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Positions and policies[edit]

Can we get some information on what Karzai believes and what he's done while in office, as well as any criticism that's been levied against him and his administration? Stuart Ravn (talk) 20:37, 30 November 2010 (UTC)

Karzai's brother[edit]

Surprised no one has been able to pin down/reference the fact that Karzai's brother, Ahmed Wali, is one of the biggest opium lords in Afghanistan. American and ISAF officials tell you this all the time in Kabul and Afghans also refer to it often. It's the biggest open secret in the country. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 85.132.42.90 (talk) 11:42, 25 November 2007 (UTC)

Open secret/rumor still needs have a source -- Esemono (talk) 10:50, 11 December 2007 (UTC)
And this one rather does pin it down. 81.105.100.178 (talk) 00:04, 10 January 2008 (UTC).

Unocal[edit]

CNN: Karzai and Unocal?[edit]

http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/asiapcf/12/12/karzai/index.html

If CNN is saying that Karzai was a Unocal lobbyist, then I'd believe it.


According to columnist Ted Rall, Karzai used to be on the board of Unicoal. Given Unicoal's interest in the trans-Afghanistan pipeline, this then becomes a very relevant piece of information. However, an opinion columnist ain't a primo source. Anyone have better info on the topic? -- April



The article mentions Karzai becoming president December 5, 2001 but the table shows him becoming president December 22, 2001. Which date is correct? Flockmeal 02:47, Jan 9, 2004 (UTC)

Never mind, the date issue is resolved. Flockmeal 23:29, Jan 9, 2004 (UTC)

Have Le Monde and Moore admitted that the Unocal claim is erroneous? If not, I don't think we can call it "erroneous" just because Unocal denies it. Gzornenplatz 21:47, Jul 11, 2004 (UTC)

No, not to my knowledge - but who seriously expects them to? Anyway, it's hard to believe Unocal is lying; these things are easy to verify if true, given the paper trail in hiring anyone. No such evidence has been presented. And, Karzai's own spokesman denied the rumor [1]. The assertion is no more credible than the rumor that Osama bin Laden owns Citibank, and may similarly be a "mix-up" (a confusion with the ambassador who had worked for Unocal). VV[[]] 22:24, 11 Jul 2004 (UTC)
Well, I wouldn't expect Unocal or Karzai to admit it either. There doesn't have to be a public paper trail. So let's just say the claim has been made and it has been denied, without making a judgment. Gzornenplatz 22:47, Jul 11, 2004 (UTC)
Why on earth would you not expect them to admit it? It's not like there even can be a big secret about who someone's employees are. This is nothing but another cheap smear, and the wording you're using seems like it's trying to give it credibility it does not possess. VV[[]] 19:21, 12 Jul 2004 (UTC)
I think there could easily be a secret about it, especially if the CIA was involved in all this too [2]. In any case, the wording is factual and lets everyone decide for themselves who they trust more - Le Monde and Moore, or Unocal and Karzai. Le Monde is not exactly famous as a source of "cheap smears", and if they stand by their report, we should report that without proclaiming it "erroneous". Gzornenplatz 20:50, Jul 12, 2004 (UTC)


Unocal question continued[edit]

i'm cutting/pasting the best lead i've found so far (just a quick search, but it seems relevant): http://www.worldwar3report.com/18.html#shadows1 18. Jan.. 26, 2002 By Bill Weinberg

1. WAS KARZAI A UNOCAL CONSULTANT? France's Le Monde newspaper wrote in a Dec. 5 profile of Hamid Karzai that the Afghan interim president "has a wide knowledge of the western world. After studying law in Kabul and India, he completed his training in the United States where he was for a time a consultant for the American oil company Unocal, when it was studying the construction of a pipeline in Afghanistan."
This claim was reiterated in the Jan. edition of Le Monde Diplomatique, where Pierre Abramovici http://www.christusrex.org/www1/icons/abramovici.html wrote that "during the negotiations over the Afghan oil pipeline, Karzai had been a consultant for Unocal."
The claim also surfaced in the Saudi newspaper Al-Watan, which reported Dec. 15: "Karzai found no contradiction between his ties with the Americans and his support for the Taliban movement as of 1994, when the Americans had--secretly and through the Pakistanis--supported the Taliban's assumption of power... At the time, Karzai worked as a consultant for the huge US oil group Unocal, which had supported the Taliban movement and sought to construct a pipeline to transport oil and gas from the Islamic republics of Central Asia to Pakistan via Afghanistan." (BBC Monitoring Service, Dec. 15)
The Le Monde article was jumped upon by numerous media outlets--particularly lefty e-newsletters--who cited it as truth, without raising questions about the article's un-named source, or bothering to get a quote from Unocal (e.g., Tom Turnipseed in Counterpunch, Jan. 10; Ted Rall, < www.rall.com>, Jan 15). But when WW3 REPORT reached Unocal Manager for International Communication Teresa Covington at the company's Houston headquarters on Jan. 25, and asked if Hamid Karzai had ever worked for the firm, she replied: "No he did not. Neither as an employee or a consultant. We sent Le Monde a note asking them to correct that."
This raises numerous questions. Why has Le Monde not run a correction? Was Karzai's work laundered through sub-contractors? And, if so, why is Unocal trying to hide it? Why hasn't it been more widely reported?
The most probing account appeared by Wayne Madsen http://globalresearch.ca/articles/MAD201A.html on the web page of Canada's Centre for Research on Globalisation Jan. 23. Wrote Madsen: "According to Afghan, Iranian, and Turkish government sources, Hamid Karzai, the interim Prime Minister of Afghanistan, was a top adviser to the...UNOCAL Corporation which was negotiating with the Taliban to construct a Central Asia Gas (CentGas) pipeline from Turkmenistan through western Afghanistan to Pakistan." Madsen also claims Karzai "maintained close relations with CIA Director William Casey, Vice President George Bush, and their Pakistani Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) interlocutors" during the Mujahedeen war. "Later, Karzai and a number of his brothers moved to the United States under the auspices of the CIA. Karzai continued to serve the agency's interests, as well as those of the Bush Family and their oil friends in negotiating the CentGas deal, according to Middle East and South Asian sources."
Madsen maintains that "Karzai's ties with UNOCAL and the Bush administration are the main reason why the CIA pushed him for Afghan leader over rival Abdul Haq, the assassinated former mujaheddin leader from Jalalabad, and the leadership of the Northern Alliance, seen by Langley as being too close to the Russians and Iranians." He also sees a possible CIA conspiracy to eliminate Haq to clear the way for Karzai: "Former Reagan National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane, who worked with Haq, vainly attempted to get the CIA to help rescue Haq. The agency claimed it sent a remotely-piloted armed drone to attack the Taliban but its actions were too little and too late. Some observers in Pakistan claim the CIA tipped off the ISI about Haq's journey and the Pakistanis, in turn, informed the Taliban. McFarlane, who runs a K Street oil consulting firm, did not comment on further questions about the circumstances leading to the death of Haq."
Madsen, like Le Monde, fails to share his sources. WW3 REPORT will continue to monitor this story, and urges all subscribers to report back with any leads.

i'm not sure what fails to share his sources means - if it just means that madsen didn't publish a bibliography in his article, then it's not a strong argument that he's wrong, it can simply be that he's lazy. If someone's really interested in this (chance to show that michael moore, among others, are definitely wrong on one fact, not just maybe wrong!), emailing madsen would probably help. He says According to Afghan, Iranian, and Turkish government sources, Hamid Karzai, the interim Prime Minister of Afghanistan, was a top adviser to the El Segundo, California-based UNOCAL Corporation.... He can surely explain a bit more about his access to three independent government sources - why would government sources from Iran and Turkey be embarrassed about talking about Karzai's cv? Hmm.... Anyway, nice to know that wikipedia people are collectively double-checking, triple-checking on this sort of thing. :) Boud 02:50, 15 Oct 2004 (UTC)

Well, I don't know about the CIA, but when a firm pays someone as a consultant, they are often not on the payroll. It's much different than actually hiring a salaried employee.

Unocal[edit]

The article is here, behind a pay screen. The claim is still disputed of course.--Lopakhin (talk) 01:14, 13 December 2007 (UTC)

there's no mention in this article of Karzai's employment at Unocal - Conoco as per the claim made by Mike Moore in his film Farenheit 9/11 —Preceding unsigned comment added by 94.68.165.61 (talk) 15:32, 9 August 2009 (UTC)
Er...actually that topic is briefly covered, but you'd have to actually read the article to know that. However, it is something that needs to be fleshed out. Other sources other than LeMonde have made the same assertion. See: Christ.Sci.Mon.[3], and Asia Times[4].--CurtisSwain (talk) 20:48, 9 September 2009 (UTC)
Okay, recent changes show there's some debate about this, but we can't just go making assertions without some kind of reliable source to support them. Let's just leave the article as is until someone provides some documentation that settles the matter.--CurtisSwain (talk) 05:21, 12 September 2009 (UTC)

Karakul Hat[edit]

Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan in 1947

Is the Karakul Hat's origins and making really necessary in this article on a head of state? If it is, does it really have to be at the top of the page? It makes more sense to have the Karakul hat composition of lamb fetuses on the Karakul hat page... Instead of provoking an "edit war", I thought we should talk about this here... --69.143.105.237 (talk) 17:16, 28 January 2008 (UTC)

  • Agree
  • I agree. I don't see how a description of the hat making process adds to this article. Kingturtle (talk) 17:35, 28 January 2008 (UTC)
  • I agree. The hat description does not belong at the intro since the article is about Hamid Karzai. It may be added somewhere else in the relevant section that deals with his favorite style of clothes.--RahulMitrah (talk) 17:49, 14 May 2008 (UTC)
  • I agree. How the hat is made is totally irrelevant. Mentioning that he usually wears a karakul hat is fine but it's superfluous to mention how the hat is made in the introduction. It's kind of like mentioning in the introduction of [Random biography article] that he is usually seen wearing a cap..... which is made of cotton which grows on the cotton plant. Bootini (talk) 23:40, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
  • Disagree
  • The Karakul hat is a very old traditional hat worn by all Kings or Emirs in the past, not just in Afghanistan but also in other Asian countries. He wears the hat not to cover his bald head but as a symbol of a "King" figure, not King of Afghanistan but King of his Pashtun people (specifically his Popalzai group).--203.175.65.191 (talk) 18:38, 1 February 2008 (UTC)
  • The hat is his trademark and to erase it would be like lack of a better example, Superman and not talking about his S - crest on his chest. -- Esemono (talk) 05:46, 11 February 2008 (UTC)
  • Super man is the only person with the S crest on his chest but Karzai is not the only person who wears the karkul hat, many leaders and ordinary people in Asia wear them. I have one myself, I purchased it in Kabul.--119.73.0.171 (talk) 04:45, 23 December 2009 (UTC)
  • Consensus seems to be to add it back in, which I just did. -- Esemono (talk) 12:27, 1 May 2008 (UTC)


Really? Aborted Lamb Foetus? No one is willing to challenge that assertion? Also, the final point in the 'disagree list is actually an 'agree' point. You can count me among the agrees. When I see that hat it doesn't make me think of Pashtun kings of old, it makes me think of soviet commissars.

Hat and picture[edit]

Hamid Karzai.jpg

Given that the intro talks about him being known for his hat, why do we have a hatless picture of him for the infobox? No question that it's a useful picture (incidentally, the first I can remember seeing of him without a hat), but perhaps if we're going to talk about the hat in the text it would be good to show him with a hat. Image:Hamid Karzai.jpg (pictured here) would be a good replacement. Nyttend (talk) 17:52, 10 December 2008 (UTC)

The infobox is for "most recent" pictures of people. This image of Karzai you added here is from January 25, 2002, get with the program.--119.73.0.171 (talk) 04:29, 23 December 2009 (UTC)

Seperate pages on Karzai Administration I, II, III[edit]

My suggestion is to spin-off at least three separate pages from this page on Hamid Karzai: a page on the Karzai administration during the transition period before his first election (2004), a page on his first period as a chosen president (2004-2009) and a page on the newly started period. Information on his ministers etc. is then better on its place on those pages, as it less on the current page on Karzai himself. --JanDeFietser (talk) 08:36, 20 December 2009 (UTC)

Why do all that? Karzai is just a president of a country like all the others. Do we have any other examples of Presidents to follow? I think all that information should be added to President of Afghanistan and Politics of Afghanistan.--119.73.0.171 (talk) 04:37, 23 December 2009 (UTC)
We have already also two separate pages on Barack Obama and Obama administration - and do you think that then the same problem will not rise eventually on those pages President of Afghanistan and Politics of Afghanistan? --JanDeFietser (talk) 05:29, 23 December 2009 (UTC)
Ok, now I see, you've done great work for creating the Karzai administration.--119.73.0.138 (talk) 11:49, 7 January 2010 (UTC)

Characterization of election fraud[edit]

Changed from "election was characterized by the western media" as containing fraud to "was tainted by fraud". This is because the main article clearly and properly cites primary sources alleging fraud. in any case, "characterized by the media" is a weasel phrase; we should be relying on primary sources, not describing what teh general media buzz around anevent is. In this case, there is no shortage of primary sources, both journalists and election observers, providing detailed and verifiable examples of fraud.58.152.10.51 (talk) 02:55, 7 January 2010 (UTC)

That is good you did that and the fraud charges are not confirmed, only western media reports were saying widespread fraud took place. Their information is based on their own study, and the Afghans didn't complain except few of the losers in the race. This whole thing was planned by westerners to try to remove Karzai but they failed because Afghans stood silent focusing on westerners (America-NATO).--119.73.0.138 (talk) 11:58, 7 January 2010 (UTC)

Name change?[edit]

Not too long ago, an anon user changed Karzai's name to include Abdul at the beginning, but only in the lead and infobox. I don't think is correct, and I'm going to go ahead and revert it, but I wanted to bring it up here for other people's thoughts. C628 (talk) 00:33, 30 January 2010 (UTC)

Isn't Hamid short for Abdul Hamid? Abdul Hamid is a Muslim male given name, and in modern usage, surname. It is built from the Arabic words Abd, al- and Hamid. The name means "servant of the All-laudable", Al-Hamīd being one of the names of God in the Qur'an, which give rise to the Muslim theophoric names. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 92.13.27.148 (talk) 14:33, 8 December 2010 (UTC)

Semiprotect[edit]

I've semiprotected the article for a month, in response to an ongoing 4chan project to convince the world Karzai converted to Christianity. --TeaDrinker (talk) 21:06, 11 August 2010 (UTC)

{{editsemiprotected}}

There's a formatting mistake in the tribal lineage section where it reads "he was chosen as the head, or [[Khan of the Popalzai". The "[[" needs to be removed.Should be easy to fix but IPs can't edit the article now.

Done Thanks, Celestra (talk) 21:56, 23 August 2010 (UTC)

  • Since the article was vandalized once again immediately after the expiry of the previous protection, I have protected it for a further month. - Mike Rosoft (talk) 16:30, 14 September 2010 (UTC)

His conversion to Christianity has no reputable source[edit]

Please check this URL: http://www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/InternetAndTechnology/Article.aspx?id=184595 . Please add a valid citation to make the claim that he converted to Christianity --Theotherguy1 (talk) 14:09, 25 October 2010 (UTC)

  • You are being too generous. The claim is absurd on its face, and is being added to the article as a part of a trolling campaign. - Mike Rosoft (talk) 08:30, 3 November 2010 (UTC)

Karzai suffering from bipolar disorder[edit]

hello there.. a couple of weeks ago there was a quote in TIME magazine from the American ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry suggesting that Hamid Karzai has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. anyone know more about that? I am not familiar with wiki rules but instinctively I think this would be relevant information for this page (and it might also explain some of his rather erratic behavior in the past years)... C.d.rose (talk) 22:58, 2 December 2010 (UTC)

Corruption[edit]

There is a lot of press about corruption in Karzai's government which runs right to the top, I am surprised there is no mention of this in the article. The whole article seems to be a bit of a puff piece. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/03/world/asia/03wikileaks-corruption.html?ref=global-home

85.119.27.27 (talk) 12:06, 3 December 2010 (UTC)

Yeah, this article is unsurprisingly a complete whitewash. This is why people don't contribute to wikipedia anymore. 91.104.88.223 (talk) 23:29, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

If you were more specific and willing to engage in discussion on a particular point, that would be more productive.-- KeithbobTalk 20:29, 25 April 2011 (UTC)
Agree with KeithBob; please be more specific.--Tomwsulcer (talk) 20:33, 25 April 2011 (UTC)

Vandalism from She has a bird brain[edit]

This editor, who appears to be an alt of someone with a history of bad faith POV edits, is continually attempting to remove large portions of this article, and to remove anything that suggests that the honorable President Karzai is somewhat less than honest and democratic. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 108.74.117.141 (talk) 21:42, 12 April 2011 (UTC)

First democratically elected president[edit]

It seems a bit triumphalist and self-congratulating on the part of NATO members to call Karzai the first democratically elected president. He was elected after being hand-picked by foreigners, ratified by an undemocratic council, and given a few years to build a political base, with parts of the country still in rebellion against his government, facing token opposition, with the continued support of occupying powers. Much like Dr. Najibullah in 1988, although Najibullah was elected through a parliamentary process rather than a direct election. Can it be changed to "first directly elected president"? 24.22.217.162 (talk) 04:20, 22 May 2011 (UTC)

Isn't he dead?[edit]

Wasn't he assassinated just this morning? If so, the Article should now account for his death. The Mysterious El Willstro (talk) 23:03, 12 July 2011 (UTC)

That was his brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai 75.59.229.4 (talk) 17:26, 23 September 2011 (UTC)

External links[edit]

{{Edit semi-protected}}

Please add the above and delete the current Nndb link. 75.60.16.93 (talk) 15:44, 20 September 2011 (UTC)

These links do not conform to WP:EL policy; especially, point 1, Any site that does not provide a unique resource beyond what the article would contain if it became a featured article..  Chzz  ►  04:28, 28 September 2011 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done

I don't see how that's applicable. It would be impossible for any article, featured or not, to include all the information from all these news sources, books, and video statements and interviews. That's why they're important to have. 75.59.229.4 (talk) 06:36, 28 September 2011 (UTC)
  • Those are not links; they are in effect categories, searches on other websites. KillerChihuahua?!?Advice 15:39, 28 September 2011 (UTC)
Please join in User_talk:Jimbo_Wales#Further_reading.2FExternal_links. 75.59.229.4 (talk) 23:54, 28 September 2011 (UTC)

{{Edit semi-protected}} See above request and discussion, discussion now archived here. 99.50.187.222 (talk) 15:46, 2 December 2011 (UTC)

Not done, no consensus to change it at this time.  Chzz  ►  06:47, 3 December 2011 (UTC)

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2014 +[edit]

I came here to see what's he doing now and where after he's no longer in charge. I was just curious because he had turned around 180 degrees, from a US collaborator to someone who bad-mouthed them, reason never stated. Regarding Unocal, well, someone with knowledge of local languages must have been a link; maybe he was a fixer with a black budget for bakshish and thus he 'never existed'.

More importantly, however, the end of 2014 US withdrawal has not happened as Karzai's successor did sign the agreement.

The hat discussion is peculiar and leaves out his trademark cloak, although both issues are inconsequential and distract from the substance. 121.209.56.83 (talk) 03:15, 24 December 2014 (UTC)

Lead Section[edit]

The article was tagged as needing some edits to the lead paragraph so I have begun that process. I have taken it as far as I can. The article itself does not really say much about the later part of his term(s) as president, tensions with the U.S. and the end of his term. If/when the article is updated to include some coverage of these topics, then the lead should be updated to reflect the article. I invite others to continue and improve upon the article and the lead. Mdukas (talk) 05:04, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

  1. ^ Hamid Karzai's Famous Hat Made From Aborted Lamb Fetuses FOX News
  2. ^ Karakuls burst upon the fashion world, AP, KANIMEKH, UZBEKISTAN, Sunday, May 27, 2007, Page 12
  3. ^ HSUS Investigation Reveals Slaughter of Unborn and Newborn Lambs for Fur: Dateline NBC Features Undercover Investigation Documenting Animal Cruelty, Dec 12, 2000
  4. ^ Transcript of NBC "Dateline" Feature on Karakul Production