Talk:Madeleine Albright

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Ambassador section[edit]

I placed the Sixty Minutes comment under the "Ambassador to the UN" section, as the date of the comment is 5/12/96 and she was ambassador until 1997.

Should the heading of the "Ambassador to the UN" section instead read "US Ambassador to the UN"? Deisbrenner 16:02, 16 October 2005 (UTC)

The heading has been corrected.


Here we state that she spent WWII in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Here they say she has spent WWII in UK. I believe that second is correct. If no-one objects, I´d change the text. Saigon from europe 22:28, 1 January 2006 (UTC)

She spent WW2 in Serbia and was saved by Serbs! (talk) 06:49, 17 June 2011 (UTC)

She was in Serbia during World War Two. CNN (talk) 23:23, 22 August 2012 (UTC)

Nicosia, Apr 17 (CNA) -- A Serbian family living in Vrinjetska Banja village, in Yugoslavia, is reported to have given shelter to US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, when her family fled Nazi persecution during World War Two. A Cypriot weekly publication "To Periodico" (The Magazine) carried the story yesterday, with phaded black-and-white photos including one of four- year-old Albright embracing Ljutko Popic, who told his story to the magazine.

Popic claims he is the boy in the picture, taken in 1939, and the girl is the present US Secretary of State. He said he was Albright's "first love" and wondered why she is now backing NATO bombing in Yugoslavia.

The Serb is reported to have said that Albright's Jewish-Czech family took refuge with his family, in their village Vrinjetska Banja, some 80 kilometres out of Kraljevo, to escape the threat of Nazi persecution.

His village was bombed on the night the Cypriot journalists stayed there, April 12, and the following day the villagers apparently scrawled a message on an unexploded NATO bomb saying: "Thank you Mrs Albright for the presents you send us in return for our hospitality."

According to the report, Popic said he had sent Albright a letter asking her to halt the air strikes, but had received no reply.

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Hellenic Resources Network 23:46, 22 August 2012 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

The metal table she remembers is in fact a "Morrison" shelter, installed in many houses in UK during WW2. (See Wikipedia article with photographs on Morrison shelter)

KernowPete 7 Nov 2016 — Preceding unsigned comment added by KernowPete (talkcontribs) 17:21, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

The highest ranking woman?[edit]

The intro has the claim and at that time the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. I think that is not correct since Sandra Day O'Connor was a Supreme Court justice since 1981. I don't think you can argue that Secretary of State is a higher position in the government that a Supreme Court justice. – Doug Bell talkcontrib 22:07, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

I think you CAN argue that. Firstly, judges are not part of the government (the judiciary is the judiciary, and is in most countries independent). Secondly, according to the United States order of precedence, the Secretary of State is normally outranked only by the President, Vice-President, their spouses (who are not part of the government), the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Chief Justice (not part of govt). Thirdly, in most countries the foreign affairs brief is seen as THE most important cabinet position after prime minister (which in the US would be the President), though it is perhaps equalled by finance or interior, where such a post exists.--Dub8lad1 01:01, 2 April 2006 (UTC)

First, the United States Order of Precedence is a matter of protocol for parties and such. It is createed by the President and has no binding legal effect. Second, Judges are part of the government. Specifically, federal judges are created by Article III of the U.S. Constitution in the same way that Articles I and II create Congress and the Executive respectively. Third, there is no dispute that the Secretary of State is the most important Cabinet post considering that it is the oldest as well as first among Cabinet positions in the Presidential line of succession. Finally, a Prime Minister should not be compared to a President because the systems of government from which they come are too different to support the comparison.

To return to the original issue, Albright, is the highest ranking woman in the history of the Executive branch, Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are the highest ranking women in the history of the Judicial branch and Nancy Pelosi is the highest ranking woman in the history of the Legislative branch. The Constitution established a separation of powers and comparisons of the relative power of the three are inappropriate.--Jj002 15:56, 3 April 2007 (UTC)

You could make the argument that since she was born outside the US, thus constitutionally barred from the Presidency or Vice-Presidency; Condelezza Rice is the highest ranking woman ever in the executive with the ability to ascend to the Presidency.

Condoleeza Rice is completely irrelevant here because the article clearly states the phrase "at the time" and at that time Condoleeza Rice was working at Stanford, which I wouldn't really consider a high ranking government position.

The Secretary of State is the highest ranking Cabinet position within the Executive branch and it shows a lack of forethought to suppose that a position in which you are in the line of sucession to become head of state is not superior to one in which you are merely an associate member. O'Connor was neither Cheif Justice nor held the position of the Associate Justice with premier seniority. Your objection is marring the article and should be removed because your point has been left unsubstantiated and unsupported by evidence.

Merger Proposal[edit]

For the rational behind the proposed merger, see the Talk page for Joseph Medill Patterson Albright. --TommyBoy 02:28, 6 April 2006 (UTC)

See the above link for reason NOT to link as well.CJ Chapman 14:50, 15 April 2006 (UTC)

Merging the articles would be a tremendous disservice to any serious student of international public policy and U.S. diplomatic affiars. Medeliene Albright is the highest ranking female in the history of the United States government and has generated an impressive cadre of accomplishments on her own. Her work warrants separate visibility. Perhaps the articles should, instead, be linked.N. McAllister 22:39, 16 April 2006 (UTC)

My opinion on the merger has changed, see the Talk page for Joseph Albright for more details. --TommyBoy 20:24, 18 April 2006 (UTC)

We can remove the merger proposal, then. Ksnow 14:53, 22 April 2006 (UTC)Ksnow

This should not even be an issue. Madeline Albright and Joseph Medill Albright are two completely different people with two completely different life experiences, circumstances, and accomplishments. Not only would it do a disservice to each, but such a merger would be completely incomprehensible. I strongly recommend that this merger proposal be removed. - MAI

As a result of overwhelming opposition, I have removed the merger tag. --TommyBoy 16:37, 6 May 2006 (UTC)

Is this true[edit]

I was watching ESPN, it said she can leg press 400lb, is this true or just false? Paul.Paquette

Whether or not it is true, how is it relevant? Fsotrain09 00:24, 24 April 2006 (UTC)

I think it is relevant. It makes her interesting. By the way, it was confirmed by the New York Times: vnu_content_id=1002383529.-- 03:55, 5 June 2006 (UTC) Gary Mann Is that with just one leg ?--— ⦿⨦⨀Tumadoireacht Talk/Stalk 20:17, 8 February 2011 (UTC)


Albright has stated that she did not know she had Jewish ancestors until she was an adult. Can't find any source confirming she really said that. Foreigner 12:25, 24 May 2006 (UTC) Sub-headline in Washington Post of 6 Jan 1996 (not sure about exact date) went along the lines (paraphrased) of "Secretary of State says she did not know..." She confirms it also in his memoir Madam Secretary. Excellent read btw. 14:55, 24 October 2006 (UTC)

Hope that this is the place to make a comment on an unconvincing reference. Text says A's parents "converted from Judaism in order to escape persecution" and then refers to a newspaper article. That newspaper article however does not reveal the motives of A's parents, only that the motive of escaping persecution was a common motive for conversions during that pre war years. But there is nothing in that article that tells me that A's parents did not act out of inner conviction. Jippert (talk) 03:41, 6 June 2008 (UTC)

Inner conviction is irrelevant -- Judaism does not have an opt out clause. DRosenbach (Talk | Contribs) 00:35, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

Episcopalian or Catholic?[edit]

Is she an Episcopalian or a Roman Catholic? Homagetocatalonia 13:53, 13 June 2006 (UTC)

Born Roman Catholic, she became an Episcopalian prior to her marriage to Joe Albright. AFAIK she remained Episcopalian after their divorce in 1982. -Fsotrain09 03:44, 13 July 2006 (UTC)

Post 2001 Career[edit]


"Secretary Albright has been an out-spoken opponent of the war in Iraq. Although she stated in Jerusalem in 1998 "we must sop Saddam from ever again jeopardizing the stabilty and security of his neighbors with weapons of mass destruction". She apparently no longer holds this position as supported by her statements in Moscow (6/06) where she stated.."The message out of Iraq is that if you don't have nuclear weapons, you get invaded. If you do have nuclear weapons, you don't get invaded"."

Seems slanted. It can even be argued that the statements are consistent. Only invading countries that don't have Nuclear weapons would encourage countries to get nuclear weapons. The person who added this seems to want to score points and cherry pick quotes. 04:02, 22 June 2006 (UTC)crackpipe

I agree and I made the change. I think the last quote does show that she has concerns about the Bush Administration's Iraq policy....--MattDartmouth 23:41, 18 July 2006 (UTC)

Flip Flopper[edit]

Secretary Albright has been an out-spoken opponent of Saddam Hussein. She stated in Jerusalem in 1998 that "we must stop Saddam from ever again jeopardizing the stability and security of his neighbors with weapons of mass destruction." She has expressed concerns about the Bush Administration's Iraq policy. In June 2006 in Moscow she stated, "The message out of Iraq is that if you don't have nuclear weapons, you get invaded. If you do have nuclear weapons, you don't get invaded.

Was this a major issue during her time under Clinton? It sounds like POV..

Of course, it was. See

Our media have let us down by not reporting on the historical context of our position vis-a-vis Iraq.

Madeline saved by Serbs in WW2!?[edit]

During NATO bombing,many women and men came out on TV and brought photos or personal stories how mrs.Madeline spent her life saftly thanks to Serbs during WW2.Many talked about sharing bread with her,the last piece and appeled to her to stop bombing them.So,why this part of the story is not integrated?

Also recently when she had published her biography book or so,she said :"My dad loved Serbs and said if he wasn't Czech,he would be a Serb,but unfortunately I will not be able to walk again along Belgrade's streets which I love as people remember me by NATO bombing"....So,plase,edit the article.


Actually, it is you, dear anon., who bears the burden of providing sources for these claims. Please provide them. -Fsotrain09 16:44, 16 August 2006 (UTC)
This is what I found:
according to this [1] her father Josef Korbel worksed as a diplomat in Belgrade.
According to the World Net Daily Madeleine lived together with her father in Belgrade while he was Czech ambassador the the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.
According to the University of South Carolina, she and her father moved back to Belgrade after World War II. When the Communists took power in 1948, they left for the US. --PaxEquilibrium 15:53, 2 February 2007 (UTC)
Albright and her family were Czech refugees in Serbia during the WWII Bicca (talk) 18:22, 8 March 2009 (UTC)

this is the latest Serbian news. Albright's family lived in Vrnjačka Banja for a time in World War II. By the end of this month Albright shall return to her (former) home in Vrnjacka banja as a witness on a municipal dispute (she has allegedly accepted the call and is gladly willing to revisit her youth-place). --PaxEquilibrium 22:09, 6 March 2007 (UTC)


This article's last section has been vandalized. If anyone has a chance to fix this before I get home, please do so.

I think I need a reference for Condoleeza's piano shaped planter. I wouldn't put it past her, but it seems like vandalism. Rawkcuf 15:13, 28 September 2007 (UTC)Rawkcuf

WP Biography Rating[edit]

Due to a backlog it is no longer possible to give comment on ratings. Please put any comments/questions on my talk page. GDon4t0 20:39, 4 March 2007 (UTC)

Hong Kong?[edit]

As US Secretary of State she attended the handover of Hong Kong and boycotted the Chinese swearing-in ceremony, along with the British contingents. Is this worth mention? Biofoundationsoflanguage 12:13, 29 July 2007 (UTC)


As far as I can recall she only have Jewish roots from her paternal side. No, both were, and they converted to escape persecution

500 000+ child deaths worth it?[edit]

Why is there no mention of her monstrously immoral response regarding the death of 500 000 - 800 000 Iraqi children during the sanctions regimen on Iraq? During an interview on 60 Minutes in 1996 she was presented with a figure of half a million children under five having died from the sanctions. Not challenging this figure, she infamously replied "we think the price is worth it" Remember, this was in 1996 and the sanctions and the related mortality continue until the 2003 US invasion. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:26, 20 September 2007 (UTC)

Yes, but after, she had said that her statement was a mistake. She had said :'This is no one's fault but my own. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:47, 22 March 2008 (UTC)

Mike Rosen described Stahl's question as a loaded question[2] before I did,[3] so I added a reference to his article. DougHill (talk) 03:18, 6 October 2008 (UTC)

I agree that this statement needs to be in there. Whether she regretted making the statement later or not it is a famous part of her legacy. Infact there doesn't seem to be any mention of the Iraq sanctions at all, A very large part of her legacy whether you agreed or disagreed with the policy. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:59, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

The Iraq sanctions were mentioned but not linked. I fixed that in my last edit.DougHill (talk) 03:18, 6 October 2008 (UTC)

I'm removing the part about the loaded question Right now what it is saying is that there was controversy over Albright not pointing out that she was given a loaded question. No, the controversy was that it seemed like she was fine with children dying. Instead this part just quotes a bunch of right wing blogs in a very muddled manner to try to push forward a completely unrelated dispute as fact.

Since Albright herself claims that she fell into a trap, it seems worthwhile to identify the trap. At least to her, that seems to be what the controversy is about.

Maybe you could add a note saying that there is debate about whether the question asked to Albright was even accurate in the first place could be done in a NPOV manner so readers don't automatically assume the questioner is correct. But twisting what was actually an "eek! dead children!" controversy into an "eek! improper handing of logical fallacies!" controversy is a bit ridiculous. (talk) 09:22, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

Isn't the controversy about both, about how her mishandling of the second let many to conclude that she was callous about the first? Assuming that "the question asked to Albright was even accurate" is what the loaded question discussion is about. Please go ahead and make the more NPOV edit that you suggest.DougHill (talk) 21:50, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

I am lately accused of starting an edit war on this topic. I'm contesting the current version (9/25/10) on a few points.

1) The section heading "The Non-Denial Heard 'Round the World" isn't appropriate. The source of this title seems to be a lone Reason Magazine article, which a few dogmatic editors seem to think gives them license to title the section whatever they would like.

Reason magazine did indeed coin the term for her response, but the name seems to be sticking.[4]

Moreover, the current version reads: "Her failure to "refram[e the question] and point[] out [its] inherent flaws" has been called "the non-denial heard 'round the world" because "by not challenging the statistic, Albright inadvertently lent credence to it." This sentence is rather revealing of the editors' intentions to deceive readers. If the "failure" is what is called "the non-denial heard 'round the world", then the section heading refers to what the editors think she should have said rather than what she actually said!

No, actually it's about what Albright thinks she should have said, as her later comments indicate.[5]

I suggest "Statement Concerning Iraqi Sanctions", which is incontestably more neutral.

Having said all that, I only have a minor objection to the change. The quote was actually a response to a question (as opposed to a Statement that might have been offered on its own), so I'll change the heading to include "Response".

2)"Identified as a loaded question". Albright's "trap" is an ambiguous reference: it could easily refer to her self-ensnarement by means of her answer just as well as it could refer to Stahl's putative deceptive query.

It's a loaded question either way. Read the rest of her quote: "I should have answered the question by reframing it and pointing out the inherent flaws in the premise behind it."

Since there isn't quoted anything to the effect that Albright felt deceived, and what is quoted has her blaming herself solely for the mis-step, the editors' conclusion that "this 'trap'" is identical to Stahl's question is only sustained on an extremely superficial reading of the source text. Also, "identified" is far too strong here: what Stahl asked Albright is merely called a loaded question by Reason. We are asked to take it on good authority that Reason can tell us which instances of speech are logically fallacious. I suggest "Several commentators have accused Stahl of asking Albright a loaded question." This takes the speculation out of this point and just reports what the commentators have said. (talk) 14:58, 25 September 2010 (UTC)

This is starting to sound like WP:OR. If you have other sources who say otherwise, you should cite them as well. DougHill (talk) 17:28, 30 September 2010 (UTC)

Section name[edit]

An editor asks"would we label Clinton's declarations about Monica Lewinsky a "response" because he was queried?" This suggests a faulty analogy, since the real issue was what Clinton did, not what he said. Albright didn't do anything; she merely gave a response in which she "came across as cold-blooded and cruel."[6] If "response" is problematic, let's label this as an interview. BTW, Albright criticized the whole segment, not just the question. (I'll fix this too.) DougHill (talk) 19:39, 6 October 2010 (UTC)

I'd prefer the title identify the subject of discussion, but "60 minutes interview" seems alright to me. (talk) 16:32, 7 October 2010 (UTC)

The affair, while noteworthy, doesn't seem to merit more than 3 paragraphs and as many quotes. Her quotes are consistent, in that she regrets her statement and not the policy. Let's try a short, plain statement of what happened (the question/answer), then her response, then the response of other people. rewinn (talk) 08:32, 5 June 2011 (UTC)

The relevance of the photo you added was unclear. (If 3 paragraphs is too much, we sure don't need the photo.) And the new editing of her words was awkward. Please feel free to try again. DougHill (talk) 00:26, 7 June 2011 (UTC)
The photo was an error; not sure how it happened but it's gone now. If language is awkward, feel free to improve language but wholesale reversion is rarely appropriate. Since much of the awkwardness stems from accommodating a flurry of quotes in support of Albright's already stated position and incorporates numerous square brackets to alter grammar, I've simply shrunk the awkward quotes to a more manageable length. There is still a large preponderance of the text devoted to Albright's POV and very little to that of her critics, but let's see how this looks.rewinn (talk) 00:54, 7 June 2011 (UTC)
As we've discussed over at Iraq sanctions, Rahul Mahajan doesn't defend Stahl's question. (The issue had probably not been raised when he wrote that.) Can we please work that out on just one page first? DougHill (talk) 02:34, 7 June 2011 (UTC)

There is certainly no need to make 2 sections out of this. We should also find a way to edit it so that "reframing it and pointing out the inherent flaws in the premise" is not stated twice. But previous edits (especially with their factual errors) didn't improve on this. DougHill (talk) 02:04, 8 June 2011 (UTC)

It's a controversy so I have moved it to the Controversy section - it's not really a major part of her career segment at the UN. The only relevant quotes are what Stahel said and her reply; all the other quotes merely repeat that some people either approve or disapprove of what she said. rewinn (talk) 15:35, 9 June 2011 (UTC)
Rewinn: Please stop attributing to Mahajan a defense of Stahl's question. He simply does not address this issue. This page is on Albright, we are entitled to hear from her (and not excessively edited) both about the segment and her response. As I know you know, she did this while Ambassador, but many sources get this wrong. This is an easy thing for us to clarify here. So I think it belongs in the Ambassador section. But I'll leave it in controversies for now. DougHill (talk) 18:24, 10 June 2011 (UTC)

why is there no link or info as to how many children died due to sanctions , Saddam could have ended sanctions, but so coudl USA so they arew both culpable. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:42, 5 December 2011 (UTC)

Rwandan Genocide[edit]

In 1994 Madeline Albright, the then UN permanent representative led efforts to deny declaring the massacres in Rwanda genocide (Source: Romeo Dallaores's Shake Hands with the Devil, p. 374). She also led resistance to a new mandate to a new UN mission towards "ensuring" stability and secuirty in the provinces of Rwanda (Source: Romeo Dallaores's Shake Hands with the Devil,p.506). An Episode of the West Wing has press secretary C.J. Craig playing the role of the US spokeswoman who was instructed by the State Department to avoid using the word "genocide" and instead use the words "acts of genocide". This actually happened. Rationalhuman (talk) 19:31, 29 February 2008 (UTC)

POV tag[edit]

This concerns POV tag cleanup. Whenever an POV tag is placed, it is necessary to also post a message in the discussion section stating clearly why it is thought the article does not comply with POV guidelines, and suggestions for how to improve it. This permits discussion and consensus among editors. From WP tag policy: Drive-by tagging is strongly discouraged. The editor who adds the tag must address the issues on the talk page, pointing to specific issues that are actionable within the content policies, namely Wikipedia:Neutral point of view, Wikipedia:Verifiability, Wikipedia:No original research and Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons. Simply being of the opinion that a page is not neutral is not sufficient to justify the addition of the tag. Tags should be added as a last resort. Better yet, edit the topic yourself with the improvements. This statement is not a judgement of content, it is only a cleanup of frivolously and/or arbitrarily placed tags. No discussion, no tag. If any here have cause to have a tag, by all means put one on with current date, and discussion.Jjdon (talk) 18:45, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

In popular culture[edit]

She was in an episode of Futurama, the one that also starred Lucy Liu. When Leela picks up her head (in a jar) a pressure sensor went off, so Madeleine's head (next to Liu's) was substituted, and her personality was downloaded to someone expecting Liu. - NemFX (talk) 04:21, 3 August 2008 (UTC) Madeleine also appeared in an episode of The Gilmore Girls "Twenty-one is the loneliest number", in a dream sequence as Rory's mother. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:03, 22 May 2009 (UTC)

"liberal intelligentsia"?[edit]

Was it only the "liberal intelligentsia" who advocated a change in the "natural born" requirements? I'm not American, so please excuse my ignorance, but over here in the UK Albright used to be the obvious choice for writers of all political persuasions on the (fairly rare) occasions on which the issue was discussed in print. The most prominent ineligible figure is now Schwarzenegger, but I can't say I've seen much difference in the general tone of the debate, such as it is. (talk) 13:33, 2 September 2008 (UTC)

Year of birth and Belgrade[edit]

If Albright was born in Prague in 1937 then how could her family have been living in Belgrade since 1936? This statement in the article is followed by what I consider a rather politicised comment, so maybe the author of that is also responsible for the confusion as to where her family was in those years. I don't know the facts of this, so can't correct. (talk) 12:56, 27 September 2008 (UTC)

  • I've removed the POV insertion -- thanks for that -- but you're right, that's confusing. --jpgordon∇∆∇∆ 15:06, 27 September 2008 (UTC)
  • She was a refugee in Serbia during the WWII Bicca (talk) 18:23, 8 March 2009 (UTC)

Genocide Prevention Task Force/Complicity in Turkey's Denial of the Armenian Genocide[edit]

Harut Sassounian offers the same criticism of both Albright and William Cohen, so I've left the link to his articles, but moved his argument onto a page for him. Readers interested in his argument can follow the external link to his article,[7] or follow the wikilink to the article on him. DougHill (talk) 22:41, 5 January 2009 (UTC)

And what exactly is the warrant for removing the arguments? Cohen and Albright collaborated together on their support for Turkish denial, so they ought to have the same information available on both their entries. This appears to be an attempt to whitewash her record on genocide. Given that the Sassounian piece cited does not include the word Holocaust, I believe that DougHill's edit was done in bad faith to attack Sassounian and Armenians in general. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:07, 10 May 2012 (UTC)

Repeated vandalization[edit]

It seems as this Wikipedia page is subject to repeated vandalization. I repaired the infobox and restored the name of her predecessor but I am not sure if there are other vandalizations as well. Not being a US citizen or an expert on US history I don't know all the details about the late Madeleine Albright so would someone please check if there is other parts that have recently been vandalized? As far as I can judge from the edits the vandalization is the result of an edit war between two culprits. Jsde (talk) 20:16, 19 January 2009 (UTC)


All those new citations from Madam Secretary just say "ibid.", which is not particularly useful, since they don't give page numbers and hinder future editing. Page numbers should be included, and probably this level of detail belongs on the Madam Secretary page instead of this one.

Also, I changed a header called "Life and Career" since the entire page should be about her life and career. (I kept all the material, some of it under "Career" and moved the rest lower on the page.)DougHill (talk) 23:39, 6 April 2009 (UTC)

I have added page references for all Madame Secretary quotes, so they should be more useful now. There is no page for Madame Secretary, and as it is a biography, the info in it really does belong here. I have also shifted the personal and early life section to the top of the page, so the whole article has some semblance of chronological order, making it easier to read and follow. Hellomontana, 10 April 2009 —Preceding unsigned comment added by Hellomontana (talkcontribs) 19:55, 9 April 2009 (UTC)

Good work. Thank you! I used reflinks to consolidate the references. Eventually we'll want to get rid of the ibid.s, but I'll look for (and encourage others to look for) a more elegant way to include a lot of citations from a book (which should be a major source for this page).DougHill (talk) 20:11, 10 April 2009 (UTC)

Why is the "Family background" sub-section in the "Controversies" section?[edit]

There's nothing seemingly "controversial about the "Family background" content. Why is it included here? Unless there is a reliable source indicating her family background is a "controversy", I think it should be moved.--Oakshade (talk) 02:14, 25 April 2009 (UTC)

Albright offers to donate her papers to Wellesley College, which will launch the Madeleine K. Albright Institute for Global Affairs[edit]

The Boston Globe reported Albright has offered to donate her papers to the College and has comments from Albright on the launch of the Institute for Global Affairs, which is to be officially announced on June 14:[8] . Also the college has a press release about the launch of the Institute in January, 2010, but doesn't mention the possible donation of her papers:[9] (talk) 02:23, 13 June 2009 (UTC)

Albright Jewish[edit]

Albright is Jewish and it should be noted within the article as such. DRosenbach (Talk | Contribs) 00:32, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

I didn't see anything relevant to Albright on the page that was cited,[10] which seemed to address how to convert to, rather than whether one can convert from. Thus I've requested another citation. However, a discussion about this claim probably belongs on a page about Judaism instead of Madeleine Albright. DougHill (talk) 18:04, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

The citation verifies Albright's condition -- a reality of being Jewish (i.e. having a Jewish mother) is that one may not opt out of one's Judaism. The source was not being used to verify the claim that Albright's mother is Jewish -- such is supported by the citation(s) provided in the paragraphs relating to her biographical info. DRosenbach (Talk | Contribs) 19:23, 5 August 2009 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)
Yes, it's clear from earlier sources that Albright's mother was Jewish. But what needs to be supported is that "Judaism ... considers neither conversion nor nonaffiliation as relevant to Jewish status". This may be true but it's not on the cited page. That page talks about conversion TO Judaism, not conversion FROM. Could it be that you are looking at a page in a different edition than the one that comes up in Google Books? DougHill (talk) 20:08, 5 August 2009 (UTC)
It states, "if the convert should opt out of Judaism for a time, she is still considered a Jew for purposes of religious law and, returning, would not need to undergo a second conversion process," explicitly stating that Jews may not leave the faith. DRosenbach (Talk | Contribs) 03:14, 6 August 2009 (UTC)
Since neither Albright nor her mother were converts to Judaism, that does not apply here. So we should remove that citation. The closest thing I could find in the new source is: "if the child of a Christian father and a Jewish mother is not raised Jewish, the child is a Jew according to the Orthodox movement, but not according to the Reform movement!"[11] So we should leave this citation in but qualify the claim. Judaism#What_makes_a_person_Jewish? also seems to indicate that this is a borderline case, so I'll put in something to send readers there (where this discussion really belongs). DougHill (talk) 20:49, 8 August 2009 (UTC)
There are no boerderline cases because Jewish law on this subject is well defined -- Reform Judaism, which does not practice Judaism [1] and does not apply Jewish law [2], may claim what they wish, but it does not affect the objective assertion I made in the article. DRosenbach (Talk | Contribs) 03:25, 9 August 2009 (UTC)
Albright is ethnically Jewish, just like Sarkozy. She obviously does not consider herself to be a follower of Judaism and probably her Jewsih identity is solely a genalogical matter for her. Thus Jewish religious law is if little relevance. However, if she or her children were ever to consider becoming adherents of Judaism or begin to see themselves as Jews in a spiritual sense, they would not require any conversion process whatsoever. This is the tricky part of ethno-religious identity, in that conversion cannot alter one's ethnicity. Many ethnic religions in India do not allow outsiders to join their ranks at all, even though they may acknowledge children of mixed parentage. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:10, 20 August 2009 (UTC)

Stolen art, deleted text with no note here?[edit]

Madeleine Albright's father, Josef Korbel, allegedly appropriated artwork which belonged to Bohemian German industrialist Karl Nebrich, who owned the confiscated Prague apartment later given to Korbel after World War II and the expulsion of Germans from Czechoslovakia (1945-1950). Like most other German-speakers living in Czechoslovakia, Nebrich and his family were forcibly expelled from the country under the postwar Beneš decrees. The claim is being pressed by Philipp Harmer, the great-grandson of Karl Nebrich.[12]

60 Minutes interview[edit]

This section needs to be clarified. It should not be justifying her comments. It should clearly document what was said not how we would re-write what was said. Id447 (talk) 21:09, 22 June 2011 (UTC)

I've taken a short at simplifying it as you suggest. Some of the citations to things others said about it were dead anyway, and didn't seem to be noteworthy anyway.rewinn (talk) 02:03, 30 June 2011 (UTC)
It's not terribly noteworthy that an editorial in an obscure publication criticized Albright's response using a phrase that soon vanished into obscurity. A simple reference to the fact that Albright had some supporters should suffice, although it should be balanced by a reference to her critics. Doing all that would expand one, rather small episode in her long career far beyond its deserved significance - do editors really feel obscure editorializing is that important to understanding Ms. Albright? rewinn (talk) 02:03, 30 June 2011 (UTC)


  1. ^ "Madeleine Albright". Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  2. ^ "U.S., U.N. not to blame for deaths of Iraqis | Gazette, The (Colorado Springs) | Find Articles at BNET". Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  3. ^ "Orange Coyote: Albright's Blunder". Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  4. ^
  5. ^,+we+think,+the+price+is+worth+it%22
  6. ^ "The mighty and the Almighty ... - Google Books". Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  7. ^ "Harut Sassounian: Secretaries Albright and Cohen Should be Removed from Genocide Task Force". Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  8. ^ "Wellesley to honor Albright with school - The Boston Globe". 2009-06-12. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  9. ^ "Wellesley Launches New Albright Institute". 2009-06-17. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  10. ^ George Robinson Essential Judaism: A Complete Guide to Beliefs, Customs and Rituals page 176
  11. ^
  12. ^ Germans lost their art, too. Family says Albright's father took paintings, The Prague Post, 2005

Requesting semi-protection[edit]

Because of the persistent vandalism of the page, I've requested semi-protection at Wikipedia:Requests_for_page_protection#Current_requests_for_protection. DougHill (talk) 20:13, 6 July 2010 (UTC)

I'm sorry, but could you point to some "persistent vandalism"? Looking at the edit history, I don't really see any. Surely semi-protection is harmless but let's continue assuming good faith, shall we? rewinn (talk) 02:15, 30 June 2011 (UTC)

Hate Speech?[edit]

Its obvious that people have posted here about the youtube incident in prague and it doesn't seem to be too fair. I think its completely unnecessary and incendiary to give the link to a youtube video and then the time that the "hatespeech" occurs. This is a fairly small incident. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ltcolkilgore (talkcontribs) 03:30, 2 November 2012 (UTC)

What exactly is not fair about it? That a link/time of the video was posted or mentioning the incident at all? Small or not, it is a pretty serious remark for a former Secretary of State and absolutely deserves to be mentioned here. Buttons (talk) 04:55, 2 November 2012 (UTC)
The problem with the Hate Speech section is that it gives undue weight to a protest at a bookshop. Four paragraphs is far more than is required, and youTube videos are OR. If some editor thinks the protest is an important event, write a separate article about the protest and link to it from here. rewinn (talk) 21:14, 10 March 2013 (UTC)

The removal of text was way too large. Much of the incident itself revolved around that she was reported to the police for screaming "Disgusting Serbs, get out" to the Czech group. There are several articles (mostly in Czech and Serbian, though) that cover this, and the article isn't supposed to be limited to English-language publications. I agree with that the text was too long, but most of the info (that used to be there) belongs in the "Controversies" section. Can anyone go fetch the old version and maybe remove the trivia around the Stonebridge group, etc, but keep the information central to the event? Anonimski (talk) 19:51, 13 March 2013 (UTC)

Since the activity around this article seems to be quite low, I took some time to do the restoration and rewriting myself. I removed some superfluous info, and the current text now has two paragraphs to avoid risking "undue weight" to one single incident (maybe the text can be extended later when the rest of the article is larger). Anyway, I don't think that a whole new page is necessary for this, at least not for now. Also, linking directly to the Youtube videos is relevant in this case, since they're the original publications of the incident. The incident went viral after the event, and the controversies were covered by Czech and Serbian news publishers mostly, which often linked to the videos in their articles. Anonimski (talk) 20:41, 17 March 2013 (UTC)

Youtube videos are not sufficiently notable or reliable for an accusation of "hate speech" in a WP:BLP, and the commentary about her investment firm is POV-pushing WP:SYNTHESIS.TheTimesAreAChanging (talk) 08:29, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
The accusation of hate speech was made by Vaclav Dvorak (together with some other political activists), and they officially handed it over to the police, and the article clearly describes that the accusation comes from them. The incident was covered by a bunch of European newspapers. When restoring the blanked text, I intentionally changed the title to "Allegations of hate speech [...]" instead of the earlier "Hate speech incident [...]", it hopefully creates less misunderstanding now. Anyway, back then it was a fairly big event in Czech and also Serbian media (since she as a politician said "Disgusting Serbs") so I don't agree that it's POV-pushing. Other editors have contributed to the text before it was blanked and then rewritten. The English Wikipedia also isn't supposed to limit itself to excluding publications from other parts of the world. If we have a section for "Controversies", then there is no reason to abstain from putting relevant stuff there... Anonimski (talk) 07:31, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

Stonebridge Edit[edit]

Please write that Albright is chair at Stonebridge Group LLC — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dragon1008 (talkcontribs) 11:38, 29 March 2011 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done - combined with the other small sections into one paragraph. GoingBatty (talk) 02:13, 11 March 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 6 March 2013[edit]

Please include "Washington University in St. Louis" in the list of honorary degrees for 2003. The attached link on the University's website is verification. Aruhlin (talk) 18:03, 6 March 2013 (UTC)

Done. Since the list was getting quite long for the lead, and it didn't seem to fit anywhere else, I moved it down to a new section. GoingBatty (talk) 03:51, 7 March 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 27 June 2013[edit]

"She was nominated by US President Bill Clinton on December 5, 1996, and was unanimously confirmed by a U.S. Senate"

For consistency, please either make it "U.S. President" or "US Senate". I don't care which. 2001:18E8:2:1020:50AA:A703:992F:5826 (talk) 15:25, 27 June 2013 (UTC)

Done RudolfRed (talk) 03:34, 28 June 2013 (UTC)

Birth Name[edit]

Born as Marie Jana Korbelová — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2003:45:4905:A115:D5E6:B066:2C0A:DD39 (talk) 16:56, 25 February 2014 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done a source would be needed for that, and a source provided in the article already indicates it is "Korbel" and not "Korbelová". XXSNUGGUMSXX (talk) 17:11, 25 February 2014 (UTC)
She was definitely born "Korbelová" - Czech naming conventions (similar to Russian) have female and male versions of family names. Her father's last name was Korbel, making hers automatically Korbelová. The Czech-language version of her page has it correct as Korbelová. The source in the English version is quite weak. I will find a good source however before I change it. Wikimandia (talk) 04:49, 31 December 2014 (UTC)
While the source previously inserted might be subpar, I did find a better one that supports "Korbel". Unless a reliable source says "Korbelová", we can't include that per WP:Verifiability. Snuggums (talk / edits) 05:14, 31 December 2014 (UTC)
There are numerous sources that correctly state her birth name. I included two (CNN and The New Republic). Wikimandia (talk) 07:14, 31 December 2014 (UTC)

There's a risk that a linguistic error can have crept into the sources that say Korbel, as they might have thought that Czech naming traditions are identical to English (i.e. no modification of the father's name when given to a daughter). Czech Wikipedia describes her name the following way: "...rozená Marie Jana Körbelová (po roce 1945 Korbelová)". - Anonimski (talk) 09:41, 31 December 2014 (UTC)

Yes, this is typical and happens frequently when people emigrate, since English does not have masculine/feminine names, and the family just all goes by one name to make it easier. We have it straightened out though to correctly be Korbelová now :-) However, another issue is that the family name was originally Körbel (Körbelová), but according to Michael Dobbs' biography, her father thought "Körbel" (which is pronounced differently than "Korbel") sounded too German and too Jewish, so they dropped the umlaut in 1945. Wikimandia (talk) 12:38, 31 December 2014 (UTC)

Citation Issue[edit]

Numerous footnotes cite "Albright (2003)" but there is no full citation. Would someone who knows the work please add the full citation to the first instance? Marbux (talk) 15:26, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

TV appearance[edit]

In the new season (7) of Parks and Recreation, she made an appearance as herself (on whom Leslie Knope forced a friendship...out of admiration). — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:04, 15 February 2015 (UTC)

Balkans reputation[edit]

I have removed a piece that claimed Albright earned the wrath of the Serbs and was with Bill Clinton popular in Kosovo, Bosnia and Croatia. I believe this is more stereotype peddling than factual. Albright's significant period concerning Serbia as a republic alongside Montenegro (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) was with regards her role in the NATO bombing of the country in 1999. Yes she played a major role, but there is no special hatred of Albright that is not also extended to the likes of Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Wesley Clarke, Robin Cook, Joe Biden, Jacques Chirac, George Robertson and a host of world figures that were on the political front line of the campaign. Bill Clinton is certainly popular with the Republic of Kosovo regime, of that there is no doubt when a boulevard is named after him, but this says nothing about the ordinary person. As for Bosnia and Croatia, other that the tit-for-tat rivalry with Serbia and the juvenile penchant for rejoicing in an enemy's misfortune among parts of the population (all nations in the world are guilty of that), there is nothing specifically "popular" about the named persons. From what I can gather, Albright does not have a strong connection to Croatia or the Croatian nation. The one source I can find of relevance here is from CNN in 1997 whereby she criticises the then-Croatian administration for slacking on ICTY matters (as I assure any reader that whilst there are three locations at the time of my writing to bear the name of Franjo Tuđman Bridge, nowhere in Croatia and Bosnia will there ever be a Trg Madlin Olbrajta, Madeleine Albright Square with her name localised, Kosovo one day maybe). Apart from that, I can find no compliments paid to her by any Croatian writer, and I cannot even find nice words said about her on any forum, and believe me, I have tried. So if someone knows something that I do not, be my guest here! --Oranges Juicy (talk) 07:19, 1 May 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 29 May 2015[edit]

Please include Tufts University (2015) in the Honorary Degrees section. At present, the following links verify this information. BrankyGrad (talk) 15:02, 29 May 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done -- Orduin Discuss 20:41, 29 May 2015 (UTC)

DNC flub[edit]

how is it that she does not know how to pronounce kim jong-un (and by extension kim jong-il)? to pronounce the j as a y is flat-out wrong, even in dutch or german. matt drudge is notorious for it -- and i think letterman on occasion -- but he/they aren't in the foreign services and he/they aren't the HIGHEST RANKING AMERICAN TO ACTUALLY MEET THE FAMILY.

i would have been startled to hear ANYONE say "yong-il" in a DNC speech, but...her?! how is that even possible?! (talk) 04:42, 15 August 2016 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 21 September 2016[edit]

Please stop putting "ISM" on religious concepts like Christian, Catholic, Protestant, etc. Religion is not an ISM! It's demeaning and there is no such word. (talk) 01:19, 21 September 2016 (UTC)

Not done: This is not an appropriate use of an edit request. Topher385 (talk) 03:10, 21 September 2016 (UTC)


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