Malalai Joya takes on U.S. policy and government corruption in Afghanistan

March 31, 2011

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Afghan human rights activist Malalai Joya discusses the war in Afghanistan with Jerome McDonnell in WBEZ's studio on March 31.

Malalai Joya is an Afghan politician, writer and human rights activist. She was the youngest person elected to Afghanistan's new parliament. But in 2007, she was suspended from the body for her persistent criticism of the warlords and drug barons and their cronies. She has survived four assassination attempts to date, is accompanied at all times by armed guards and sleeps only in safe houses. Joya’s most recent op-ed, published in The Guardian on March 30, highlights the disturbingly graphic images of killed Afghan civilians being used as props by U.S. soldiers that were revealed in Rolling Stone magazine.  

Joya recently found herself in another controversy when the U.S. State Department rejected her visa request. Just this past week, after enormous pressure, they reversed the decision. She discusses her life and the future of Afghanistan with Jerome.

 

EVENT

Haymarket Books presents a discussion with Malalai Joya

Thursday, March 31; 7-10pm

Chopin Theater

1534 W. Division, Chicago

Tickets are $5