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Malalai Joya listed No.6 in "The 50 people who matter today" by The New Statesman

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Assassination attempts and death threats have not silenced Afghanistan's answer to Aung San Suu Kyi.

The New Statesman, November 24, 2009

Malalai Joya

The top 10 on our diverse list of individuals, couples and families changing the world, for good and ill. Including the Murdochs, Marwan Barghouti, Vladimir Putin and Eric Schmidt

6. Malalai Joya (Afghan heroine)

Assassination attempts and death threats have not silenced Afghanistan's answer to Aung San Suu Kyi. The 31-year-old, the youngest person elected to the Afghan parliament in 2005, was expelled in 2007 for speaking out against the warlords who maintain a grip on power under the western-backed government of Hamid Karzai.

Forced to live like a fugitive in her own country, she fights on from the secret hideaways of her supporters, exploding the myth that the war has liberated Afghanistan and its women. With her new memoir, she has become not just the "voice of the people of my country", but a figurehead for peace and demo cracy campaigners around the world.

The Top 10 include:

1. The Obamas (First family)
2. The Murdochs (Sky lords)
3. Marwan Barghouti (Palestinian Mandela)
4. Eric Schmidt, Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Search party)
5. General Stanley McChrystal (US super trooper)
6. Malalai Joya (Afghan heroine)
7. Vladimir Putin (Russian bear)
8. Osama Bin Laden (Terrorist-in-chief)
9. Nouriel Roubini (Financial foreteller)
10. Xi Jinping (Chinese kingpin)