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  • Senate Committee Votes to Confirm Hagel

    02/12/2013 12:09:30 PM PST · by xzins · 93 replies
    NBC ^ | 12 Feb 13 | NBC
    See Video of Levin Statement at:
  • Convicted Rezko partner cooperated with feds (More of the Chicago way)

    03/09/2011 10:23:05 AM PST · by Islander7 · 7 replies
    Souht Town Star ^ | March 8, 2011 | Natasha Korecki
    A onetime Tony Rezko business partner, who once was a Chicago cop and chief executive of a company that won a $50 million security contract in Iraq, has pleaded guilty to federal charges in Chicago after he cooperated with authorities. Daniel T. Frawley pleaded guilty on Feb. 14 to bank fraud and structuring transactions — a plea that came about two weeks after his charges were made public.
  • Fed Opens Books, Revealing European Megabanks Were Biggest Beneficiaries (Details you should see)

    12/02/2010 9:30:51 AM PST · by FromLori · 49 replies ^ | 12/1/2010 | Marcus Baram
    NEW YORK -- The Federal Reserve on Wednesday reluctantly opened the books on its monumental campaign to save the financial system in the midst of the recent crisis, revealing how it distributed some $3.3 trillion in relief. The data revealed that the Fed's aid was scattered much more widely than previously understood. Two European megabanks -- Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse -- were the largest beneficiaries of the Fed's purchase of mortgage-backed securities. The Fed's dollars also flowed to major American companies that are not financial players, including McDonald's and Harley-Davidson, through unsecured short-term loans. The measure, initiated in Jan....
  • Debunking the Carter Ruck defence of British-Iraqi billionaire Nadhmi Auchi ( + REZKO et al)

    07/01/2009 11:09:45 AM PDT · by 1066AD · 5 replies · 346+ views
    Hawaii Free Press / WikiLeaks ^ | 5/29/2008 | Andrew Walden
    May 29, 2008 By Andrew Walden (Hawai'i Free Press) Nadhmi Auchi, seen here with the Governor of Illinois, Rob Blagojevich (middle) at a 2004 Chicago dinner in Auchi's honor arranged by Antonin Rezko (potentially, right)[1]. All three men have been convicted of corruption related charges (Auchi 2003, Rezko 2008, Blagojevich 2009).[2] “A British-Iraqi billionaire lent millions of dollars to Barack Obama's fundraiser (dual US-Syrian citizen Tony Rezko) just weeks before an imprudent land deal that has returned to haunt the presidential contender, an investigation by The Times discloses. The money transfer raises the question of whether funds from Nadhmi Auchi,...
  • Innospec Agent Pleads Guilty to Bribing Iraqi Officials and Paying Kickbacks Under the Oil...

    06/25/2010 4:28:38 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Innospec Agent Pleads Guilty to Bribing Iraqi Officials and Paying Kickbacks Under the Oil for Food Program WASHINGTON—Canadian/Lebanese dual national Ousama M. Naaman pleaded guilty today to participating in an eight-year conspiracy to defraud the United Nations Oil for Food Program (OFFP) and to bribe Iraqi government officials in connection with the sale of a chemical additive used in the refining of leaded fuel, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division. Naaman, 61, of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, was originally indicted on Aug. 7, 2008, in U.S. District...
  • George Galloway And The Left's Alliance With Terror

    02/11/2010 5:55:01 AM PST · by SJackson · 30 replies · 861+ views
    Jewish Press ^ | Feb 10 2010 | Richard L. Cravatts, Ph.D.
    The news that British MP George Galloway was the planned guest speaker at a February 1 Hamas fundraiser at Boston's Palestinian Cultural Center for Peace would, in a morally coherent world, be alarming for those in the West who wonder why elected officials should be gathering support for a group of jihadist thugs whose principal efforts are dedicated to the extirpation of Israel and the murder of Jews. Here again is yet another instance of the dangerous unholy alliance between Islamists, with a specific agenda to dilute Western institutions and destroy Israel, and leftists, who, in accommodating radical Islam, not...
  • IHH's Deep, Longstanding Terror Ties

    06/10/2010 3:22:46 AM PDT · by Cindy · 24 replies · 138+ views
    IPT News June 9, 2010 SNIPPET: "The Turkish-based charity that helped drive last week's deadly confrontation with Israeli commandos has deep ties to Hamas and other terrorist groups. The Hamas ties are not in question. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and IHH officials simply do not acknowledge that Hamas is a terrorist group." SNIPPET: "U.S. officials have expressed concern over the fact that "IHH representatives have met with senior Hamas officials in Turkey, Syria, and Gaza over the past three years," but IHH is not a designated terrorist organization in the United States. It's fair to ask, why not?"...
  • Once-barred Muslim scholar arrives in NY for forum ( Tariq Ramadan )

    04/07/2010 7:40:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies · 501+ views
    trib ^ | April 7, 2010 | LARRY NEUMEISTER ,
    A prominent Muslim scholar banned from the United States for six years returned Wednesday for visits to four cities... "In the name of your fear or mistrust of Muslim-majority countries, you may end up betraying your own values," Tariq Ramadan ... Ramadan said he was happy to be in the U.S. speak on a panel Thursday at The Cooper Union college. "My name has been cleared," he said. The 47-year-old professor at Oxford University in England was permitted to return to the United States after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in January signed orders enabling re-entry for him...
  • Venona Intercepts: Still Scary After All These Years

    01/05/2010 11:53:47 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 22 replies · 1,390+ views
    Southwest News-Herald ^ | January 5, 2010 | SALLY WRIGHT
    The Bard tells us, rightly, that the past is prologue. But until America's greatest military intelligence success -- and failure -- becomes common knowledge Americans will remain intellectual sitting ducks, herded hither and yon, hoping to build a sheltering future on shaky misinformation. I'm talking about the Venona Code intercepts: The 3000 encrypted communications between Soviet spies operating in this country and their masters in Moscow, which American and British code breakers began deciphering in 1946. These KGB messages revealed that the Soviets had agents at the highest levels of the executive and legislative branches of our government -- and...
  • Novo Nordisk Agrees to Pay $9 Million Fine in Connection with Payment of $1.4 Million in Kicbacks...

    05/11/2009 4:52:08 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 445+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Novo Nordisk Agrees to Pay $9 Million Fine in Connection with Payment of $1.4 Million in Kickbacks Through the United Nations Oil-for-food Program Novo Nordisk A/S (Novo), a Danish corporation based in Bagsvaerd, Denmark, has agreed to pay a $9 million penalty for illegal kickbacks paid to the former Iraqi government. Novo agreed to pay the fine as part of a deferred prosecution agreement with the Department. The matter is part of the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation into the U.N. Oil-for-Food program. A criminal information was filed today against Novo in U.S. District...
  • A Whiff of Fascism from Obama's White House

    03/29/2009 9:48:45 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 78 replies · 3,552+ views
    American Spectator ^ | MARCH 29, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    There is a whiff of Fascism emanating from the Obama White House. Reports say that the head of GM is quitting under duress from the Obama administration:
  • Why Soros wants Norm Coleman out of the Senate (A Must Read)

    01/09/2009 2:27:47 PM PST · by flattorney · 44 replies · 3,807+ views
    American Thinker ^ | January 09, 2009 | Ed Lasky
    George Soros is the biggest sugar daddy of the Democratic Party, and naturally wants to ensure that the Democrats have a monopoly of power in America. Recently, I wrote an article for American Thinker on the role that George Soros has played in helping the Democrat Al Franken in his race against the Republican incumbent Norm Coleman for a Senate seat in Minnesota. However, there may be one other reason that Soros was determined that Norm Coleman in particular lose his seat. This was personal. Norm Coleman was the chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and as...
  • Mitchell and Holbrooke to be Named Envoys [middle east, back to the 90s]

    01/21/2009 4:19:56 PM PST · by SJackson · 37 replies · 890+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 1-19-09 | Glenn Kessler
    Now that Hillary Clinton has been confirmed as Secretary of State, the Obama administration will announce Thursday two high-profile appointments -- former senate majority leader George Mitchell (D-Me.) as Middle East envoy and former U.N. ambassador Richard Holbrooke as envoy for Afghanistan, Pakistan "and related matters," sources close to the administration said. Mitchell will be charged with rebuilding the Middle East peace process in the wake of the three weeks of violence between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Holbrooke will take on the difficult job of soothing relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan, whose border is a haven for...
  • Pardon Is Back in Focus for the Justice Nominee

    12/01/2008 8:22:11 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 9 replies · 592+ views ^ | December 1, 2008 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and DAVID JOHNSTON
    WASHINGTON — In the much praised career of Eric H. Holder Jr., President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to be attorney general, there is one notable blemish: Mr. Holder’s complicated role in the 2001 pardon of Marc Rich, a billionaire financier who had fled the country rather than face federal tax evasion charges. Mr. Holder’s supporters portray him as having been a relatively uninvolved bystander caught in a Clinton-era controversy, the remarkable granting of a last-minute pardon by President Bill Clinton to a fugitive from justice. But interviews and an examination of Congressional records show that Mr. Holder, who at the time...
  • Expanding the French Connection

    11/04/2005 11:36:55 AM PST · by paperjam · 22 replies · 3,194+ views
    Self ^ | Friday, November 04, 2005 | Paperjam
    <p>Fox news ran stories last night based on some of the things we were tracking right here in this post. Here is their on line story.</p> <p>As unfinished as my research is, I feel compelled to release what I've found so far as the story cannot wait any longer.  I am not looking for a scoop on anyone or anything, but at the same time I don't want anyone thinking I made this stuff up after the fact either.</p>
  • Volcker Tapped for Advisory Role

    11/26/2008 8:06:53 AM PST · by MissCalico · 80 replies · 4,085+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jonathan Weisman
    x-Fed Chief to Lead New Economic Panel of Outside Experts Who Will Brief Obama President-elect Barack Obama appointed former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker on Wednesday to be the chairman of a new White House advisory board tasked with helping to lift the nation from recession and stabilize financial markets. University of Chicago economist Austan Goolsbee, one of Mr. Obama's longest-serving policy advisers, will serve as the board's staff director, along with his duties as a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Members of the panel will be drawn from a cross-section of citizens outside the government,...
  • Obama's Mansion, Saddam's Money..............(connection to Obama, who personally benefited )

    10/29/2008 3:36:08 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 19 replies · 1,775+ views
    FrontPageMagazine ^ | Tuesday, October 28, 2008 | Daniel Pipes
    Barack Obama appears to have personally benefited from funds originating in Saddam Hussein's regime. It's a complicated connection, but one that deserves the consideration of Americans voters. Two similar figures, Nadhmi Auchi and Antoin S. "Tony" Rezko, served as the intermediaries. Both are Middle Eastern males of Catholic Christian heritage who left Baathist dictatorships for Western cities (Auchi from Iraq to London, Rezko from Syria to Chicago). Both became successful businessmen who hobnobbed with politicians and promoted Arab interests. Both have been convicted of taking kickbacks and both stand accused of other shady dealings. Auchi, born in 1937, is the...
  • Nadhmi Auchi and the New Statesman

    10/13/2008 2:05:07 PM PDT · by Danae · 16 replies · 1,112+ views
    The New Statesman ^ | 10-6-2008 | Martin Bright
    The brilliant people at Wikileaks have produced a very useful collection of articles about stories removed from media websites following legal threats from an Iraqi billionaire The British-based Iraqi billionaire Nadhmi Auchi has become a highly controversial figure in the United States after being linked to Chicago-based businessman Tony Rezko - the weak link in the Obama campaign. The freedom of information site Wikileaks has now published some fascinating material about Auchi's attempts to stop people writing about him. Auchi was convicted of fraud by the French courts in 2003 for his involvement in illegal payments surrounding a deal he...
  • From Bagdad to Chicago: Rezko and the Auchi empire (by former senior State, DOD official)

    10/11/2008 10:47:39 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 19 replies · 2,568+ views
    Wikileaks ^ | 10-10-08 | John A. Shaw
    “I first began to fathom the extent of Nadhmi Auchi's reach and corrupting influence when I was given responsibility for monitoring illegal transfers of technology and munitions to Iraq as well as overseeing all coalition transportation and communications reconstruction in Iraq." ### Barack Obama has been appropriately strident in his condemnation of the mortgage-based financial corruption which nearly led to the collapse of the investment banking system in the United States. But there are some strong smelling financial skeletons in his own closet. Obama has his own personal housing crisis that is tied not into Fanny Mae, but into a...
  • Russian Saber-Rattling: Is it Affecting the Election?

    08/26/2008 4:55:58 PM PDT · by mavfin · 30 replies · 233+ views
    I've searched around FR a bit looking for anyone asking this question, but haven't found one. Admin, feel free to lock this if I've missed an obvious one. With Russia back to the saber-rattling ways of old, I'm hearing rumbles that some people are re-thinking their presidential vote because they don't think Obama will stand up to the Cold-War type intimidation that the Russians seem to be going back to. I'm hearing some are saying they'll vote McCain because they would rather have him at the helm if a new Cold War with Russia is possibly coming. Any thoughts?
  • Mysterious London-based billionaire in the background at Rezko

    04/14/2008 6:30:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies · 450+ views
    Daily Journal ^ | 4/14/2008
    CHICAGO (AP) -- A mysterious billionaire with his hands on a major chunk of Chicago real estate and at least passing familiarity with some of Illinois' top politicians has surfaced in the federal fraud trial of political fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko. Nadhmi Auchi, the world's 279th richest person on the Forbes magazine list, is the founder and CEO of Luxembourg-based General Mediterranean Holdings. He presides over a business empire that stretches from the shores of the Red Sea through Russia, western Europe and North America. The company boasts investments in banking and finance, hotels, aviation, pharmaceuticals and real estate --...
  • U.N. High Tech for Kim - Add Burma to the list of scandals.

    07/19/2007 9:09:58 PM PDT · by gpapa · 4 replies · 574+ views ^ | July 20, 2007 | Editorian Staff
    The United Nations' Cash for Kim Jong Il scandal is now six months old, so it's a good time to assess progress, if that's the right word. The evidence of misdeeds at the U.N. Development Program in North Korea continues to mount, but there's still no "urgent" and "external" inquiry, as ordered by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in January. Now the U.S. has uncovered evidence that in addition to transferring millions of dollars in cash that may have gone to help prop up Kim's grotesque regime, the UNDP also transferred dual-use technology. It did so without bothering to secure a U.S....
  • How the system was abused (Oil for food)

    04/21/2004 9:16:39 PM PDT · by Valin · 8 replies · 455+ views, ^ | 4/22/04 | Robin Gedye
    The system allowed individuals and companies to use Iraq's UN-controlled oil-for-food programme to purchase Iraqi oil at concessionary prices and resell it, splitting their huge profits with Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi leader. Under the programme, the Iraqi regime had to sell its oil under international supervision but could choose its own middlemen. Those intermediaries, invariably sympathetic to Saddam and his money, paid for the oil into a United Nations account at prices agreed by Baghdad. That money was in turn used by the UN to buy food, medical supplies and other essential goods for Iraq. The purpose of the system...
  • Bush says death of Saddam like revenge killing

    01/16/2007 7:36:07 PM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 56 replies · 1,204+ views
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1/17/07 | Graeme Baker and Malcolm Moore
    George W Bush yesterday said that the execution of Saddam Hussein bore the hallmarks of a sectarian "revenge killing", in his most critical assessment of the hanging of the former dictator. The US President criticised the circumstances surrounding Saddam's death and the recent execution of two top aides, including Saddam's half brother, Barzan al-Tikriti, for their roles in the massacre of 148 Shia men in Dujail in 1982. "I was disappointed and felt like they fumbled the – particularly the Saddam Hussein execution," Mr Bush said in an interview by public broadcast television's Jim Lehrer. "The message is confusing. It...
  • Total executive in Iraq oil probe

    10/22/2006 4:52:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies · 475+ views
    cnn ^ | 6:18 a.m. EDT, October 20, 2006
    PARIS, France (Reuters) -- French oil major Total SA's head of exploration and production Christophe de Margerie is being investigated by a French judge in a probe related to the scandal-plagued U.N. oil-for-food programme in Iraq. Margerie, who is due to succeed Thierry Desmarest as chief executive, was put under formal investigation by a French judge on Thursday after being held in custody for 48 hours in Paris and then released. In a statement released on Total's Web site on Thursday night the group said it would like to "reassure Mr de Margerie of its total support". Citigroup analysts said...
  • Charities For Terror (Debbie Schlussel Looks At Detroit Area Islamofascist Front Alert)

    09/19/2006 6:42:37 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 30 replies · 1,178+ views
    New York Post ^ | 09/19/06 | Debbie Schlussel
    FBI agents yesterday raided the suburban Detroit headquarters of LIFE for Relief and Development (LRD), the largest Islamic charity in the country. I first wrote about the group for The Post in 2003. Back then, FBI Director Robert Mueller was set to give an award to Imad Hamad, who heads the Midwest chapter of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). But, after my Post article pointed out that Hamad was a subject in over a dozen terrorism-related investigations, the FBI revoked the award. One of those investigations concerned Hamad's close ties to LRD. Both the FBI and the then-U.S. Customs...
  • Former UN chief named in Oil-for-Food scandal (Boutros Boutros Ghali)

    06/27/2006 5:34:50 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies · 1,107+ views
    London Times ^ | June 27, 2006 | James Bone
    Saddam Hussein’s regime paid millions of dollars to a South Korean businessman to create a “secret backchannel” to top UN officials, including Boutros Boutros Ghali, then the UN Secretary-General, US prosecutors alleged today. The claim, formally naming Dr Boutros Ghali for the first time, was made at the start of the first US trial over the UN’s Oil-for-Food scandal. Prosecutors said that Tongsun Park received $2.5 million (£1.4 million) in cash plus promises of lucrative business deals in return for providing access to Dr Boutros Ghali and at least one other top UN official. “Tongsun Park has access at the...
  • Ex-senator linked to oil-for-food claims (Bob Torricelli)

    05/18/2006 5:37:16 PM PDT · by wjersey · 115 replies · 5,284+ views
    MSNBC (The Financial Times) ^ | 5/18/2006 | Claudio Gatti
    The US Senate is looking into allegations that a former US senator urged Baghdad to give a US company lucrative contracts under the much-criticised United Nations oil-for-food programme. This is the first time that a leading US lawmaker has been linked to the controversial UN programme, whose shortcomings have been an important element of the Bush administration's critique of the UN. The investigation involves one of the most vivid figures in US east coast politics, former senator Robert Torricelli, a New Jersey Democrat who was forced to pull out of the 2002 election after being "severely admonished" by the Senate...
  • McDermott Files Appeal in Taped Call Case ["will chill the disclosure of truthful information...]

    04/26/2006 3:52:39 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies · 1,426+ views
    McDermott Files Appeal in Taped Call Case By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press Writer 8 minutes ago Rep. Jim McDermott (news, bio, voting record) on Wednesday asked a full nine-member appeals court to hear an appeal of a case involving an illegally taped telephone call that was leaked to reporters nearly a decade ago. A three-judge appeals court panel ruled last month that McDermott, D-Wash., violated federal law by giving the news media a tape recording of a 1996 call involving then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga. The 2-1 opinion, by judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of...
  • Remembering Saddam's Slow War ~

    03/30/2006 9:54:58 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies · 460+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | March 29, 2006 | Austin Bay
    The latest quip accusation that the United States "rushed to war" with Saddam's Iraq conveniently ignores 12 years of combat, terror and crime. Perhaps The Slow War -- Saddam's war against the U.N.-mandated sanctions and inspections regimen that halted Operation Desert Storm -- has slipped from public historical memory. It shouldn't, for The Slow War is the long, violent bridge connecting Desert Storm to Operation Iraqi Freedom. From March 1991 to March 2003, Saddam fought The Slow War savvily and savagely, utilizing an array of political, military and economic ploys. Moreover, by early 2003, Saddam believed he was winning. The...
  • ABCNews: New Documents from Saddam Hussein's Archives Discuss Bin Laden, WMDs

    03/16/2006 11:11:32 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 112 replies · 11,209+ views
    ABC News International ^ | March 17, 2006 | staff
    U.S. Government Releases Papers From Saddam's Reign March 16, 2006 — Following are the ABC News Investigative Unit's summaries of four of the nine Iraqi documents from Saddam Hussein's government, which were released by the U.S. government Wednesday. The documents discuss Osama bin Laden, weapons of mass destruction, al Qaeda and more. The full documents can be found on the U.S. Army Foreign Military Studies Office Web site: Document titles were added by ABC News. "Osama bin Laden and the Taliban" Document dated Sept. 15, 2001An Iraqi intelligence service document saying that their Afghani informant, who's only identified by a...
  • Canada and Oil-for-Food scandal

    12/19/2005 2:04:15 AM PST · by Fair Go · 20 replies · 1,039+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 9 Dec 05 | Judi McLeod
    A draft congressional report has called for the investigation of Canadian Maurice Strong’s role in the United Nations Oil-for-Food program. Page 35 of the 54-page report, written by Republicans on a House International Relations subcommittee states: "Maurice Strong should be examined for his role in the OFFP." Strong is a long-time advisor to both UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and to Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin. On Sept. 7, 2005 it was revealed by the Independent Inquiry into the Oil-for-Food scandal that Strong had received a $1-million cheque from North Korean lobbyist Tongsun Park for the acquisition of shares in Cordex...
  • UK's Galloway in row over "Big Brother" TV show

    01/10/2006 7:52:09 AM PST · by propertius · 25 replies · 1,327+ views
    Reuters ^ | Kate Holton
    UPDATE 1-UK's Galloway in row over "Big Brother" TV show (Adds Fitzpatrick quote, para 7) By Kate Holton LONDON, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Maverick British parliamentarian George Galloway, who famously attacked the war in Iraq during a feisty performance in the U.S. Senate, is at the centre of a new row. The flamboyant politician is currently taking part in the reality television show "Celebrity Big Brother," for which he is locked in a camera-filled house with, among others, a glamour model, former basketball player Dennis Rodman, and a singer called Maggot. And some of his London constituents are not happy....
  • FBI Arrests Businessman In UN Oil-For-Food Scandal (Houston)

    01/07/2006 6:57:59 PM PST · by blam · 30 replies · 1,192+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-8-2006 | Philip Sherwell
    FBI arrests businessman in UN oil-for-food scandal Philip Sherwell in Washington (Filed: 08/01/2006) A South Korean businessman accused of receiving millions of dollars from Saddam Hussein's regime to bribe top United Nations officials over the controversial oil-for-food programme has been arrested by FBI agents in Houston, Texas. Tongsun Park is expected to co-operate with the US authorities in a deal that could throw fresh light on rampant corruption surrounding the UN-administered programme. The indictment, released on Friday, refers to attempts to buy the influence of two unnamed UN officials. A separate investigation - led by Paul Volcker, a former Federal...
  • India's opposition smells government blood over oil-for-food scam

    12/06/2005 11:16:52 PM PST · by indianrightwinger · 2 replies · 504+ views
    Mon Dec 5, 5:32 AM ET NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's opposition piled pressure on the government in parliament over new charges that the former foreign minister and the ruling Congress party joined a scam to profit from the UN oil-for-food programme in Iraq. ADVERTISEMENT Trouble erupted within minutes of parliament assembling as MPs belonging to the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) jumped to their feet to demand the resignation of ex-foreign minister Natwar Singh, now serving as cabinet minister without portfolio. Speaker Somnath Chatterjee said the opposition could discuss later the new charges that Singh and the Congress...
  • NIGERGATE:Connections between the UN Oil-for-food Inquiry, the Rockefeller Group and the French

    11/16/2005 11:22:36 AM PST · by parnasokan · 60 replies · 4,472+ views
    NIGERGATE: Connections between members of the UN Inquiry Committee into the Oil-for-food program, the Rockefeller Group and the French. As promised some elements that the “radar missed”. Once again the Italian newspaper Il Giornale offers some fascinating insight into the less discussed aspects of the Nigergate affair. In addition I’ve posted a HIGHLY SIMPLIFIED chart mapping A PART of the links between members of the UN Oil-for-food Inquiry, the Rockefeller Group AND THE FRENCH. Is it perhaps because of these ties that France despite having been in possession of the false documents since the fall of 2000, despite only having...
  • Ex-envoy to U.N. arrested in Iraq scheme

    10/13/2005 11:10:50 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies · 362+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10.12.05 | Betsy Pisik
    French authorities are expected to charge a retired U.N. ambassador today in connection with his role in the U.N. oil-for-food program. Jean-Bernard Merimee, who represented Paris at the United Nations from 1991 to 1995, was arrested Monday. He was a senior member of the French diplomatic service, also having served as ambassador to Australia and Italy. From 1999 to 2002, he worked as a special adviser to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, helping create a system to disburse European Commission payments to the United Nations. In New York, the French Mission to the U.N. said it would cooperate with any investigation. "Justice...
  • Traitors in the Cradle of Liberty

    09/15/2005 9:52:44 PM PDT · by AZ_Cowboy · 7 replies · 801+ views
    FrontPage ^ | 9/15/05 | Rocco DiPippo
    Boston's Faneuil Hall, built in 1742, is known as the "Cradle of Liberty." It was there that Samuel Adams and other patriots fomented the American Revolution. On Tuesday, Sept 13, 2005, British Member of Parliament (MP) George Galloway, flanked by a bust of John Adams and a portrait of George Washington, defiled Faneuil Hall by bouncing a torrent of anti-U.S, anti-West pro-Islamist invective off its hallowed walls. The event, sponsored by the radical-Left Traprock Peace Center, the International Socialist Review, and the anti-Israel National Council of Arab Americans, began with a cavalcade of minor anti-U.S., anti-Western, and anti-Israel speakers. Annie...
  • 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...
  • U.N. Procurement Official Resigns Job

    06/22/2005 9:14:48 AM PDT · by NO_2_CORZINE · 17 replies · 1,665+ views
    Breaking on Fox UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. procurement official who has been at the center of a FOX News investigation into a possible conflict of interest involving his son has quit his job, officials at the United Nations confirmed Wednesday. On Monday, the United Nations announced it was going to into whether procurement officer Alexander Yakovlev (search) violated conflict-of-interest rules. But the U.N. decision did more than draw attention to the man's possible wrongdoing — it also raised questions about how the world body investigates itself.
  • Two E-Mails Contradict Annan on Oil-for-Food

    06/15/2005 8:33:03 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 3 replies · 336+ views
    FOX ^ | 6/14/05 | Jonathan Hunt
    U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan faces new questions over whether he lied to independent investigators probing the scandal-scarred Oil-for-Food program. Those investigators said Tuesday they were "urgently reviewing" fresh evidence. That evidence, obtained by FOX News, appears to contradict Annan's claim that he knew nothing about the awarding of a major Oil-for-Food contract to a company that employed his son. Kojo Annan worked for Cotecna Inspection S.A., a Swiss firm that won one of the most lucrative contracts in the multibillion-dollar program. One of Kojo Annan's supervisors there was a man named Michael Wilson, a lifelong friend of Kofi Annan. The...
  • Annan in new oil-for-food probe

    06/14/2005 11:06:39 AM PDT · by Alex Marko · 32 replies · 2,532+ views
    The Iraq oil-for-food inquiry is reviewing new information about the UN secretary-general's alleged links with a firm hired to monitor the programme. A memo by Swiss firm Cotecna published this week describes a meeting between Kofi Annan and its executives in 1998, weeks before the contract was awarded. Mr Annan has denied prior knowledge of Cotecna's bid for the contract, though his son worked there as a consultant. A previous inquiry report found that the UN head had not helped Cotecna.
  • Fox: New Docs 'Prove' Kofi Lied to Probers

    05/05/2005 1:59:26 PM PDT · by conservativecorner · 47 replies · 1,742+ views
    Newsmax ^ | May 5, 2005 | Carl Limbacher
    U.N. investigators have turned over to Congress boxes of evidence on the Oil-for-Food program, including "proof" that U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan lied to the Independent Inquiry Committee probing the scandal, Fox News Channel reporter Jonathan Hunt said Thursday. "One source close to the case told me that in those boxes is the ammunition to prove that Kofi Annan lied to investigators," Hunt told Fox News Radio host Tony Snow. "So this is a very dramatic development indeed." Story Continues Below Hunt said the documents had been in the possession of U.N. investigator Robert Parton, who resigned from the probe two...
  • Four Charged in U.N. Oil-For-Food Scandal

    04/14/2005 6:18:32 PM PDT · by cyncooper · 8 replies · 627+ views
    AP via ABC News ^ | April 14, 2005 | LARRY NEUMEISTER
    NEW YORK Apr 14, 2005 — Four more people were charged Thursday in the scandal in the U.N. oil-for-food program, including a Texas oil executive and a South Korean businessman who was at the center of a 1970s corruption case involving Congress. ~snip~U.S. Attorney David Kelley called the new charges "two more pieces in the oil-for-food puzzle" and said the investigation is not over. ~snip~One of the indictments announced Thursday charges a Texas oil company owner and two oil traders with paying millions in secret kickbacks to Saddam's regime to secure oil deals, thus cheating the program out of money...
  • Tongsun Redux

    04/18/2005 3:10:30 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 260+ views
    TAS ^ | 4/18/2005 | Jed Babbin
    For news junkies, this will be a hectic week. By its end, Catholics may have a new pope, we may have a new UN ambassador, and both Kofi and his bestest buddy Jacques may suffer nervous breakdowns. Things are looking up because, while Volcker fiddles, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York are burning bad guys. Now all we need to find out are the names of Cooperating Witnesses One and Two, and the high-ranking UN officials whom they bribed for Saddam. CW1 and CW2 may be the first people who have earned the...
  • U.N. studies envoy's ties to Tongsun Park

    04/19/2005 9:50:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 619+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/19/05 | Nick Wadhams - AP
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The United Nations is studying whether it was appropriate for the top U.N. envoy for North Korea to maintain business ties with a South Korean businessman accused of wrongdoing in the U.N. oil-for-food scandal, U.N. officials said Tuesday. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he had not known about the ties between Maurice Strong and Tongsun Park, a native of North Korea and citizen of South Korea who was also accused in the 1970s of trying to buy influence in Congress. Strong is the U.N. point man on stalled six-nation talks aimed at persuading North Korea to...
  • Canada: UN probes Wheat Pool

    04/30/2005 1:03:09 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 17 replies · 760+ views
    CanWest News Service ^ | 04/30/05 | Steven Edwards
    UN probes Wheat Pool Payments of $23.15M made in oil-for-food scandal congressional hearing told Steven Edwards CanWest News Service Saturday, April 30, 2005 UNITED NATIONS -- The Saskatchewan Wheat Pool has emerged as one of the companies involved in Iraq oil-for-food deals now under investigation by a U.S. congressional committee probing the United Nations aid program, which Saddam Hussein manipulated to skim off billions of dollars for himself. The focus on the company comes as the UN announced Friday it had discovered a staff-rule violation by Canadian businessperson and international diplomat Maurice Strong, whose long record at the world body...
  • Ex-French minister is probed over oil-for-food (Pasqua)

    04/27/2005 4:09:43 PM PDT · by Shermy · 7 replies · 2,622+ views
    Financial Times ^ | April 27, 2005 | Claudio Gatti
    Charles Pasqua, a former French minister of interior, has emerged as one of the highest-ranking targets of the widening investigations into the Iraq oil-for-food scandal. United Nations, US and French investigators are examining Iraqi documents that show officials in Baghdad were instructed to transfer his lucrative oil allocations to an offshore company, to shield him from criticism. Mr Pasqua's alleged role has emerged as inquiries turn to the role of foreign governments in the corruption within the humanitarian aid programme. France and Russia, which opposed the 2003 invasion, have long been accused in the US of being too close to...
  • Stock Advisor with prior knowledge of 9-11's press release "don't exploit our fellow Americans"

    05/24/2002 8:59:02 PM PDT · by Registered · 37 replies · 2,948+ views
    Googled ^ | 09-12-01 | Tony
    To read entire article click text: In a court hearing in San Diego, Kenneth Breen, an assistant United States attorney, said the adviser, Amr Ibrahim Elgindy, tried to sell $300,000 in stock on the afternoon of Sept. 10 and told his broker that the stock market would soon plunge. "Perhaps Mr. Elgindy had preknowledge of Sept. 11, and rather than report it he attempted to profit from it," Mr. Breen said. So, what did Mr. Elgindy, who was trying to sell $300k in stock, tell the financial world the day after 9-11?  Read it for yourself! Immediate release
  • Independent Inquiry Committee into The United Nations Oil-For-Food Programme( The actual report)

    03/29/2005 1:00:56 PM PST · by CT CONSERVATIVE · 10 replies · 1,110+ views
    The UN ^ | 3/29/05 | Paul Volker
    Second Interim Report