Malalai Joya

Enemies of HappinessMalalai Joya, an elected member of the parliment of Afghanistan, is fearless. She dares to speak against the forces—both the foreign military (i.e., US) “peace keepers” and the warlords whom the US has supported—that dominate her country. A film documenting her struggle, “Enemies of Happiness,” recently won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and is slated to show at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival and, combined with other efforts to publicize her concerns, will provide her with an international voice, I hope.

Here is an excerpt for a speech she made in Los Angeles (CA, US)

Respected friends, over five years passed since the US-led attack on Afghanistan. Probably many of you are not well aware of the current conditions of my country and expect me to list the positive outcomes of the past years since the US invasion. But I am sorry to tell you that Afghanistan is still chained in the fetters of the fundamentalist warlords and is like an unconscious body taking its last breath.

The US government removed the ultra-reactionary and brutal regime of Taliban, but instead of relying on Afghan people, pushed us from the frying pan into the fire and selected its friends from among the most dirty and infamous criminals of the “Northern Alliance”, which is made up of the sworn enemies of democracy and human rights, and are as dark-minded, evil, and cruel as the Taliban.

The Western media talks about democracy and the liberation of Afghanistan, but the US and its allies are engaged in the warlordization, criminalization and drug-lordization of our wounded land.

Thanks to the starting tip from News Trust, I spent time chasing aspects of this story around the Internet. I’d say we humans need more folks who are willing to speak strongly about how the war machines divert us from peace and justice. From what I can ascertain, Ms. Joya’s campaign is more than worthy. I hope that is it not hijacked by people who want to ride it for some other purposes than those she seems to be pursuing.

Here is a sampling of some of the links I reviewed:

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3 responses to “Malalai Joya

  1. khan

    Malali joya is a beach and slave

  2. ac

    Thanks for posting this. Malalai Joya is a real jewel, so rare in the world today, not only in Afghanistan. Also not only as a woman leader speaking out truthfully in a dogma-based regime. The social consciousness, the empathy for the people and the compassion in her dealings gives her a leadership position at the front edge of any social transformation today. She is teaching the US (instead of the claimed opposite) what is real democracy supposed to be about. She has a mission clear in her mind and I can only hope she will remain enlightened and strong through all the opposition and lures of the politics.
    The so called democratic elections mean nothing when the economic and political powers are controlling the results from behind, as she is explaining about, which happens in the unholy alliances between the US (or whomever in that role, UN, etc)and the dark-minded corrupt men of Afghanistan. As it happened in most countries invaded by “democratic forces”, there is merely a palatial change, a shift of hands in power while the exploitation and corruption remain the same or even more sophisticated and deep within the “conquered” state.
    Kudos to Malalai, to RAWA and to the consciousness that guides her, which is present within all of us and through that consciousness we should unite as one humanity to fight dogma, exploitation, pseudoculture and any sort of narrow-minded groupism. These distortions of the human nature have brought us to threatening our own survival. We are all one humanity, together we stand, and a higher consciousness shall unite us all.

  3. AC, thanks for your comment. Regardless of whether one agrees with you or the previous commenter, your comment seems so much more reasoned than the comment by Khan.

    I hope that Afghanistan can achieve more than a palatial change, and I hope that the US can contribute more to the development of democracy there than simply inserting military forces.

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