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  • The Insider (WuzzaDem zings Feingold, The Insider show, and Hollywood Nitwits - LOL!)

    03/16/2006 11:05:22 AM PST · by EveningStar · 1 replies · 360+ views
    WuzzaDem ^ | March 15, 2006 | John
    And now, we join The Insider, already in progress. Next, The Insider's Lara Spencer goes behind the scenes in DC for tonight's Tidy Cats Washington Scoop.   Pat, members of congress from the left coast and the right were shocked yesterday when clean-cut Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold called for President Bush to be censored...
  • Follow That Car

    12/29/2005 5:37:01 AM PST · by yoe · 10 replies · 1,135+ views
    New York Sun ^ | December 29, 2005 | Editor
    The tantrum with which Secretary General Annan greeted the now famous question about the missing Mercedes Benz tells us a lot about the tensions that are building at the United Nations. The question was lodged at a press conference by one of the best reporters in the U.N. press room, James Bone of the London Times. Mr. Annan, normally a mild-mannered, suave operator, lashed out at Mr. Bone, calling him "cheeky" and "an overgrown schoolboy," and accused him of being "an embarrassment" to journalism - upon which the august editorial page of the Wall Street Journal promptly invited Mr. Bone...
  • Follow That Car [Kooky Kofi]

    12/29/2005 5:35:36 AM PST · by Quilla · 3 replies · 698+ views
    New York Sun ^ | December 29, 2005 | Editorial
    The tantrum with which Secretary General Annan greeted the now famous question about the missing Mercedes Benz tells us a lot about the tensions that are building at the United Nations. The question was lodged at a press conference by one of the best reporters in the U.N. press room, James Bone of the London Times. Mr. Annan, normally a mild-mannered, suave operator, lashed out at Mr. Bone, calling him "cheeky" and "an overgrown schoolboy," and accused him of being "an embarrassment" to journalism - upon which the august editorial page of the Wall Street Journal promptly invited Mr. Bone...
  • UN 2-fer/ Annan outlines global conflicts;angered at media|Annan to Focus on Poverty for Final Year

    12/21/2005 4:06:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 698+ views
    Reuters and AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/21/05 | Reuters / AP
    Evelyn Leopold http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/un_annan_dc;_ylt=Ak8uJ3VvSPKytd39jkRAoTys0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA2Z2szazkxBHNlYwN0bQ-- UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Terrorism and conflicts across the Middle East will be major global issues in 2006, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said at a year-end news conference on Wednesday and he also lashed out at the media for its coverage of the oil-for-food program. Annan said he faced getting tough management reform proposals through the U.N. General Assembly and trying to solve the ongoing conflict in Sudan's Darfur region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But he said he expected terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and the Middle East -- the slayings in Lebanon, the...
  • Annan Lays Out Plans, Lashes Out at Media

    12/22/2005 9:07:39 AM PST · by george76 · 17 replies · 834+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 22, | EDITH M. LEDERER
    UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Kofi Annan lashed out at the media after a year of unrelenting attacks on the United Nations and criticism of his management of the $64 billion oil-for-food program in Iraq, calling one critic "an overgrown schoolboy." He criticized reporters Wednesday for what he said was unfair coverage of his role in the oil-for-food program and insisted reporters missed the big story. That, he said, was the more than 2,200 companies and invididuals from some 40 countries that paid kickbacks or illegal surcharges to Saddam Hussein's government to get contracts. An 18-month investigation led by former U.S....
  • UN investigator claims Annan lied about son's role

    12/08/2005 7:14:07 PM PST · by saquin · 5 replies · 746+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12/9/05 | Francis Harris
    Kofi Annan, the secretary general of the United Nations, lied about what he knew of his son's business activities at the time of the Iraq oil-for-food programme, according to the senior investigator charged with examining his conduct. A report published by the US Congress also alleges that senior members of the UN's separate Volcker inquiry into the programme resisted printing any conclusion which might have forced Mr Annan's resignation. When the UN report on Mr Annan's conduct was published nine months ago, it stated that there was no evidence that Mr Annan had misbehaved. The inquiry examined the employment of...
  • British Newspaper to Pay Damages to Kofi Annan's Son Over Oil-for-Food Allegations

    11/11/2005 7:10:27 AM PST · by ncountylee · 8 replies · 732+ views
    AP via TBO ^ | Nov 11, 2005 | Jessica Sallabank
    LONDON (AP) - The son of U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has accepted a settlement from a British newspaper that claimed he was involved in selling Iraqi oil during Saddam Hussein's rule, his lawyer said Friday. Businessman Kojo Annan had brought High Court libel proceedings over a January story in The Sunday Times. His lawyer, Simon Smith, said the newspaper claimed Kojo Annan admitted to a friend that he had been involved in negotiations to sell 2 million barrels of Iraqi oil to a Moroccan company in 2001 as part of the corruption-riddled U.N. oil-for-food program. Sunday Times lawyer Alastair Brett,...
  • U.N.-Forgivable (The Oil-For-Food Scandal Exposes Inept UN)

    10/29/2005 10:09:34 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies · 866+ views
    IBD ^ | 10.27.05
    United Nations: The final report on the oil-for-food scandal has been released, to little fanfare. How sad so few people, apart from policy wonks, will read it. It's a stunning indictment of the U.N.'s current leadership. Maybe it's just an accident that the U.N.'s report on the biggest financial scandal in history was released amid the political maelstrom of the Harriet Miers fiasco and the possible indictment of two key presidential aides, thus ensuring it would get little coverage. But we doubt it. The first news accounts of the so-called Volcker Commission's final report emphasized that 2,200 out of 4,500...
  • UN team links more oil cash to Galloway wife's bank account

    10/27/2005 4:07:14 PM PDT · by 1066AD · 54 replies · 1,242+ views
    The Times (UK) Online ^ | 10/28/2005 | James Bone
    CLICK HERE TO PRINT CLOSE WINDOW The Times October 28, 2005 UN team links more oil cash to Galloway wife's bank account From James Bone in New York Amina Naji Abu Zayyad, George Galloway's estranged wife (DWAYNE SENIOR) ::nobreak::GEORGE GALLOWAY faced new questions last night after a UN inquiry tracked additional payments of Iraqi oil money into his wife’s bank account. Days after a US Senate committee tracked a $150,000 (£84,000) payment to the MP’s now estranged Palestinian wife, the UN inquiry reported that Amina Naji Abu Zayyad had earlier received a series of transfers totalling $120,000. The revelation increases...
  • Venezuela's Chavez wants UN out of United States

    09/15/2005 8:34:03 PM PDT · by chicagoray38 · 64 replies · 1,192+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Thu Sep 15, 8:17 PM ET | By Irwin Arieff
    United Nations - Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez used the United Nations on Thursday to fire a broadside at the United States, saying the world body should move out of New York over the war in Iraq. In a speech to the U.N. world summit, he also said the United States had failed its own people in its response to Hurricane Katrina, accused Washington of fueling terrorism and faulted it for its doctrine of pre-emptive military strikes.
  • WSJ: Oil for Food as Usual - The U.N.'s worst critics couldn't invent what Volcker shows.

    09/09/2005 5:17:39 AM PDT · by OESY · 10 replies · 1,207+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 9, 2005 | Editorial
    ...So it was that the largest fraud ever recorded in history came about. Press reports often cite the overall size of Oil for Food at $60 billion, but Mr. Volcker's report makes clear that the real figure was in excess of $100 billion. From this, Saddam was able to derive $10.2 billion from illicit transactions. But the important point is he was able to steer 10 times that sum toward his preferred clients in the service of his political aims. ...Volcker's report is replete with examples of incompetent UN oversight and tales of political wrangling among the permanent members of...
  • UN probe paints Annan's son as big-spending liar

    09/07/2005 6:48:34 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 614+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/7/5 | Claudia Parsons
    You can choose your friends but not your family. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan escaped charges of corruption in a report on the Iraqi oil-for-food program released on Wednesday, but evidence was presented that his son Kojo brandished his father's name to avoid paying taxes on a luxury car and lied repeatedly while under investigation. Kofi Annan said the report was "deeply embarrassing." One of the most embarrassing points for the soft-spoken Nobel Peace Prize winner from Ghana must be the role of his own son. Kojo Annan, now 31, was a consultant for the Swiss firm Cotecna S.A. that won...
  • Kojo's new car

    09/06/2005 4:19:46 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 5 replies · 880+ views
    As Paul Volcker put the finishing touches last week on his final report on the U.N.'s role in the oil-for-food scandal, investigators continue to uncover details about Kojo Annan's links with Cotecna, the company at the center of the influence-peddling inquiry. In late 1998, U.N. sources say, Kojo, son of U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, got a $3,000 loan from a friend for a down payment on a sporty green Mercedes ML 320 in Geneva, Switzerland. The friend was Michael Wilson, then a vice president of Cotecna, the firm that not only employed Kojo but also won millions of dollars in...
  • The UN's Spreading Bribery Scandal: Russian Ties and Global Reach

    09/06/2005 12:32:24 PM PDT · by MamaLucci · 17 replies · 807+ views
    Fox News ^ | 090605 | Claudia Rosett, George Russell
    NEW YORK — How widespread is the corruption at the United Nations? The multibillion-dollar Iraq Oil-for-Food (search) scandal was just the beginning. Now the issue is becoming the scale of corruption in the U.N.'s normal operations — and which individuals and corporations are reaping the benefits of a network of bribery and conspiracy that investigators have just begun to uncover. So far, those identities are still a mystery — but perhaps not for much longer.
  • UN offers to help overwhelmed US cope with Katrina

    09/02/2005 1:25:39 AM PDT · by guitarnick40 · 42 replies · 905+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Sep 1, 2005 9:14 PM ET7 | By Irwin Arieff
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations on Thursday offered to help the United States provide disaster relief to the victims of Hurricane Katrina as the storm's devastation challenged the U.S. authorities' ability to cope. While the United States is the country best prepared to deal with such a disaster, "the sheer size of this emergency makes it possible that we can supplement the American response with supplies from other countries, or with experience we have gained in other relief operations," U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said. "I know we will not be alone. We will be happy to work with...
  • Oil-For-Food Chief Accused of Kickbacks

    08/08/2005 9:37:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 901+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/8/05 | Nick Wadhams - AP
    NEW YORK - Investigators probing claims of wrongdoing in the Iraq oil-for-food program accused its former chief, Benon Sevan, of corruption for taking illegal kickbacks and recommended his immunity be lifted for prosecution. The investigators said a former U.N. procurement officer sought a bribe and should have his immunity lifted as well. Alexander Yakovlev also was accused of collecting nearly $1 million in kickbacks outside the oil-for-food program. The third report by the Independent Inquiry Committee, led by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, was a new blow to the scandal-tainted $64 billion program. For the first time, it gave...
  • U.N. to Investigate Yakovlev Case

    06/22/2005 3:53:40 AM PDT · by paudio · 5 replies · 468+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/21/05
    UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations' Monday announcement that it will look into whether a longtime official violated conflict-of-interest rules did more than draw attention to the man's possible wrongdoing — it also raised questions about how the world body investigates itself. The world body's decision to investigate procurement officer Alexander Yakovlev (search) was prompted by a FOX News investigation into the staffer. Yakovlev, who handles tens of millions of dollars' worth of contracts for a variety of U.N. operations, is entwined in an apparent father-son conflict of interest similar to the one that engulfed Secretary-General Kofi Annan (search) and...
  • The granddaddy of conflicts of interest?: Paul Volcker lobbyist for "emergency" UN funding

    06/16/2005 8:09:39 AM PDT · by MikeEdwards · 1 replies · 525+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | June 16, 2005 | Judi McLeod
    Long before he was handpicked by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to lead an "independent" Inquiry Committee investigating the oil-for-food program, Paul Volcker was a big player as a lobbyist for "emergency" UN funding.
  • Oil-for-Food: Volcker Takes Another Look at Kofi Annan

    06/15/2005 7:50:44 AM PDT · by MikeEdwards · 9 replies · 767+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | June 15, 2005 | Marinka Peschmann
    Paul Volcker’s inquiry into the UN’s Oil-for-Food program "is urgently reviewing newly disclosed information concerning possible links between UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and representatives of Cotecna Inspection Services, a Swiss contractor based in Geneva that bid for contracts under the Oil-for-Food Program while the Secretary General's son, Kojo Annan, was a consultant for the company," said IIC’s spokesman, Michael Holtzman, in a statement issued Tuesday.
  • Memo Seems to Link Annan to Contract of Son's Company

    06/14/2005 6:43:42 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 9 replies · 684+ views
    NYTIMES ^ | 06/14/05 | JUDITH MILLER
    Memo Seems to Link Annan to Contract of Son's Company By JUDITH MILLER A memo written by someone who was then an executive of a major contractor in the United Nations oil-for-food program states that he briefly discussed the company's effort to win the contract in late 1998 with Secretary General Kofi Annan and his "entourage" and that the executive was told that "we could count on their support." The secretary general's son, Kojo Annan, was employed by Cotecna Inspection Services, a Swiss contractor based in Geneva, and the nature of that relationship is among the issues being investigated by...
  • Annan Didn't Disclose Key Contacts

    05/13/2005 3:24:49 PM PDT · by mathprof · 56 replies · 2,481+ views
    AP ^ | 5/13/05 | JOHN SOLOMON and DESMOND BUTLER
    U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan did not initially tell investigators in the oil-for-food probe that he met twice with representatives of his son's employer as the Swiss company began soliciting United Nations business. Annan's omissions last November raised credibility concerns with the chief investigator, Robert Parton, that persisted even after Annan later provided his recollections about the meetings. Investigators had uncovered the contacts in calendars recovered from computers, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The Associated Press. Parton sought to make an issue of Annan's veracity, concluding the U.N. chief wasn't initially forthcoming and his story evolved as new facts...
  • Kofi's break - (Annan being honored by U.Penn; commencement speaker; Dr. of Law degree)

    05/07/2005 11:01:01 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 7 replies · 383+ views
    TOWNHALL.COM ^ | MAY 6, 2005 | CLIFFORD D. MAY
    Kofi Annan is not a crook. Or, to be more precise, the United Nations Secretary-General has not been convicted of criminal activity. If that's so, however, Mr. Annan has to be the most negligent and incompetent manager ever to lead a major international organization. Yet through the cloud that hangs over Mr. Annan, a ray of sunshine has found its way to him. Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, that prestigious Ivy League seat of learning, has invited Mr. Annan to serve as this year's commencement speaker. And that's not all: In what can only be seen as...
  • How is Kofi Annan keeping his job?

    05/06/2005 7:22:00 AM PDT · by thebiggestdog · 3 replies · 171+ views
    www.hotchicken.com ^ | 5-6-05 | www.hotchicken.com
    If Kofi Annan keeps his job after Congress reviews the information that they subpeonaed from former OFF investigator Robert Parton. Parton, who after a subpoena from Henry Hyde, gave congress everything they wanted, and the UN aint to happy about it. The Oil For Food fiasco has to go down as one of the biggest clusterducks in the history of the UN. The idea was that Saddam could sell oil in exchange for food, medicine and other essentials needed by the Iraqi people, only it didn't happen. Saddam cut deals with everyone, including a few Americans to finegal all sorts...
  • How many more must die before Kofi quits?

    04/06/2005 7:41:38 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 26 replies · 688+ views
    Guardian (UK) ^ | 4/3/05 | Kenneth Cain
    Like its cousin, the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, Rwanda's stunning new genocide museum, perched on a quiet hillside overlooking Kigali, is at its most arresting when it honours the lost children. One installation invites us to consider David, a cute, shy boy, with big round black eyes: David's favourite sport was soccer; he enjoyed making people laugh; his dream was to be a doctor; he was tortured to death; his last words were: 'The UN will come to get us.' Next to David's biography is Ariane's, four, stabbed in the eyes and head; Fillette, also four, smashed against a wall;...
  • Hell No---He's Not Exonerated

    04/02/2005 10:22:48 AM PST · by MamaLucci · 16 replies · 693+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4-11-05 | Claudia Rosett
    IN THE EPIC UNITED NATIONS Oil-for-Food scandal, we now have a moment of high farce, with what will surely be remembered as Kofi Annan's "Hell, no" press conference--named for the secretary general's belligerent answer on March 29 to a reporter who, quite appropriately, wondered if Annan shouldn't think about resigning sometime soon. The U.N.-authorized inquiry into Oil-for-Food wrongdoing, led by former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker, clocked in last Tuesday with its second interim report on a program now infamous as the biggest fraud in the history of humanitarian aid. That same afternoon, Annan summoned the media to the blue-curtained...
  • Annan Refuses to Quit U.N. Over Report

    03/29/2005 1:29:47 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 49 replies · 983+ views
    san jose mercury news ^ | March 29,2005 | ap
    UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, asked Tuesday if he would resign after a critical report concerning the oil-for-food scandal in Iraq, replied, "Hell, no." Annan was speaking after the release of a report by investigators, who said Tuesday there was not enough evidence to show that Annan knew of a contract bid by his son's employer for the oil-for-food program in Iraq. However, they criticized the U.N. chief for not properly investigating possible conflicts of interest in the matter. While Annan said he accepted that criticism, he was happy with the report's findings he committed no wrongdoing. "After...
  • Kofi Annan is depressed. Maybe he should go on Dr. Phil.

    03/28/2005 7:21:35 AM PST · by thebiggestdog · 176+ views
    www.hotchicken.com ^ | 3-28-05 | www.hotchicken.com
    The word out of the UK is that poor Kofi Annan is depressed, and may be close to calling it quits. How sad. How did things go so horribly wrong for Kofi? Just a few years ago he was the darling of the world community, taking pot shots at President Bush and the US at will. Dictators and tyrants everywhere loved to hear Kofi tell the world that the war in Iraq was unjust, knowing that If justice came knocking at their door, Kofi would side with them. Now things are getting interesting. First of is the issue with Kofi's...
  • Volcker to release oil-for-food report (Mar. 29, specific to Kofi and son's involvement)

    03/21/2005 7:34:50 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 763+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/21/05 | Edith M. Lederer - AP
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker will release a report March 29 on whether the U.N. chief and his son were involved in wrongdoing over the Iraqi oil-for-food program, officials said Monday. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Monday that he had no expectations about the report from Volcker, who is heading an investigation into the troubled program. "I will wait to see the report, which I understand will come out by the end of this month," Annan told reporters. Kojo Annan was employed in Africa by the Swiss company, Cotecna Inspection SA, which had a...
  • Why Bother With the United Nations?

    02/20/2005 9:44:29 PM PST · by TBP · 5 replies · 929+ views
    Freedom News ^ | February 20, 2005 | Tim Phares
    On Sunday, the head of the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers, resigned under pressure after he was found guilty of misconduct for the sexual harassment of a subordinate female worker at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Secretary General Kofi Annan reportedly read the report showing clear evidence of Commissioner Lubbers's conduct and did nothing about it. It seems that protecting the reputation of a friend was more important to Annan than protecting the people who work for the UN. This is unacceptable. When will Annan resign? Unfortunately, this is not the UN's only...
  • U.N. Oil-for-Food Chief Faces Fresh Charges (Sevan skimmed $1.2 million out of program)

    02/14/2005 9:58:37 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 20 replies · 568+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 15, 2005 | Judith Miller
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 - The Senate subcommittee on investigations says it has documents showing that the former head of the United Nations oil-for-food aid program may have made as much as $1.2 million personally from illegal oil shipments by Iraq. The officials said in a briefing on Capitol Hill late Monday that they based the conclusion on documents written by the Iraqi Oil Ministry under Saddam Hussein and on reports prepared for the new oil minister after Mr. Hussein was overthrown in 2003. A subcommittee hearing about the oil-for-food program is to take place on Tuesday. An independent investigation...
  • Fox News *tonight*: U.N. Blood Money: Kofi Annan Under Fire — Sunday 2/13 - 9pm ET/6pm PT

    02/13/2005 5:40:48 PM PST · by nutmeg · 61 replies · 1,235+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | Sunday, February 13, 2005 | Fox News
    U.N. Blood Money: Kofi Annan Under Fire — Sun. 9pm ET Did high U.N. officials receive oil handouts from Saddam? Were secret weapons financed with U.N. blood money? And, the biggest question of all: Where does the buck stop in this scandal? In-depth reports from FNC's Eric Shawn and Jonathan Hunt make this another must-see!
  • Head of Oil-for-Food Program Blocked Audit at Same Time He's Accused of Soliciting Deals

    02/12/2005 12:02:35 PM PST · by billorites · 5 replies · 242+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 12, 2005 | Desmond Butler
    The U.N. oil-for-food program chief under scrutiny for alleged corruption and mismanagement blocked a proposed audit of his office around the same time he's accused of soliciting lucrative oil deals from Iraq, according to investigators. A U.N. auditing team, which was severely understaffed, said running the $64 billion oil-for-food program was "a high risk activity" and a priority for review. But Benon Sevan denied the internal auditors' request to hire a consultant to examine his office in May 2001 - an act top investigators of the program are now calling into question. "I think the auditors thought they were steered...
  • Oil for Food Facts: The interim Volcker report is no whitewash.

    02/11/2005 9:42:16 PM PST · by quidnunc · 14 replies · 729+ views
    The Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal ^ | February 12, 2005 | Editorial
    So much for the worry that Paul Volcker's probe into the U.N. Oil for Food scandal would be a "whitewash." After taking the time to read the 246-page interim report (link in PDF) the former Fed chairman issued late last week, we think his revelations have if anything been underplayed. To wit: • Oil for Food program director Benon Sevan behaved unethically and then lied about it, and he hasn't adequately explained $160,000 he received. • There is "convincing and uncontested evidence" that the selection of the program's "three prime contractors" did not conform to U.N. rules or to general...
  • While Kofi Annan was ignoring Zimbabwe crisis, his son was building Harare's airport

    02/08/2005 11:08:20 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 16 replies · 699+ views
    CFP ^ | January 8, 2005 | Judi McLeod
    While United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan was patently ignoring a President Robert Mugabe oppressed Zimbabwe, his son, Kojo was making money building the Zimbabwean capitol’s airport. Mugabe runs the ZANU-PF, a regime that Condoleeza Rice labels an outpost of tyranny. Why Kojo Annan’s business activities in Zimbabwe have not surfaced in the ongoing probe of the Oil-For-Food Program should surely raise concern about both the integrity and sincerity of the investigation. It’s a global village as far as Kojo’s business agenda is concerned. First came West Africa where Annan’s youngest son was working for the Swiss-based Cotecna with ties...
  • Kofi Annan's son used UN link to lobby for business (second disclosure in a week)

    12/05/2004 5:24:34 PM PST · by Cableguy · 9 replies · 723+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 12/5/2004 | Philip Sherwell
    The son of Kofi Annan, the United Nations Secretary-General, lobbied for business contacts at gatherings of UN officials on behalf of a company in the same year as it won an oil-for-food programme deal, it has emerged. The second disclosure in a week about Kojo Annan's role with the Swiss company Cotecna Inspection Services, which secured the $4.8 million (£2.46 million) UN contract to monitor goods entering and leaving Iraq in 1998, has raised embarrassing questions for his father. The details were revealed in Cotecna company documents handed over under subpoena to US congressional scrutineers who are investigating the oil-for-food...
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE INTRODUCES RESOLUTION TO GET US OUT OF UN (Claims U.N. violates State's rights.)

    01/16/2005 8:22:51 AM PST · by Happy2BMe · 122 replies · 5,381+ views
    2005 SESSION 05-0002 05/01 HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 1 A RESOLUTION urging Congress to withdraw the United States from the United Nations. SPONSORS: Rep. Albert, Straf 1; Rep. Matthew Quandt, Rock 13; Rep. Hawkins, Hills 18; Rep. Buhlman, Hills 27; Rep. Headd, Rock 3; Sen. Boyce, Dist 4; Sen. Roberge, Dist 9 COMMITTEE: State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs ANALYSIS This resolution urges Congress to withdraw the United States from the United Nations. 05-0002 05/01 STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Five A RESOLUTION urging Congress to withdraw the United States from the United Nations. Whereas, the...
  • KOFI CLINTON (clinton-Secretary-General of the U.N.?)

    01/14/2005 10:03:44 PM PST · by kattracks · 36 replies · 2,170+ views
    New York Post - Page Six ^ | 1/15/05 | Richard Johnson with Paula Froelich and Chris Wilson
    <p>CAN you picture Bill Clinton as Kofi Annan's replacement as Secretary-General of the U.N.? Insiders say the former president agreed to partner up with his predecessor, No. 41, George H.W. Bush, in the tsunami relief effort partly for the international awareness to position him for the U.N. job. Clinton, who has been relatively low-profile since leaving the White House, is said to be ready for a new challenge now that he's finished with his autobiography. Assuming that Clinton's popularity in Africa and Europe would win the approval of the Security Council, the only fly in the ointment is the complications for wife Hillary's presidential hopes in 2008. "No one in the U.N. would want the President of the United States to be married to the head of the U.N., and therefore in control of Security Council votes," said one observer. Conversely, Americans wouldn't like the idea that the U.N. would be calling the shots in the Oval Office.</p>
  • 'Ghosts' Hamper Iraq Oil-for-Food Corruption Probe

    12/24/2004 7:30:20 AM PST · by flitton · 15 replies · 438+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 24/12/04 | PA News
    A UN-ordered probe into Iraq oil-for-food corruption is being seriously hampered by an elaborate system of ghost firms set up around the world to cover the tracks of bribes to Saddam Hussein as he cheated the 60 billion dollar (£31.4 billion) program, a top investigator said. Some front companies that dealt with Saddam have been liquidated or have hidden ownership, complicating the search for evidence of financial improprieties, said Swiss criminal lawyer Mark Pieth. He’s one of three commission members leading the probe headed by former US Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker. Major oil trading companies and individuals – from...
  • Kojo's U.N. Mojo

    12/19/2004 12:50:44 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 4 replies · 377+ views
    New York Post ^ | December 19, 2004 | New York Post Editorial
    And how does Kojo attempt to defend himself? By blaming Republicans. For a "witch hunt." "I feel the whole issue has been a witch hunt from Day One, as part of a broader Republican agenda," Annan said Tuesday. "What will U.S. senators have to say if there is . . . no substance to the allegations against my father and me?"
  • Documents Challenge Kojo Annan's Story

    12/16/2004 5:00:18 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 6 replies · 874+ views
    Fox.com ^ | Dec. 16 2004 | Jonathan Hunt
    WASHINGTON — Documents seen by FOX News suggest a conflict of interest may exist between Kofi Annan's (search) son, the Swiss company he worked for and the United Nations. Congressional investigators are examining those records and thousands of pages of others as part of their probe into the controversial U.N. Oil-for-Food (search) program. FOX News was permitted to review some documents but not make copies. Kojo Annan (search), the son of the U.N. secretary general, claims he has never been involved directly or indirectly with any business related to the United Nations. And Cotecna Inspection S.A., the company Kojo worked...
  • Annan's son decries oil-for food probe

    12/14/2004 3:35:59 PM PST · by keat · 8 replies · 442+ views
    UPI ^ | Tuesday, December 14, 2004 7:44:29 AM EST
    LAGOS, Nigeria, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- The son of U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Kojo, calls the inquiries into Iraq's oil-for-food program a U.S. Republican "witchhunt," CNN said Tuesday. In a written statement to the network, the 31-year-old said: "I have never participated directly or indirectly in any business related to the United Nations." The oil-for-food program, administered by the United Nations, was designed to allow Iraq to sell oil and use the proceeds to buy food and medicine to offset the sanctions' impact on the Iraqi people. The younger Annan once worked for Cotecna, a Swiss company that inspects commercial...
  • Congress Should Withhold U.S. Funds from the U.N.

    12/12/2004 11:11:23 AM PST · by Paul Ross · 16 replies · 538+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 12/10/04 | Niles Gardiner & James Dean
    www.heritage.org [back to web version] Congress Should Withhold U.S. Funds from the U.N. by Nile Gardiner and James Dean December 10, 2004 | | American taxpayers should demand accountability from an institution that depends on their funding. Luckily, that’s finally starting to happen. As the United Nations Oil for Food scandal continues to unfold, Congress is beginning to flex its investigative muscle. Five different committees are investigating the largest financial fraud of modern times. With the arrival of new chairmen for both the House and Senate Appropriations committees in January, it’s time for Congress to withhold the generous contribution that U.S....
  • Oil-for-food scandal actually pretty dull (Kojo Annan, Cotecna doesn't excite "liberal media")

    12/11/2004 7:46:38 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies · 988+ views
    Journal Times ^ | 12/08/04 | Rachel Campbell
    Oil-for-food scandal actually pretty dull By Rachel Campbell "First of all, this isn't a movie. Second of all, even if it was, none of us could exactly pass for Tom Cruise; so he would be the one screaming that, not us. We would be lucky to be cast as Mute Juror No. 6." ------------------------------------------------------ The Journal Times has gotten a bit of flak lately for not covering the oil-for-food scandal as prominently as some would like. Personally, I haven't covered it thus far because, frankly, there isn't much to report. But in the name of fairness and balance, here's what's...
  • Oil-For-Food Scandal May Harm U.N. Reforms

    12/10/2004 5:13:11 PM PST · by jalisco555 · 17 replies · 431+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 12/10/04 | EDITH M. LEDERER
    UNITED NATIONS - U.N. diplomats say they are concerned that calls for Secretary-General Kofi Annan (news - web sites)'s resignation and allegations of widespread corruption in the U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq (news - web sites) could derail plans for a sweeping reform of the United Nations (news - web sites). When a blue ribbon panel, after a year's work, released a report last week on how the world body should tackle wars, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, poverty and other threats, the spotlight should have been on its 101 recommendations. Instead the report was eclipsed by headlines that Sen. Norm Coleman...
  • Contracts Chief Shown To Be Annan Son's Main Cotecna Tie

    12/10/2004 6:05:07 AM PST · by Ginifer · 6 replies · 404+ views
    www.nysun.com ^ | December 10, 2004 | CLAUDIA ROSETT
    UNITED NATIONS - The next chapter of the Kofi Annan saga will focus on whether there was any real substance to the job for which the secretary-general's son, Kojo Annan, received lucrative payments during a period of years in which he was ostensibly working in West Africa. The matter is surfacing in new documents coming to light as investigators scramble to find out why the young son of the secretary-general was put on the payroll by a Swiss-based company, Cotecna Inspection Services SA, that ended up doing some of the most sensitive work in the U.N. oil-for-food program. The documents...
  • U.N. members give Annan standing ovation

    12/09/2004 2:05:27 AM PST · by kattracks · 31 replies · 1,395+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 12/09/04 | EDITH M. LEDERER, AP
    UNITED NATIONS -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan won a standing ovation from the U.N. General Assembly, a rare public display of support in response to recent calls for his resignation from several U.S. lawmakers. U.S. deputy ambassador Patrick Kennedy joined fellow diplomats as they rose to their feet Wednesday, despite President Bush's refusal to support the U.N. chief pending the results of an investigation into alleged corruption in the U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq.[snip]"In 15 years I've spent at the United Nations, this is the second time that the General Assembly had a standing ovation for a leader," he said. The...
  • Oil for Food: Kofi's Quagmire

    12/06/2004 9:34:14 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 2 replies · 512+ views
    Mens News Day ^ | Dec 6, 2004 | Joe Mariani
    Just before Bill Clinton left office in January 2001, he exercised his privilege of granting Presidential pardons... which is somewhat of an understatement. With 176 criminals given pardons and commuted sentences in a single day, one might envision an "exercise" as frenetic as Richard Simmons on crack cocaine and Jolt Cola. Among the criminals Clinton pardoned was his own brother Roger, who had been convicted of drug trafficking. Susan McDougal, who was linked to the Clintons through the Whitewater scandal, also received a pardon. So did another Whitewater aide, Stephen Smith, though he said he didn't want one. Many of...
  • KOJO CASHED IN ON DADDY, NOTES REVEAL

    12/01/2004 11:49:41 PM PST · by kattracks · 55 replies · 5,854+ views
    New York Post ^ | 12/02/04 | NILES LATHEM
    WASHINGTON — The son of U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan used his father's worldwide connections to wheel and deal with heads of state — at U.N. gatherings — on behalf of a controversial Swiss company that won a lucrative oil-for-food program contract, The Post has learned. The intense lobbying by Annan's 29-year old son, Kojo, was disclosed in a raft of internal company documents — including Kojo Annan's expense reports — that the company recently turned over to congressional committees under a subpoena. The memos provide the most revealing look to date at the business conflicts that are now at...
  • UN Chief's Son is Under Scrutiny of NY Grand Jury, NY Post says

    10/18/2004 9:29:21 AM PDT · by handy · 41 replies · 3,001+ views
    NY Post via Bloomberg | 10-18-2004 | Jesse Westbrook
    I saw this on Bloomberg, which attributes it to the NY Post. Don't see it on the post website yet. Here is some of the text from Bloomberg: Page 1 of 2 BN 12:17 UN Chief's Son Is Under Scrutiny of Grand Jury, N.Y. Post Says By Jesse Westbrook Oct. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Kojo Annan, the son of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, is among people and companies under investigation by a federal grand jury looking into Iraq's $64 billion oil-for-food program, the New York Post reported, citing UN officials. The grand jury in Manhattan is reviewing $11 billion in...
  • United Nations: Oil-for-Food Fiasco?

    10/11/2004 1:08:32 PM PDT · by BushisTheMan · 8 replies · 648+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 10/11/2004 | Mark Hosenball and Steve Tuttle
    Law-enforcement sources say Americans who participated in alleged oil-for-food scams also may face further investigation. The CIA deleted from Duelfer's report names of Saddam's U.S. oil-for-food favorites. But an uncensored copy of the Duelfer report obtained by NEWSWEEK indicates Houston oil mogul Oscar Wyatt got oil allocations from Saddam which could have earned him and Coastal Corp.—a company he founded and ran until 2000—profits of more than $22 million. Wyatt and wife Lynn are major donors to political causes: since 1989 they have given nearly $700,000 in contributions, of which more than $500,000 went to Democrats. Wyatt told NEWSWEEK that...