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A Woman Among Warlords: project of a documentary film on Afghanistan

"A Woman Among Warlords" is a sponsored project of "From the Heart Productions".

Rodrigo Guim, Indiegogo, August 12, 2012

The Film

This is the project of a documentary film on Afghanistan. It seeks to promote unity of Afghans and the world at large for social change towards democracy, social justice and human rights. For this intent, the film will center on Afghan human rights activist Malalai Joya.

This film is based on the book A Woman Among Warlords, written by Malalai Joya. It presents the story of Malalai from her childhood until today. Her story is both extraordinary and ordinary. Extraordinary because she embodies resistance to oppression since she was young. Ordinary because her story is emblematic of the story of Afghan women of resistance. The focus is on how her life is shaped by her struggles against misogyny, fundamentalism, political oppression and war. Malalai was a war refugee, then she was an underground woman teacher for girls in the Taliban period, later she started a woman's clinic and orphanage and later still got elected to the Afghan parliament. She was suspended by the fundamentalists in power when she spoke in parliament. Hers is a life of struggle amid oppression. Today Malalai is an internationally-acclaimed activist for social justice and human rights struggling for peace and for real democracy in Afghanistan.

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“The Afghan parliament is a drama”

Malalai Joya is an Afghan activist

By Zia Ur Rehman, The News International, July 15, 2012

Joya’s interview in Kabul

Malalai Joya is an Afghan activist, writer and an outspoken critic of the Afghan warlords, the Karzai government and the US role in her country. In 2003, Joya became famous by speaking out publicly, as an elected delegate to the Constitutional Loya Jirga, against the domination of warlords. In September 2005, she became a member of the parliament (Wolesi Jirga) when she received the second highest number of votes in her home province Farah.

However, she was suspended on May 21, 2007, for continuing to criticise the warlords and drug barons for destroying her country. Joya wears a burqa to disguise her identity after surviving six assassination attempts and lives in different safe-houses.

In 2010, Time magazine called her one of the world’s 100 most influential people, Foreign Policy magazine listed her among its Top Global Thinkers and BBC termed her ‘the bravest woman of Afghanistan’.

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ملالی جویا در مورد امضای قرارداد استراتژیک با امریکا

به امضای سند فروش افغانستان نه بگوییم ورنه در پیشگاه تاریخ محکوم خواهیم بود

کرزی این شاه شجاع ثالث بالاخره نامش را به مثابه وطنفروش خاین ثبت تاریخ کرد و سند ننگین فروش افغانستان را به امضا رسانید.

من به نوبه خود این حرکت مغایر با منافع ملی وطن و مردم خود را به حیث خیانت ملی محکوم میکنم و اعلام میدارم که تمامی آنانی که به این سند خاینانه صحه میگذارند محکوم تاریخ و روسیاه خواهند بود. کرزی و حواریونش در وطنفروشی از خاینان گذشته پیشی گرفتند. حداقل آنان پشت دروازه های بسته معاملات ننگین شان را با بادارانشان انجام می دادند اما اینان بی شرمانه و علنی کشور را ارزان به بادارانشان پیشکش نمودند.

تکیه بر یک کشور زورگو و تجاوزگری مثل امریکا که تاریخچه‌اش با خون و ویرانی و تاراج ملت های فقیر آغشته است و طی سی سال گذشته یکی از مسببین بدبختی وطن و مردم ما بوده است، تنها از کسانی ساخته است که غیرت و شرافت شانرا در بدل مقام و دالر به گرو گذاشته اند.

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The Bitter Reality of Afghanistan – with Malalai Joya

Slideshow of 76 photos, published here by The Week on May 2, 2012

Vimeo CaTV channel, May 20, 2012

Behold the effect of white phosphorus bombing on a young child’s skin. In May 2009, Afghan lawmaker Obaidullah Helali, who headed a delegation investigating this massacre from US bombing in the western province of Farah, confirmed that it took the lives of 95 children.

The talk from Malalai Joya was recently hosted in Sydney by Pip Hinman on behalf of the Stop The War Coalition – stopwarcoalition.org – and chaired by Kellie Tranter, lawyer and human rights activist. The visual material comes mainly from Malalai, with a few additions, notably from rawa.org, site of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan.

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Malalai Joya's message to anti-NATO protest in Chicago

Nato's murderous occupation will feel the strength of American and Afghan solidarity in Chicago this weekend

Malalai Joya, The Guardian, May 16, 2012

Chicago Protesters
Chicago police keep watch over protesters marching ahead of the Nato summit. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

Thousands of protesters are expected to descend on Chicago this weekend for Nato's annual summit where Afghanistan will be top of the agenda. It promises to be one of the most important anti-war demonstrations of our generation. I will be unable to travel to attend, but from here in Kabul I can tell you that the whole country will be watching Chicago this weekend.

The protesters remind us that the US government is not representative of the US people. It's encouraging to see so many willing to take action and stand up against this unjust, disastrous war.

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Joya’s story is an inspiring one

Raising My Voice is the real story of Afghanistan’s youngest female politician, Malalai Joya

Marie, Leaves in the Lonnen, May 15, 2012

Title of Malalai Joya's book

April came with much promise, for I managed to get my hands on a book I had much wanted to read for months. Raising My Voice is the real story of Afghanistan’s youngest female politician, Malalai Joya. I first came across her name in an Afghan exhibit in Second Life, the creator of which told me of this amazing woman and her struggle to bring justice and freedom to the people of her country.

Joya’s story is an inspiring one. Through her own words you learn the truth about post-war Afghanistan. Even though the country has a parliament, it is a corrupt one, populated by the same warlords who ravaged the Afghan population before the rise of the Taliban. Those few politicians who choose to stand up for the rights of their people are silenced, ridiculed, threatened and murdered in the pursuit of justice. From an early age, Joya chose to be a fighter: surviving endless derision and many assassination attempts, she has continued fighting for Afghanistan. Reading her story has made me an avid fan of hers; in an age of political apathy and spineless ineffective politicians it is satisfying to learn about a politician who truly deserves the title.


Malalai Joya: ‘My country needs you to get the troops out’

“No nation can liberate another nation,” Joya said.

Pip Hinman,Green Left Weekly, April 13, 2012

Malalai Joya. Photo: Peter Boyle Malalai Joya. Photo: Peter Boyle

“You have to put more pressure on your government to allow Afghans decide their own future”, Afghan democracy activist and former MP Malalai Joya told a 150-strong public forum on April 11.

“No nation can liberate another nation,” Joya said. “Ten years of war should have made this clear. It's better the troops leave.”

The public meeting, organised by Sydney Stop the War Coalition, was chaired by human rights activist and lawyer Kellie Tranter. Tranter told Green Left Weekly: “It's important to listen to Malalai Joya because she is the voice of a vast network of ordinary people across Afghanistan who are saying the foreign troops have to get out.”

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ملالی جویا: کشور من نیازمند خروج نیرو های خارجی است

ملالی جویا: هیچ ملتی نمی تواند برای ملت دیگر آزادی بیاورد، ده سال جنگ این را ثابت ساخته است

پیپ انمن، هفته‌نامه "گرین لیفت"، ١٣ اپریل ٢٠١٢

ملالی جویا فعال دموکراسی  در استرالیا

ملالی جویا فعال دموکراسی و نماینده سابق پارلمان در نشست اجتماع عمومی با شرکت ١٥٠ تن بتاریخ ١١ اپریل اظهار داشت، "شما باید بالای دولت خود فشار بیشتر وارد کنید تا بگذارد افغان ها خود سرنوشت آینده شان را تعیین کنند."

او می گوید، "هیچ ملتی نمی تواند برای ملت دیگر آزادی بیاورد، ده سال جنگ این را ثابت ساخته است، بهتر آن است تا نیروهای خارجی افغانستان را ترک گویند."

نشست عمومی که بوسیله ائتلاف ضد جنگ سیدنی تنظیم گردیده بود، ریاست آن را حقوقدان و فعال حقوق بشر، کیلی ترنتر بر عهده داشت. ترنتر به گرین لیفت ویکلی گفت: "این خیلی مهم است تا به حرف های ملالی جویا گوش داد، زیرا او صدای جمع وسیع از مردم عادی در سراسر افغانستان است که خواستار بیرون رفتن نیروهای خارجی از کشور شان هستند."

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Give Afghans self-determination: Joya

Afghan politician and human rights campaigner Malalai Joya ran secret schools for girls during the Taliban regime and is an outspoken critic of president Hamid Karzai and the US-led occupation.

Reporter: Emma Alberici, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, April 9, 2012


EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: Time magazine has called her one of the world's 100 most influential people.

Malalai Joya is an Afghan politician and a human rights campaigner. Under the Taliban she operated secret underground schools providing an education for the country's girls.

She's an outspoken critic of Afghanistan's president Hamid Karzai and of the US-led occupation. But speaking out has come at a cost. There have been six attempts on her life. The most recent scare came just last month when gunman attacked her office in Kabul.

Malalai Joya is visiting Australia to address a public meeting in Sydney later this week.

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Marxism 2012: a report from an interested party

Marxism 2012: revolution in the air was a great Conference both quantitatively and qualitatively.

John, En Passant, April 9, 2012

Joya speaking on lateline program of ABC - Australia
Malalai Joya in Lateline of ABC

It was three days of political discussion and debate. 925 people attended. Malalai Joya, John Pilger, Mamdouh Habib, Gary Foley, and comrades from across the globe (eg New Zealand, the US, the Philippines, Japan, Palestine, Bangladesh, Thailand, Egypt, Bahrain, Sri Lanka, Chile and elsewhere) spoke and participated. There were over 70 sessions on a range of topics that could whet most radical appetites.

And the debates were great, from socialists to reformists, populationists, liquidationists, to anarchists and Greens and people interested in the ideas but not yet committed or convinced, all contributing or questioning. This was the Conference of the Left in Australia.

Personally Malalai Joya on Thursday night and Saturday afternoon was the highlight. Both her incredible bravery in opposing both the US Occupation and the Taliban, and her deep understanding of the international situation and Afghanistan’s position within it, for example the global reach and brutality of US imperialism and the need for American workers to overthrow the dictatorship of capital, made her talks the most moving of the Conference and perhaps in all of my political life.

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گزارشی از کنفرانس مارکسیزم ٢٠١٢ در آسترالیا

مشخصا ملالی جویا شب پنجشنبه و بعد از ظهر شنبه شخصیت برجسته درین گفتگو ها بود.

این پزنت، ٩ اپریل ٢٠١٢
نویسنده: جان پزنت، مترجم: سمیر

ملالی جویا در کنفرانس مارکسیزم ٢٠١٢ در آسترالیا

مارکسیزم ٢٠١٢: انقلاب در حال وقوع، کنفرانس بزرگ از نظر کمی و کیفی بود.

این بحث و مناظره سیاسی سه روز ادامه یافت که در آن ٩٢٥ تن شرکت نموده بودند؛ ملالی جویا، جان پلجر، ممدو حبیب، گیری فولی و دوستان دیگر از سراسر جهان (زیلاند جدید، ایالات متحده امریکا، فلپین، جاپان، فلسطین، بنگله دیش، تایلند، مصر، بهرین، سریلانکا، چیلی و جا های دیگر) در بحث ها شرکت داشتند.

این گفتگو های مهم بود، از سوسیالیست ها گرفته تا ریفورمیست ها، طرفداران کنترول نفوس، انحلال گرایان، انارشیست ها، سبز ها و کسانیکه نسبت به اندیشه های علاقه مند بودند، اما تا حال تعهدی نسبت به آن اندیشه نداشته و یا اینکه متقاعد به آن نشده بودند، تمام آنان درین گفتگو ها سهم گرفته و پرسش هایی را مطرح ساختند.

مشخصا ملالی جویا شب پنجشنبه و بعد از ظهر شنبه شخصیت برجسته درین گفتگو ها بود. او بدلیل شجاعت بی نظیرش در مخالفت علیه اشغالگران امریکایی و طالبان و درک عمیقش نسبت به وضعیت بین‌المللی و موقعیت افغانستان در آن مطرح است. بطول مثال پرداختن وی به موقعیت جهانی و بیداد گری امپریالیزم امریکا و ضرورت براندازی دیکتاتوری سرمایه بوسیله کارگران امریکایی، بحث های او را به بحث اصلی این کنفرانس تبدیل نموده بود، که بدون شک نمونه آنرا در تمام حیات سیاسی خود ندیده‌ام.

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Speech of Malalai Joya in University of Melbourne, Australia

She speaks of injustices in her war torn countries, and wants USA to remove all their troops in Afghanistan.

Levitated One, April 5, 2012

Malalai Joya – An Afghan activist speaking in University of Melbourne, Australia on April 5, 2012. She survived an assassination attempt just days before entering Australia, which left multiple of her body guards killed and injured.

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'Bravest woman in Afghanistan' tells why she wears the hated burqa

Malalai Joya reasoning about why wearing burqa

Eleanor Hall, ABC, April 5, 2012

ELEANOR HALL: In 2010, Time magazine called her one of the world's 100 most influential people and Foreign Policy magazine listed her among its Top Global Thinkers.

But to many she is simply "the bravest woman in Afghanistan".

Author and human rights campaigner Malalai Joya has been one of the fiercest critics of the Afghan government and the foreign occupation of her country and the latest attempt on her life was just last month.

In 2005 she become the youngest person to be elected to the new Afghan parliament but she was dismissed two years later for continuing to criticise the warlords and drug barons she accuses of destroying her country.

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WISA fundraising dinner with special guest Malalai Joya – April 12

Over the past few years PEN Melbourne has organised events in collaboration with WISA (Women’s International Solidarity Australia) in support of Malalai Joya.

Melbourne Pen, April 3, 2012

Malalai Joya's book WISA is again hosting a fundraising dinner for Joya in her upcoming visit to Australia on Thursday April12

WISA fundraising dinner with special guest Malalai Joya

Women’s International Solidarity Australia (WISA) welcomes back Malalai Joya for dinner and a discussion to launch WISA’s 2012 Featured Events Series.

Kicking off the series is human rights activist and former Afghan MP Malalai Joya was a featured guest at WISA’s 2010 launch and we welcome her back again in this fundraising dinner. All funds raised will help Joya to continue in her work for human rights and gender justice in Afghanistan.

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End the insanity in Afghanistan: troops out now

Sydney Stop the War Coalition is proud to host Malalai Joya at a meeting organised in a question and answer format

Stop the War Coalition, March 29, 2012

Malalai Joya news in Stop the War Coalition

The murderous rampage by a US army sergeant in Afghanistan on March 11, killing 16 civilians (mainly women and children) signifies the death throes of the US occupation.

Whether mental illness can be blamed or not, army veterans only act like this when they have lost all confidence in their command and regard the military mission as hopeless.

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