For whatever reason, Susan G. Komen for the Cure failed to fully vet its partner in Uzbekistan and assess the risks of working with them. – Due Diligence, Googoosha, and Komen for the Cure
Susan G. Komen is getting bad press and deserving it again. But this time they’re being mentioned with “the most hated woman in ‘rampantly corrupt’ Uzbekistan.”
One cable describes Miss Karimova and reads: ‘Most Uzbeks see Karimova as a greedy, power-hungry individual who uses her father to crush business people or anyone else who stands in her way … She remains the single most hated person in the country.’
Reports swirled this week that Susan G. Komen had gotten into the charity business with corrupt dictator-ette Gulnara Karimova, “the socialite, part-time pop star daughter” of Uzbek President Islam Karimov, as Foreign Policy described her this week.
In addition to her dad’s atrocious and well-publicized human rights record, Gulnara herself has been implicated in a range of illegal business practices, including essentially taking over rival companies at gunpoint. Then there are disturbing reports of widespread forced sterilizations of women in Uzbek hospitals and evidence that’s it’s being encouraged by the authorities.
Numerous reports reveal that organized crime and Karimov’s government are deeply linked, with the proximity to a raging war in Afghanistan having been a gold mine for him and his country, with his daughter in the middle of rumors flying about a possible squeeze play in Britain.
Since this story started spreading from Registan, Foreign Polcy and Wonkette, Susan G. Komen has been manning the phones. Their clean up pitch is that they’re not partnering with the notorious dictator’s daughter, but the National Breast Cancer Association of Uzbekistan.
The intent of Susan G. Komen to help women and fight breast cancer is not in question. The disarray at the Komen Foundation is and this incident is just more proof of fundraising scrambling amid an organization that is looking like amateurs while asking people to give money when donors have every right to be skeptical of where that money is actually going and who is involved with the charity to which they’re donating.
As for Afghanistan, there are salacious rumors swirling about Gulnara Karimova being her dad’s ambassador to the Court of St. James, with push back on this tale coming from all quarters.
Rumors are circulating that London has rejected the daughter of Uzbekistan’s strongman Islam Karimov as his ambassador to the Court of St. James’s. Gulnara Karimova, the self-styled glamorous society queen, has already served as Uzbekistan’s ambassador to Spain and representative to the United Nations in Geneva. If true, the rebuff could spell trouble for Britain’s Afghanistan exit plans.
Though the idea Gulnara would seek such a sinecure is not far-fetched, for now the main source seems to be Craig Murray, a scandalous former British ambassador to Tashkent known for his debauched parties and long-standing hatred for the Karimov regime.
The BBC’s Uzbek arm reports that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) denies any such ambassadorship.
You can read Craig Murray’s March account and decide for yourself.
The reason these salacious tidbits matter is that if Britain wants an easy exit from Afghanistan they’re going to need Islam Karimov’s help out of Uzbekistan or things could get messy, long and drawn out, complicating P.M. David Cameron’s life exponentially.
The next hire for Susan G. Komen if they’re going to delve into international charity partnerships is a foreign policy expert. Getting mired with the “kelptocratic Karimov state” soap opera is the last thing they need after their Planned Parenthood disaster. But it does fit a pattern of incompetence.