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Malala Yousafzai – Muslim, feminist and socialist

 

In all the frenzy over Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize winner, there are a few key points the West and the media ignore about her.

Malala is a Muslim and a feminist. Her religion and her fight for women’s liberation within Islam define her.

So too does her socialism. For example Malala has written: ‘I am convinced Socialism is the only answer and I urge all comrades to take this struggle to a victorious conclusion. Only this will free us from the chains of bigotry and exploitation.’

I agree.  But that is a message from her you won’t hear our war criminals in the West or their media parrots mentioning let alone trumpeting.

She can take it up to world leaders. Here is what she said in a statement about drones after meeting fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner and war criminal Barack Obama last year.

“I thanked President Obama for the United States’ work in supporting education in Pakistan and Afghanistan and for Syrian refugees,” she said in the statement. “I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education it will make a big impact.”

Instead western imperialism is refocussing its efforts on war.

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Comment from Kay
Time October 11, 2014 at 3:58 pm

I applaud the decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai. She has proved her courage in opposing the fanatical murderous Taliban thugs. And she continues to champion the rights of Muslim girls, in particular their right to an education. It is very telling that she must continue her crusade in the safe environment of the UK – well, she is a bit safer at least, although Muslim fanatics have previously murdered many innocents in the UK.

So she is a socialist – many people have idealistic socialist views when they are young. Only a few maintain those views into mature adulthood. The world is too complex for the simplicity of socialist ideals. Even the small Israeli kibbutzim (the closest and purest expression yet of the ideal socialist structure) struggled to maintain their system as the years went on, and members became disillusioned..

Comment from Lorikeet
Time October 12, 2014 at 9:01 pm

In a Kibbutz, some people are still more equal than others. Whenever there are human beings in charge, there is graft and corruption.

Comment from Peter Johnson
Time October 13, 2014 at 9:33 am

I applaud this young women for speaking up against issues that she holds dear. The adage: “I will not be silent when I ought to speak.” and “All it takes for evil to flourish is for good men and women to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke – Christian Politician both would seem to reflect her ideals. Whether drones are targeted by operators who receive orders from superiors are the answer to changing Pakistani people’s hearts towards perceived or real injustices from USA or others is very suspect, I suggest. Jesus Christ stated unequivocally “Love your enemies.” The claim of some that “In God we trust” seems to have got lost somewhere. “To become Christ-like is the only thing in he whole world worth caring for, the thing before which every ambition of man [women] is folly and all lower achievement vain.”- Henry Drummond

Comment from Lorikeet
Time October 13, 2014 at 5:46 pm

I don’t think Malala would support a lot of the ideas put forward by socialists. As a practising Muslim woman, she would probably have very conservative social views not dissimilar from Christians.

Comment from Kay
Time October 13, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Lorikeet

“In a Kibbutz, some people are still more equal than others. Whenever there are human beings in charge, there is graft and corruption.” Alas, all too true! In my view, the socialist idea of everyone doing their bit in an equitable society fails to recognise basic human nature. Where there are human beings, power struggles, greed and corruption will end up making life far less satisfying than expected for almost everyone in that society. We’ve seen it before in communist/socialist countries.

Comment from Geoffrey Kelley
Time October 13, 2014 at 10:03 pm

To say, “…… is a Muslim and Socialist” is silly. The addition of “socialist” is redundant. It is equivalent to telling us that the sculpture “the Yellow Peril” was painted yellow!. Muslims define themselves as socialist. Had the headline read, “Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai is a Muslim, feminist and Capitalist, your surprise might be valid.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time October 14, 2014 at 10:09 am

Kay, as I mentioned previously, I recently got to know a lady from the Ukraine. She said everything in the western society was beautiful, but it cost too much and was too wasteful. She liked living in her home country where everything was cheap. She also said life was even better under the USSR. I think lots of Ukrainians want to join Russia again, to get away from the financial destruction occurring in the EEU.

A friend who has visited Vietnam seems to think life is fairly good for the locals. He said they all have equal access to food, shelter and clothes on their backs.

To Geoffrey, I think Malala is a feminist (but not a feminazi).

Comment from paul walter
Time October 14, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Deep stuff, here. Good on the kid, deserves some recognition for being shot in the chops by the Pakistani version of redneck yobs.

Her award pairs well with co-winner Kailash Satyarthi, the child protection /rights activist, who reminds us of how badly the world has failed in ensuring that even the most basic of life’s necessities go to tens of millions of children, in our marvellous free-spirit/ free enterprise world.

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