Raising My Voice by Malalai Joya: Book Review
According to Joya, many of those in power in Afghanistan today should more rightly be tried for war crimes.
Karenlee Thompson, Karenlee Thompson blog, January 8, 2012
Normally I like to review fiction; short stories and novels, with a predilection for anything Australian. So it is an extreme departure for me to feel impelled to review Raising my Voice by Malalai Joya (co-written by Derrick O’Keefe*). Subtitled, the extraordinary story of the Afghan woman who dares to speak out, it is a book not easily forgotten once read and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the history of Afghanistan but, more particularly, those who seek answers about Australia’s military involvement in the country.
In the introduction, Joya (a pseudonym adopted to protect her family) writes that most Afghans her age and younger “have known only bloodshed, displacement and occupation”, a situation that doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon given the current “foreign occupation and an American-backed government filled with warlords who are just like the Taliban” (1).
“I don’t fear death – I fear political silence”
An interview with Malalai Joya, Afghani activist and former politician.
Kate Laycock, New Statesman, January 2, 2012
The young man from the German Left Party is apologetic. "Malalai won't be able to meet you at 11. Her symbolic presence is needed on the boat," he explains. The boat turns out to be a small, two-storey river vessel decked out in peace flags and anti-war slogans. Bonn is once again playing host to an international conference on Afghanistan - ten years to the day since the first - and the nearest protesters have been able to come is a boat in the middle of the Rhine. I find Malalai Joya sipping herbal tea on the second deck. She looks tired. "I'm not tired. I am strong and fearless," she jokes.
Afghan woman activist brings peace message to Japan
At the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, she saw a number of items burned in the atomic bomb blast on Aug. 6, 1945.
SETSUKO TACHIKAWA, The Asahi Shimbun, November 16, 2011
Human rights activist Malalai Joya, a former Afghanistan lawmaker, brought her message of achieving peace and democracy without military intervention by foreign powers to sympathetic audiences in Hiroshima and Okinawa.
During her first visit to Japan, the 33-year-old former lawmaker tried to promote understanding of the stark reality facing her war-torn country. In 2001, U.S. forces started a bombing campaign --which Japan supported--targeting the al-Qaida terrorist group.
On Oct. 18, Joya visited the Heiwa-no-Ishiji (the Cornerstone of Peace) site, where the ashes of 240,000 victims of the Battle of Okinawa in the waning days of World War II are buried.
Malalai Joya's Message on the 10th Anniversary of the Afghanistan War
Joya's perspective is not one you find often in the US media
Peter Rothberg, The Nation Magazine, October 7, 2011
Former Afghan MP, human rights activist and author Malalai Joya has a message worth spreading on today's tenth anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan, now the longest military conflict in the history of the United States.
Joya served as a Parliamentarian in the National Assembly of Afghanistan from 2005 until early 2007, after being dismissed for publicly denouncing the presence of what she considered to be warlords and war criminals in the Afghan parliament. An outspoken critic of the Karzai administration and its Western supporters, Joya's perspective is not one you find often in the US media.
Malalai Joya: Australia is making Afghanistan worse
Since 2001, tens of thousands of civilians have been killed by the blind bombardments of the US and their allies, which include Australia, as well.
Green Left Weekly, September 8, 2011
Malalai Joya is a writer, activist and former parliamentarian in the national assembly of Afghanistan. Prior to speaking at two Overland events at the 2011 Melbourne Writers’ Festival, she discussed occupation and resistance in Afghanistan today.
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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has said: “We’re in Afghanistan to make sure that it never again becomes a safe haven for terrorists, a place where they can go and train and plan violent attacks. We need to see that mission through.” What role are Australian troops really playing in Afghanistan and what should the Australian people be demanding of their government?
The presence of Australian troops is only beneficial for the bunch of warlords and criminals ruling Afghanistan. The Afghan people face dire conditions as the US and their allies have massacred innocent women, children and men — and are continuing to do so.
Malalai Joya: an inconvenient truth
Joya only wants justice. Justice for her people, both the living and the dead. Justice for the perpetrators of atrocities in her country.
Kellie Tranter, The DRUM Opinion - ABC, September 7, 2011
Activist, writer and a former Afghan politician Malalai Joya is currently touring the country.
She hasn't yet had the ear of the Prime Minister or the Minister for Defence to discuss the plight of her people or the reality of the war in Afghanistan, but perhaps if Prime Minister Gillard broke bread with Joya she might gain some real insight into the consequences of Australia's involvement in Afghanistan.
I took the opportunity to catch up with Joya in Hobart. She was travel-weary but willing to share her experience and knowledge of the reality of life in Afghanistan.
The War, Afghanistan and Malalai Joya
Malalai Joya is touring Australia presently speaking about why the West and Australia must leave
A Method to Madness Blog, September 2, 2011
Malalai Joya is without a doubt a monolith for women to rally behind, a stalwart voice against the corrupting Karzai Government, and a force against the American imperial occupation of Afghanistan that is to be reckoned with.
So why does this concern me?
Malalai Joya is a democratic activist, and proponent for women’s rights. She is a writer and former MP from Afghanistan. In fact, Joya was the youngest person to be elected to the Afghan parliament but in 2007 she was dismissed for publicly denouncing the presence of warlords and war criminals in the Afghan parliament. Since then Joya has been travelling Afghanistan and indeed the world, promoting democracy movements, and protesting for an end to the perpetual war waged by the West in her homeland.
Malalai Joya public meeting in Sydney
Malalai Joya will be speaking on several university campuses and at union and community meetings.
Refugee Action Coalition Sydney, August 30, 2011
Malalai Joya, a peace, democracy, women’s rights and development activist, will be returning to Sydney to address various meetings after having been a guest at the Melbourne Writers Festival at the end of August-early September.
At a time when Afghanistan is more dangerous than ever, and Afghan refugees are still being refused asylum, come and hear this important voice against the ongoing war and occupation of the country.
Malalai Joya will be speaking on several university campuses and at union and community meetings.
Her main public meeting in Sydney will be on Friday September 9, 5.30pm for 6pm at the Marrickville Town Hall (click for map).
Malalai Joya in Australia Sept 5: Afghanistan 10 years on & why western troops must leave
We at Wikileaks Central salute an incredibly brave woman and look forward to hearing what she has to say down under.
Peter Kemp, Wikileaks Central, Aug. 19, 2011
Malalai Joya – the woman Time Magazine listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world - is travelling to Armidale [NSW Australia] to present her talk Afghanistan – 10 years on on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on the US and the coalition invasion of Afghanistan. Described as the bravest and most famous woman in Afghanistan she is a writer, feminist and anti-war activist and it is an honour to have the chance to hear her talk after her appearance as a guest speaker at the Melbourne Writer’s festival. Her first visit to Australia was in 2009, when she was promoting her autobiographical book Raising My Voice and she continues to be a voice for her own people and for peace everywhere.
Democracy is never achieved through occupation – Afghan activist
Russia Today interviews Malalai Joya in Kabul
Russia Today, June 23, 2011
RT has spoken to Malalai Joya, a former Afghan MP and human rights activist, who has been fiercely criticizing the current regime and the occupational force for "throwing Afghans from the frying pan into the fire".
She says her country is suffering from three evils at the moment: overwhelming corruption of the regime, indiscriminate violence of the occupational force and regional warlords whose actions differ little from those of the Taliban.
Tearing Off the Masks of Those Who Hide behind Women’s Skirts: Malalai Joya
Joya criticizes big media for complicity in the atrocities of war/occupation
by Mary Beaudoin, WAMM Newsletter, May 2011
“From the sky, Occupation forces are bombing, killing civilians—mostly women and children. On the ground, Taliban and warlords together continue their fascism. If the U.S. and NATO left my country, the backbone of the Taliban and warlords would be broken.” —Malalai Joya
“The Afghan War Logs,” released last summer by WikiLeaks, revealed that the CIA advised using the plight of Afghan women as “pressure points” to rally flagging public support for the US/NATO war on Afghanistan. For that reason, the CIA must have been thrilled when last July Time Magazine featured on its cover the shocking photo of a young Afghan woman with her nose missing, reportedly cut off on Taliban orders. Next to the photo Time posed the question, “What happens to the women of Afghanistan if we leave?”
Afghanistan (Voice and Words by Malalai Joya)
Video and music edited by Brian Routh
Youtube, April 21, 2011
Voice and words: Malalai Joya
Music: Brian Routh
Malalai Joya Speaks On Behalf of the Secret Heros and Heroines of Afghanistan
Malalai Joya: From the start, the US came in with a dirty agenda.
Najuan Daadleh, Peace X Peace, May 16, 2011
Malalai Joya served as a female Parliamentarian in Afghanistan from 2005 until early 2007, when she was dismissed for publicly denouncing the presence of war criminals in the parliament. She recently published a book entitled “A Woman Among Warlords” and came to the United States on a speaking tour.
Connection Point Project Manager Najuan Daadleh met to talk with Malalai at Union Station in Washington DC. Below is what Malalai had to say…
My name is Malalai Joya and I am a human rights activist. In Afghanistan, democratic minded activists face many challenges, risks, and obstacles. The only difference between me and other Afghan activists is that I have fame. We are all fighting against a puppet mafia regime and against an occupation; we are fighting for justice, peace, democracy, women’s rights, and human rights in our country.
Malalai Joya: A Dirty Game in Afghanistan
Laura Flanders interviews Malalai Joya
Laura Flanders, GRITtv, May 7, 2011
Osama bin Laden was the reason given for invading Afghanistan in 2001--but he was found in 2011 in Pakistan. Meanwhile, the Afghan people have dealt with ten years of occupation, and Malalai Joya has been speaking out against it for that long.
- Malalai Joya, “irrelevant” for warlords and self-sold writers but relevant for my suffering people
- کنشهای کوچک و مثال زدنی از ایستادگی مدنی: زنی که جرات کرد صدایش را بلند کند
- شکست امریکا در افغانستان
- A Woman Among Warlords: Malalai Joya brings message of peace to Surf City
- Speaker Discusses Situation in Afghanistan
- مصاحبه خانم سجیه کامرانی با ملالی جویا
- خانم وژمه فروغ، ملالی جویا به تو و امثالت یک عمر درس انسانیت میدهد
- Iconic human rights activist takes aim at America
- Afghanistan's Che Guevara is a Woman
- رابرت دریفوس: یک روز با ملالی جویا
- Robert Dreyfuss: A Day with Malalai Joya
- Anti-war and human rights advocate speaks out
- A champion for Afghan women: On hearing Malalai Joya
- Malalai Joya speaks and marches at peace protest in San Francisco
- The Failure of the United States in Afghanistan
- ملالی جویا و نه سال حضور نظامی ناتو در افغانستان
- Malalai Joya On Ending the Afghan War
- MALALAI JOYA: FROM THE FRYING PAN INTO THE FIRE
- Former Afghan lawmaker criticizes war during Tacoma speech
- Malalai Joya Visits Southern California April 7-8, 2011
- Standing Ovation in Salem for BBC's 'Most Famous Woman in Afghanistan' Malalai Joya
- An evening with Malalai Joya featuring Eve Ensler in New York
- Former Afghan lawmaker: "Kill team" reflects racism of U.S. soldiers
- Malalai Joya takes on U.S. policy and government corruption in Afghanistan
- The Truth Revealed By The "Kill Teams" In Afghanistan
- امنیت زنان افغان زیر نمادی از سرکوب به نام برقع
- Kill teams in Afghanistan: the truth
- Standing With Malalai Joya: “War Will Never Help Women”
- Afghan human rights activist brings her controversial message to UMass, Smith
- "Stop These Massacres": Ex-Afghan Parliamentarian Malalai Joya Calls for End to U.S. Occupation of Afghanistan