God, what a nightmare Afghanistan is--gracias for nothing, Dubya! And Obama doesn't get any free pass, either--if he had any sense, he'd do whatever possible to promote people like Malalai Joya instead of corrupt cabrones like the Karzai brothers. Joya, a former legislator in the Afghan parliament booted because she toes no line, Taliban or Karzai, will speak at UC Irvine mañana, 7 p.m., at the Crystal Cove Auditorium. Progressive calendar for this Thursday: protest Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpayaso for a couple of minutes, then hop on the 57-to-5-to-55-to-73 to catch Joya.
Below, the speech that catapulted Joya to international fame--and marked her as a threat of actual democracy for Afghanistan's rulers, whether Taliban or American-appointed: