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-"No Blood for Oil"- Kojo & Kofi: Unbelievable U.N. stories.
various FR links | 03-12-04 | The Heavy Equipment Guy

Posted on 03/12/2004 12:56:57 AM PST by backhoe

Annan's son caught
 
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1068887/posts
"No Blood for Oil"- bribery & corruption worldwide
various FR links | 01-31-04 | The Heavy Equipment Guy
 
 
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1095509/posts
Kofi Annan's son implicated in Oil for Food!
Foxnews on air ^ | 3/11/04 | Foxnews
 
 
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1095781/posts
Kojo & Kofi
NRO ^ | 3/11/04 | Claudia Rosett
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1095509/posts
Kofi Annan's son implicated in Oil for Food!
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To: backhoe
Yes, I know and not only do I bump your posts, I always bookmark them!

I have known, since I was 9 years old, just how rotten, corrupt, and horrid the UN is and you know that that's a very long time. LOL

But the MSM has protected the damned UN, since its inception. Far too few people, anywhere, know just how awful this "thing" really is and always has been.

551 posted on 06/30/2006 12:52:18 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: nopardons
I have known, since I was 9 years old, just how rotten, corrupt, and horrid the UN is and you know that that's a very long time. LOL But the MSM has protected the damned UN, since its inception. Far too few people, anywhere, know just how awful this "thing" really is and always has been.

The first impression I got of the UN was in the early sixties, when I was a teenager.

My impression?

"An angry rabble of people who don't like America much, shaking one fist in our faces, while the other hand rummages around in our pockets for spare change..."

And my opinion of them has only fallen more, with the passing years. It's a fraud, a swindle, and a scam, wrapped up in sanctimony while it robs us blind.

552 posted on 06/30/2006 1:05:39 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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To: backhoe

Your first impressions were correct; the UN has actually gotten worse, since the early '60s.


553 posted on 06/30/2006 1:23:22 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: nopardons
Your first impressions were correct; the UN has actually gotten worse, since the early '60s.

The deeper you look, the worse it gets ( kind of like the Clinton era... )-- BTW, here is a current example outlining how pervasive the corruption is:

http://rosett.nationalreview.com/
ROSETT'S NOTEBOOK:   HOME    ARCHIVES    SEARCH    E-MAIL    BIO    RSS


About that UN Mystery Official #2...
06/30 11:33 AM
... the one who issued a public statement regarding Oil-for-Food on April 18, 2005 saying “I cannot recall a single instance in which I had any contact or discussion on this program with any of the officials responsible.”  (see below copy of Maurice Strong’s full statement).

Oil-for-Food has been a puzzle so absorbing, once you get a taste for it, that I have sometimes thought someone ought to make a board game out of it (you’d need a very big board). When the feds issued their initial complaint last year against Tongsun Park, one of the more intriguing riddles involved the identities of two mystery figures described in the narrative only as “high-ranking UN Official #1” and “high-ranking UN Official #2.”


Their names were quickly guessed, but it was not until the state’s cooperating witness Samir Vincent took the stand this week that we had official confirmation. Official #1 was Boutros Boutros-Ghali, who during the formative years of Oil-for-Food, from 1992-1996, also held the title of Secretary-General of the U.N.


Official #2 was longtime U.N. eminence Maurice Strong, a Canadian sometimes dubbed an “international man of mystery,” who for decades has traveled and worked in high U.N. circles. And in 1996 — the year that Oil-for-Food finally came together — Strong worked both at the World Bank and as an top adviser to Boutros-Ghali at the U.N. Strong was then snapped up in early 1997 by the newly promoted Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and put to work as the chief architect of the first sweeping round of Annan’s endless revolutions of reform. Strong was kept on as a top adviser by Annan until 2005, stepping aside shortly after it became apparent that he was the “UN Official #2” mentioned in the Park complaint. It turned out — by-the-by— that Strong had also been employing as his U.N. office assistant his own stepdaughter, Kristina Mayo, without declaring the relationship to the U.N.

Among other things, Strong’s 1997 reform plan consolidated the administration of the ad hoc new Oil-for-Food program into a single, entrenched office in the UN Secretariat, which Annan then entrusted to Benon Sevan — since alleged by Volcker to have taken payoffs from Saddam (Sevan, when last seen, this spring, living on full U.N. pension in a penthouse apartment on Cyprus, said he was innocent).

During that same first year of Kofi Annan’s reign, 1997, which was also the first full year of Oil-for-Food, Maurice Strong received a check from Tongsun Park for $988,885, which according to Paul Volcker’s U.N.-authorized inquiry was bankrolled by Saddam. When Volcker’s investigators asked Strong last year about this six-figure check, Strong at first said he did not remember it. When Volcker’s investigators then waved a copy under his nose, complete with his own signature, Strong recovered his memory, but said it was payment for a normal commercial investment that Park had wished to make in a Strong family oil company, and that he had not known the money came from Saddam. Volcker commented wryly in his September, 2005 report that the U.N. needed a “more rigorous disclosure process for conflicts of interest,” but let Strong off with just that rap on the knuckles. (For more on this, here’s a link to ”Strong Implications” from NRO this past January.)


We may learn more about all this at the trial very soon, possibly even today, as the prosecutors work their way toward that $988,885 check, produced by Park after traveling to Baghdad and then driving out to Jordan with $1 million cash in a cardboard box, according to the Volcker version.


For now, I am trying to square Maurice Strong’s 2005 denial of any contact with “any of the officials responsible” for Oil-for-Food with testimony from state’s witness Samir Vincent on Thursday, in which Vincent described a lunch meeting at a Chinese restaurant near the U.N.. This lunch took place in late 1996. At the time, Oil-for-Food was just getting underway, and according to Vincent, the Iraqis had decided not to bother paying Tongsun Park millions of dollars promised to him earlier that year. Park was “very unhappy,” according to Vincent’s testimony, and arranged a high-powered lunch, in a private room, to which he invited three others: Samir Vincent; Iraq’s then-ambassador to the U.N., Nizar Hamdoon; and one of Park’s high-powered friends at the U.N., Maurice Strong, who dropped by for about 45 minutes to exchange pleasantries, but having put in an appearance, left before the lunch was over.


Vincent testified Thursday that after Strong left the lunch,  Tongsun Park turned to Iraq’s ambassador Hamdoon and “told him now you see my commitment, now you see why I need Iraq to keep their commitment to me and to continue what they promised to do.”
 

Statement by Maurice F. Strong
06/30 07:48 AM
In response to questions raised concerning my relationship with Mr. Tongsun Park and allegations to his role in respect of the United Nation’s Iraqi oil-for-food program I want to make clear that:

 

-         Having served UN Secretaries-General since 1970 in several advisory and executive capacities I have had no involvement or connection whatsoever with the UN’s Iraqi oil-for-food program or any other of its Iraqi activities.  Indeed I cannot recall a single instance in which I had any contact or discussion on the program with any of the officials responsible.

 

-         In 1997, Mr. Park invested on a normal commercial basis in an energy company with which I was associated that had no relationship with Iraq.

 

-         I have continued to maintain a relationship with Mr. Park.  Indeed, as a native of North Korea he has advised me on North Korean issues in my role as UN Envoy.

 

-         I will make myself available to both the Volcker Commission and the US Attorney’s Office to provide any further information which would assist in the expeditious resolution of this matter so as to have this cloud removed as soon as possible.




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More to Come
06/30 02:05 AM
Testimony resumes (at a more decent hour) on Friday.

More Vincent
06/30 02:04 AM

On Thursday, Samir Vincent also described to the jury, as follows, a conversation he says he had in early 1996 with Iraq’s then-ambassador to the U.N., Nizar Hamdoon, in which Vincent said Park could help close a U.N.-Iraq deal to set Oil-for-Food in motion, but “he requires some funds to cover expenses that he had incurred on behalf of Iraq, as well as take care of some people.”

“He said, how much did he ask for?”


“And I said $10 million.”

Hamdoon “went ooph.” Then he said, “I guess he has to take care of B.B.”

“B.B. is Boutros Boutros-Ghali.”


THE MISTY ORIGINS
06/30 02:04 AM
But first, a quick bit of background. When I began writing about Oil-for-Food, almost four years ago, I knew next to nothing about the inner workings of the United Nations. I didn’t know the players. I had never been to a U.N. briefing. It was September, 2002, and the U.N. debate over removing Saddam Hussein had just turned hot. I was trying to understand the workings of the U.N.-sanctioned Iraqi economy, which seemed to consist of almost nothing but Oil-for-Food. I began making some phone calls to ask how the program actually worked.

As soon as I found someone able and willing to describe the basic design — the secrecy, the latitude given to Saddam, the percentage cut of Saddam’s oil money for U.N. expenses — it was clear that the program had to be corrupt. Had Saddam himself set out to design a program open to manipulation, it was hard to imagine how he could have improved on what the U.N. had set up. But the details were almost completely veiled by U.N. confidentiality, by high-level U.N. diplomacy, by top U.N. management who praised the program, assured the press that it had been “audited to death,” and described it as one of the “most efficient” programs the U.N. had ever run.

By now, thanks to the overthrow of Saddam, and a number of investigations, many details once secret have surfaced. But a great deal still lies hidden, and one of the mysteries not well explained is how the U.N. ever came to design such a program.

What we have been hearing from federal prosecutors, in the trial begun this week in a Manhattan courtroom, has been all about the origins of Oil-for-Food.

And with that, welcome to the blue-carpeted federal courtroom in lower Manhattan, Judge Denny Chin presiding, where prosecutors for the past three days have been presenting their case against 71-year-old Tongsun Park. The trial is expected to last three weeks. There is plenty yet to hear, the defense has not yet begun, and we must presume innocence.

But wow, what a tale the prosecutors have been laying before the jury. (For a summary of the opening, here’s a link to my NRO column on “The U.N.’s Day in Court”).

The chief witness so far for the prosecution has been Samir Vincent, an Iraqi-born American citizen who ran a consulting business called Phoenix International, just outside Washington, D.C., in MacLean, Virginia, and had a habit of staying at the Hotel Mark in New York, near the Iraqi mission to the U.N. During the 1990s, Vincent served as an agent for Saddam’s Iraq, seeking ways to persuade the U.N. to lift sanctions on Baghdad. In January, 2005, Vincent was arrested by the feds, pleaded guilty, and became a cooperating witness. Since Tuesday, Vincent has been on the stand, answering the questions of prosecutor Edward O’Callaghan.

Among the highlights so far has been Vincent’s account of retaining the services of a New York lawyer, Theodore Sorensen — famous as a former speechwriter for President Kennedy — to draft proposals for the nascent Oil-for-Food program, which Vincent says he then relayed to Iraq.


“CASH BY THE BAGFUL”
06/30 02:03 AM
Welcome to the World of Oil-for-Food. The biggest scandal ever to hit the U.N. Arguably the biggest scam in history, in which a U.N. program became a vehicle for a murderous tyrant to scam, skim, and steal billions meant for relief.

And so we come to the trial of Tongsun Park, accused by federal prosecutors of acting as an unregistered agent of Saddam Hussein, accused of playing a vital role in a secret “back-channel” network carrying messages and money between Baghdad and the U.N. executive suite. The defense lawyer has compared the prosecution’s case to “a Tom Clancy novel” and says his client is “absolutely not guilty.” The prosecution has accused Park of selling his high-level U.N. access for “cash by the bagful,” and receiving $2.5 million from Iraq for his labors, with Iraq promising millions beyond that.

Cash looms large in this case. During the past three days of testimony by state cooperating witness Samir Vincent, we have heard about cash carried around not only in grocery bags, but in envelopes, canvas diplomatic pouches, a suitcase, a bulging briefcase, cash spread out on a hotel bed, and, at one point, during a trans-Atlantic flight from Germany to Newark airport, at least $420,000 in $100 bills stuffed by a helpful courier into his coat, socks and underwear.

As for the cast of characters, there’s something for everyone. On Monday, during jury selection, the judge read out a list of names of “Individuals who may testify or whose names may come up.” A few highlights from that list (no, Dick Cheney is not going to testify, and John Bolton has not been accused of anything):

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Kofi Annan, Saddam Hussein, Tariq Aziz, Theodore Sorensen, Gillian Sorensen, Maurice Strong, Frank Strong, Kenneth Strong, Kristina Mayo, Theodore Kheel, Jean-Claude Aime, Richard Helms, William E. Timmons, Colin Powell, Brent Scowcroft, Frank Carlucci, Jack Kemp, Oscar Wyatt, John Bolton, James Baker, Bob Dole, Elizabeth Dole... the list goes on. Some are simply mentioned in passing, or have been described by a witness for the prosecution as approached by Iraq with no luck. Some have figured heavily in the testimony so far. Some have yet to come up. More on this as the trial unfolds ...


554 posted on 06/30/2006 1:26:28 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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To: backhoe
Oh WOW....look at all of that!

Yes, the more one learns the actual facts, the worse it gets; stunningly so.

555 posted on 06/30/2006 1:51:46 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: nopardons
Oh WOW....look at all of that! Yes, the more one learns the actual facts, the worse it gets; stunningly so.

There are sI nearly toss my hands up in despair, but we have to keep trying to educate people.

556 posted on 06/30/2006 1:58:27 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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To: backhoe

And you do a marvelous job...with all of your posts and links. :-)


557 posted on 06/30/2006 2:06:06 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: nopardons

Appreciate the encouraging words- I'll keep compiling links and quips as long as everyone's interested.


558 posted on 06/30/2006 3:57:11 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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To: backhoe

I don't know about "everyone", but lots of people here ARE interested in EVERYTHING you come up with; that's for sure and certain. :-)


559 posted on 06/30/2006 5:42:10 PM PDT by nopardons
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UNSCAM UPDATE: Claudia Rosett is blogging the Tongsun Park oil-for-food trial.
 
UN chief (Boutros Ghali ) 'linked to $10m Iraq oil bribe'
 
Human Rights Atrocities: The Consequences of United Nations Gun Confiscation in East Africa--Disarm the people so they can't avenge the atrocities. Or even resist  in the first place.

560 posted on 07/01/2006 2:51:14 AM PDT by backhoe
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Oil-For-Food Meets Canadian Atomic Energy Co.

From the Tongsun Park Oil-For-Food trial, we learn this about the good friend and business partner of Maurice Strong;

It's a small world.

From 1996 to 1998, Tongsun Park served as adviser and then the CEO of Canadian Atomic Energy Co.. American reporter Claudia Rosett continues to report on the Park trial, including testimony implicating Maurice Strong; Posted by Kate at 10:07 AM | Comments (4)


561 posted on 07/04/2006 10:49:08 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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UNSCAM UPDATE: Claudia Rosett has more on Tongsun Park's oil-for-food conviction and what it means.
 
The U.N.'s Global Tax

562 posted on 07/20/2006 1:51:20 PM PDT by backhoe
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United Nations Presides Over Barbaric Photo Op

WARNING. GRAPHIC IMAGES.

On the following page at Getty Images, you can see photographs of a nightmarish photo opportunity apparently held with the approval of United Nations peacekeepers (UN flags are everywhere in the pictures) on July 15, 2006 in Tyre, Lebanon, as men identified as “Lebanese civil defense workers” manhandle mutilated bodies, dragging them out of body bags and holding them up by their ankles like sides of beef, so that photographers can take pictures—obviously for propaganda purposes.

This is what the United Nations does behind the scenes in Lebanon. It’s grotesque to the point of absolute obscenity.

Mainstream media didn’t carry these photos. Don’t view them unless you have a very strong stomach.

I’m not kidding.

Getty Image Results.

In case the link stops working for some reason, here’s a direct link to one of the photos. Remember, don’t click this link if you have any doubt about your ability to handle it. I feel quite sick after seeing it myself—sick, and coldly furious at the United Nations for their enabling of such evil. Here. link: 229 comments

#22 Thanos  7/21/2006 06:18PM PDT
 

I viewed them, they are indeed sick and sad. The media will have a heyday with this, expect them to appear on all aztlan, answer, and other socialist blogs in the US shortly.

I still strongly support Israel in all they do, and support destruction of Hezbollah, and support freedom from hizbollah, Iran, and Syria for Lebanon. I want my grandchildren to be able to go there as tourists someday in the future.

I'm in the middle of the usual WW III update, will be popping in and out.


563 posted on 07/22/2006 4:34:58 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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The UN Has Kept The Peace In Lebanon For 28 Years

The UN helped the terrorists -- as is its way.
The UN works with Hizb'allah terrorists. In this file photo,
both flags appear together.
Millions of Americans wonder why America continues to fund and
help the UN-terrorists, the UN-slavers, and the UN-rapists.

 

564 posted on 07/22/2006 1:01:57 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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UN's legacy of shame in Timor (Abandoned babies)
565 posted on 07/22/2006 1:02:22 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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UNIFIL - Just another UN failure.

566 posted on 07/25/2006 3:08:31 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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Kofi Annan And The Kidnappers

David Kopel;   Read the whole thing - historical perspective for when the wailing begins.

Posted by Kate at 12:39 AM | Comments (22)
 
 

567 posted on 07/25/2006 2:50:58 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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To: realpatriot71

Oil = Freedom


568 posted on 07/25/2006 2:59:48 PM PDT by 38special (I mean come'on.)
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The Pirate of Turtle Bay

Botlon

Bolton was great wasn't he? If Kerry wasn't such a weasel, you could almost feel sorry for him. Not a chance, too sinister. The dhimmicrats were completely out of their league. Cartoon: NY Sun


569 posted on 07/28/2006 3:27:59 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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John Bolton: Powerful Voice for America --"It's amazing what makes a man appear to be a towering figure these days. Just speak the truth, plainly and without fear."

570 posted on 07/28/2006 2:06:49 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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Keep John Bolton at the UN
 
U.N. firing blanks in war on terror

571 posted on 07/30/2006 5:32:16 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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Oil-for-food scam: Probe indicts Natwar, son Jagat
572 posted on 08/04/2006 4:57:16 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: backhoe

BTTT


573 posted on 08/04/2006 5:16:52 AM PDT by Unicorn (Too many wimps around.)
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To: Unicorn
Thanks for the

Bring
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574 posted on 08/04/2006 3:31:46 PM PDT by backhoe
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UN Drug Operation Shut Down
575 posted on 08/06/2006 5:37:36 AM PDT by backhoe
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New allegations of sexual abuse by UN troops in DR Congo

576 posted on 08/18/2006 5:53:20 AM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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OPEN SECRET AND SCANDAL: UN OFFICIALS RECEIVE FREE HOUSING

Soros is all over the UN.  Mark Malloch Brown, the Deputy Secretary General, lives in a house Soros rents to him at rates.  In violation UN staff regulations.

In my expose of Soros intent to overthrow the American piece here, I indicated how Soros pays off, buys off the UN, the Democratic party et al. In the continuing UN scandal, the inquiry into Housing Subsidies Contrary to UN Charter Goes Ignored for 8 Weeks, as Head UN Peacekeeper Does Not Respond here.

Despite numerous attempts to get to the truth, the UN continues to stonewall on this scandal. Not only stonewall, but nefariously orchestrate treacherys behind the scenes. Can't you see Soros behind this Bolton smear campaign.
On the August 29 noon briefing, Inner City Press again  asked  Kofi Annan's spokesman about housing subsidies:

Inner City Press Question: Yesterday, you promised an answer right after the briefing on the staff rules and housing subsidies.

Spokesman: I do have an answer, which is, first of all, we are in the process of replying to Ambassador Bolton's letter. The rules pertaining to rental subsidies andPigs_trough_2 deductions are regulated through administrative instructions issued by the Secretary-General, which we can give you copies of since they are public documents.

In the process? In the process for months to answer a simple question?

Wednesday Kofi Annan's spokesman Stephane Dujarric told Inner City Press that the UN "in the last three years partly as a result of Oil-for Food and [the] Volcker [Committee], is really trying to bring itself up to standards it was never made to meet by the public or by the member states. I think we've done a tremendous amount in that regard. The issue of public disclosure is more tricky."

What's tricky about public disclosure? Unless of course you have something to hide.

What of this apparent conflict of interest? Asked Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Dujarric said among other things, "You have to have an honor system."

There is no honor among these theives. Honor system, at the UN?

Inner City Press At the UN,
Incomplete Reforms Allow for Gifts of Free Housing to UN Officials by Member States

Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN

  UNITED NATIONS, August 30 -- When UN officials receive free or cut-rate housing from their countries of nationality, the UN does not consider it a gift or favor, or even remuneration. Wednesday as Inner City Press' inquiry   continued, it emerged that the issue is far from abstract. In response to follow-up questions, Kofi Annan's spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, "I'm not saying there are not people that do get some benefits and have declared them, because there are, and that's being looked at." When asked if the list of recipient will be made public, Mr. Dujarric said, "These are issues that are being discussed... we may very well move to some form of public disclosure."

            At the spokesman's noon media briefing on Wednesday, Inner City Press asked about whether such housing subsidy violate UN Staff Regulation 1.2(j), which states plainly that "No staff member may accept any honour, decoration, favour, gift, or remuneration from any Government." As transcribed, Inner City Press requested that the spokesman "at tomorrow's briefing publicly say if those subsidies are illegal under the rules or not." Mr. Dujarric responded, "They need to be declared and then they are deducted from the allowances received.  But I will take a look at the staff rules in details and try to square that circle."

            UN insiders interviewed by Inner City Press have called member-states' provision of free or cut-rate housing to their national who serve as UN officials both an open secret and a scandal. While in most legal systems a judge would not be allowed to rule in a case in which he or she was receiving free housing from one of the litigants, at the UN as disclosed Wednesday senior officials in such departments as peacekeeping and political affairs can make decisions impacting their countries while at the same time receiving free housing from their countries.

            What of this apparent conflict of interest? Asked Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Dujarric said among other things, "You have to have an honor system." He used as an example that the head of the UN Department of Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari, formerly foreign minister of Nigeria, might recuse himself from sensitive matters concerning Nigeria -- but not because of any housing subsidy. Mr. Dujarric added that he was neither saying nor not saying if Mr. Gambari receives any housing subsidy. (UN insiders note that the housing subsidy question should be addressed by Mr. Gambari's predecessor at DPA.) Mr. Dujarric also pointed denied that any housing subsidies were provided to Jean-Marie Guehenno or Louise Frechette. The Canadian mission's press officer Michael Kovrig, in response to a follow-up question from Inner City Press, I can now confirm that Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada did not provide any housing subsidy to Deputy Secretary-General Frechette."

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577 posted on 08/31/2006 2:25:27 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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OPEN SECRET AND SCANDAL: UN OFFICIALS RECEIVE FREE HOUSING

Soros is all over the UN.  Mark Malloch Brown, the Deputy Secretary General, lives in a house Soros rents to him at rates.  In violation UN staff regulations.

In my expose of Soros intent to overthrow the American piece here, I indicated how Soros pays off, buys off the UN, the Democratic party et al. In the continuing UN scandal, the inquiry into Housing Subsidies Contrary to UN Charter Goes Ignored for 8 Weeks, as Head UN Peacekeeper Does Not Respond here.

Despite numerous attempts to get to the truth, the UN continues to stonewall on this scandal. Not only stonewall, but nefariously orchestrate treacherys behind the scenes. Can't you see Soros behind this Bolton smear campaign.
On the August 29 noon briefing, Inner City Press again  asked  Kofi Annan's spokesman about housing subsidies:

Inner City Press Question: Yesterday, you promised an answer right after the briefing on the staff rules and housing subsidies.

Spokesman: I do have an answer, which is, first of all, we are in the process of replying to Ambassador Bolton's letter. The rules pertaining to rental subsidies andPigs_trough_2 deductions are regulated through administrative instructions issued by the Secretary-General, which we can give you copies of since they are public documents.

In the process? In the process for months to answer a simple question?

Wednesday Kofi Annan's spokesman Stephane Dujarric told Inner City Press that the UN "in the last three years partly as a result of Oil-for Food and [the] Volcker [Committee], is really trying to bring itself up to standards it was never made to meet by the public or by the member states. I think we've done a tremendous amount in that regard. The issue of public disclosure is more tricky."

What's tricky about public disclosure? Unless of course you have something to hide.

What of this apparent conflict of interest? Asked Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Dujarric said among other things, "You have to have an honor system."

There is no honor among these theives. Honor system, at the UN?

Inner City Press At the UN,
Incomplete Reforms Allow for Gifts of Free Housing to UN Officials by Member States

Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN

  UNITED NATIONS, August 30 -- When UN officials receive free or cut-rate housing from their countries of nationality, the UN does not consider it a gift or favor, or even remuneration. Wednesday as Inner City Press' inquiry   continued, it emerged that the issue is far from abstract. In response to follow-up questions, Kofi Annan's spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, "I'm not saying there are not people that do get some benefits and have declared them, because there are, and that's being looked at." When asked if the list of recipient will be made public, Mr. Dujarric said, "These are issues that are being discussed... we may very well move to some form of public disclosure."

            At the spokesman's noon media briefing on Wednesday, Inner City Press asked about whether such housing subsidy violate UN Staff Regulation 1.2(j), which states plainly that "No staff member may accept any honour, decoration, favour, gift, or remuneration from any Government." As transcribed, Inner City Press requested that the spokesman "at tomorrow's briefing publicly say if those subsidies are illegal under the rules or not." Mr. Dujarric responded, "They need to be declared and then they are deducted from the allowances received.  But I will take a look at the staff rules in details and try to square that circle."

            UN insiders interviewed by Inner City Press have called member-states' provision of free or cut-rate housing to their national who serve as UN officials both an open secret and a scandal. While in most legal systems a judge would not be allowed to rule in a case in which he or she was receiving free housing from one of the litigants, at the UN as disclosed Wednesday senior officials in such departments as peacekeeping and political affairs can make decisions impacting their countries while at the same time receiving free housing from their countries.

            What of this apparent conflict of interest? Asked Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Dujarric said among other things, "You have to have an honor system." He used as an example that the head of the UN Department of Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari, formerly foreign minister of Nigeria, might recuse himself from sensitive matters concerning Nigeria -- but not because of any housing subsidy. Mr. Dujarric added that he was neither saying nor not saying if Mr. Gambari receives any housing subsidy. (UN insiders note that the housing subsidy question should be addressed by Mr. Gambari's predecessor at DPA.) Mr. Dujarric also pointed denied that any housing subsidies were provided to Jean-Marie Guehenno or Louise Frechette. The Canadian mission's press officer Michael Kovrig, in response to a follow-up question from Inner City Press, I can now confirm that Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada did not provide any housing subsidy to Deputy Secretary-General Frechette."

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578 posted on 09/01/2006 4:43:17 AM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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Kofi Annan’s Whirlwind Tour Of Obfuscation, Enabling, and Anti-Israeli Pronouncements

579 posted on 09/03/2006 4:51:48 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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VIVA "UNITED DEMOCRATIC NATIONS"! UNITED NATIONS R.I.P., IMAO

And looking around I can't help thinking that if Churchill had to face the obstruction and opposition that Bush now faces, that we probably wouldn't have won the war. Bernard Lewis, 9/11/06 Hudson Institute Watch the video of his compelling speech below. Download BernardLewis91106.wav

Mr. Lewis served in the British army and fought the Nazis during World War II. He reflects;

"I had no doubt we would triumph. I don't have that confidence now."

I spent the day at the Hudson Institute Symposium "THE UN AND BEYOND: UNITED DEMOCRATIC NATIONS", listening to some of the best minds explore, debate, recount, and deservedly excoriate the history of UN failures.

Five years after 9/11 the UN is still unable to define terrorism.

Today Bayefsky wrote this editorial here at NY Sun;


580 posted on 09/13/2006 5:28:00 AM PDT by backhoe
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http://www.gulfcoastpundit.com/archives/1607

UN’s New Attack on Law-Abiding American Gun Owners

Posted in Crime, History, Law at 12:20 pm by nbpundit

Advanced Topics in Human Rights Law.

David Kopel does a scenario of how the United Nations is going
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581 posted on 09/14/2006 4:08:24 PM PDT by backhoe
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Chavez Spews Hatred at UN

If you need any more evidence that the United Nations is a disgusting, morally bankrupt waste of money for the United States, turn on Fox News and watch as Hugo Chavez rants and raves to the General Assembly. Unbelievably vile.

UPDATE at 9/20/06 8:39:15 am:

The UN just gave this creature a big round of applause, after he finished his speech by calling President Bush “the devil” and said he smelled “sulfur” in the room.

UPDATE at 9/20/06 8:46:19 am:

He held up a book by Noam Chomsky. Surprise.

UPDATE at 9/20/06 8:49:22 am:

After watching that evil performance, I’m not only angry at the UN and Chavez. What’s happened to America’s resolve? Why is this man allowed to say these kinds of things on American soil?

UPDATE at 9/20/06 9:08:12 am:

Allahpundit has a vidclip of the “devil” remark: Video: Chavez flips out at the UN.   link: 396 comments   " The UN has turned into a Nazipallooza festival."" The U.N. has become a "South Park" episode."

note: without a border fence and border security soon this evil little nut case and the commies in Mexico will over run the southern border with millions of illegals and it's your a##'s on the line for their final solution...   Blog Reaction Roundup.  The Commies at CounterPunch have also dutifully supplied a transcription.

Comandante Chavez's Friends

The United Nations: Land of Socialists, Despots and Final Warnings


582 posted on 09/20/2006 12:55:50 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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INDEED: "Wow. With one speech, eagerly applauded, Hugo Chavez did more today to show what’s wrong with the United Nations than some of us have managed in years of gumshoe reporting."  Pajamas is all over this, with Michelle Malkin posting the details before the UN has even got an English transcript, and Roger Simon noting that the UN these days has its own New Class, a sort of UN-klatura.
583 posted on 09/21/2006 3:28:06 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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The United Nations:30 Years of "Brutal Buffoonery"
584 posted on 09/22/2006 1:22:18 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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U.N. Shows Why It's Incapable of Reform(Mark Steyn)
585 posted on 09/24/2006 6:04:53 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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Is there blood on his hands? (Kofi Annan)
 

586 posted on 10/01/2006 5:09:07 AM PDT by backhoe
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Education for Sustainable Tyranny - The United Nations Plan for our Children
587 posted on 11/10/2006 7:10:26 AM PST by backhoe
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Sordid little UN oil for food history
588 posted on 11/29/2006 3:43:15 AM PST by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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The UN -- Model Of Consistency

Almost from the first days of this blog, I have noted the continuing scandal of the United Nations peacekeeping efforts and their chronic sexual abuse of female refugees, many of them young girls. Despite over two years of these stories, the UN still has done nothing to purge itself of the disgusting practices of sexual exploitation and extortion. The BBC reports today that yet another peacekeeping mission has turned itself into a pimping expedition:

Children have been subjected to rape and prostitution by United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti and Liberia, a BBC investigation has found.

Girls have told of regular encounters with soldiers where sex is demanded in return for food or money.

A senior official with the organisation has accepted the claims are credible.

Credible? Try inevitable. With its lack of top-down discipline and a political structure that guards against accountability, no one should expect any different result. Despite physical evidence of these rapes and molestations, the UN has done nothing to punish those responsible, instead shipping the accused back home to their countries and ignoring the victims.

Given what we've seen for the past few years, either state will be an improvement. (via Hot Air and It Shines For All)

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589 posted on 11/30/2006 1:49:40 PM PST by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1837843/posts
Ex-UN Official, Called Greedy, Goes on Trial in N.Y. Bribe Case


590 posted on 05/22/2007 8:58:56 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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...for the link.

591 posted on 05/22/2007 10:05:38 AM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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Briton arrested in oil-for-food scandal


592 posted on 06/14/2007 7:26:51 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1850713/posts
Robert Fisk: Disgraced UN chief and Nazi war criminal Waldheim, dies aged 88

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1850817/posts
1918 - 2007 KURT WALDHEIM: Former Leader of U.N., Austria Hid Ties To Nazis (Obituary)


593 posted on 06/15/2007 8:56:16 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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British man admits guilt in NY oil-for-food case
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2235457/posts


594 posted on 04/22/2009 1:08:07 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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In the “we tried to tell ya” dept?

Via:
http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/

TEN YEARS AGO ON INSTAPUNDIT: “I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S MORE UPSETTING: That U.N. officers apparently ran a sex-slave ring in Bosnia, that the U.N. higher-ups managed to shut down the investigation, or that the Washington Post put the story on page A17.” And where was Amnesty International?

http://pjmedia.com/instapundit-archive/oldarchives/2001_12_30_instapundit_archive.html#8295790


595 posted on 01/01/2012 12:56:58 AM PST by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard Pirate Boy, plunderin' his way across the InterToobs)
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