Robert Dreyfuss: A Day with Malalai Joya
I spent yesterday with Malalai, in southern Maryland where she had a speaking engagement at St. Mary’s College
By Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation, April 14, 2011
There’s not a straight line between the revolts sweeping the Arab world and Iran and the far more difficult situation in Afghanistan. Devastated by three decades of war, occupied by the United States and NATO, and ruled by corrupt warlords and political wheeler-dealers, revolutionaries and pro-democracy activists in Afghanistan face an additional challenge: unlike, say, Egypt, there’s no online culture of Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites, and in many areas there is neither electricity nor electronic devices.
But that isn’t stopping Malalai Joya.
Anti-war and human rights advocate speaks out
She advocates that justice seeking individuals should demand that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and other authorities be questioned.
By Jamie Corpuz, The Western Sun, April 13, 2011
Malalai Joya has survived four assassination attempts. (Western Sun photo by Jamie Corpuz)
In 2010 she was hailed by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world. In that same year she was listed in Foreign Policy Magazine’s annual list of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers.” She has survived four assassination attempts.
Her name is not a household name in the west, but in the Middle East her name ignites passions in the hearts of rebels and resonates outrage among war profiteers. Malalai Joya, a former parliamentarian exiled from her elected position in Afghanistan, spoke at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California Friday, April 8. She is a long way from home.
A champion for Afghan women: On hearing Malalai Joya
Malalai Joya has stood up to them all. She is unafraid. You look into her eyes and fear melts away.
By Ed Felien, The Rag Blog, April 12, 2011
MINNEAPOLIS -- I met the bravest person in the world Friday night, April 1, at St. Joan of Arc Church in South Minneapolis when I heard Malalai Joya speak.
She’s about five feet tall with a soft voice and a backbone as strong as steel. She was expelled from the Afghan Parliament (after being, at 26, the youngest person ever elected) because she “insulted” both the Afghan opium warlords and the U. S. government for supporting the corrupt leadership of Hamid Karzai.
There have been four assassination attempts on her life. The Taliban hate her because she organizes women’s groups and schools for girls.
Malalai Joya speaks and marches at peace protest in San Francisco
Human rights activist and former Afghan MP Malalai Joya spoke at and marched in a peace protest. She is on a speaking tour of the United States and was initially denied a visa.
Steve Rhodes, Demotix.com, April 11, 2011
April 10, 2011: Malalai Joya delivering speech to protesters in San Francisco peace march. (Photo by Steve Rhodes)
Human rights activist and former Afghan MP Malalai Joya spoke at and marched in a peace protest. She is on a speaking tour of the United States and was initially denied a visa.San Francisco, USA 10/04/2011
Former Afghan MP Malalai Joya spoke at an rally against wars in Dolores Park in San Francisco. She then led the over mile long march. She had spoken the previous night about her experience working for human rights in Afghanistan.
The Failure of the United States in Afghanistan
An Interview with Malalai Joya: The US is god-father of Islamic fundamentalism in the region
The Harvard International Review, April 10, 2011
Harvard International Review: How has Afghanistan changed since the fall of the Taliban? In particular, how have women’s lives changed?
Malalai Joya: The US invaded my country under the banner of the war on terror, women’s rights, human rights, and democracy. But even with the presence of tens of thousands of troops, not only women—also Afghan men—suffer from war, terrorism, injustice, the rule of drug mafia and warlordism, insecurity, joblessness, poverty, unprecedented corruption, and many other problems. While it’s true that the women’s rights situation may have improved when you compare it with the barbaric regime of the Taliban—some women now have jobs and education—it is used to justify the occupation. In most places, particularly in the villages, the condition of women is still like a hell.
ملالی جویا و نه سال حضور نظامی ناتو در افغانستان
ملالی جویا تصویر کلیشه ایی جهانیان از زن افغانستان را پریشان کرده است.
آوای زن, ۹ اپریل ۲۰۱۱
ملالی جویا را سال ها پیش در سفرش به اروپا ملاقات کردم. دیدار کوتاه بود و فرصتی برای صحبت و تبادل نظر نبود. بعد از آن چند بار به سفارش نشریات مختلف با او تلفنی مصاحبه کردم و با پی گیری نوشته ها وفعالیت هایش بیشتر با او آشنا شدم. بالاخره چند ماه پیش در سفر مجدد جویا به استکهلم فرصت دیدار دست داد. به محل قرار که رسیدم ایستاده بود و مشغول تماشای ویترین مغازه ایی. بی خیال و آرام. به طرفم که برگشت دیدم هنوز همان ملالی است با چشمانی درخشان و هشیار که نشان از جانی شیفته دارد. حالا 32 ساله است. هنوز شعرهای شاملو را از حفظ می خواند. بی باکی و عشق پایان ناپذیرش به مردم افغانستان و آگاهی اش در مورد تاریخ، مسائل و رنج های کشورش احترام برانگیز است.
مثل همیشه دلداری ام داد که نگرانش نباشم. در معرض تهدید دائمی است و زندگی اش در جابجایی برای حفظ امنیت می گذرد. هر دو نگاهی به زنان سرخوش جوانی که در میز بقل نشسته بودند انداختیم و ناخودآگاه موضوع بحث مان به نقش سوئد، حضور نظامی در افغانستان و سکوتِ به علامت رضایِ جامعه ی سوئد کشیده شد.
حالا دیگر تنها جنگ سالارها و طالب ها دشمنت نیستند! خیلی ها می خواهند ساکت باشی! خروج نیروهای نظامی از افغانستان برای همین سوئدی های «صلح طلب» هم دیگر به صرفه نیست!
Malalai Joya On Ending the Afghan War
Sonali Kolhatkar interviews Malalai Joya on Uprising Radio
Uprising Radio, April 7, 2011
Malalai Joya, former member of Parliament in Afghanistan, spoke with Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar on April 7, 2011, about the war in Afghanistan. Joya is the author of “A Woman Among Warlords.”
Watch a video of the interview here:
MALALAI JOYA: FROM THE FRYING PAN INTO THE FIRE
L.A. RECORD’s Scott Schultz interview Malalai Joya
By Scott Schultz, L.A. RECORD, April 6, 2011
Malalai Joya—also known as Joya—gave a voice to the women, children and men of Afghanistan for the world when at the age of 25, while representing her region at the Loya Jirga (Afghanistan’s constitutional convention in 2003) in front of an international audience, she called out members of the newly elected Parliament as warlords, narco-terrorists and war criminals. Her life has been in constant danger ever since, but she continues to speak out against the fundamentalist Islamic regime in Afghanistan and against America’s involvement in the enforcement of the warlords’ continued positions of power over Afghan citizens.
A women’s rights activist since her youth, she would risk her life as a teenager, covertly educating girls and women at Afghan refugee camps. Currently living in hiding in her native country, she routinely has to change safe-houses and has to travel at all times with an armed guard due to constant assassination attempts. Last month, Joya was initially denied a visa to enter America for a tour promoting her autobiography A Woman Among Warlords and to speak out against what she calls the American occupation of Afghanistan.
Former Afghan lawmaker criticizes war during Tacoma speech
U.S. TOUR: Soldiers disregard lives, says former lawmaker
Adam Ashton, The Olympian, April 6, 2011
A former Afghan lawmaker told an audience of South Sound peace activists Tuesday that photos of Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers grinning over the corpse of a boy they allegedly murdered revealed a disregard for civilian lives among U.S. forces fighting in her country.
“They are making fun with the dead bodies of my people,” said Malalai Joya, 32, a human rights activist who visited the University of Washington Tacoma on her U.S. speaking tour. About 80 people attended her talk, which was hosted by the group Peace Action of Washington and was her seventh in the Puget Sound area this week.
She spoke about 12 miles north of the Lewis-McChord jail, where the soldiers shown in the photographs are being held as they await courts-martial.
Malalai Joya Visits Southern California April 7-8, 2011
ACCLAIMED AFGHAN ACTIVIST SHARES HER STORY AND THE REALITY OF THE AFGHANISTAN WAR
Afghan Women's Mission, March 4, 2011
Malalai Joya, former Afghan parliamentarian and author of A Woman Among Warlords, will be speaking at 4 events in Southern California. Elected to the Afghan parliament in 2006, Joya was the nation’s youngest MP, and known for her outspoken views against the U.S. backed warlords that dominate the government. She has survived 4 assassination attempts, and in 2007, was kicked out of Parliament by the very men she criticized. Women and men across Afghanistan demonstrated for her reinstatement.
Standing Ovation in Salem for BBC's 'Most Famous Woman in Afghanistan' Malalai Joya
Hard truths have a soft landing at historic Oregon university- includes video coverage of Willamette event.
Report by Tim King, Photos by Dexter Phoenix, Salem-News.com, March 4, 2011
(SALEM, Ore.) - Former Afghan Parliament Member Malalai Joya spoke to a welcoming and enthusiastic packed house at Willamette University's Smith Auditorium Sunday night.
Her talk to a wide ranging audience led to a minutes-long standing ovation; it seemed like a clear indication of Salem's interest in this far away land occupied by U.S. troops locked in a fierce war claiming an escalating number of lives on all sides.
A most interesting and resilient woman; Joya has paid a heavy price for her open criticism of the government led by President Hamid Karzai who she says is both a puppet of U.S. policy, and a war criminal with links to the darkest corners of Afghanistan's criminality.
An evening with Malalai Joya featuring Eve Ensler in New York
Women Facing War in Afghanistan, and the Need for U.S. Solidarity
VDay, March 4, 2011
South Asia Solidarity Initiative and War Resisters League in association with Center for Place Culture & Politics at CUNY present:
Friday, April 15 - 7pm til 9pm
CUNY Graduate Center, Recital Hall
365 Fifth Ave at 34th Street [BDFV & NQRW trains to 34th St, 6 train to 33]
This event is open to the public, $20 suggested donation
Former Afghan lawmaker: "Kill team" reflects racism of U.S. soldiers
Joya: We believe that the brutal actions of these 'kill teams' reveal the aggression and racism which is part and parcel of the entire military occupation.
By Adam Ashton, The News Tribune, March 4, 2011
Photos showing Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers posing with an Afghan corpse reveal a form of racism among some U.S. soldiers, a former Afghan lawmaker contends.
"I must report that Afghans do not believe this be a story of a few rogue soldiers," ex-parliamentarian Malalai Joya wrote in The Guardian last week. "We believe that the brutal actions of these 'kill teams' reveal the aggression and racism which is part and parcel of the entire military occupation. While these photos are new, the murder of innocents is not. Such crimes against civilians have sparked many protests in Afghanistan and have sharply raised anti-US sentiments among ordinary Afghans."
Malalai Joya takes on U.S. policy and government corruption in Afghanistan
She discusses her life and the future of Afghanistan with Jerome
Worldview, WBEZ91.5, March 31, 2011
Afghan human rights activist Malalai Joya discusses the war in Afghanistan with Jerome McDonnell in WBEZ's studio on March 31. (WBEZ/Joe Linstroth)
Malalai Joya is an Afghan politician, writer and human rights activist. She was the youngest person elected to Afghanistan's new parliament. But in 2007, she was suspended from the body for her persistent criticism of the warlords and drug barons and their cronies. She has survived four assassination attempts to date, is accompanied at all times by armed guards and sleeps only in safe houses. Joya’s most recent op-ed, published in The Guardian on March 30, highlights the disturbingly graphic images of killed Afghan civilians being used as props by U.S. soldiers that were revealed in Rolling Stone magazine.
The Truth Revealed By The "Kill Teams" In Afghanistan
This is full version of an article by Malalai Joya published on The Guardian yesterday
Malalai Joya, Zmag, March 31, 2011
The disgusting and heartbreaking photos published last week in the media are finally bringing the grisly truth about the war in Afghanistan to a wider public. All the PR about this war being about democracy and human rights melts into thin air with these pictures of US soldiers posing with the dead and mutilated bodies of innocent Afghan civilians.
I must report that Afghans do not believe this be a story of a few rogue soldiers. We believe that the brutal actions of these “kill teams” reveal the aggression and racism which is part and parcel of the entire military occupation. While these photos are new, the murder of innocents is not. Such crimes against civilians have sparked many protests in Afghanistan and have sharply raised anti-US sentiments among ordinary Afghans.
- 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!
- Why is the U.S. afraid of Malalai Joya?
- Afghan activist denied U.S. visa
- تقاضای بازنگری صدور ویزه به ملالی جویا
- US Government Embarrassed by Afghan Woman Again
- Why Can't This Afghan Activist Get a U.S. Visa?
- Free Speech Groups Ask Secretaries Clinton And Napolitano To Review Denial Of Visa To Prominent Afghan Human Rights Activist
- Thousands support Malalai Joya's right to travel to the U.S.
- ایالات متحده امریکا از صدور ویزا برای ملالی جویا، نویسنده و فعال حقوق زنان افغانستان خودداری کرد
- Afghan women’s rights hero is latest victim of ideological exclusion
- US Blocks Visit from Malalai Joya
- دولت امریکا از دادن ویزه به ملالی جویا ابا ورزید
- US Government Denies Entry Visa to Afghan Women’s Rights Activist and Author Malalai Joya
- Malalai Joya and Noam Chomsky: The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan
- Malalai Joya among "Top 100 women: activists and campaigners"
- Malalai Joya Spring Tour 2011 to the USA
- The Afghan War is Brutal, Expensive, Unpopular, and Ineffective – So Why Are We Spending Billions on It?
- WISA Launch Dinner With Malalai Joya
- کتاب «ملالی جویا، اسطورهی شجاعت روزگار ما» منتشر شد
- ملالی جویا در فهرست «١٠٠ اندیشمند برتر سال ٢٠١٠» مجله «فارن پالیسی» قرار گرفت
- Malalai Joya listed in “The 100 Top Global Thinkers of 2010” by Foreign Policy Magazine