Afghan Malalai Joya interviewed

This video from the USA says about itself:

Noam Chomsky & Malalai Joya: The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan March 25, 2011 Memorial Church, Harvard University: Filmed by Paul Hubbard.

The Film fra Sør Foundation and the Norwegian branch of the United Nations work together on the ‘Film fra Sør Norge Rundt’ project, a film touring programme bringing important films to schools and high schools all over the country. In this regard, the UN’s Stian Bragtvedt conducted an interview with renowned Afghan activist Malalai Joya: here.

Malalai Joya: Democracy never comes with invasion: here.

Afghan electoral officials said today that nine MPs should be removed from their seats because of electoral fraud: here.

The compound of the British Council headquarters in the Afghan capital, Kabul, came under a sustained guerrilla attack on Friday, resulting in nine deaths and 22 casualties: here.

Britain: Peace campaigners said today’s attack on the British Council offices in Kabul showed the continued folly of foreign intervention in the country: here.

Afghan civilians pay lethal price for new policy on air strikes: here.

Few Treatment Options for Afghans as Drug Use Rises: here.

British soldiers in Afghanistan have been banned from wearing skull-and-crossbones badges on their uniforms that declare ‘Death To The Taliban’ and proclaim membership of a ‘Taliban Hunting Club’. The unofficial stick-on badges are now a cult accessory among British troops fighting Taliban insurgents: here. And here.

In 2007, Australian government officials repeatedly told the US embassy in Canberra of its plans to increase Australian troop commitments in Afghanistan, but asked the US government to keep quiet about it, as the plans had not yet been made public: here.

The families of victims of a 2009 Nato air strike in Afghanistan are to sue Germany’s Ministry of Defence for compensation, their lawyer announced on Thursday: here.

More Afghan soldiers deserting the army, NATO statistics show: here.

15 thoughts on “Afghan Malalai Joya interviewed

  1. Afghanistan: Twenty-one Afghan interpreters working with British forces have been killed and more than 90 injured over the past five years, official figures revealed today.

    So far this year alone, three have died and 19 been wounded in the course of their duties, although their deaths are generally not announced by the Ministry of Defence.

    Interpreters face the same risks of improvised explosive devices and insurgent ambushes as the troops they are translating for when they go out on patrols in some of the deadliest parts of Helmand province.


  2. US military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,634

    By The Associated Press, None

    10:41 a.m., Aug. 23, 2011

    As of Tuesday, August 23, 2011, at least 1,634 members of the U.S. military have died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

    The AP count is one less than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated Tuesday at 10 a.m. EDT.

    At least 1,362 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers.

    Outside of Afghanistan, the department reports at least 100 more members of the U.S. military have died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, 11 resulted from hostile action. The Defense Department also counts two military civilian deaths.

    The AP count of total OEF casualties outside of Afghanistan is two fewer than the department’s tally.

    Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 13,447 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department.

    The latest identifications reported by the military:

    -Pfc. Douglas L. Cordo, 20, of Kingston, N.Y., died Aug. 19 in Zabul, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

    -Lance Cpl. Travis M. Nelson, 19, of Pace, Fla., died Aug. 18 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan; assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

    -Spc. Joshua M. Seals, 21, of Porter, Okla., died Aug. 16 in Paktia province, Afghanistan, from a noncombat-related incident; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma National Guard, Tulsa, Okla.

    -Spc. Dennis G. Jensen, 21, of Vermillion, S.D., died Aug. 16 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, from a noncombat-related incident; assigned to the 153rd Engineer Battalion, 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Sioux Falls, S.D.

    -1st Lt. Damon T. Leehan, 30, of Edmond, Okla., died Aug. 14 in Laghman province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma National Guard, Stillwater, Okla.

    -Two soldiers died Aug. 14 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, from an explosion while conducting vehicle recovery operations. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade Grafenwoehr, Germany. Killed were Sgt. Matthew A. Harmon, 29, of Bagley, Minn.; and Spc. Joseph A. VanDreumel, 32, of Grand Rapids, Mich.

    -Master Sgt. Charles L. Price III, 40, of Milam, Texas, died Aug. 12 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.


  3. Dear Friend,

    Rethink Afghanistan is partnering with L.A.-based street artist Leba to create a deeply moving memorial to those who’ve been killed in Afghanistan, but we need your help.

    Can you contribute $10 to help us launch 1,500 floating lanterns from the rooftops of L.A. to educate and remind people about the consequences of this war?

    The Afghanistan War has been a 10-year disaster, with more than 1,500 U.S. troops killed and countless civilians dead. With most of the mainstream media working to sell militarism to our neighbors, it’s our responsibility to put the true human cost of this fiasco in the public mind.

    Leba is a street artist known for including social commentary in his art, and he’s busy creating “The Remember Project,” which will launch on September 8, 2011 at the Downtown L.A. Artwalk. The project will feature the names of the first 1,500 U.S. troops killed in the war etched onto floating lanterns to create a striking visual in the skies over Los Angeles, reminding people of the human tragedy of the Afghanistan War. This project, however, can’t launch without funding to finish crafting the lanterns. That’s why we’re coming to you.

    Please donate $10 and help us get Leba the funding he needs to launch “The Remember Project.” Your financial support will help keep the consequences of war front-and-center in people’s minds.


    Derrick Crowe, Robert Greenwald,
    and the Brave New Foundation team


  4. Brit marine death brings toll to 380

    Afghanistan: Britain’s Defence Ministry confirmed the death of a royal marine in Helmand province on Tuesday.

    The MoD did not identify the soldier but said his family had been informed. The death brings the British death toll from the decade-long war to 380.

    August was reported to be the bloodiest month yet for the occupying armies with 80 personnel killed. Sixty-six of the casualties were US troops. The escalating death toll has undermined Nato claims to be winning the conflict.


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