This is a video of a demonstration in Australia against the war in Afghanistan.
October 9, 2009 — Malalai Joya has been described as “the bravest woman in Afghanistan”. A long-term opponent of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) presence in her country, Malalai Joya first rose to prominence through a heartfelt and controversial speech in 2003 that was an indictment of the powerful positions gifted to Afghan warlords by the US-led coalition. She was elected to the Afghan parliament in 2005 and continued her campaign against war criminals and fundamentalists there until being suspended in 2007 for criticising fellow MPs. Activists Noam Chomsky and Naomi Klein are amongst those who have called for her reinstatement.
In spite of four attempts on her life and having to live under constant protection, Joya continues her campaign against the government of Hamid Karzai, its fundamentalist allies and its Western backers. I spoke to her during the recent presidential election, which is still in contention and has been condemned by international observers.
Professor Noam Chomsky may be among America’s most enduring anti-war activists. But the leftist intellectual’s anthology of post 9/11 commentary is taboo at Guantánamo’s prison camp library, which offers books and videos on Harry Potter, World Cup soccer and Islam: here. And here.
Japan said on Tuesday that it will end its support for the US occupation of Afghanistan and pull its naval ships out of the Arabian Sea in the New Year: here.
KABUL, Afghanistan — As experts pore over ballots to determine whether the fraud in this country’s presidential election was so big that a runoff vote was required, many Afghans interviewed here on Tuesday shared the same view: Why bother? Here.
Purnima Bose, writing for the September/October issue of Solidarity’s Against the Current, recounts the life history and unhappy ending for a uniquely American creation in Afghanistan, the Kabul Beauty Academy. Bose writes, “It is difficult not to read the ignoble demise of the Kabul Beauty Academy as a metaphor for U.S. policy in Afghanistan. With a great deal of fanfare, good intentions, and little actual knowledge of the local culture in spite of decades of meddling in the country’s internal affairs, American experts descended on Afghan soil. However long and deep the American commitment to rebuilding Afghanistan proves to be, and with what consequences for Afghans, remains an open question.” Read Bose’s article here.
Several reports from the frontlines of Afghanistan this month provide an insight into the growing demoralisation among US and British soldiers: here.
The election crisis in occupied Afghanistan has intensified as the commission responsible for declaring final results refused to accept findings of a UN-backed investigative panel that would force a run-off: here.
The Obama administration and its European allies have stepped up pressure on Afghan President Hamid Karzai to reach a political settlement in order to resolve the crisis over the fraudulent August 20 election: here.