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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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Extended interview of Malalai Joya with SBS

SBS Presenter Janice Petersen spoke with Malalai Joya, a former Afghan MP, about Australia's involvement in the war.

SBS, November 18, 2010

Video on SBS website

Malalai Joya says she wants a withdrawal of troops as soon as possible.

"Then we will fight one enemy instead of two," she said.

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A defiant woman won’t be silenced by the warlords or fundamentalists

She was invited to Australia by Deakin University to be the keynote speaker

Adele Horin, The Sydney Morning Herald, November 18, 2010

Malalai Joya
Malalai Joya ... critic of the Karzai government. (Photo: Steve Christo)

A LOT of people have tried to silence Malalai Joya. When she spoke in the Afghan parliament as its youngest elected member, the microphones would be turned off. When that didn't deter her, her fellow parliamentarians expelled her.

She has survived four assassination attempts, and still she speaks out, denouncing the warlords, the ''criminals'' in the Hamid Karzai government, the terrorist Taliban, and the occupying troops.

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Malalai Joya, rebel of Afghanistan

She was invited to Australia by Deakin University to be the keynote speaker

Liz Cush, Alternative Media Group, November 18, 2010

This interview is also published in The City Hub Magazine

Malalai Joya was the youngest woman in Afghanistan to be elected to parliament in 2003. She was also the most outspoken. Her vocal criticism to the US-backed warlords that control her country’s government saw her expelled from parliament. She has survived four assassination attempts and still lives in Afghanistan, under protection of bodyguards.

Malalai Joya is currently in Australia. She spoke to the City Hub about the war and occupation in her country, and the struggles of the pro-democracy movements, a different story to that shown on the nightly news.

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Malalai Joya - Afghanistan Today

Presentation of Joya in The Sydney Institute on November 17, 2010

The Sydney Institute, November 18, 2010

Malalai Joya in Sydney
Malalai Joya speaking in The Sydney Institute on November 17, 2010

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Malalai Joya on Mornings with Margaret Throsby

Afghan politician who has been called "the bravest woman in Afghanistan."

ABC radio, November 17, 2010

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Malalai Joya: ‘No nation can liberate another’ part 1

This Saturday thousands will march against the war in Afghanistan. This week we're posting extracts from The Case for Withdrawal published by Verso. This is the first of two extracts by Afghan MP Malalai Joya.

Malalai Joya, CounterFire, November 15, 2010

Malalai Joya
Malalai Joya

There is a famous saying: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Your international solidarity is key. As always, nations are separate from the policymakers. It is the governments that are committing these war crimes. They are betraying democracy, women’s rights, and human rights, and they are betraying the truth. The mainstream media is still trying to throw dust in the eyes of democratic people around the world.

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Malalai Joya: ‘No nation can liberate another’ part 2

This Saturday thousands will march against the war in Afghanistan. This week we're posting extracts from The Case for Withdrawal published by Verso. This is the first of two extracts by Afghan MP Malalai Joya.

Malalai Joya, CounterFire, November 15, 2010

Malalai Joya in Parliament
Malalai Joya inside Afghan parliament.

This Saturday thousands will march against the war in Afghanistan. This week we're posting extracts from The Case for Withdrawal published by Verso. This is the second of two extracts by Afghan MP Malalai Joya.

My people are caught now between two powerful enemies, and they are being crushed. From the sky, the bombs of the occupation forces are falling, killing civilians. And on the ground, there is the Taliban, and also these warlords. So we have three kinds of enemies. But the withdrawal of one enemy—these US occupation forces whose government sends them to war, and also supports the corrupt mafia system of Hamid Karzai with more money and men—will make it much easier to fight the enemies that are left.

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Malalai Joya interview: Occupation making Afghan lives worse

Green Left Weekly’s Pip Hinman and Tony Iltis spoke to Joya about the occupation and its effects on her country.

Green Left Weekly, November 14, 2010

Malalai Joya in Melbourne
Malalai Joya (pictured second from left), call on the Australian government to withdraw its troops at a November 12 anti-war vigil in Melbourne. The protest included a spontaneous "die-in" and was also addressed by Chip Henriss from Stand Fast and Dr Richard Tanter at the RMIT Nautilus Institute. (Photo: Chip Henriss)

Malalai Joya is an Afghan feminist and anti-war activist who opposes the US-led occupation of her country. An opponent of both the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban and the equally fundamentalist and corrupt warlords in the US-backed regime of President Hamid Karzai, Joya was the youngest member elected to Afghan parliament in 2005. She was suspended after she said the parliament was full of warlords. Joya is touring Australia and will speak at UTS in Sydney on November 16 (see www.greenleft.org.au/calendar for details).

This year is set to become the year of the highest casualties for occupying forces since the 2001 invasion. US pilotless drone strikes, on targets in Pakistan as well as Afghanistan, are at a higher rate than ever. During a parliamentary debate on Australia’s participation in the occupation, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Australia could be occupying Joya’s nation for a further 10 years.

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Afghan women continue to suffer despite the West

Ms Joya will discuss the Afghanistan conflict at a public lecture today at Deakin University in Burwood.

Daniel Flitton, The Age, November 13, 2010

Malalai Joya in Australia
Malalai Joya believes the solution to the Afghanistan conflict is the withdrawal of foreign troops. (Photo: John Woudstra)

THE plight of women in Afghanistan is no excuse for Western ''occupation'' of the country, a leading Afghan opponent of the war and former MP has declared.

Malalai Joya - the youngest woman elected to the Afghanistan Parliament, in 2004, who then faced death threats for her outspoken criticism of tribal warlords - said the image of Afghan women was being unfairly used to justify the foreign presence.

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اشاره به چند نکته از جوابیه آقای امان معاشر

شما میتوانستید از خیر نوشتن آن گزارش بگذرید نه اینکه مهمترین بخش آنرا تحریف و موافق «پالیسی خود» سازید

کمیته دفاع از ملالی جویا، ١٢ نوامبر ٢٠١٠ – ٢١ عقرب ١٣٨٩

پس از توضیح ما در مورد چند اشتباه عمده در گزارش آقای امان معاشر از سفر ملالی جویا به کانادا، فکر میکردیم وی متوجه اشتباهاتش شده عذرخواهی خواهد کرد و موضوع خاتمه خواهد یافت. اما جوابیه‌ای از وی در سایت «24 ساعت» انتشار یافت که ما را بازهم به اشاره به چند نکته وامیدارد.

آقای معاشر در ارتباط با اساسی ترین انتقاد ما که تحریف حرفهای ملالی جویا در پاسخ به سوال تظاهرات ونکوور و پلاکارتهایی حاوی شعار هایی بر ضد اسلام بود، با کمال خونسردی می نویسد:

«خدمت شما به عرض برسانم هر ژورنالست پالیسی خود را در نوشته اش دارد. من نمی خواستم که ماجراجویی شود.»

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Afghan politician says NATO should leave the country

Malalai Joya: Nine years of war in Afghanistan was just a disaster and it must be end

Mark Colvin, ABC News, November 11, 2010

A Woman Among Warlords

MARK COLVIN: Not even the optimists claim the war in Afghanistan is going brilliantly.

The NATO force of which Australia is a part is still there largely because of a belief that withdrawal, by bringing back the Taliban, would be even worse.

But some in Afghanistan who oppose the Taliban still think America, Britain, Australia and the other NATO allies should leave.

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Why the US Should Leave Afghanistan

An Interview with Malalai Joya, Former Afghan Member of Parliament

Miles Ashdown, Toward Freedom, November 11, 2010

Malalai Joya

Former Afghan Member of Parliament Malalai Joya, who has survived five assassination attempts, is an outspoken critic of the occupation of her country. While on a speaking tour of four cities across Canada last month, she sat down with Toward Freedom in Vancouver to discuss the state of Afghanistan.

Miles Ashdown: Ms. Malalai Joya, thank you for your time. Let’s start by talking about NATO’s occupation of Afghanistan. You’ve called for the complete withdrawal of foreign troops from your homeland. Tell me why.

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