Malalai Joya

Malalai Joya is an Afghan activist and a former elected member of the Parliament from Farah province. Her books include Raising My Voice, and A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice. Her website: http://www.malalaijoya.com/

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Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 9:35am
'The Courage to Say No to Misogyny': Statement on the Attack Against 14-Year-Old Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai remains in hospital after being shot in the head by members of a faction of the Taliban in Pakistan. Only 14, Yousafzai received international notoriety soon after her "Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl" was published by the BBC in 2009.
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Friday, October 7, 2011 - 9:24am
Message on the Tenth Anniversary of NATO’s War and the Occupation of Afghanistan
I would like to thank all supporters and anti-war movements around the world who are marking the dark day of occupation of U.S. and NATO in Afghanistan.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 9:40am
Kill Teams in Afghanistan: The Truth
The disgusting and heartbreaking photos published last week in the German media, and more recently in Rolling Stone magazine , are finally bringing the grisly truth about the war in Afghanistan to a wider public.
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 9:32am
Elections Cannot Erase Injustice of the US Occupation of Afghanistan
One year ago Hamid Karzai was declared re-elected as president of Afghanistan, ending an election that had no legitimacy in the eyes of ordinary Afghans. The presidential election last year was a fraud, with ballot stuffing, vote buying and massive corruption reported by the world's media.
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 1:49pm
Joya Rejects the NATO Coalition, Harper and the Excuses for War
In the United States, many looked to the ballot box and hoped for real change when Barack Obama was elected President in 2008. To be honest, I never expected that he would be any different for Afghanistan than President George W. Bush. The truth is that Obama's war policies have turned out to be even more of a nightmare than most people expected. Obama talked a lot about hope and change, but for Afghanistan the only change has been for the worse.
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 10:34am
A Troop Surge Can Only Magnify the Crime Against Afghanistan
After months of waiting, President Obama is about to announce the new US strategy for Afghanistan. His speech may be long awaited, but few are expecting any surprise: it seems clear he will herald a major escalation of the war . In doing so he will be making something worse than a mistake. It is a continuation of a war crime against the suffering people of my country.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 11:31am
US Is Doing No Good in Afghanistan
As an Afghan woman who was elected to Parliament, I am in the United States to ask President Barack Obama to immediately end the occupation of my country. Eight years ago, women's rights were used as one of the excuses to start this war. But today, Afghanistan is still facing a women's rights catastrophe. Life for most Afghan women resembles a type of hell that is never reflected in the Western mainstream media.
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 2:38pm
Why Afghans Have No Hope in This Week's Vote
Like millions of Afghans, I have no hope in the results of this week’s election. In a country ruled by warlords, occupation forces, Taliban insurgency, drug money and guns, no one can expect a legitimate or fair vote.
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Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 10:19am
The Big Lie of Afghanistan
In 2005, I was the youngest person elected to the new Afghan parliament. Women like me, running for office, were held up as an example of how the war in Afghanistan had liberated women. But this democracy was a facade, and the so-called liberation a big lie.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 9:42am
An Apology for an Occupation
On April 21st, 2009, U.S. Sergeant Matthis Chiroux, 25, faces Army prosecution in St. Louis, Missouri for publicly refusing to deploy to Iraq last summer. Like many other resisters, Chiroux was in military service for many years before he came to the conclusion that the wars and occupations in Iraq and in Afghanistan are wrong and found the courage to speak out. Since last summer he has been a key activist in the U.S.
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