[WikiEN-l] Conflict of Interest and lobbyists for foreign governments

Hello all wikipedian51 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 30 03:47:20 UTC 2007

On 7/29/07, K P <kpbotany at gmail.com> wrote:
> Actually there are all sorts of nationalistic interests alive and
> functioning quite well on Wikipedia--how arrogant of the Israels to
> want to join the crowd?
> Most every Pashtun article on Wikipedia is written from a
> Persian-nationalistic perspective, and attempts to change that run one
> afoul of those largely responsible for supporting this
> silliness--although these editors are falling by the wayside one by
> one, because, generally nationalists have one-tracked minds.  In the
> meantime, there are some very poor, rather silly, and some very unique
> (okay, POV) articles on the history of Afghanistan and Pashtuns, that
> have very little to do with anything but the Persian declaration that
> that section of the world is theirs, always has been, and always will
> be.  The Brits would have liked that to have been true about 100 years
> ago, admitedly.  Ironically much of the information is copied en masse
> from the bery Brittish biased Encyclopedia Iranica, which, when
> challenged, is met with the rallying cry of nationalism, "scholarly
> source, scholarly source."
> So, how dare the Israels do on Wikipedia what every one else is doing,
> or how dare they announce that they are doing it when everyone else is
> so cleverly hiding it?
> KP

So  you're arguing that Wikipedia should do nothing if Iran's Foreign
Ministry is trying to rewrite articles to its liking?

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