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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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Malalai Joya speaks at a rally in Melbourne, Nov.7, 2010

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The World’s Most Powerful Feminists And Least Powerful Women

Eve Ensler Picks The World's Seven Most Powerful Feminists

Caroline Howard, Forbes, November 4, 2010

Malalai Joya
A writer and outspoken activist who, in the face of ongoing oppression of Afghan women, risked her life to courageously call out tyrannical warlords in the Loya Jurga and demand justice for the Afghan people. With great threat to her own safety, she has served in office and traveled the world to advocate for her country.

As part of the Forbes The World’s Most Powerful People package, my colleagues sought out playwright, performer and activist Eve Ensler, best known for The Vagina Monologues and founder of V-Day, to name who are the world’s most powerful feminists.

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Afghan activist sees U.S./NATO as terrorists and Obama as a “second Bush”

Joya stated future hope lies in the strengthening and expansion of a national anti-fundamentalist and democracy-loving movement

Michael Hughes, Examiner.com, November 3, 2010

Malalai Joya
Afghan activist Malalai Joya survived four assasination attempts for her bold views. (Photo: Getty)

Afghan human rights activist Malalai Joya wrote in the Guardian on Tuesday that the U.S., NATO and Karzai's government are the biggest terrorists in the eyes of the Afghan people and asserted that U.S. President Barack Obama has only brought "change" for the worse, characterizing him as nothing more than a "second Bush".

Joya, who has been called the “bravest woman in Afghanistan” and this year was named by TIME magazine as one of the most influential people in the world, had been suspended from parliament in May 2007 for, rightfully, accusing several colleagues of being warlords and unfit for service in the new Afghan government. She has survived four assassination attempts since and responded to her enemies by declaring:

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Any hope I had in the ballot box bringing change in Afghanistan is gone

If Karzai's re-election was a fraud, Obama's surge of troops brought just more violence. For Afghans he's the 'second Bush'

Malalai Joya in Kabul, The Guardian, November 3, 2010

One year ago Hamid Karzai was declared re-elected as president of Afghanistan, ending an election that had no legitimacy in the eyes of ordinary Afghans. The presidential election last year was a fraud, with ballot stuffing, vote buying and massive corruption reported by the world's media. Even if the independent election commission had not cancelled the planned run-off between Karzai and his main challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, it would have represented only a choice of the "same donkey with a new saddle". People had no incentive to participate as they knew that both main candidates would bring nothing positive for Afghan people.

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Malalai Joya (Samia's Wedding)

A short documentary by Glyn Strong

This short film by Glyn Strong, tells the story of a young rape victim in Kabul who, against all odds, found happiness.

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تصحیح لازم در گزارش آقای امان معاشر از سفر جویا به کانادا

نقاطی از گزارش کاملا مغایر بینش و اظهارات همیشگی ملالی جویا می باشند

کمیته دفاع از ملالی جویا، ٣١ اکتوبر ٢٠١٠ – ٩ عقرب ١٣٨٩

آقای امان معاشر گزارشی از سفر اخیر ملالی جویا به کانادا بنابر دعوت سازمان ضد جنگ «ائتلاف صلح کانادا»، پوهنتون «میک گیل» در مونترال، و خانم مبل ایلمور عضو پارلمان کانادا را در بعضی سایت ها به نشر رسانیده است که صرفنظر از اشتباهات فاحش املایی، نقاطی از آن کاملا مغایر بینش و اظهارات همیشگی ملالی جویا می باشند. تا به حال «کمیته دفاع از ملالی جویا» و خود جویا تلفن ها و ایمیل های زیادی حاکی از اعتراض و تاسف و تعجب نسبت به گفته های جویا دریافت کرده اند. «کمیته دفاع» از آقای معاشر خواست تا نادرستی هایی معین در گزارش را در اسرع وقت اصلاح نماید. قرار معلوم برخی دوستان ایرانی نیز اشتباهاتی را به آقای امان معاشر گوشزد کرده اند. ولی از آنجایی که وی موفق به انجام این کار نشد، «کمیته دفاع» لازم دانست تا توضيح در باره سه نکته اساسی زير را جهت رفع ابهامات پيش آمده به آگاهی برساند.

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Malalai Joya interviewed by Peter Mansbridge of CBC

On "Mansbridge One on One" program of CBC News netwrok in Canada

CBC, October 31, 2010

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Joya rejects the NATO coalition, Harper and the excuses for war

Excerpt from Malalai Joya's speech in Vancouver, Oct. 12, 2010.

By Malalai Joya, Rabble.ca, October 18, 2010

Joya addressing crowd in Canada

In the United States, many looked to the ballot box and hoped for real change when Barack Obama was elected President in 2008.

To be honest, I never expected that he would be any different for Afghanistan than President George W. Bush. The truth is that Obama's war policies have turned out to be even more of a nightmare than most people expected. Obama talked a lot about hope and change, but for Afghanistan the only change has been for the worse.

After almost two years of Obama, the number of U.S. troops occupying Afghanistan has more than doubled. And the number of drone attacks in Pakistan has increased. Obama's so-called surge of troops has resulted in increased Afghan civilian deaths.

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Malalai Joya on the Taliban, peace efforts, US role in Afghanistan

While in Vancouver to make an anti-war speech, Malalai Joya talked to our reporter Zack Baddorf.

Free Speech Radio, October 18, 2010

Violence continued in southern Afghanistan over the weekend, where US and NATO forces recently launched a new military offensive. Militants are fighting back, killing two civilians Saturday in two separate bombings. On Sunday, at least eight Afghan security guards were also killed. NATO claims to have killed a number of militants, and said a detainee captured on Saturday was found dead in his cell.

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Inter-Parliamentary Union frustrated by behavior of Afghan parliament regarding Malalai Joya’s case

Resolution adopted unanimously by the IPU Governing Council at its 187th session (Geneva, 6 October 2010)

IPU, 14/10/2010

The Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union,

Referring to the case of Ms. Malalai Joya, a member of the House of Representatives of Afghanistan, as outlined in the report of the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians (CL/187/12(b)-R.1), and to the resolution adopted at its 186th session (April 2010), Noting that, at its session held during the 123rd IPU Assembly, the Committee held a hearing with the leader of the Afghan delegation,

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شایعه در مورد پناهندگی جویا به کانادا دروغ محض است

جویا هیچگاهی در هیچ کشوری تقاضای پناهندگی ننموده و نخواهد نمود

کمیته دفاع از ملالی جویا، ٢١ میزان ١٣٨٩ – ١٣ اکتوبر ٢٠١٠

خبرگزاری پژواک و تعدادی از مطبوعات افغانستان به نقل از امان الله پیمان نایب دوم ولسی جرگه گزارش دادند که چهار زن عضو پارلمان افغانستان به کشورهای غربی پناهنده شده اند. وی از ملالی جویا نیز از جمله غیرحاضران دایمی پارلمان که در کانادا پناهندگی گرفته نام برده است.

"کمیته دفاع از ملالی جویا" این اظهارات پارلمان افغانستان در مورد جویا را که از زبان آقای پیمان بیان شده اند دروغ محض و توطئه خوانده شدیدا تقبیح میکند.

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Malalai Joya returns for Pan-Canadian tour

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Malalai Joya speaks at Canadian Boat to Gaza fundraiser in Vancouver

"This war is a disaster for both the Afghan and the Canadian people," Joya says.

By Canadian Boat to Gaza, Rabble.ca, October 12, 2010

Joya at Canadian Boat to Gaza fundraiser

Malalai Joya, the woman the BBC has called "the most famous in Afghanistan", is in Vancouver to headline a benefit evening for the Canadian Boat to Gaza tonight: Tuesday, Oct. 12, 7pm at W2 Storyeum, 151 W. Cordova. The event at W2 will also feature Victoria-based Gaza flotilla activist Kevin Neish, as well as live music and other speakers. A share of the proceeds will also go to support a free medical clinic in Farah, Afghanistan.

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Afghan activist calls for end to NATO ‘occupation’ of her country

Joya asked Canadians to join antiwar organizations.

By Lea Storry, Postmedia News, The Vancouver Sun, October 11, 2010

Joya speaks at the University of Calgary
Malalai Joya, an outspoken critic of the war in Afghanistan and the youngest woman elected to that country's parliament speaks at the University of Calgary on Sunday October 10, 2010.
Photograph by: Gavin Young, Calgary Herald

CALGARY — The youngest woman ever elected to Afghanistan's parliament told a Canadian audience Sunday that the NATO occupation of her homeland is supporting a puppet government and making Afghanistan a haven for terrorists and drug-trafficking.

Malalai Joya, an outspoken critic of NATO and the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, was invited to speak at the University of Calgary on Sunday by the Afghan Canadian Students' Association.

On her first visit to Calgary, the 32-year-old said Afghanistan called on Canadians to support the fight for a lasting democracy in Afghanistan.

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