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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

Malalai Joya visits the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima Malalai Joya, a human rights activist from Afghanistan, visits the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima's Naka Ward, Hiroshima Prefecture. (Setsuko Tachikawa)

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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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

Malalai Joya

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.

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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 at a rally in 2006

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.

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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 Australian tour 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).

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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 Australian tour 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.

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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.

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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

Malalai Joya, Afghan feminist and activist.

“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?”

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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

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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 press conference in Kabul

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…

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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.

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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.

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Malalai Joya and Noam Chomsky at Harvard

Malalai Joya spoke with Professor Noam Chomsky to 1200 people at Harvard's Memorial Church on March 25, 2011

Filmed by Paul Hubbard, Youtube, April 27, 2011

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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

March 25, 2011 - Boston, Malalai Joya and Noam Chomsky

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.

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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

ملالی جویا

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.

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