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Afghan women’s rights hero is latest victim of ideological exclusion

I understand why Afghan rulers – both Taliban and Karzai government leaders -- are afraid of Malalai Joya

Carol Rose, The Boston Globe Blog, March 20, 2011

Malalai Joya is a 32-year-old Afghan woman named by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Foreign Policy Magazine listed her on its annual list of Top 100 Global Thinkers, and last week The Guardian listed her among the "Top 100 women: activists and campaigners" in the world.

So why is the U.S. State Department refusing to let Ms. Joya visit our country?

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US Blocks Visit from Malalai Joya

Her calls for NATO troops to withdraw from Afghanistan have made 32-year-old Ms Joya a controversial figure outside her country

Glyn Strong, UK Progressive Magazine, March 19, 2011

Malalai Joya at London’s Frontline Club with Sue Turton
Malalai Joya at London’s Frontline Club with Sue Turton in 2008 (Photo by Glyn Strong)

Just nine days after International Women’s Day internationally acclaimed Afghan human rights activist Malalai Joya has been refused entry to the United States – allegedly because she is ‘unemployed and living underground’.

Joya – an author, former member of the Afghan parliament and one of TIME magazine’s ‘100 most influential people in the world in 2010’ – was due to begin a three week book tour to promote an updated version of her memoir ‘A Woman Among Warlords’ on 20th March.

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دولت امریکا از دادن ویزه به ملالی جویا ابا ورزید

ملالی جویا قرار بود به خاطر یک سفر سه هفته‌ای جهت معرفی کتابش، که چاپ دومش با مقدمه‌ای در مورد دولت اوباما تازه منتشر شده، به آن کشور سفر کند

رادیو آزادی، ١٨ مارچ ۲۰۱۱

 

US Government Denies Entry Visa to Afghan Women’s Rights Activist and Author Malalai Joya

Organizers of her speaking tour are encouraging people to contact the Department of State to ask them to fulfill the promise from the Obama Administration of “promoting the global marketplace of ideas” and grant Joya’s visa immediately.

Common Dreams, March 17, 2011

Malalai Joya's book updated edition

NATIONWIDE - March 17 - The United States has denied a travel visa to Malalai Joya, an acclaimed women’s rights activist and former member of Afghanistan’s parliament. Ms. Joya, who was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2010, was set to begin a three-week US tour to promote an updated edition of her memoir, A Woman Among Warlords, published by Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

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Malalai Joya and Noam Chomsky: The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Joint presentation of Malalai Joya and Noam Chomsky at Harvard University

United for Justice with Peace, March 8, 2011

Malalai Joya tour 2011

Please join us during Joya's rare visit to the U.S., as she is joined by world-renowned linguist and political dissident Noam Chomsky, internationally recognized as one of the most critically engaged public intellectuals alive today.

When: Friday, March 25, 2011, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Harvard University, Radcliffe Quadrangle • 59 Shepard St. (corner of Garden) • Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH) Building • Cambridge

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Malalai Joya among "Top 100 women: activists and campaigners"

Malalai Joya: Afghan politician and human rights campaigner who has shown phenomenal courage

Emine Saner, The Guardian, March 8, 2011

To watch a 2003 video of Malalai Joya, then in her early 20s, making a speech is to witness phenomenal courage and the power of speaking out. Joya, now 32, was an elected delegate to the Loya Jirga (an assembly to debate the proposed Afghan constitution) when she stood up and publicly criticised the room full of men. "Why would you allow criminals to be present? Warlords responsible for our country's situation . . . The most anti-women people in the society who brought our country to this state and they intend to do the same again."

Delegates shouted "prostitute" at her, and the guards were ordered to throw her out. Later, a mob gathered where she was staying, threatening to rape and murder her. This moment sealed her reputation as "the bravest woman in Afghanistan".

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Malalai Joya Spring Tour 2011 to the USA

Malalai Joya will tour the United States in Spring 2011 to call attention to the on-going Afghan war and prospects for ending it.

United for Justice with Peace, March 6, 2011

Malalai Joya tour 2011

Malalai Joya, the acclaimed Afghan activist and author of A Woman Among Warlords, will tour the United States in Spring 2011 to call attention to the on-going Afghan war and prospects for ending it. A Woman Among Warlords has just been published in paperback with a new chapter on Afghanistan in the Obama era, and will be on sale at all her events.

NOTE: Due to visa problems, Malalai Joya was unable to attend her scheduled appearances in New York and Washington DC. We are pleased to announce that her tour has just been extended to enable her to return to the East Coast.

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The Afghan War is Brutal, Expensive, Unpopular, and Ineffective – So Why Are We Spending Billions on It?

Leading Afghan Feminist Wants the U.S. and NATO to Leave Her Nation

Sonali Kolhatkar, CommonDreams.org, March 3, 2011

Malalai Joya Afghan activist and former Member of Parliament, Malalai Joya, wants the U.S. and NATO out of her country. She will soon embark on a new US speaking tour to help reinvigorate the war debate. (details here)

"The sad truth is that Obama’s war policies have turned out to be even more of a nightmare than I expected.” – Malalai Joya, A Woman Among Warlords

While millions of Americans are experiencing unemployment, wage stagnation, rising tuition, dwindling social services, and poverty at levels not seen since the Great Depression, an unjustifiably large proportion of our taxes are being used to cause death and destruction in Afghanistan. With Afghanistan being the longest war the U.S. has ever officially waged, we should carefully examine the costs of the war - financial and otherwise - and ask ourselves, is it really worth it?

The war costs taxpayers between $500,000 to $1 million per soldier in Afghanistan every year. Since President Obama deployed thousands of more troops than Bush, the escalating war has come with a bloated price tag. So far, we have spent $336 billion on the war, and if Congress approves a request for additional funding, that number will go up to $455.4 billion – nearly half a trillion dollars.

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WISA Launch Dinner With Malalai Joya

We were joined by our Afghan guest Joya who was a passionate speaker and keen to share her experiences of her life as a politician in Afghanistan.

Joanna, WISA, February 15, 2011

WISA Lanuch Dinner With Malalai Joya

The Women's International Solidarity Australia (WISA) launch and fundraising dinner for Malalai Joya was a wonderful evening where we WISAs said ‘hello’ to the world. We were joined by our Afghan guest Joya who was a passionate speaker and keen to share her experiences of her life as a politician in Afghanistan.

Joya spoke of the real atrocities of the war in Afghanistan that rarely gets reported by the media, and of the daily struggle for women in her country against rape, violence and unjust oppression.

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کتاب «ملالی جویا، اسطوره‌ی شجاعت روزگار ما» منتشر شد

گزیده‌ای از مقالات، سخنرانی‌ها، مصاحبات و نظریات ملالی جویا و هوادارانش از دسمبر ٢٠٠٣ تا اپريل ٢٠١٠

Book in Persian on Malalai Joya

«ملالی جویا، اسطوره‌ی شجاعت روزگار ما» گزیده‌ا‌ی از مقالات، سخنرانی‌ها، مصاحبات، اشعار و نظریات ملالی جویا و هوادارانش و اعلامیه‌های سازمان ‌های سیاسی و فرهنگی و نهادهای حقوق بشر میباشد که از ظهور وی در لویه جرگه قانون اساسی الی اواسط سال ٢٠١٠ در مطبوعات و سایتها انتشار یافته اند.

این کتاب در ٣٦٥ صفحه بوسیله آقای اعظم سیستانی گردآوری و تنظیم گردیده و اخیرا در هزار نسخه از چاپ برآمده است.

شما میتوانید متن الکترونیک آنرا به صورت فایل پی دی ایف از اینجا دونلود کنید.

ادامه مطلب

 

ملالی جویا در فهرست «١٠٠ اندیشمند برتر سال ٢٠١٠» مجله «فارن پالیسی» قرار گرفت

«فارن پالیسی» ملالی جویا را «تجسمی از استقلال خواهی در افغانستان» خوانده

کمیته دفاع از ملالی جویا، ٧ قوس ١٣٨٩ – ٢٨ نوامبر ٢٠١٠

Foreign Policy Magazine

مجله «فارین پالیسی» در شماره ماه دسامبر خود فهرستی از «١٠٠ اندیشمند برتر سال ٢٠١٠» را منتشر کرده است که نام ملالی جویا نیز در آن جا دارد.

اين نشريه امريکايی هر سال در شماره ويژه‌ای فهرستی از ١٠٠ متفکر برتر دنيا را منتشر می‌کند. در فهرست امسال نام چهره‌هايی چون بيل گيتس (مدير شرکت مايکرو سافت)، باراک اوباما، استيو جابز (مدير شرکت اپل)، هيلاری کلينتون، آنگلا مرکل، بيل کلينتون و غیره نیز به چشم می خورد.

«فارن پالیسی» ملالی جویا را «تجسمی از استقلال خواهی در افغانستان» و «مدافع ثابت قدم حقوق بشر، مخالف پرحرارت بنیادگرایی و حامی نترس فرهنگ مدنی افغانستان» خوانده به معرفی او پرداخته است:

ادامه مطلب

 

Malalai Joya listed in “The 100 Top Global Thinkers of 2010” by Foreign Policy Magazine

93. Malalai Joya (ACTIVIST | AFGHANISTAN): for embodying an independent-minded Afghanistan.

Foreign Policy, December 2010

Foreign Policy Magazine

A vocal defender of human rights, a passionate opponent of fundamentalism, and a fearless advocate of a civic Afghan culture, Malalai Joya -- who has stared down numerous assassination attempts since 2003 and was suspended from parliament in 2007 for comparing the body to a "barn full of animals" -- is precisely the sort of Afghan woman the West continues to fight for in the Hindu Kush. That doesn't mean she's happy with her country's current state of dependency. "Afghans face three enemies," she said in a recent interview, "the occupying forces, the Taliban, and the warlords." Joya got her start as a humanitarian during the Taliban regime, establishing underground health clinics and orphanages to spite the country's fundamentalist rulers.

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Malalai Joya: Speaking for a crippled nation

I met with Malalai, as NATO was discussing her country’s future in Lisbon.

Anna Greer, ABC, November 24, 2010

In 2003, a 25-year-old woman, all of five feet tall, stood up in front of warlords and war criminals who were determining Afghanistan’s future constitution and said:

“My name is Malalai Joya from Farah province... Why would you allow criminals to be present here? They are responsible for our situation now... It is they who turned our country into the centre of national and international wars. They are the most anti-woman elements in our society who brought our country to this state and they intend to do the same again.”

Since then Malalai has been famous in Afghanistan and abroad. She was elected to the new Afghan parliament in a landslide but was suspended after appearing on a television show where she compared the parliament to an animal stable. She has survived four assassination attempts and has received countless death threats.

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Malalai Joya: ‘Stop playing with the destiny of Afghan people’

Joya said the recent rigged parliamentary elections were “a selection not an election”.

Green Left Weekly, November 21, 2010

Malalai Joya
Malalai Joya. (Photo: Kiraz Janicke)

Afghan feminist and anti-war activist Malalai Joya urged 400 people at the University of Technology Sydney to get the Australian government to pull the troops out of her country. The Afghan people were capable of winning against the fundamentalist warlords, but not while Western occupying troops rehabilitated the Taliban, she said.

“There is no such thing as a ‘moderate’ Taliban”, she said, referring to US-NATO support for Afghan President Hamid Kazai’s attempts at power sharing with the Taliban. Joya also criticised the Australian government for training the militia of Oruzgan warlord Matiullah Khan.

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“End this disgusting war”: an interview with Malalai Joya

Joya emerged on the international stage as a fierce anti-war figure and fighter for women's rights

Liz Walsh, Socialist Alternative, November 19, 2010

Malalai Joya
Malalai Joya speaking in the Afghan parliament

For nine long years the United States and its allies have been tearing apart Afghanistan. And still their occupation grinds on. Few Afghan voices have emerged in condemnation of this barbarous war as forcefully as Malalai Joya’s.

Joya emerged on the international stage as a fierce anti-war figure and fighter for women’s rights when she was elected in 2003 to the Loya Jirga, which was convened to ratify Afghanistan’s constitution. It was here that she used her maiden speech to launch a blistering attack on the warlords present at the gathering.

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