Malalai Joya

In 2005, Malalai Joya became the youngest person ever elected to the Afghan parliament. Two years later, she was suspended for her denunciation of warlords and their cronies in government. Under constant threats of violence and death, Joya continues to expose anti-democratic forces in Afghanistan. Recently, she launched her new book, A Woman Among Warlords, in New York City. Here is the text of her urgent, emotional speech of that night. This essay is part of The Mantle's series Against Censorship.

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In his own introduction to 'The Joke,' Kundera claims his book was/is/and will always be, not a farcical portrayal of Czech Communist rule, but a love story. He's playing us.