Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Ode to Malalai Joya

So Afghanistan's youngest member of Parliament, also its most outspoken female member, has finally been suspended from her post. The reason? It was determined that she had made some innapropriate comments about her fellow parliamentarians. This is, of course, after they threatened her with rape during a house debate. And four attempts have been made on her life by groups connected to the country's warlords - the very same warlords who sit in parliament today. Ah yes, and all this was happening while the Canadian government has been busy hosting President Karzai in Ottawa, and patting themselves on the back for their supposed success in bringing peace and democracy, and oh yes even women's rights, to Afghanistan. Where will Canada be when they finally kill her? Looking the other way, I suppose?

Of course, she wasn't the only woman to get kicked out of office this week - read on.


Blogger Det. Rhiannon Brock said...

I was *just* going to forward you something about Pakistan's minister of tourism. Christ in Hell, what a bunch of nutjobs.

'Islamist extremists railed against Ms Bakhtiar last month after local papers published photos showing the smiling minister embracing her parachute instructor in western France. A radical mosque in Islamabad that models itself on the Taliban published a fatwa against her for posing in an "obscene manner".

Ms Bakhtiar, one of just three women cabinet ministers in Pakistan, made the jump last March to raise funds for the victims of the 2005 earthquake that killed over 73,000 Pakistanis.'

9:43 AM  
Blogger Lady N said...

oh - I KNOW!

7:12 PM  
Blogger DJ Ogo said...

Your comments are ever more pertinent. and this- it raises the hair on my arms.

5:47 PM  

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