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The Afghan War is Brutal, Expensive, Unpopular, and Ineffective – So Why Are We Spending Billions on It?

Leading Afghan Feminist Wants the U.S. and NATO to Leave Her Nation

Sonali Kolhatkar, CommonDreams.org, March 3, 2011

Malalai Joya Afghan activist and former Member of Parliament, Malalai Joya, wants the U.S. and NATO out of her country. She will soon embark on a new US speaking tour to help reinvigorate the war debate. (details here)

"The sad truth is that Obama’s war policies have turned out to be even more of a nightmare than I expected.” – Malalai Joya, A Woman Among Warlords

While millions of Americans are experiencing unemployment, wage stagnation, rising tuition, dwindling social services, and poverty at levels not seen since the Great Depression, an unjustifiably large proportion of our taxes are being used to cause death and destruction in Afghanistan. With Afghanistan being the longest war the U.S. has ever officially waged, we should carefully examine the costs of the war - financial and otherwise - and ask ourselves, is it really worth it?

The war costs taxpayers between $500,000 to $1 million per soldier in Afghanistan every year. Since President Obama deployed thousands of more troops than Bush, the escalating war has come with a bloated price tag. So far, we have spent $336 billion on the war, and if Congress approves a request for additional funding, that number will go up to $455.4 billion – nearly half a trillion dollars.

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WISA Launch Dinner With Malalai Joya

We were joined by our Afghan guest Joya who was a passionate speaker and keen to share her experiences of her life as a politician in Afghanistan.

Joanna, WISA, February 15, 2011

WISA Lanuch Dinner With Malalai Joya

The Women's International Solidarity Australia (WISA) launch and fundraising dinner for Malalai Joya was a wonderful evening where we WISAs said ‘hello’ to the world. We were joined by our Afghan guest Joya who was a passionate speaker and keen to share her experiences of her life as a politician in Afghanistan.

Joya spoke of the real atrocities of the war in Afghanistan that rarely gets reported by the media, and of the daily struggle for women in her country against rape, violence and unjust oppression.

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کتاب «ملالی جویا، اسطوره‌ی شجاعت روزگار ما» منتشر شد

گزیده‌ای از مقالات، سخنرانی‌ها، مصاحبات و نظریات ملالی جویا و هوادارانش از دسمبر ٢٠٠٣ تا اپريل ٢٠١٠

Book in Persian on Malalai Joya

«ملالی جویا، اسطوره‌ی شجاعت روزگار ما» گزیده‌ا‌ی از مقالات، سخنرانی‌ها، مصاحبات، اشعار و نظریات ملالی جویا و هوادارانش و اعلامیه‌های سازمان ‌های سیاسی و فرهنگی و نهادهای حقوق بشر میباشد که از ظهور وی در لویه جرگه قانون اساسی الی اواسط سال ٢٠١٠ در مطبوعات و سایتها انتشار یافته اند.

این کتاب در ٣٦٥ صفحه بوسیله آقای اعظم سیستانی گردآوری و تنظیم گردیده و اخیرا در هزار نسخه از چاپ برآمده است.

شما میتوانید متن الکترونیک آنرا به صورت فایل پی دی ایف از اینجا دونلود کنید.

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ملالی جویا در فهرست «١٠٠ اندیشمند برتر سال ٢٠١٠» مجله «فارن پالیسی» قرار گرفت

«فارن پالیسی» ملالی جویا را «تجسمی از استقلال خواهی در افغانستان» خوانده

کمیته دفاع از ملالی جویا، ٧ قوس ١٣٨٩ – ٢٨ نوامبر ٢٠١٠

Foreign Policy Magazine

مجله «فارین پالیسی» در شماره ماه دسامبر خود فهرستی از «١٠٠ اندیشمند برتر سال ٢٠١٠» را منتشر کرده است که نام ملالی جویا نیز در آن جا دارد.

اين نشريه امريکايی هر سال در شماره ويژه‌ای فهرستی از ١٠٠ متفکر برتر دنيا را منتشر می‌کند. در فهرست امسال نام چهره‌هايی چون بيل گيتس (مدير شرکت مايکرو سافت)، باراک اوباما، استيو جابز (مدير شرکت اپل)، هيلاری کلينتون، آنگلا مرکل، بيل کلينتون و غیره نیز به چشم می خورد.

«فارن پالیسی» ملالی جویا را «تجسمی از استقلال خواهی در افغانستان» و «مدافع ثابت قدم حقوق بشر، مخالف پرحرارت بنیادگرایی و حامی نترس فرهنگ مدنی افغانستان» خوانده به معرفی او پرداخته است:

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Malalai Joya listed in “The 100 Top Global Thinkers of 2010” by Foreign Policy Magazine

93. Malalai Joya (ACTIVIST | AFGHANISTAN): for embodying an independent-minded Afghanistan.

Foreign Policy, December 2010

Foreign Policy Magazine

A vocal defender of human rights, a passionate opponent of fundamentalism, and a fearless advocate of a civic Afghan culture, Malalai Joya -- who has stared down numerous assassination attempts since 2003 and was suspended from parliament in 2007 for comparing the body to a "barn full of animals" -- is precisely the sort of Afghan woman the West continues to fight for in the Hindu Kush. That doesn't mean she's happy with her country's current state of dependency. "Afghans face three enemies," she said in a recent interview, "the occupying forces, the Taliban, and the warlords." Joya got her start as a humanitarian during the Taliban regime, establishing underground health clinics and orphanages to spite the country's fundamentalist rulers.

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Malalai Joya: Speaking for a crippled nation

I met with Malalai, as NATO was discussing her country’s future in Lisbon.

Anna Greer, ABC, November 24, 2010

In 2003, a 25-year-old woman, all of five feet tall, stood up in front of warlords and war criminals who were determining Afghanistan’s future constitution and said:

“My name is Malalai Joya from Farah province... Why would you allow criminals to be present here? They are responsible for our situation now... It is they who turned our country into the centre of national and international wars. They are the most anti-woman elements in our society who brought our country to this state and they intend to do the same again.”

Since then Malalai has been famous in Afghanistan and abroad. She was elected to the new Afghan parliament in a landslide but was suspended after appearing on a television show where she compared the parliament to an animal stable. She has survived four assassination attempts and has received countless death threats.

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Malalai Joya: ‘Stop playing with the destiny of Afghan people’

Joya said the recent rigged parliamentary elections were “a selection not an election”.

Green Left Weekly, November 21, 2010

Malalai Joya
Malalai Joya. (Photo: Kiraz Janicke)

Afghan feminist and anti-war activist Malalai Joya urged 400 people at the University of Technology Sydney to get the Australian government to pull the troops out of her country. The Afghan people were capable of winning against the fundamentalist warlords, but not while Western occupying troops rehabilitated the Taliban, she said.

“There is no such thing as a ‘moderate’ Taliban”, she said, referring to US-NATO support for Afghan President Hamid Kazai’s attempts at power sharing with the Taliban. Joya also criticised the Australian government for training the militia of Oruzgan warlord Matiullah Khan.

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“End this disgusting war”: an interview with Malalai Joya

Joya emerged on the international stage as a fierce anti-war figure and fighter for women's rights

Liz Walsh, Socialist Alternative, November 19, 2010

Malalai Joya
Malalai Joya speaking in the Afghan parliament

For nine long years the United States and its allies have been tearing apart Afghanistan. And still their occupation grinds on. Few Afghan voices have emerged in condemnation of this barbarous war as forcefully as Malalai Joya’s.

Joya emerged on the international stage as a fierce anti-war figure and fighter for women’s rights when she was elected in 2003 to the Loya Jirga, which was convened to ratify Afghanistan’s constitution. It was here that she used her maiden speech to launch a blistering attack on the warlords present at the gathering.

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Extended interview of Malalai Joya with SBS

SBS Presenter Janice Petersen spoke with Malalai Joya, a former Afghan MP, about Australia's involvement in the war.

SBS, November 18, 2010

Video on SBS website

Malalai Joya says she wants a withdrawal of troops as soon as possible.

"Then we will fight one enemy instead of two," she said.

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A defiant woman won’t be silenced by the warlords or fundamentalists

She was invited to Australia by Deakin University to be the keynote speaker

Adele Horin, The Sydney Morning Herald, November 18, 2010

Malalai Joya
Malalai Joya ... critic of the Karzai government. (Photo: Steve Christo)

A LOT of people have tried to silence Malalai Joya. When she spoke in the Afghan parliament as its youngest elected member, the microphones would be turned off. When that didn't deter her, her fellow parliamentarians expelled her.

She has survived four assassination attempts, and still she speaks out, denouncing the warlords, the ''criminals'' in the Hamid Karzai government, the terrorist Taliban, and the occupying troops.

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Malalai Joya, rebel of Afghanistan

She was invited to Australia by Deakin University to be the keynote speaker

Liz Cush, Alternative Media Group, November 18, 2010

This interview is also published in The City Hub Magazine

Malalai Joya was the youngest woman in Afghanistan to be elected to parliament in 2003. She was also the most outspoken. Her vocal criticism to the US-backed warlords that control her country’s government saw her expelled from parliament. She has survived four assassination attempts and still lives in Afghanistan, under protection of bodyguards.

Malalai Joya is currently in Australia. She spoke to the City Hub about the war and occupation in her country, and the struggles of the pro-democracy movements, a different story to that shown on the nightly news.

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Malalai Joya - Afghanistan Today

Presentation of Joya in The Sydney Institute on November 17, 2010

The Sydney Institute, November 18, 2010

Malalai Joya in Sydney
Malalai Joya speaking in The Sydney Institute on November 17, 2010

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Malalai Joya on Mornings with Margaret Throsby

Afghan politician who has been called "the bravest woman in Afghanistan."

ABC radio, November 17, 2010

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Malalai Joya: ‘No nation can liberate another’ part 1

This Saturday thousands will march against the war in Afghanistan. This week we're posting extracts from The Case for Withdrawal published by Verso. This is the first of two extracts by Afghan MP Malalai Joya.

Malalai Joya, CounterFire, November 15, 2010

Malalai Joya
Malalai Joya

There is a famous saying: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Your international solidarity is key. As always, nations are separate from the policymakers. It is the governments that are committing these war crimes. They are betraying democracy, women’s rights, and human rights, and they are betraying the truth. The mainstream media is still trying to throw dust in the eyes of democratic people around the world.

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Malalai Joya: ‘No nation can liberate another’ part 2

This Saturday thousands will march against the war in Afghanistan. This week we're posting extracts from The Case for Withdrawal published by Verso. This is the first of two extracts by Afghan MP Malalai Joya.

Malalai Joya, CounterFire, November 15, 2010

Malalai Joya in Parliament
Malalai Joya inside Afghan parliament.

This Saturday thousands will march against the war in Afghanistan. This week we're posting extracts from The Case for Withdrawal published by Verso. This is the second of two extracts by Afghan MP Malalai Joya.

My people are caught now between two powerful enemies, and they are being crushed. From the sky, the bombs of the occupation forces are falling, killing civilians. And on the ground, there is the Taliban, and also these warlords. So we have three kinds of enemies. But the withdrawal of one enemy—these US occupation forces whose government sends them to war, and also supports the corrupt mafia system of Hamid Karzai with more money and men—will make it much easier to fight the enemies that are left.

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