Friday, October 29, 2010

Hamid Karzai takes totes of money from Iran, United States

There has been a good deal of controversy surrounding the young presidency of Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai. Based on Associated Press reports, Karzai has admitted he normally takes money from Iran and also the United States – totes of money, in fact. One wonders whether those political enemies are pleased with the Karzai their cash can purchase.

Cash obtained for ‘official presidential expenses’ by Karzai

Hamid Karzai gets regarding $700,000 to $975,000 in gifts as “donations” from Iran once or twice a year. The United States of America already knew regarding this Iranian assistance and has for a while, based on Karzai. He even goes as far as to say that “bags of money” come in from Washington itself. Numerous suspect that Karzai gave this data to everyone in order to keep his chief of staff from getting in trouble. Umar Daudzai also had been getting money from Iran, accounts the newest York Times. The money has allegedly been used to pay down Afghan lawmakers, tribal elders and high-ranking Taliban officials.

The lack of earnings has gotten ’several nations’ to give Karzai money

According to the CIA World Factbook, Afghanistan’s economy had been in shambles before the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001. The nation has been getting international assistance but is still considered poor and “highly dependent on foreign aid, agriculture and trade with neighboring nations.”. Such is the claim, despite the well-documented facts that Afghanistan is the largest illicit opium and hashish producer on Earth. A lot of money comes from the opium and other illegal drug trade which is why Karzai would not be that interested in stopping it. This has the Obama administration frustrated with the country.

Today’s Views show a poll done in Afghanistan. This shows that the majority of the public think Karzai hasn’t done much for the country. Wikipedia talks regarding the reasons for this. It is not what you may think actually. Numerous poor farmers are being forced to get into trading drugs since poppies are the nation’s number one money crop and also the economy in Afghanistan is mostly agriculture based upon. The farmers do not end up getting much money out of it either. Since other nations are feeding Hamid Karzai so much money, this makes sense. Karzai probably is just taking it.

Articles cited

Associated Press

The Odora

Today’s Views


The U.S. “double game”

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