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Former Afghan lawmaker: "Kill team" reflects racism of U.S. soldiers

Joya: We believe that the brutal actions of these 'kill teams' reveal the aggression and racism which is part and parcel of the entire military occupation.

By Adam Ashton, The News Tribune, March 4, 2011

Kill Team

Photos showing Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers posing with an Afghan corpse reveal a form of racism among some U.S. soldiers, a former Afghan lawmaker contends.

"I must report that Afghans do not believe this be a story of a few rogue soldiers," ex-parliamentarian Malalai Joya wrote in The Guardian last week. "We believe that the brutal actions of these 'kill teams' reveal the aggression and racism which is part and parcel of the entire military occupation. While these photos are new, the murder of innocents is not. Such crimes against civilians have sparked many protests in Afghanistan and have sharply raised anti-US sentiments among ordinary Afghans."

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Malalai Joya takes on U.S. policy and government corruption in Afghanistan

She discusses her life and the future of Afghanistan with Jerome

Worldview, WBEZ91.5, March 31, 2011

Malalai Joya
Afghan human rights activist Malalai Joya discusses the war in Afghanistan with Jerome McDonnell in WBEZ's studio on March 31. (WBEZ/Joe Linstroth)

Malalai Joya is an Afghan politician, writer and human rights activist. She was the youngest person elected to Afghanistan's new parliament. But in 2007, she was suspended from the body for her persistent criticism of the warlords and drug barons and their cronies. She has survived four assassination attempts to date, is accompanied at all times by armed guards and sleeps only in safe houses. Joya’s most recent op-ed, published in The Guardian on March 30, highlights the disturbingly graphic images of killed Afghan civilians being used as props by U.S. soldiers that were revealed in Rolling Stone magazine.  

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The Truth Revealed By The "Kill Teams" In Afghanistan

This is full version of an article by Malalai Joya published on The Guardian yesterday

Malalai Joya, Zmag, March 31, 2011

An Afghan civilian killed by US soldiers

The disgusting and heartbreaking photos published last week in the media are finally bringing the grisly truth about the war in Afghanistan to a wider public. All the PR about this war being about democracy and human rights melts into thin air with these pictures of US soldiers posing with the dead and mutilated bodies of innocent Afghan civilians.

I must report that Afghans do not believe this be a story of a few rogue soldiers. We believe that the brutal actions of these “kill teams” reveal the aggression and racism which is part and parcel of the entire military occupation. While these photos are new, the murder of innocents is not. Such crimes against civilians have sparked many protests in Afghanistan and have sharply raised anti-US sentiments among ordinary Afghans.

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امنیت زنان افغان زیر نمادی از سرکوب به نام برقع

گفتگوی امی گلدمن با ملالی جویا برای نشریه دمکراسی ناو

تلخیص و ترجمه از کارمن کشیشیان، شهزاد نیوز، ١١ فروردین ١٣٩٠

Joya on Democray Now

ملالی جویا: برقع منزجرکننده که نمادی از ظلم و ستم است، امروز به بسیاری از زنان افغان به ویژه زنان فعال ایمنی می دهد. اگرچه وی با وجود داشتن برقع و محافظ، زندگی او امن نبوده و مجبور به تغییر محل سکونتش می گردد و موانع بسیار دیگری نه تنها وی بلکه احزاب دموکراتیک، روشنفکران و فعالان را به داشتن زندگی مخفیانه مجبور می سازد.

شهرزاد نیوز: ملالی جویا، عضو سابق مجلس افغانستان و منتقد صریح جنگ سالاران، بنیادگرایان، طالبان و اشغال افغانستان توسط ایالات متحده می باشد. وی که از ترورهای متعددی جان سالم به در برده است، از طرف مجله تایم جزو صد فرد متنفذ جهان معرفی شده است. ملالی جویا که قصد داشت برای معرفی و ترویج نسخه دوم کتاب زندگینامه اش با عنوان "زنی در میان جنگ سالاران" به ایالات متحده سفر کند، با رد درخواست ویزایش توسط مقامات آمریکائی روبرو گشت و تنها پس از کمپین اعتراضی که شامل نامه هائی از اتحادیه آمریکائی آزادی های مدنی و ٩ عضو کنگره ایالات متحده بود که با درخواستش موافقت شد.

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Kill teams in Afghanistan: the truth

These disgusting photos of murdered Afghans reveal the aggression and racism underpinning the occupation of my country

Malalai Joya, The Guardian, March 30, 2011

US kill team make fun with an Afghan civilians they have killed

The disgusting and heartbreaking photos published last week in the German media, and more recently in Rolling Stone magazine, are finally bringing the grisly truth about the war in Afghanistan to a wider public. All the PR about this war being about democracy and human rights melts into thin air with the pictures of US soldiers posing with the dead and mutilated bodies of innocent Afghan civilians.

I must report that Afghans do not believe this to be a story of a few rogue soldiers. We believe that the brutal actions of these "kill teams" reveal the aggression and racism which is part and parcel of the entire military occupation. While these photos are new, the murder of innocents is not. Such crimes have sparked many protests in Afghanistan and have sharply raised anti-American sentiment among ordinary Afghans.

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Standing With Malalai Joya: “War Will Never Help Women”

“When the enemies of our people, when the fundamentalists and the warlords unite, why should we not unite?”

Katie McKay Bryson, PopDev,, March 29, 2011

Malalai Joya

The story of her recent US visa denial is riddled with painfully ironic contradictions. Malalai Joya, once the youngest member of the Afghan parliament (driven out of President Hamid Karzai’s government in 2007 for her courageous repudiation of NATO-backed warlord domination and drug cartel cronyism), was denied a visa for a three-week US speaking tour earlier this month. The reasons given by the embassy? She has been “living underground” and is unemployed. Yet in the violent, misogynist reality of occupied Afghanistan, the vast majority of women are unemployed – and the primary reason Joya must lead an “underground” life are the four or more assassination attempts she has survived.

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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.

Tags: Videos

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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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