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
I and millions of Afghans agree with Malalai Joya that there is no fundamental change in the life of Afghans after the occupation of Afghanistan by the US and allies
Nelofar Jawidana, IndyMedia, April 25, 2011
Whenever Malalai Joya accelerates her struggle and makes headlines in the media, Afghan warlords, their supporters and some pro-US writers come into action to disturb her very clear message for freedom, justice, democracy and women’s rights. For me, this is the biggest sign of her success.
After her extremely successful speaking tour to the USA, and especially giving join presentation against US occupation of Afghanistan alongside Noam Chomsky, once again a number of pro-warlords and pro-occupation individuals wrote against Joya. Almost all of these articles present the same arguments and quote from each other, therefore I stress on the most recent one.
کنشهای کوچک و مثال زدنی از ایستادگی مدنی: زنی که جرات کرد صدایش را بلند کند
تقدیم به نسرین ستوده، لیلا توسلی و عاطفه نبوی
نوشته: استیو کراشاو و جان جکسون، جنبش راه سبز (جرس)، ٢٥ اپریل ٢٠١١
ترجمه: عمار ملکی
در دوران زمامداری طالبان در سالهای ١٩٩٦ تا ٢٠٠١ بسیاری از سرگرمی های بی ضرر و مردم پسند، از کایت سواری تا شطرنج، برای مردم افغان ممنوع بود. نافرمانی از قوانین محدودکننده بیشماری که طالبان وضع کرده بود، مجازاتهای شدیدی از قطع عضو تا اعدام در ملاعام را بدنبال داشت. تحصیل زنان و دختران ممنوع بود و پوشیدن برقع که از نوک سر تا پای زنان را میپوشاند، در سراسر افغانستان اجباری بود. حتی خندیدن دختران با صدای بلند ممنوع بود.
شکست ظاهری رژیم طالبان در سال ٢٠٠١، طلیعه ظهور یک جامعه جدید که در آن صدای مردم عادی شنیده شود و به خواسته های زنان احترام گذاشته شود را نوید نمیداد. در بسیاری از نقاط کشور، جنگ سالاران که سابقه ی وحشیگری و کشتار مردم را داشتند در قدرت باقی ماندند.
شکست امریکا در افغانستان
مصاحبه با ملالی جویا: ایالات متحده امریکا پدرخوانده بنیادگرایی اسلامی در منطقه است
هاروارد انترنیشنل ریویو، ۱۰ اپریل ٢٠١١
هاروارد انترنیشنل ریویو: وضعیت افغانستان پس از سقوط طالبان چگونه است و مشخصاً در زندگی زنان چه تغییراتی رونما گردیده است؟
ملالی جویا: امریکا تحت نام مبارزه علیه تروریزم، حقوق زنان، حقوق بشر و دموکراسی به کشور من تجاوز کرد. ولی با حضور ده ها هزار نیروی خارجی نه تنها زنان، بلکه مردان افغان نیز از جنگ، تروریزم، بیعدالتی، مافیایی مواد مخدر و جنگسالاری، نا امنی، بیکاری، فقر، فساد گسترده و مشکلات زیاد دیگر رنج می برند. با آنهم اگر وضعیت زنان را با شرایط تحت سلطه طالبان وحشی مقایسه نمایم، تغییرات اندکی دیده میشود – تعداد از زنان مصروف کار و آموزش اند- چیزی که اکثرا برای توجیه اشغال افغانستان از آن استفاده می شود. در تمام مناطق بویژه در قریه ها زنان هنوز هم در وضعیت اسفبار بسر می برند.
A Woman Among Warlords: Malalai Joya brings message of peace to Surf City
Joya denounces those who “mix Islam with politics and use it against the people.”
By Mary Adams Urashima, Surf City Voice, April 21, 2011
American author Robert Fulgham said, “Peace is not something you wish for. It’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.”
Over the last two weeks, Golden West College has hosted national and international speakers involved in the work of peace building. Viewed too often as a passive state, peace is not the absence of conflict or inactivity. Peace is complex, involved work.
And, one should be “all in” because peace building often puts people in harm’s way.
Prior to the annual peace conference on April 15, Golden West College worked with the Los Angeles-based Afghan Women’s Mission to host Malalai Joya on April 8, one of the few women to be elected to the new parliament of Afghanistan. Prior to her rare appearance in Huntington Beach, she spoke at Harvard University, and afterward in Washington D.C.
Speaker Discusses Situation in Afghanistan
She said she believes that her view of the war in Afghanistan is one that the American government does not want the public to know.
By Flora Lethbridge-Cejku, Staff Writer , The Point News, April 19, 2011
Malalai Joya, former member of the Afghan Parliament, speaks to student about the current situation in Afghanistan. (Photo by Katie Henry)
This past Wednesday, Malalai Joya, former member of the Afghan Parliament and an accomplished writer and activist, came to the College to give a talk about the current situation in Afghanistan. Also the author of Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice, Joya was expelled from the Afghan Parliament after she denounced members of the assembly for being “warlords and drug smugglers.”
- 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
- Malalai Joya, Noam Chomsky Denounce US Occupation of Afghanistan
- In Jamaica Plain, visiting Afghan activist denounces US-led war
- Militarism, Mutilation, and Minerals: Understanding the Occupation of Afghanistan
- Author Malalai Joya Speaks at Busboys and Poets Despite Being Denied a Visa by State Department
- U.S. Responds to Broad Public Campaign, Grants Malalai Joya Visa!