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Daring to raise her voice: A woman among warlords

Malalai Joya: We are not a helpless country. We have been able to manage our own affairs, and women's rights have not always been in such a terrible state.

By Malalai Joya, The Montreal Gazette, Jan.16, 2010

Demonstration in Kabul against the suspension of Malalai Joya
May 2007: Women take part in a demonstration in Kabul against the suspension of MP Malalai Joya by Afghanistan's parliament.

Suspended Afghan MP Malalai Joya tells her personal and political story in her new book. She says it's a myth that only foreign occupation can save Afghanistan from itself. Here is an excerpt from Chapter 12, A Bird with One Wing:

Western journalists rarely challenge the fables that are spun for them. Because of the laziness and complicity within the mainstream media, the United States and its allies have been able to perpetuate the myth that Afghanistan has always been an ungovernable state, and that the oppression of women is embedded in Afghan culture. The brutality of the Taliban, the myth goes, was only an extreme expression of an old problem. And so only foreign occupation can save Afghanistan from itself.

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From Saturday's Books section: Lifting the veil

In the Afghanistan that Malalai Joya writes about, women are now ‘free' to beg in the streets, sell their children and prostitute themselves

By Jennifer Moreau, The Globe and Mail, Jan. 15, 2010

Malalai Joya
Malalai Joya (Photo: The Globe and Mail)

Malalai Joya has never been the type to bite her tongue in the face of adversarial attack. The youngest Afghan ever elected to parliament has made a name for herself, relentlessly criticizing what she calls the “warlords and criminals in the puppet government of Hamid Karzai.”

In return, she has been called a communist, a whore and an infidel. She has endured rape threats and death threats, and survived five attempts on her life. She travels with bodyguards, lives underground and uses a pseudonym to protect her family.

Late last year, she wrapped up a cross-Canada book tour promoting her new biography, A Woman Among Warlords, co-written with Vancouver peace activist Derrick O'Keefe. With her harsh criticism of the Karzai government and her troops-out-now stance, Joya raises serious questions about the war at a time when U.S. President Barack Obama has just promised to send 30,000 more troops to the region.

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Malalai Joya’s Address to GAAW New Year’s Day Peace Event

We reproduce Malalai Joya's speech by telephone from a safe house in Kabul to our Galway peace event

The Irish Anti-War Movement, Jan.15, 2010

On New Year’s Day Galway Alliance Against War (GAAW) held a successful peace party to welcome in the new decade – our aim is that this decade should be a much more peaceful one than the bloody one just gone. Alas, the signs are not promising. Any difference between Obama and Bush is not discernible. Ireland continues to play an active part in this bogus “war on terror”. More than €3 million per year is spent by the Irish government to protect what has become a US military installation at Shannon airport. Sure, the airport has had a financial return of €7 million on an annual basis, but at what price? The end of Irish neutrality: Ireland becoming an accessory to both mass murder and the wholesale abuse of human rights. Amnesty International have underlined this fact this week by reiterating that Shannon Airport has been directly linked to “extraordinary rendition” and the Guantanamo torture jets – for example in the case of Binyam Mohamad.

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Afghanistan’s soft-spoken rebel: The voice from the back of the room

Now she is internationally prominent as the voice for an independent Afghanistan.

By Andrew Oxford, Le Monde Diplomatique, January 2010

Malalai Joya in NY University, Oct.19, 2009

Malalai Joya is only 32, but she has been an exile, a refugee, a teacher of girls in the Taliban’s Afghanistan, and now that country’s youngest member of parliament. She’s still on the run though, and still threatened with assassination

Afghanistan is a young nation ravaged by old conflicts. This does not refer to the new government created after the 2001 invasion (or the violent battles between different tribes that have carried on into the new millennium). Its youthfulness is a statistical fact buried in UN and World Bank reports: 60% of the country is under the age of 25, and many may not live much beyond that (1).

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Afghan activist urges foreign troops to leave

She steadfastly maintains that the average Afghan wants peace and democracy but will not get it from the current regime.

Reviewed by Jackie Shymanski, Winnipeg Free Press, January 9, 2010

The author of this compelling autobiography has been called one of the bravest women in Afghanistan, by media and politicians the globe over.

The very basics of her story -- being a refugee in Iran, Pakistan and even in Afghanistan, having a parent hunted by rotating regimes, being female where that instantly means being second class -- could earn her the title.

Add to it her chosen vocation -- women's rights activist, the youngest ever Afghan parliamentarian -- and her memoir offer heartbreaking insight into today's Afghanistan.

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A Voice of Resistance in Afghanistan

She is a bold spokesperson for a current of opinion in Afghanistan that is silenced by the Karzai regime and its NATO backers.

Book Review by Suzanne Weiss, Socialist Voice, January 4, 2010

A Woman Among Warlords

A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice, by Malalai Joya, with Derrick O’Keefe. Scribner, 2009.

Afghan social activist and writer Malalai Joya is the voice of another, hidden Afghanistan – the partisans of independence, democracy, and human rights who have no voice under the corrupt U.S.-sponsored regime of Hamid Karzai.

She has survived multiple assassination attempts for her outspoken advocacy of women’s rights and withdrawal of U.S., Canadian, and other NATO armed forces. She believes the people of Afghanistan, especially the women, can organize the struggle for fundamental rights such as health care, education, control of their bodies and their lives – but only when the foreign occupiers leave their country.

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A woman among warlords

One of the most hopeful voices to emerge out of Afghanistan is Malalai Joya

By Shea Howell, The Michigan Citizen, January 3, 2010

One of the most hopeful voices to emerge out of Afghanistan is Malalai Joya. Barely 30 years old, Joya has been called “Afghanistan’s bravest woman.” Under the Taliban she risked death by running an underground school for girls. Shortly after the U.S. invasion, at the age of 24, she ran for parliament and won. She found herself one of the few women at the first constitutional assembly. Looking around, she saw a room full of the very warlords who had engulfed her country into a civil war.

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Amid dark times, meet the most inspiring people of 2009

Inspiration Three: Evo Morales and Malalai Joya. Although they were born thousands of miles apart, these two people embody what real democracy can mean.

Johann Hari, The Independent, December 31, 2009

Malalai Joya among inspiring people of 2009
Change we can believe in: clockwise from bottom left, Evo Morales, Malalai Joya, Peter Tatchell, Liu Xiaobo, Amy Goodman, and Denis Mukwege. (Getty / PA/ EPA)

It was a dark year, 2009, sealing a dark decade. It began with the world in economic free-fall and the Gaza Strip being bombed to pieces (again). We watched the vicious crushing of a democratic uprising in Iran, a successful far-right coup in Honduras, and the intensification of the disastrous war in Afghanistan. It all ended at Brokenhagen, where the world's leaders breezily decided to carry on cooking the planet.

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'Bravest' Afghan woman MP in live link at Galway peace party

The Galway anti-war alliance says Ms Joya’s address would be transmitted live from a safe house in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Lorna Siggins, The Irish Times, December 31, 2009

A FEMALE politician described as “the bravest woman in Afghanistan” is to be guest of honour via a live link at a New Year’s Day peace party hosted in Galway.

Malalai Joya, a member of the Afghan parliament, has survived four assassination attempts and is said to be hated by the Karzai government which banned her from parliament, and by the Taliban.

She is due to speak by telephone link to the Galway Alliance Against War gathering in Galway Rowing Club at 7pm tomorrow.

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Malalai Joya: A Woman Among Warlords Book Tour

A passionate and articulate presentation

ICTV Victoria, December 22, 2009

Afghan Parliamentarian Malalai Joya spoke in Victoria recently. She revealed what is really going on in Afghanistan and it is not at all the picture relayed to us by our Corporate Media. She discusses the massive corruption of the Karzai government, the thriving opium trade, and the reasons why 'Warlord Harper' and his NATO cronies should leave Afghanistan immediately... A passionate and articulate presentation.

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"Kabul", a song by Flavio Oreglio and Dario Canossi for Malalai Joya

"The price you are now paying deserves more than a song but this is the only way we have to make people know your dreams and your story."

Flavio Oreglio and Dario Canossi, track number 2 from "GIU" album

To Malalai Joya,

We wrote the song Kabul after reading by chance an article talking about you. We took interest in your story and searched news concerning you in internet. In every line we read, we found in you the only real novelty in the new story of Afghanistan, the only sign of a possible change, the only path leading out of the dark ages.

Your bravery in facing openly power, of the Taliban and of those who sat next to you in the Loya Jirga, has filled our hearts.

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ملالی جویا و طاعون قومگرایی در افغانستان

ملالی جویا به درستی خیانت روشنفکران قومگرا را برضد یکپارچگی افغانستان کمتر از خیانت امریکا و ایران و پاکستان ارزیابی نمیکند.

پسرلی سرور، استقلال، ۱۹ دسامبر ۲۰۰۹

Joya speech in Barcelona

تا کنون در باره ملالی جویا و نظرات و مواضع او فراوان نوشته اند چه نویسندگان داخلی و چه خارجی. بدون تردید نوشتن درباره "شجاع ترین زن افغانستان"، این "خروش خشم و نفرت مردم افغانستان علیه بنیادگرایان و اربابان خارجی آنان"، به قول جان پلجر "قهرمان زن افغانستان"، و کاندید نوم چامسکی برای نوبل صلح، هنوز ادامه خواهد یافت چرا که از ضرورتی تاریخی بر میخیزد. خون افغانستان از چنگال امریکا و متحدان اروپایی و بنیادگرایان مختلف فرو می‌چکد ولی یگانه صدای علنی، نافذ، پرشور، صریح و جهانی در این میان از ملالی جویاست که نه فقط سلطه‌طلبی امریکا و متحدان و موش و پشک بازی آنها با نوکران بنیادگرای شان را هدف قرار میدهد بلکه مبارزه برای نیل به استقلال و دموکراسی در افغانستان را از مبارزه‌ی قاطع با طالبان و "جبهه ملی" و خیانت پیشگان "ائتلاف شمال" و پرچمی و خلقی جدا ناپذیر میداند. به همین جهت، ملالی جویا بین جنبش های ضد جنگ و ترقیخواه در سراسر جهان از حیثیت و محبوبیت بی‌نظیری برخوردار است که به هر فرد آگاه و شرافتمند افغانستان دلگرمی و غرور میبخشد؛ و باز به همین جهت است که در معرض کین توزی و حملات رذیلانه‌ی بنیادگرایان و روشنفکران عملا چاکر بنیادگرایان و امریکا قرار دارد.

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به مناسبت ششمین سالروز ظهور ملالی جویا در لویه جرگه قانون اساسی

از شش سال بدینسو ملالی جویا به مثابه خروش مردم «پابرهنه» افغان خواب جنایتکاران را نآرام ساخته است.

هاشم رستمی، کابل پرس، ۱۶ دسامبر ۲۰۰۹

ملالی جویا در لویه جرگه قانون اساسی

در ماه دسامبر ۲۰۰۳ در زیر بال امریکا و متحدانش تمامی قاتلان و برباد دهندگان وطن ما زیر یک سقف جمع شده بودند تا در یک لویه جرگه مسخره و فرمایشی گویا برای افغانستان قانون اساسی بسازند. افرادی گرد هم آمده بودند که سالها مسبب رنج، قتل، غارت،‌ بربادی و سیهروزی مردم ما بوده و حال یکشبه زیر سایه «انکل سام» دموکرات شده و هرکدام میخواستند در لباس فرشته های صلح خود را بر مردم ما و جهان بقبولانند.

هر افغان باوجدان و دردمند با دیدن به بازی گرفته شدن مردم و وطن ما بوسیله مشتی عناصر خاین و جنایتکار در این لویه جرگه بدون تردید مالامال از خشم میشد، اما درین میان تاریخ ۱۷ دسامبر ۲۰۰۳ بود که دختر جوانی از ولایت فراه که روزها برای بدست آوردن نوبت تلاش نموده بود، موقع یافت تا به پای مایکروفون رفته صدای دادخواهی ملتش را فریاد کند.

این دختر مبارز ملالی جویا بود که با سخنرانی دو دقیقه‌ای اش این روز را به نامش در اوراق تاریخ وطن ما رقم زد، بغض و کینه میلیونها تن از مردم رنجدیده ما را نمایندگی کرد و شجاعانه ماهیت خاینانه این لویه جرگه جنگسالاران و وطنفروشان را نه تنها در سطح کشور بلکه در سراسر جهان برملا ساخت. امروز وقتی سخن از لویه جرگه قانون اساسی به میان آید تنها چیزی به یادمانی از آن که در گوشها نجوا میکند ندای خروشان ملالی جویاست که گفت «... آزموده‌ را آزمودن‌ خطاست‌. به‌ نظر من‌ اینان بايد محاكمه‌ ملی‌ و بين‌المللی‌ شوند، اینان را مردم‌ ما اگر ببخشند، مردم‌ پابرهنه‌ افغان‌، تاريخ‌ هرگز نمی‌بخشد. اينها ثبت‌ تاريخ‌ كشور ما هستند.»

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Malalai Joya: "Afghans Are Fed Up With the U.S. Occupation and the Corrupt, Mafia-state of Hamid Karzai"

"A Woman Among the Warlords" is an explosive book that takes a scalpel to many of the illusions surrounding the US invasion of Afghanistan.

By Mike Whitney, Global Research, December 13, 2009

Malalai Joya

It's too bad Barack Obama didn't consult with Malalai Joya before giving his Nobel acceptance speech on Thursday. The ex-Afghan Parliamentarian could have helped the president to see that the ongoing US occupation is damaging to both American and Afghan interests. Afghanistan is not the "just war" that Obama defends so passionately in his speech. It's part of a larger US geopolitical strategy which Joya outlines in her new book "A Woman Among the Warlords: The extraordinary story of an Afghan who dared to raise her voice". US policymakers have decided to establish a beachhead in Central Asia to monitor the growth of China, surround Russia, control vital resources from the Caspian Basin, and provide security for US mega-corporations who see Asia as the "market of the future." It is the Great Game all over again. "Victory" in Afghanistan means that a handful of weapons manufacturers, oil magnates, and military contractors will get very rich. That's it. It has nothing to do with al-Qaida, "democracy promotion" or US national security. That's all just public relations pablum.

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Screams for justice: Waiting for a taste of real freedom

Raising My Voice is an important testimony by an Afghan — of life in war-scarred Afghanistan since the beginning of the Soviet occupation

Aditi Bhaduri, The Deccan Herald (India), Dec.13, 2009

Raising my voice by Malalai Joya Raising my Voice
Malalai Joya & Derrick O'keefe, Random House, 2009, pp 278

In September 2001, soon after the New York World Trade Centre was felled, and the winds of war began to blow over Afghanistan, an optimism strangely gripped feminists the world over. At last, the Taliban would be overthrown and the women of Afghanistan would be free! So we all thought. Operation Enduring Freedom brought in its wake much ‘collateral damage’, and the historic Loya Jirga of 2003, where a young women from the Afghan province of Farah, made headlines.

Malalai Joya boldly raised her voice against the warlords and false mujahideens who had participated in the jirga and were set to form an already decided administration. Predictably, she made enemies among the rich and powerful in Kabul but, at 27, became the youngest member of the Afghan Parliament in 2005.

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