Tag Archives: Afghan women

I Am the Beggar of the World: Poems by Afghan Women

Hakimi: The title of the book, which was taken from this last landay, is an epigraph of the lives of women indentured from birth by a patriarchal culture. The perils they face in their homeland, however, are not only inflicted by the men in their society, but also, as many landays show, by foreign military forces.

Ann Jones | Afghanistan “After” the American War: Once More Down the Rabbit Hole

Tomgram: Ann Jones, The Never-Ending War. Jones has been remarkably, consistently, undeniably ahead of the curve on the conflict, a reality reflected in her revelatory look at the deeply personal costs of America’s second Afghan War in her now-classic book, “They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars — The Untold Story.” Tom Engelhardt

We Had One Enemy; Now We Have Three—A Conversation With Malalai Joya of Afghanistan

US forces used the plight of Afghan women to justify war—but twelve years later, women are still suffering. By Dani McClain, THE Nation  Nov.13, 2013  Defense Committee for Malalai Joya  In 2003, Malalai Joya was the 25-year-old director of a clinic and orphanage in Afghanistan’s Farah province. She was not a scheduled speaker at a national convention […]

‘We Had One Enemy; Now We Have Three’—A Conversation With Malalai Joya of Afghanistan

US forces used the plight of Afghan women to justify war—but twelve years later, women are still suffering. Dani McClain November 13, 2013   |    This article appeared in the December 2, 2013 edition of The Nation. In 2003, Malalai Joya was the 25-year-old director of a clinic and orphanage in Afghanistan’s Farah province. She was not a […]

Sonali Kolhatkar: The Cost of Courage — Malalai Joya’s Life-Risking Activism

“Joya had refused to remain silent in Parliament, and now, out of office, with her life more in danger than ever, she continues to speak for her people. In 2009, at the insistence of her supporters, she published her memoir, “A Woman Among Warlords,” where she laid out in clear terms her twofold struggle against […]

Kathy Kelly> Survival and Dignity in an Afghan Winter

Survival and Dignity in an Afghan Winter “From past experience of displacement, several of the women understand the misery and hardship faced by families living in abandoned lots and constructing makeshift dwellings from mud, poles, plywood, plastic sheeting and cardboard.  These tents and shacks offer little protection from the bitter cold winter weather.” by Kathy Kelly […]

Kathy Kelly> No One Hears the Poor

Kathy Kelly Co-coordinator, Voices for Creative Nonviolence  No One Hears the Poor Posted: 05/28/2012 11:49 am    Huffington Post  Here in Kabul, Voices co-coordinator Buddy Bell and I are guests at the home of the Afghan Peace Volunteers (APV), where we’ve gotten to know four young boys who are being tutored by the Volunteers in […]

Tomgram> Karen Greenberg, A New Age of Enemies

Tomgram> Karen Greenberg, A New Age of Enemies Posted by Karen J. Greenberg at 5:37PM, March 18, 2012.  Tom Dispatch Just a couple of days after “Sergeant Massacre” left his base in southern Afghanistan and singlehandedly perpetrated the My Lai of the Afghan War, shooting and evidently in some cases stabbing to death 16 Afghan villagers, including nine children, a […]

Chomsky on Iran & Cockburn on Afghanistan

The Lost-Cause War in Afghanistan Alexander Cockburn   March 12, 2012   creators.com Americans have been expressing bafflement that there has not been more outrage in Afghanistan about the lethal rampage of a U.S. Sergeant who killed 16 Afghans, including nine children, in the early hours of March 11. As with the burning of the […]

Kathy Kelly> The Ghost and the Machine: Drone Warfare and Accountability

Published on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 by Common Dreams The Ghost and the Machine: Drone Warfare and Accountability by Kathy Kelly and Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers Fazillah, age 25, lives in Maidan Shar, the central city of Afghanistan’s Wardak province.  She married about six years ago, and gave birth to a son, Aymal, who just turned five without a […]

Tearing Off the Masks of Those Who Hide behind Women’s Skirts: Malalai Joya

Tearing Off the Maks of Those Who Hide behind Women’s Skirts: Malalai Joya by Mary Beaudoin From the May issue of the WAMM Newsletter.  Used with permission. From the sky, Occupation forces are bombing, killing civilians—mostly women and children. On the ground, Taliban and warlords together continue their fascism. If the U.S. and NATO left my […]