوعاتی در کابل
ملالی جویا درپی انتقاد شدید در جلسه اولین ولسی جرگه افغانستان با الفاظی تند شماری از اعضای ولسی جرگه را مورد انتقاد قرار دارد.

اتحادیۀ آزادی مدنی امریکاییان، مرکز پِن امریکن و اتحادیۀ استادان پوهنتون های امریکایی بر هیلری کلنتن، وزیر خارجۀ ایالات متحده و جنیت ناپولیتانو، وزیر امور امنیت داخلی ایالات متحده طی نامۀ مشترک تاکید ورزیده اند تا درمورد تصمیم صدور ویزه امریکا به ملالی جویا بازنگری صورت گیرد.

ملالی جویا، عضو سابق پارلمان افغانستان، نویسنده و فعال حقوق بشر است که به علت عدم صدور ویزه به وی از سوی سفارت امریکا در کابل نتوانست سفر سه هفته یی خود را به آن کشور انجام دهد.

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US Government Embarrassed by Afghan Woman Again

Malalai Joya supporters think an American book tour by a widely known and highly vocal activist against not only the war, but the U.S. government's handling of the situation in Afghanistan, is the real reason her visa has been denied.

By Shirin Sadeghi, The Huffington Post, March 23, 2011

Malalai Joya was 26 when she became the youngest woman ever elected as a member of parliament in Afghanistan. Today, she is the country's most famous woman -- a political activist who was just denied a visa for a book tour to the United States because she is "unemployed" and "lives underground," according to what she was told by the U.S. embassy officer who stamped the denial.

Her supporters in the United States have announced today as a Call-In Day -- a grassroots effort to flood Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's telephone with calls demanding that Joya be given the visa for which she has applied.

Having successfully applied for a U.S. visa four times before, this time it is not about Joya, but about the war in Afghanistan.

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Why Can't This Afghan Activist Get a U.S. Visa?

Given the fresh controversy, Joya's supporters argue that her visa denial is no accident.

By Jason Motlagh, TIME, March 22, 2011

Prominent Afghan women's rights activist Malalai Joya in Kabul, August 2007
Prominent Afghan women's rights activist Malalai Joya in Kabul, August 2007 (Tom Stoddart / Getty Images)

It appears that Afghan warlords and religious fundamentalists are not the only ones who don't want Malalai Joya in the public eye. The outspoken women's rights activist and fierce critic of the war in Afghanistan has been denied a travel visa on the eve of a three-week U.S. speaking tour. According to Joya, the reasons given by an embassy officer — that she is "unemployed" and "lives underground" — make no sense, since she's been the target of five assassination attempts that have forced her to live in hiding for several years with a team of armed bodyguards. U.S. officials are fully aware of that fact, she notes, and have never rejected her applications in the past. So why now?

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Free Speech Groups Ask Secretaries Clinton And Napolitano To Review Denial Of Visa To Prominent Afghan Human Rights Activist

Joya was denied a visa to visit the United States for a three-week speaking tour relating to the paperback edition of her memoir, A Woman Among Warlords.

The American Civil Liberties Union, March 21, 2011

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NEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties Union, American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and PEN American Center today sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano expressing concern over the denial of a visa to Afghan politician, writer and human rights activist Malalai Joya.

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Thousands support Malalai Joya's right to travel to the U.S.

There will be a rally on Wednesday at Harvard University, where Joya and Noam Chomsky are due to speak at a forum on 'The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan'

Derrick O'Keefe, Rabble.ca, March 21, 2011

Malalai Joya's book updated edition

In just a few days, over 2500 people have signed an online petition to protest the denial of a U.S. travel visa to Afghan women's rights activist and author Malalai Joya, who was to make a three-week U.S. tour to promote the updated edition of A Woman Among Warlords.

On Sunday, Joya addressed the closing plenary of the Left Forum in New York City via Skype, opening her remarks by saying, "Now the U.S. government tries to stop me from entering, but they can never block my voice from reaching the great and peace-loving people in the United States." 

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ایالات متحده امریکا از صدور ویزا برای ملالی جویا، نویسنده و فعال حقوق زنان افغانستان خودداری کرد

کتاب خاطرات جویا به دوازده زبان دنیا ترجمه شده است و او گردش های گسترده ای برای معرفی کتاب خود داشته

زنان و قوانین در جوامع مسلمان، ۲۰ مارچ ۲۰۱۱

Book in Persian on Malalai Joya

ماموریت زنان افغان: ایالات متحده امریکا از صدور ویزا برای ملالی جویا از فعالان سرشناس حقوق زنان افغان و نماینده سابق مجلس افغانستان خودداری کرد.

ملالی جویا که در فهرست صد نفره مجله تایم به عنوان تاثیرگذارترین افراد در سال ۲۰۱۰ معرفی شده است قصد داشت سفری سه هفته ای در امریکا برای معرفی کتاب خود با نام “زنی در میان جنگ سالاران” که خاطرات اوست، آغاز کند.

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