Malalai Joya in Melbourne, Australia

This video from the USA says about itself:

“A Woman Among Warlords”: Afghan Democracy Activist Malalai Joya Defies Threats to Challenge US Occupation, Local Warlords.

From Green Left Weekly in Australia (with some spelling corrections by me):

Next Afghanistan Vigil: Die-in and speak out

4-6pm- steps of Flinders street Station

Keynote Speakers: Malalai Joya

This month Malalai Joya, a member of the previous Afghan parliament, and an outspoken critic of warlords of all persuasions will be in Melbourne. We are very honoured that she has agreed to speak at our vigil, so we’ve changed the date to accomodate that.

Malalai Joya is a leader and activist for democracy, human and womens’ rights in Afghanistan. She will adress Melbourne’s monthly vigil on Friday November 12.

Chipp Henriss, an Australian Military veteran from Stand Fast will also speak, with others to be announced

Event date:
Fri, 12/11/2010

Event time:
Fri, 12/11/2010 – 4:00pm

This video from Australia says about itself:

Australian Army veteran opposes the war in Iraq and Afghanistan at Palm Sunday rally

Chip Henriss, an Australian army veteran from Stand Fast, a group of veterans and former military personnel who oppose the current wars of occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan, addressed the Palm Sunday community rally in Melbourne.

Report on Ms Joya’s speech: here.

Twitter message: Another determined Afghan women, Fahima Vorgetts, Director of Women’s Fund. “Every time I return to Afghanistan, it is worse than before.”

1 thought on “Malalai Joya in Melbourne, Australia

  1. U.S. likely to delay Afghan war exit

    Administration to focus on withdrawal by 2014, not 2011

    * By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers
    * Memphis Commercial Appeal
    * Posted November 9, 2010 at 11:20 p.m.

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has decided to begin publicly walking away from what it once touted as key deadlines in the war in Afghanistan in an effort to de-emphasize President Barack Obama’s pledge that he’d begin withdrawing U.S. forces in July 2011, administration and military officials have told McClatchy Newspapers.

    The new policy will be on display next week during a conference of NATO countries in Lisbon, Portugal, where the administration hopes to introduce a timeline that calls for the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan by 2014, the year when Afghan President Hamid Karzai once said Afghan troops could provide their own security, three senior officials told McClatchy.

    The Pentagon also has decided not to announce specific dates for handing security responsibility for several Afghan provinces to local officials and instead intends to work out a more vague definition of transition when it meets with its NATO allies.

    The shift already has begun privately and came in part because U.S. officials realized that conditions in Afghanistan were unlikely to allow a speedy withdrawal.

    “During our assessments, we looked at if we continue to move forward at this pace, how long before we can fully transition to the Afghans? Of course, we are not going to fully transition to the Afghans by July 2011,” said one senior administration official. “Right now, we think we can start in 2011 and fully transition sometime in 2014.”

    Another official said the administration also realized in contacts with Pakistani officials that the Pakistanis had concluded wrongly that July 2011 would mark the beginning of the end of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan.

    That perception, one Pentagon adviser said, has convinced Pakistan’s military — which is key to preventing Taliban sympathizers from infiltrating Afghanistan — to continue to press for a political settlement instead of military action.

    “This administration now understands that it cannot shift Pakistani approaches to safeguarding its interests in Afghanistan with this date being perceived as a walk-away date,” the adviser said.

    Last week’s midterm elections also eased pressure on the Obama administration to begin an early withdrawal.

    Earlier this year, some Democrats in Congress pressed to cut off funding for Afghanistan operations. With Republicans in control of the U.S. House beginning in January, however, there will be less push for a drawdown.

    The incoming House Armed Services chairman, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., told Reuters last week that he opposed setting the date.

    On Tuesday, a White House official who spoke with reporters in a conference call to discuss the December review, said the administration might withdraw some troops next July and may hand some communities over to Afghan authorities. But he said a withdrawal from Afghanistan could take “years,” depending on the capability of the Afghan national security forces.

    © 2010 Memphis Commercial Appeal. All rights reserved.


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