New book by Malalai Joya

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New book by Malalai Joya

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Malalai Joya's book, Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of the Afghan Woman Who Dared to Speak Out, co-written with Canadian writer and antiwar activist Derrick O'Keefe, will be published in North America in October. Joya, who was elected to the Afghan Parliament in 2005, was subsequently expelled for opposing the war and President Hamid Karzai's government.

Canada's government has promised to ending its "combat mission" by 2011, but many ruling class policy makers want that decision to be revisited, so the  publication of her book by Simon and Schuster is very timely.

A cross-Canada speaking tour for Joya is being organized for November 12 to 27: meetings have already been scheduled Victoria, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. She will also speak in a cities across the United States from October 26 to November 11.


N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

Where are the particulars on the speaking tour? Thx.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Don't know, but I expect will be posting something about it later, since Derrick co-authored the book. 

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Is this the Malalai Joya thread? I don't know. But let's put it to good use:

TIME names Malalai Joya one of '100 most influential people in the world'


TIME has named Malalai Joya to the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Joya has become renown around the world as a courageous advocate of women’s rights and a fierce critic of the NATO war in Afghanistan. The full list and related tributes appear in the May 10 issue of TIME, available on newsstands on Friday, April 30, and now at

When I first heard this news, I thought it might be an indication that the editors of TIME were open to spreading a dissident's message about the increasingly unpopular war in Afghanistan. Alas, the write-up by Ayaan Hirshi Ali about Joya disabused me of this optimistic notion. Instead of describing Joya's reasons for opposing the NATO occupation of Afghanistan, Hirshi Ali, the author of Infidel who now works for the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute, admonishes Joya:

"Malalai, 31, is a leader. I hope in time she comes to see the U.S. and NATO forces in her country as her allies. She must use her notoriety, her demonstrated wit and her resilience to get the troops on her side instead of out of her country. The road to freedom is long and arduous and needs every hand."

As my friend Sonali Kolhatkar noted, this paragraph is as revealing as it is condescending. The implicit admission is that NATO troops are not in Afghanistan to help progressive leaders and women like Joya. As Joya has risked her life to explain, they are there to prop up a regime dominated by warlords and drug traffickers.