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Afghanistan's Che Guevara is a Woman

Interview with Malalai Joya

Shirin Sadeghi, New America Media, April 15, 2011

postcard of the events

New America Media's Shirin Sadeghi interviews revolutionary Afghan activist Malalai Joya, (named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World) about her new memoir, A Woman Among Warlords, and the on-the-ground situation in Afghanistan, including those Rolling Stone images of U.S. soldiers posing with the corpses of Afghan civilians. 

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رابرت دریفوس: یک روز با ملالی جویا

اگر شرایطی را که او تحت آن فعالیت میکند فقط مشکل بنامیم حقیقت را کتمان کرده‌ایم

رابرت دریفوس، مجله نیشن، ١٤ اپریل ٢٠١١
مترجم: سمیر

جویا در حال سخنرانی در امریکا

چنانچه دیده میشود، یک رابطه مستقیم بین خیزش های دنیای عرب و ایران و وضعیت بسیار ناگوار در افغانستان وجود ندارد. در افغانستان که به علت سه دهه جنگ به ویرانه مبدل شده، ایالات متحده امریکا و ناتو آنرا اشغال نموده و تحت حاکمیت جنگ سالاران فاسد و سیاست مداران معامله گر قرار دارد، فعالین انقلابی و طرفدار دموکراسی با یک مشکل اضافی دیگر نیز مواجهند: بر خلاف مصر اینجا فرهنگ استفاده از فیس بوک، تویتر و سایر شبکه های اجتماعی وجود ندارد، در اکثر مناطق این کشور نه برق وجود دارد و نه وسایل الکترونیک.

ولی تمام این ها ملالی جویا را از تلاش باز نمیدارد.

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Robert Dreyfuss: A Day with Malalai Joya

I spent yesterday with Malalai, in southern Maryland where she had a speaking engagement at St. Mary’s College

By Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation, April 14, 2011

Malalai Joya speaks in the USA (Photo by Dylan Kelley)

There’s not a straight line between the revolts sweeping the Arab world and Iran and the far more difficult situation in Afghanistan. Devastated by three decades of war, occupied by the United States and NATO, and ruled by corrupt warlords and political wheeler-dealers, revolutionaries and pro-democracy activists in Afghanistan face an additional challenge: unlike, say, Egypt, there’s no online culture of Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites, and in many areas there is neither electricity nor electronic devices.

But that isn’t stopping Malalai Joya.

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Anti-war and human rights advocate speaks out

She advocates that justice seeking individuals should demand that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and other authorities be questioned.

By Jamie Corpuz, The Western Sun, April 13, 2011

Malalai Joya sign her book for supporters
Malalai Joya has survived four assassination attempts. (Western Sun photo by Jamie Corpuz)

In 2010 she was hailed by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world. In that same year she was listed in Foreign Policy Magazine’s annual list of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers.” She has survived four assassination attempts.

Her name is not a household name in the west, but in the Middle East her name ignites passions in the hearts of rebels and resonates outrage among war profiteers. Malalai Joya, a former parliamentarian exiled from her elected position in Afghanistan, spoke at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California Friday, April 8. She is a long way from home.

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A champion for Afghan women: On hearing Malalai Joya

Malalai Joya has stood up to them all. She is unafraid. You look into her eyes and fear melts away.

By Ed Felien, The Rag Blog, April 12, 2011

Malalai Joya in a protest in Los Angeles

MINNEAPOLIS -- I met the bravest person in the world Friday night, April 1, at St. Joan of Arc Church in South Minneapolis when I heard Malalai Joya speak.

She’s about five feet tall with a soft voice and a backbone as strong as steel. She was expelled from the Afghan Parliament (after being, at 26, the youngest person ever elected) because she “insulted” both the Afghan opium warlords and the U. S. government for supporting the corrupt leadership of Hamid Karzai.

There have been four assassination attempts on her life. The Taliban hate her because she organizes women’s groups and schools for girls.

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Malalai Joya speaks and marches at peace protest in San Francisco

Human rights activist and former Afghan MP Malalai Joya spoke at and marched in a peace protest. She is on a speaking tour of the United States and was initially denied a visa.

Steve Rhodes, Demotix.com, April 11, 2011

Malalai Joya in peace march in San Francisco
April 10, 2011: Malalai Joya delivering speech to protesters in San Francisco peace march. (Photo by Steve Rhodes)

Human rights activist and former Afghan MP Malalai Joya spoke at and marched in a peace protest. She is on a speaking tour of the United States and was initially denied a visa.San Francisco, USA 10/04/2011

Former Afghan MP Malalai Joya spoke at an rally against wars in Dolores Park in San Francisco. She then led the over mile long march. She had spoken the previous night about her experience working for human rights in Afghanistan.

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The Failure of the United States in Afghanistan

An Interview with Malalai Joya: The US is god-father of Islamic fundamentalism in the region

The Harvard International Review, April 10, 2011

Malalai Joya in the Western Washington University

Harvard International Review: How has Afghanistan changed since the fall of the Taliban? In particular, how have women’s lives changed?

Malalai Joya: The US invaded my country under the banner of the war on terror, women’s rights, human rights, and democracy. But even with the presence of tens of thousands of troops, not only women—also Afghan men—suffer from war, terrorism, injustice, the rule of drug mafia and warlordism, insecurity, joblessness, poverty, unprecedented corruption, and many other problems. While it’s true that the women’s rights situation may have improved when you compare it with the barbaric regime of the Taliban—some women now have jobs and education—it is used to justify the occupation. In most places, particularly in the villages, the condition of women is still like a hell.

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ملالی جویا و نه سال حضور نظامی ناتو در افغانستان

ملالی جویا تصویر کلیشه ایی جهانیان از زن افغانستان را پریشان کرده است.

آوای زن, ۹ اپریل ۲۰۱۱

Malalai Joya

ملالی جویا را سال  ها پیش در سفرش به اروپا ملاقات کردم. دیدار کوتاه بود و فرصتی برای صحبت و تبادل نظر نبود. بعد از آن چند بار به سفارش نشریات مختلف با او تلفنی مصاحبه کردم و با پی گیری نوشته  ها وفعالیت  هایش بیشتر با او آشنا شدم. بالاخره چند ماه پیش در سفر مجدد جویا به استکهلم فرصت دیدار دست داد. به محل قرار که رسیدم ایستاده بود و مشغول تماشای ویترین مغازه ایی. بی خیال و آرام. به طرفم که برگشت دیدم هنوز همان ملالی است با چشمانی درخشان و هشیار که نشان از جانی شیفته دارد. حالا 32 ساله است. هنوز شعرهای شاملو را از حفظ می خواند. بی باکی و عشق پایان ناپذیرش به مردم افغانستان و آگاهی اش در مورد تاریخ، مسائل و رنج  های کشورش احترام برانگیز است.

مثل همیشه دلداری ام داد که نگرانش نباشم. در معرض تهدید دائمی است و زندگی اش در جابجایی برای حفظ امنیت می گذرد. هر دو نگاهی به زنان سرخوش جوانی که در میز بقل نشسته بودند انداختیم و ناخودآگاه موضوع بحث مان به نقش سوئد، حضور نظامی در افغانستان و سکوتِ به علامت رضایِ جامعه ی سوئد کشیده شد.

حالا دیگر تنها جنگ سالارها و طالب ها دشمنت نیستند! خیلی  ها می خواهند ساکت باشی! خروج نیروهای نظامی از افغانستان برای همین سوئدی های «صلح طلب» هم دیگر به صرفه نیست!

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Malalai Joya On Ending the Afghan War

Sonali Kolhatkar interviews Malalai Joya on Uprising Radio

Uprising Radio, April 7, 2011

Malalai Joya with Sonali Kolhatkar

Malalai Joya, former member of Parliament in Afghanistan, spoke with Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar on April 7, 2011, about the war in Afghanistan. Joya is the author of “A Woman Among Warlords.”

Watch a video of the interview here:

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L.A. RECORD’s Scott Schultz interview Malalai Joya

By Scott Schultz, L.A. RECORD, April 6, 2011

Malalai Joya at Willamette University on Apr.3, 2011 (Photo by Greg Zurbrugg)

Malalai Joya—also known as Joya—gave a voice to the women, children and men of Afghanistan for the world when at the age of 25, while representing her region at the Loya Jirga (Afghanistan’s constitutional convention in 2003) in front of an international audience, she called out members of the newly elected Parliament as warlords, narco-terrorists and war criminals. Her life has been in constant danger ever since, but she continues to speak out against the fundamentalist Islamic regime in Afghanistan and against America’s involvement in the enforcement of the warlords’ continued positions of power over Afghan citizens.

A women’s rights activist since her youth, she would risk her life as a teenager, covertly educating girls and women at Afghan refugee camps. Currently living in hiding in her native country, she routinely has to change safe-houses and has to travel at all times with an armed guard due to constant assassination attempts. Last month, Joya was initially denied a visa to enter America for a tour promoting her autobiography A Woman Among Warlords and to speak out against what she calls the American occupation of Afghanistan.

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Former Afghan lawmaker criticizes war during Tacoma speech

U.S. TOUR: Soldiers disregard lives, says former lawmaker

Adam Ashton, The Olympian, April 6, 2011

Malalai Joya in the USA

A former Afghan lawmaker told an audience of South Sound peace activists Tuesday that photos of Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers grinning over the corpse of a boy they allegedly murdered revealed a disregard for civilian lives among U.S. forces fighting in her country.

“They are making fun with the dead bodies of my people,” said Malalai Joya, 32, a human rights activist who visited the University of Washington Tacoma on her U.S. speaking tour. About 80 people attended her talk, which was hosted by the group Peace Action of Washington and was her seventh in the Puget Sound area this week.

She spoke about 12 miles north of the Lewis-McChord jail, where the soldiers shown in the photographs are being held as they await courts-martial.

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Malalai Joya Visits Southern California April 7-8, 2011


Afghan Women's Mission, March 4, 2011

postcard of the events

Malalai Joya, former Afghan parliamentarian and author of A Woman Among Warlords, will be speaking at 4 events in Southern California. Elected to the Afghan parliament in 2006, Joya was the nation’s youngest MP, and known for her outspoken views against the U.S. backed warlords that dominate the government. She has survived 4 assassination attempts, and in 2007, was kicked out of Parliament by the very men she criticized. Women and men across Afghanistan demonstrated for her reinstatement.

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Standing Ovation in Salem for BBC's 'Most Famous Woman in Afghanistan' Malalai Joya

Hard truths have a soft landing at historic Oregon university- includes video coverage of Willamette event.

Report by Tim King, Photos by Dexter Phoenix, Salem-News.com, March 4, 2011

Malalai Joya speaking in Willamette University

(SALEM, Ore.) - Former Afghan Parliament Member Malalai Joya spoke to a welcoming and enthusiastic packed house at Willamette University's Smith Auditorium Sunday night.

Her talk to a wide ranging audience led to a minutes-long standing ovation; it seemed like a clear indication of Salem's interest in this far away land occupied by U.S. troops locked in a fierce war claiming an escalating number of lives on all sides.

A most interesting and resilient woman; Joya has paid a heavy price for her open criticism of the government led by President Hamid Karzai who she says is both a puppet of U.S. policy, and a war criminal with links to the darkest corners of Afghanistan's criminality.

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An evening with Malalai Joya featuring Eve Ensler in New York

Women Facing War in Afghanistan, and the Need for U.S. Solidarity

VDay, March 4, 2011

Malalai Joya and Eve Ensler

South Asia Solidarity Initiative and War Resisters League in association with Center for Place Culture & Politics at CUNY present:

Friday, April 15 - 7pm til 9pm
CUNY Graduate Center, Recital Hall
365 Fifth Ave at 34th Street [BDFV & NQRW trains to 34th St, 6 train to 33]
This event is open to the public, $20 suggested donation
For more information: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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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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