Madame President: Afghanistan

Monday, March 30, 2009

On Friday the Obama administration unveiled its new Afghan policy. We’ll speak to Dr. Massouda Jalal, the first woman to ever run for President of the Afghanistan.

Event: Frontrunner, a documentary about Dr. Massouda Jalal's run for President of Afghanistan, is having its New York premiere, followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Jalal, Dr. M. Nadir Atash, S. K. Guha, Shireen Zaman, moderated by David Marsh.
Monday, March 30, at 6 p.m.
The Paley Center for Media
25 West 52nd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
More information and tickets here.


Dr. Massouda Jalal

Comments [14]

mike kim hippiewarrior from manhattan

dr. jalal is one powerful voice that must be heard! america and afghanistan are encouraging democracy, right. and, according to some, dr. jalal is such underdog of a prez candidate. ok, why is the movie virginia williams' 'frontrunner' banned in afghanistan?
from the beginning, dr. jalal has shown uncommon fortitude. she continues to have a positive vision for her country.

Mar. 30 2009 04:25 PM
hjs from 11211

how much heroin comes to the USA from afghanistan?

Mar. 30 2009 01:13 PM
YK from NYC

I spent lot of time photographing Massouda Jalal campaign in 2004, I am happy to see her evolved and able articulate her position better now and she is to be commended for her efforts but Jalal has long ways to go.

In the past she sounded rehearsed, coached, and often unable to further articulate her own position. Much of the time she looked awkward, lost, unable to relate to the people. Her husband seemed to be more of a political force behind her. Often I wondered why she was running? But in the end she did get a cabinet position Karzai's administration.

Despite it all, symbolically, she is all good for women in Afghanistan and women's right in general.

Mar. 30 2009 12:48 PM

Has she met with any U.S. government officials during her visit here?

Mar. 30 2009 12:37 PM
Chuck from Brooklyn

Why is Afghanistan so backwards. Why does it's people refuse to stand up?

Mar. 30 2009 12:34 PM
Flo from Brooklyn

What made Dr Jalal different from other women in afghanistan? How did she get where she is now?

Mar. 30 2009 12:34 PM

How would Afganistan benefit from Strong U.S. - Iranian relations?

Mar. 30 2009 12:25 PM

Karzai is accused of corruption. Plus many of the warlords have gotten rich (According to the book by Ahmed Rashid)

How would the guest deal with corruption if she were president. Or, is corruption the least of the problems?

Mar. 30 2009 12:25 PM
snoop from Brooklyn

Masouda Jalal recieved slightly over 1% of the votes in the 2004 presidential election, behind 5 other candidates. Hamid Karzai won more than 50%.

I think Ms. Jalal has an overinflated sense of her own appeal to the people of Afghanistan.

Mar. 30 2009 12:24 PM
Karthik from NYC

Wow. It is really good to hear about women leaders from Afghanistan, a place where Taliban is deeply rooted.

I have a question for your guest.
I was wondering that if Dr Jalal become the president of Afghanistan, then how does she plan to uplift the plight of women ?

Will she try to cite examples of Modern well respected women from Islamic countries like Jordan, Turkey, Pakistan and even India where Muslim Women enjoy far more freedom than other places.

Mar. 30 2009 12:20 PM
snoop from Brooklyn

Drone attacks are not the issue in Afghanistan, airstrikes which kill civilians are the issue... whether conducted by drones or by piloted aircraft. The number of civilian deaths caused by airstrikes has been far too high for far too long and has seriously eroded Afghan support for the international presence in Afghanistan.

Mar. 30 2009 12:14 PM
Gabrielle from brooklyn

are the drone attacks in the region allowing the radical elements in afghanistan and pakistan to recruit more locals to their cause?

if so, how can americans and afghanis (as well as pakistanis) lobby to stop the use of unmaned drones (often flown by people in US control centers) in the region?

and, because President Obama has continued the use of drone attacks, has his credibility declined with the people of Afghanistan?

Mar. 30 2009 07:10 AM
G. Ghazali from nyc

I am sure you will ask this but I am wondering how Dr. Jalal would deal with the taliban in afghanistan.

Mar. 30 2009 06:43 AM
jeff from nyc

"The Afghans are a brave, hardy, and independent race; they follow pastoral or agricultural occupations only, eschewing trade and commerce, which they contemptuously resign to Hindus, and to other inhabitants of towns. With them, war is an excitement and relief from the monotonous occupation of industrial pursuits."

Frederick Engels 1857

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Mar. 29 2009 10:20 AM

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