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Malalai Joya Visits! Our Food For Thought Event and Our New Work Together!

Social Justice , Oct 22, 2013

Malalai Joya

Two weeks ago we were profoundly honored with a visit from Roots Activist Malalai Joya. For those who do not know her, Malalai is one of the most important Peace and Justice Activists working in Afghanistan today. She tirelessly resists the War and Occupation, attacks on Women’s Rights, violence, corruption and warlords who have been handed authority over townships and Communities in Afghanistan. As many know she has survived 7 assassination attempts not to mention a constant wave of aggression coming from those that she stands against. It would be easy to caricature her as fierce and fearless, a mythical Super heroine, after all , she is called the bravest Women in Afghanistan. That she is. However, Malalai Joya like so many Activists is more than just her Activism, she is a Mother, a member of her Family and Community, and a citizen of Afghanistan. She worries, faces many fears and feels the weight of a path that is chosen but very difficult. I feel very lucky and honored to call her a friend. She is profoundly kind, gracious, loving, likes to be silly, and yes she is fierce, strong, and profoundly effective at moving mountains. We spend a lot of time checking in about the challenges when I see her but also we laugh a lot. She amazes me. I feel exhausted from doing 5 events in a couple weeks while she speaks in a different state every night for months at a time. When she is at home she must stay in a different safe house every night because of the danger to her and to her Family. Can you imagine her concern for them? For her son?

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Afghan activist to share her story in San Diego

By Lillian Cox, THE COAST NEWS, Oct 16, 2013

Malalai Joya
Malalai Joya, Afghan human rights activist and author of “A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice,” will speak at 7 p.m., Oct. 21 at the Al Awda Center in Carlsbad as part of her national, 11-city book tour. No charge for admission. Donations welcomed. Courtesy photo

CARLSBAD — Malalai Joya, one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, is winding up her national 11-city tour in San Diego this month. The author of “A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice” is scheduled to address crowds from Wellesley College and NYU to Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCSD.

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Malalai Joya: “For my people, peace without justice is meaningless.”

By Kate Fisher, V-Day, Oct 16, 2013

Malalai Joya US

On Saturday, October 5th, 200 people gathered together for a sold-out evening at the beautiful Deepak Homebase , located in the heart of Manhattan at ABC Carpet & Home. Women, men, and youth came from throughout the five boroughs and from as far away as Buffalo to see Afghan activist and author Malalai Joya in conversation with Eve Ensler.

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The Cost of Courage: Malalai Joya’s Life-Risking Activism

By Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthdig, Oct 10, 2013

Malalai Joya in United states Malalai Joya, a female Afghan lawmaker and activist, has made many enemies by fighting corruption and war.

Contrary to her small stature, Afghan activist Malalai Joya is a towering figure among ordinary Afghans. At the tender age of 25, she openly challenged her country’s notorious U.S.-backed criminal warlords at the 2003 Constitutional Loya Jirga (popular assembly) in Kabul.

She thundered, “It is a mistake to test those already being tested. They should be taken to national and international court. Even if they are forgiven by our people, the bare-footed Afghan people, history will never forgive them,” before her microphone was abruptly cut off. Today, after a decade of narrowly escaping numerous assassination attempts as a result of that infamous public confrontation, she remains politically active underground and continues to call out the warlords. She also demands the U.S. government immediately end its war and occupation.

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“The First Demand of My People Is Justice!” // Malalai Joya comes to Food for Thought Books

Art | Peace | Education, Oct 13, 2013

At the 2003 Loya Jirga Malalai Joya, the youngest woman elected to the Afghanistan Parliament delivered this speech denouncing the war criminals who pose as representatives for the people of Afghanistan.

She was thrown out of the Parliament and has since had seven assassination attempts on her life. She lives and organizes underground with her husband, ten month old baby, and an armed escort.

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Malala Yusafzai, Malalai Joya, and “the preferably unheard” in America

Full Spectrum Cromulence , Oct 11, 2013

Malalai Joya
Two heroic activists, one household name. Malala Yusafzai (l) and Malalai Joya (r)

In 2012, the world was shocked when 15-year old Malala Yusafzai was shot in the head in an assassination attempt by the Pakistani Taliban. Yusafzai’s activism went global—she is the youngest Nobel prize nominee in history, and is currently discussing her memoir, I Am Malala, on America’s most prestigious outlets. Yusafzai is an astonishingly courageous person. However, there is a reason that we in the West hear from Yusafzai and not from other women around the Muslim world. Whose voice is amplified and whose is ignored supports a deeper narrative. As Arundhati Roy says, “There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless.’ There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” The fact that most Americans have heard of Malala Yusafzai but almost none have heard of Malalai Joya reveals the narratives that undergird Western imperialism in the Muslim world.

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Malalai: The "Big Lie" of U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Scarry Thoughts , Oct 11, 2013

Malalai Joya

Malalai Joya spoke to a group in Chicago yesterday, and I heard a clear message from her: it is not enough for the U.S. to pull out its remaining combat troops. The presence of U.S. bases assures that the violence and instability will continue. People in the U.S. who really want to help Afghanistan need to work to remove ALL vestiges of the U.S. invasion and occupation -- to DEMILITARIZE Afghanistan.

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بهای شجاعت: زندگی پر مخاطره ملالی جویا

نویسنده: سونالی کولهاتکر، مترجم: سمیر
منبع:‌ سایت تروت دگ، ۱۰ اکتوبر ۲۰۱۳

Malalai Joya

برخلاف اندام کوچکش، فعال افغان ملالی جویا یک شخصیت برجسته در میان افغان های عادی است. او ۲۵ سال داشت که در مقابل جنگسالاران جنایتکار که بوسیله امریکا حمایت میشدند در لویه جرگه قانون اساسی سال ۲۰۰۳ ایستاد.

جویا پیش از اینکه مایکروفونش قطع شود، آواز خود را بلند کرد، "آزموده را آزمودن خطاست، آنان باید به محکمه ملی و بین المللی کشانیده شوند، حتی اگر آنان توسط مردم ما بخشیده شوند، مردم پا برهنه افغان، تاریخ این جنایتکاران را نخواهد بخشید،" امروز با گذشت یک دهه او توانسته است از سوقصد های متعدد که نتیجه این موضعگیری او بود جان سالم بدر برد. در حال حاضر او به فعالیت های سیاسی خود به شکل زیرزمینی ادامه داده و دست به افشای جنگسالاران میزند. جویا همچنان خواستار خروج فوری نیروهای امریکایی و پایان دادن به جنگ و اشغال در افغانستان است.

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Malalai Joya

By Joe Donahue, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, Oct 9, 2013

Malalai Joya in USA

Malalai Joya was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2010. An extraordinary young woman raised in the refugee camps of Iran and Pakistan, Joya became a teacher in secret girls’ schools, hiding her books under her burqa so the Taliban couldn’t find them.

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Afghanistan's Warlords Cannot Silence Malalai Joya

vice, Oct 8, 2013

Malalai Joya

Today marks the 12th anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan. The ongoing war, the longest in American history, has fallen from the forefront of the American public’s consciousness. The US has turned its focus from the initial fronts in the war on terror—Afghanistan and subsequently Iraq—to fresh battlefields in Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, and Syria. But for Afghans, whose country remains divided between Taliban commandos and a government comprised largely of former warlords supported by US and NATO, violence remains an everyday reality.

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Malalai Joya speaks about women, violence in Afghanistan

THE TUFTS DALLY, Oct 8, 2013

Malalai Joya in United states Kyra Sturgill / The Tufts Daily

Malalai Joya, Afghan activist and former member of the Afghan National Assembly, gave a presentation entitled “Prospects for Afghan Women and Non-Intervention in My Country” in Barnum Hall yesterday.

The event was part of an ongoing lecture tour called “A Woman Among Warlords,” co-sponsored by the United National Antiwar Coalition and the Afghan Women’s Mission. Joya will spend the month of October delivering this presentation in ten cities nationwide in recognition of the 12th anniversary of the United States’ invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.

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A New Documentary Film on Malalai Joya

indiegogo, Oct 4, 2013

We need your support to finish a documentary feature film titled A Woman Among Warlords.

The Film

This is the project of a documentary film on Afghanistan. It seeks to promote unity of Afghans and the world at large for social change towards democracy, social justice and human rights. For this intent, the film centers on Afghan human rights activist Malalai Joya.

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Report on Malalai Joya's October 4 Talk

Marilyn Vogt-Downey, Oct 4, 2013

Malalai Joya in Los New York

The people of Afghanistan do not ask that the US government do anything for them except get out of their country. The twelve years of military attacks and occupation have caused Afghanistan to become a country of widows and orphans without homes, education or community services. The US occupation only strengthens the control of the war lords and the mafia government of drug lords and war criminals and the Taliban. This is the message of Malalai Joya brought to an audience at the Community Church in Manhattan on Friday evening October 4. The Taliban was a creation of the US government during the Soviet occupation whose clutches on Afghanistan society now are only strengthened by the presence of the US military forces. See here for example.

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"Imperialism & Fundamentalism Have Joined Hands": Malalai Joya on 12 Years of U.S.-Led Afghan War

DEMOCRACY NOW!, Oct. 3, 2013

Ahead of next weeks 12th anniversary of what has become the longest war in U.S. history, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the United States is seeking to sign an accord to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan for the indefinite future. The United States plans to pull out the bulk of its 57,000 troops in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, but the Pentagon wants to retain a smaller force of around 10,000 forces after 2014. We are joined by Afghan activist and former member of Parliament, Malalai Joya, author of the book, "A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice." A survivor of numerous attempts on her life, Time magazine has named her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. "We need the support of justice-loving people of the U.S. to join their hands with us," Joya says. "Unfortunately, we see that today imperialism and fundamentalism have joined hands."


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Malalai Joya Is A Very Courageous & Brave Woman

thomhartmann.com, Oct 3, 2013

Malalai Joya in New York

Here is a woman who showed such courage in the face of a male dominated fundamentalist society, that every American should learn from her what it means to speak truth to power. Malalai Joya, stood up to the Taliban and the warlords of Afghanistan, and spoke her mind, (it seems the American people have lost their tongue to do the same toward the government).

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