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Wednesday, November 11, 2009


 

Afghan woman: U.S. is doing no good in Afghanistan


Malalai Joya is an Afghan woman who was elected to Afghanistan"s parliament in 2005 and kicked out in 2007 by the warlords. She has survived four assassination attempts. She is currently in the U.S. speaking, and today, the San Jose Mercury News printed an op-ed she wrote. Some excerpts:
As an Afghan woman who was elected to Parliament, I am in the United States to ask President Barack Obama to immediately end the occupation of my country.

Eight years ago, women's rights were used as one of the excuses to start this war. But today, Afghanistan is still facing a women's rights catastrophe. Life for most Afghan women resembles a type of hell that is never reflected in the Western mainstream media.
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Now President Obama is considering increasing troops to Afghanistan and simply extending former President Bush's wrong policies. In fact, the worst massacres since 9/11 were during Obama's tenure. My native province of Farah was bombed by the U.S. this past May. A hundred and fifty people were killed, most of them women and children. On Sept. 9, the U.S. bombed Kunduz Province, killing 200 civilians.

My people are fed up. That is why we want an immediate end to the U.S. occupation.


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