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  • Yearly Climate Change Spending 10x More Than UN Estimate for Ending World Hunger

    02/13/2014 11:00:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/13/2014 | Taylor Smith
    The United Nations estimates it would cost $30 billion a year [1] to end world hunger. That sounds like a lot, but the world spent more than ten times that amount in 2012 on global warming mitigation, according to a recent Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) study [2]. And the U.N. says the world needs to spend even more on global warming mitigation. Much more.According to the Reuters analysis [3] of the Summary for Policymakers of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report, due to be released this April, the UN is calling on the world to...
  • UN rights council delves into US voter I.D. laws

    03/14/2012 3:03:12 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 101 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/19/2011 | Eric Shawn
    The controversy over requiring voters to provide photo IDs has reached the world stage. The United Nations Human Rights Council is investigating the issue of American election laws at its gathering on minority rights in Geneva, Switzerland.. This, despite the fact that some members of the council have only in the past several years allowed women to vote, and one member, Saudi Arabia, still bars women from the voting booth completely. Officials from the NAACP are presenting their case against U.S. voter ID laws, arguing to the international diplomats that the requirements disenfranchise voters and suppress the minority vote. Eight...
  • U.S. called ‘immoral’ at United Nations climate conference

    12/09/2011 10:40:17 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 52 replies
    Texas Independent ^ | Wednesday, December 07, 2011 at 9:57 am | John Tomasic
    As the United Nations climate talks in Durban progress, they are becoming increasingly combative, offering a soft preview of the kind of political atmosphere destined to prevail in a world where agriculture in vulnerable regions of the planet begins to succumb to catastrophic drought and flooding. The United States and Canada have drawn intense criticism here during the first two days of the conference. Participants lamented Canada’s new status as a “laggard country” when that nation’s conservative government announced its plan to quit the Kyoto Protocol, which it called a thing of the past. And, to almost no one’s surprise,...
  • Cable: UN peacekeepers traded food for sex

    09/01/2011 8:06:23 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 30 replies
    msnbc ^ | 9/1/2011 | LAURA BURKE/ap
    <p>United Nations peacekeepers in Ivory Coast enticed underage girls in a poor part of the West African nation to exchange sex for food, according to a United States Embassy cable released by WikiLeaks.</p> <p>The cable written in January 2010 focuses on the behavior of Beninese peacekeepers stationed in the western town of Toulepleu, an area that has been at the crosshairs of the nation's 10-year-long conflict.</p>
  • US House puts oceans, coasts under UN: Senate vote will seal the deal

    09/23/2010 8:24:21 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 141 replies
    http://theintelhub.com ^ | 9-22-2010 | Carmen Reynolds, Paul McKain and Karen Schoen
    Piece by piece, America being given away “It’s too late; it’ll just have to be stopped in the Senate,” Tom, the young male answering the phone in U.S. Rep. John Boehner’s (R-Ohio)Washington D.C. office, said about HR 3534 (CLEAR Act). This is the globalist bill designed to give away our land, oceans, adjacent land masses and Great Lakes to an international body, and makes us pay $900 million per year until 2040. HR 3534 is a thinly disguised permanent roadblock to American energy which drives American companies out of the Gulf, delays future drilling, increases dependency on foreign oil, implements...
  • UN calls for new reserve currency

    10/06/2009 10:32:16 AM PDT · by djf · 42 replies · 1,307+ views
    ISTANBUL — The United Nations called on Tuesday for a new global reserve currency to end dollar supremacy which has allowed the United States the "privilege" of building a huge trade deficit. "Important progress in managing imbalances can be made by reducing the reserve currency country?s 'privilege' to run external deficits in order to provide international liquidity," UN undersecretary-general for economic and social affairs, Sha Zukang, said.
  • “UN Officials Stole €400 Million in Kosovo”

    12/18/2008 5:00:50 PM PST · by Bokababe · 20 replies · 871+ views
    Albanian Economy News ^ | December 18, 2008 | Staff
    Tirana, Dec. 18, 2008 (AENews) –Two independent groups from the European Union and the UN have discovered that international officials in Kosovo mismanaged more than 400 million euro, reported the German daily “Die Welt” on Wednesday. According to the alleged reports, EU funds that had been destined for Kosovo’s energy sector, were misappropriated by UN officials in Kosovo, in conduit with local politicians. The investigation conducted by the EU Anti Fraud Office, UN investigators and the Italian Financial Police has found more than 50 cases of financial embezzlement. In twelve of these cases there is proof of criminal liability. According...
  • U.N.: Up to 25% of Myanmar cyclone aid lost

    07/25/2008 10:27:51 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 4 replies · 672+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 7/25/2008 | MSNBC
    BANGKOK, Thailand - As much as 25 percent of cyclone relief aid in Myanmar is being lost because of the military government's foreign exchange system, a United Nations official said Friday. Dan Baker, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Myanmar, said he is concerned that the losses could upset donors who have already shown a reluctance to fund the relief effort following the May 2-3 cyclone that killed 84,537 people, according to the government. "This is a big issue. This is a big concern," Baker said. "The donors aren't going to give us money if they know they will (lose) a...
  • Iraq to sue oil-for-food suspects

    06/29/2008 2:55:11 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 25 replies · 521+ views
    Iraq to sue oil-for-food suspects The Iraqi government has said it will file lawsuits in US courts against firms and people suspected of illegally profiting from a UN programme. The UN oil-for-food programme allowed Saddam Hussein's government to sell oil in order to buy humanitarian supplies during UN sanctions from 1996-2003. An inquiry found that 2,200 firms paid $1.8bn in bribes to Iraqi officials. Meanwhile, a US army report has said there was little planning for events after Saddam Hussein was overthrown. Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement that the legal action was to recover damages and...
  • Iraq to sue U.N. over oil-for-food

    06/28/2008 12:14:43 PM PDT · by BGHater · 34 replies · 343+ views
    UPI ^ | 27 June 2008 | UPI
    Iraq plans to file suit in a U.S. court against the United Nations for alleged corruption in the oil-for-food program, Iraqi legal sources said Friday. The United Nations established the program in 1995 to allow Iraq to sell oil to global markets in exchange for food and humanitarian supplies without generating revenue to rebuild the Iraqi military in the wake of the Persian Gulf War. The program ended shortly after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, when the Coalition Provisional Authority assumed responsibility for humanitarian functions. An investigation by the congressional investigative body the Government Accountability Office found loopholes in the...
  • Critics Demand Resignation of U.N. Investigator Who Supports Sept. 11 Conspiracy Theories

    06/19/2008 10:42:49 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 19 replies · 152+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/19/2008 | Joseph Abrams
    Critics are calling for the resignation of a U.N. investigator who supports Sept. 11 conspiracy theories and thinks the U.S. government may have planned the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Richard Falk, the special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, investigates alleged Israeli violations of human rights law for the U.N.’s Human Rights Council. But the former Princeton professor would also like to investigate whether “some sort of controlled explosion from within” destroyed the Twin Towers, he told FOXNews.com. “I do think there are questions that haven’t been answered, questions about the way...
  • Call to lift UN immunity

    06/18/2008 1:50:44 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 21 replies · 1,259+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | June 18 2008
    A group comprising survivors and relatives of the victims of the massacre in Srebrenica have called on a court in The Hague to lift the United Nations' immunity. The six thousand Bosnians want to bring charges against the UN and the Netherlands for their role in the fall of the Muslim enclave. But that can only happen if the judge in The Hague makes legal proceedings against the UN possible. The judge will consider the request and deliver a ruling in mid-July. The Muslim enclave in Srebrenica fell on 11 July 1995 into the hands of Bosnian Serb troops who...
  • UN Shenanigans Some More

    06/11/2008 7:55:55 PM PDT · by Probus · 4 replies · 91+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 11,2998 | George Russell
    Report Shows U.N. Development Program Violated U.N. Law, Routinely Passed on Millions to North Korean Regime Wednesday, June 11, 2008 By George Russell E-Mail Print Share: NEWS ANALYSIS — After more than two years of accusations and probes into the operations of the United Nations Development Program in North Korea, a weighty report finally reveals how routinely, and systematically, the agency disregarded U.N. regulations on how it conducted itself in Kim Jong-Il’s brutal dictatorship, passing on millions of dollars to the regime in the process. The 353-page report, by a three-member “External Independent Investigative Review Panel” appointed by UNDP to...
  • At 60, UN peacekeeping overstretched, tarnished by scandal

    05/29/2008 7:21:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 94+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/29/08 | Gerard Aziakou
    UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The United Nations on Thursday feted 60 years of peacekeeping around the world, with its overstretched "blue helmets" in high demand but somewhat tarnished by sex abuse and corruption scandals. "Today, we have more than 110,000 men and deployed in conflict zones around the world," UN chief Ban Ki-moon said in a message to mark International Day of Peacekeepers. "They come from nearly 120 countries, an all-time high, reflecting confidence in United Nations peacekeeping," he said. And Jean-Marie Guehenno, the Frenchman who has led the UN peacekeeping department (DPKO) for the past eight years, also paid...
  • Six-year-olds sexually abused by UN peacekeepers

    05/26/2008 7:10:33 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies · 102+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | Last Updated: 1:33AM BST 27/05/2008 | By Mike Pflanz in Man, Ivory Coast
    Sexual abuse of children as young as six by aid workers and United Nations peacekeepers has continued unchecked despite repeated promises to stamp it out, according to a 12-month investigation. More than half of the children interviewed in three countries, Ivory Coast, South Sudan and Haiti, knew of cases of forced sex with aid staff or peacekeepers. The assaults were often in return for the very food or protection supposed to be provided to the vulnerable in a crisis. Similar allegations have dogged UN missions since the organisation sent peacekeepers to Cambodia in the 1990s. However, today's report, from Save...
  • Billions wasted on UN climate programme

    05/26/2008 8:45:34 AM PDT · by tlb · 19 replies · 108+ views
    Guardian ^ | May 26 2008 | John Vidal
    Billions of pounds are being wasted in paying industries in developing countries to reduce climate change emissions, according to two analyses of the UN's carbon offsetting programme. Leading academics and watchdog groups allege that the UN's main offset fund is being routinely abused by chemical, wind, gas and hydro companies who are claiming emission reduction credits for projects that should not qualify. The result is that no genuine pollution cuts are being made, undermining assurances by the UK government and others that carbon markets are dramatically reducing greenhouse gases, the researchers say. The criticism centres on the UN's clean development...
  • While the UN's Doudou Diene is Inspecting us, May We See His Expense Accounts?

    05/21/2008 8:57:47 AM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 28 replies · 158+ views
    The Rosett Report ^ | May 21, '08
    In the world of U.N. flim-flam, some might call it a junket, some might call it a farce, some might call it a political hit job in an election year - and they'd all have a good case. Here comes Doudou Dienne of Senagal, dispatched to America as a special investigator by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council (yes, the outfit where the delegates of China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia et al. meet regularly to define human rights right down into the sewer, slam Israel, and then repair to the Mercedes and BMW's waiting to ferry them off to dinner.) Diene is...
  • Ex-UN official sentenced to 8 years

    04/01/2008 8:57:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 88+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/1/08 | AP
    NEW YORK - A former United Nations procurement official convicted of accepting bribes was sentenced Tuesday to eight years and a month in prison. Sanjaya Bahel, 57, was sentenced after a jury found he had helped a friend win $100 million in U.N. contracts in exchange for a huge discount on two luxury Manhattan apartments and cash. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas P. Griesa also ordered Bahel to forfeit $103,500 and his interest in the apartments, near the United Nations headquarters. Bahel was chief of the U.N.'s Commodity Procurement Section from 1999 to 2003. Before he was sentenced, Bahel apologized....
  • UN turns a blind eye to reports of million-dollar aid fraud

    10/05/2007 10:29:24 PM PDT · by processing please hold · 24 replies · 398+ views
    Tsunami reconstruction funds worth $US500 million are being lost to fraud and corruption because of the failure by the United Nations to implement its own anti-fraud measures. This claim is made by the UN’s former deputy director of investigations, Frank Montil, a former ASIO officer who for a decade was the deputy director of the UN’s internal watchdog unit, set up to investigate fraud and corruption within the UN and its agencies.
  • U.N. worker accused of helping aliens enter U.S. illegally

    08/08/2007 11:25:11 AM PDT · by processing please hold · 23 replies · 458+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 6, 2007
    NEW YORK - A United Nations employee was arrested Monday on charges that he and two others used U.N. stationery in a visa fraud scheme, prosecutors said. Vyacheslav Manokhin, a U.N. employee based in Manhattan, was accused of helping numerous non-U.S. citizens enter the country illegally by providing fraudulent documents so they could obtain visas to attend conferences that either did not exist or which they did not attend. The charges in the scheme, which prosecutors said began in April 2005 and was continuing, were outlined in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. Manokhin, 45, was...
  • UN employee accused of visa fraud

    08/06/2007 3:13:07 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 3 replies · 263+ views
    An employee at the United Nations headquarters in New York has been arrested on suspicion of visa fraud. Russian national Vyacheslav Manokhin, 45, is accused of using his position to provide false documents to support US visa applications since April 2005.
  • U.N. Worker Charged in Immigration Scam

    08/06/2007 9:40:29 AM PDT · by jdm · 14 replies · 1,013+ views
    AP | August 06, 2007 | By LARRY NEUMEISTER
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  • Official: U.N. troop standards too low

    07/29/2007 6:16:17 AM PDT · by processing please hold · 56 replies · 475+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | July 29, 2007 | William J. Kole
    VIENNA, Austria — U.N. standards for selecting peacekeepers are too low, and soldiers from countries whose armies are suspected of abuse should not be considered for peacekeeping duty, the U.N.'s chief anti-torture investigator said. U.N. special rapporteur Manfred Nowak also told the Austrian news magazine Profil in an interview for Monday's editions that the United Nations should reconsider forming its own professional standing army. Concerns about the quality, training and ethics of peacekeepers are growing as developing nations with questionable human-rights records increasingly send troops for international peacekeeping operations, Nowak said.
  • UN Confirms Inquiry of Sexual Abuse Cases in Ivory Coast (Morrocan "Peacekeepers" Rape Children)

    07/24/2007 7:14:40 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies · 381+ views
    IC Publications ^ | July 22, 2007 | IC Publications
    UN confirms inquiry of sexual abuse cases in Ivory Coast 23/07/2007 18:05 ABIDJAN, July 23 (AFP) The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast confirmed it was investigating cases of sexual abuse of Ivorian women, including young girls, by some Moroccan soldiers. "There was an internal investigation which proved the facts, but we are waiting the results of the full investigation led by our internal affairs services, which will confirm the facts," UN spokeswoman Margarita Amodeo told AFP. "There are minors among the victims concerned," she said. The United Nations at the weekend suspended a Moroccan peacekeeping unit based in...
  • UN investigates peacekeeper misconduct allegations

    07/14/2007 2:42:40 PM PDT · by processing please hold · 21 replies · 264+ views
    ABC News ^ | July 14, 2007
    The United Nations says it is rushing an audit team to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to probe recent allegations of gold trafficking by some of its peacekeepers there. Indian UN "blue helmets" have been accused of trafficking in gold with rebels of the chiefly Hutu Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) in eastern DRC, according to UN documents and witnesses. And Pakistani UN troops based in the north-eastern Ituri area in 2005 have been embroiled in similar allegations of trading in gold and guns with Congolese militia they were meant to be disarming. UN under-secretary general...
  • Republicans say UNITED NATIONS agency fired whistle-blower

    07/05/2007 8:59:32 PM PDT · by thenatural · 5 replies · 949+ views
    Reuters.com ^ | 07/06/2007 | Evelyn Leopold
    By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. Congress are accusing the U.N. Development Program of firing a whistle-blower connected with the agency's North Korea program, a target of the Bush administration. Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota, who last week sent a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said Artjon Shkurtaj, chief of operations in North Korea in 2005 to 2006, was dismissed for criticizing the UNDP. On Thursday, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida also sent a letter to Ban, urging him to intervene to protect Shkurtaj, who she said had uncovered "significant irregularities." The Bush administration...
  • Former UN official convicted of bribery

    06/07/2007 12:34:26 PM PDT · by Brian Mosely · 7 replies · 391+ views
    AP wire | By LARRY NEUMEISTER
    NEW YORK (AP) — A former United Nations official was convicted Thursday of charges that he helped a friend secure $100 million in U.N. contracts in exchange for a huge discount on two luxury Manhattan apartments and cash. Sanjaya Bahel, 57, chief of the U.N.’s Commodity Procurement Section from 1999 to 2003, had maintained his innocence since his November arrest.
  • Witness: UN workers got prostitutes

    05/22/2007 9:34:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 782+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/22/07 | Larry Neumeister - ap
    NEW YORK - Discounted apartments and cash were given to a former United Nations procurement official and two other U.N. workers got nights with prostitutes to help secure $100 million in U.N. contracts, a businessman testified Tuesday at a bribery trial. The witness, Nishan Kohli, provided many of the details at the heart of the government's case against Sanjaya Bahel, who was chief of the U.N.'s Commodity Procurement Section from 1999 to 2003. Bahel, 57, is charged with bribery, wire fraud and mail fraud. Kohli testified in U.S. District Court in Manhattan that Bahel was so helpful to the Kohli...
  • Sudan uses UN colors to disguise military flights

    04/24/2007 2:02:47 PM PDT · by Timeout · 7 replies · 321+ views
    Int'l Herald Tribune ^ | 4/17/07 | Warren Hoge
    An unpublished United Nations report says the government of Sudan is flying weapons and heavy military equipment into Darfur in violation of Security Council resolutions and painting Sudanese military planes white to disguise them as UN or African Union aircraft. In one case, which the report illustrates with close-up pictures, the letters "UN" have been stenciled onto the wing of a white-washed Sudanese armed forces plane that is parked on a military apron at a Darfur airport. Bombs guarded by uniformed soldiers are laid out in rows by its side. The report says that, contrary to government denials, the freshly...
  • The World Bank: Worse than Wolfowitz

    04/24/2007 7:38:16 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 19 replies · 792+ views
    Harper's ^ | 23 April 2007 | Ken Silverstein
    Paul Wolfowitz's conduct at the World Bank is outrageous and he deserves to be fired—although, let's face it, any woman who would sleep with him does deserve a raise—but let's not be romantic about his Bank opponents. To hear it from them, once Wolfie is out the door, the Bank will get back to its core mission. If by core mission they mean rewarding corrupt, Third World elites and making the poor poorer, I think they'd be correct. There are few organizations that have done more harm to the people of the planet than the World Bank. During the 1960s...
  • Did UN agency serve as ATM for North Korea? (FOOD FOR OIL REDUX)

    03/11/2007 9:08:14 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 15 replies · 771+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 11, 2007 | Bay Fang
    The United Nations Development Programme office in Pyongyang, North Korea, sits in a Soviet-style compound. Like clockwork, a North Korean official wearing a standard-issue dark windbreaker and slacks would come to the door each business day. He would take a manila envelope stuffed with cash--a healthy portion of the UN's disbursements for aid projects in the country--and leave without ever providing receipts. According to sources at the UN, this went on for years, resulting in the transfer of up to $150 million in hard foreign currency to the Kim Jong Il government at a time when the United States was...
  • Russia scorns "dubious" conviction of U.N. diplomat

    03/10/2007 2:00:55 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies · 420+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mar 8, 2007
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Foreign Ministry poured scorn on a U.S. court's conviction of one of its U.N. diplomats for money laundering, saying on Thursday it had grave doubts about the trial. Vladimir Kuznetsov, 49, who once chaired a U.N. budget committee, was found guilty on Wednesday of helping launder more than $300,000 in bribes and taking a share of the money. He faces up to 20 years in prison. Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said in a statement that Russia had been amazed by his arrest, which it considered unnecessary for the investigation. "During the process and trial, the...
  • Report : Corruption at U.N. Agency

    01/27/2007 6:19:24 PM PST · by wagglebee · 33 replies · 592+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 1/27/07 | AP
    Fresh allegations of corruption within the United Nations have surfaced in a confidential audit report that claims the 2003 election of the current chief of the U.N. weather agency was manipulated. The report, obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, centered around payments to government delegates at the Geneva-based World Meteorological Organization, which coordinates the study of the world's weather and climate. WMO instructed Maria Veiga of Portugal, an independent auditor who wrote the report, to investigate the financial irregularities in 2003. Three years later, she was fired for what the agency described as "serious misconduct." The auditor, however, said...
  • Blame an American First

    01/23/2007 2:47:40 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies · 391+ views
    http://www.nysun.com/article/47118 ^ | January 22, 2007 | BENNY AVNI
    The first clue that the U.N. Development Program in Pyongyang needs to be looked at came from someone in the American intelligence community, which is more interested in this dangerous weapons-proliferating corner of the "axis of evil" than in other far-flung countries where the United Nations's "good offices" operate, a source has told me. On Friday, UNDP officials reacted with their typical defense: shooting in all directions. As a former American ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, told me yesterday, "They always blame an American first." American-controlled agencies do it, too, UNDP officials said. Their board of directors, which...
  • US: UN Agency Provided Millions In Hard Currency To North Korea

    01/19/2007 5:39:45 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 373+ views
    Associated Press (excerpt) ^ | January 19, 2007
    Excerpt - UNITED NATIONS (AP)--The U.S. accused the U.N. development agency of funneling millions of dollars in hard currency to North Korea with little assurance that leader Kim Jong Il used the money to help his people instead of diverting it to other activities including nuclear weapons, according to U.S. officials and letters obtained Friday. U.S. deputy ambassador Mark Wallace charged that the agency's program in North Korea operated "in blatant violation of U.N. rules" for years. He demanded an immediate external audit of the program going back to at least 1998 that would focus on U.S. concerns that Pyongyang...
  • Secretary General Orders Audits of U.N. Programs

    01/19/2007 5:03:55 PM PST · by rjp2005 · 11 replies · 452+ views
    NY Times ^ | 1/19/07 | Warren Hodge
    "UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 19 — Ban Ki-moon, the new secretary general, called today for outside examination of all United Nations activities after a published report that the United Nations Development Program in North Korea was making unaccountable payments in hard currency to local staff members and the Pyongyang government. Mr. Ban’s sweeping order sought “an urgent, system-wide and external inquiry into all activities done around the globe by the U.N. funds and programs.”
  • Ex-U.N. Oil-For-Food Chief Charged

    01/16/2007 9:58:42 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 554+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/15/7 | LARRY NEUMEISTER
    The former United Nations oil-for-food chief was charged Tuesday with bribery and conspiracy to commit wire fraud for his role in the scandal-tainted humanitarian program. The charges against Benon Sevan, 69, of Nicosia, Cyprus, were contained in a rewrite of an indictment stemming from the scandal over the operation set up from 1996 to 2003 to permit the Iraqi government to sell oil primarily to buy food and medicine for suffering Iraqis. The program was designed to help Iraqis cope with U.N. sanctions, but authorities said it was corrupted by bureaucrats, oil tycoons and Saddam Hussein after the former Iraqi...
  • UN staff accused of raping children in Sudan

    01/02/2007 3:26:17 PM PST · by aculeus · 34 replies · 1,171+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | January 2, 2007 | By Kate Holt and Sarah Hughes in Juba
    Members of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in southern Sudan are facing allegations of raping and abusing children as young as 12, The Daily Telegraph has learned. The abuse allegedly began two years ago when the UN mission in southern Sudan (UNMIS) moved in to help rebuild the region after a 23-year civil war. advertisement The UN has up to 10,000 military personnel in the region, of all nationalities and the allegations involve peacekeepers, military police and civilian staff. The first indications of sexual exploitation emerged within months of the UN force's arrival and The Daily Telegraph has seen a...
  • Kofi Annan's legacy: peacekeeping, war on poverty

    12/31/2006 5:56:43 PM PST · by 2dogjoe · 33 replies · 630+ views
    AP ^ | Dec. 31, 2006 | EDITH M. LEDERER
    UNITED NATIONS — Kofi Annan steps down as secretary-general at midnight today, leaving behind a global organization far more aggressively engaged in peacekeeping and fighting poverty — but struggling to restore its tarnished reputation. Taking office six years after the Soviet Union collapsed, Annan, 68, helped preside over a decade that saw the world unite against terrorism after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, then divide deeply over the U.S.-led war against Iraq that toppled Saddam Hussein. At a Millennium Summit in September 2000, he spurred world leaders to adopt a blueprint to wage a global war on poverty and bring...
  • Sexual abuse still a UN problem

    12/07/2006 4:25:38 PM PST · by wagglebee · 26 replies · 482+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 12/6/06 | AFP
    UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Monday recommitted the world body to "zero tolerance" of sexual exploitation and abuse by a minority of UN peacekeepers as he opened a high-level conference on the festering issue. "Acts of sexual exploitation and abuse by both civilian and uniformed UN personnel continue," the outgoing secretary-general told a gathering of more than 100 senior leaders from the world body, NGOs, UN member states, academics and victim advocates. "There have been crimes such as rape, pedophilia and human trafficking. My message of zero tolerance has still not got through to those who need to hear it...
  • Plunder Down Under

    12/04/2006 9:23:39 AM PST · by Lorianne · 3 replies · 542+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 28, 2006 | Claudia Rosett
    Australia shows how a real Oil-for-Food investigation is done. ___ At United Nations headquarters, Secretary General Kofi Annan likes to imply that the Oil-for-Food era is over (“If there was a scandal” was his locution earlier this year). But Down Under, that landmark U.N. scam is right now all over the headlines. On Monday, Australia’s Cole commission released the findings of its year-long inquiry into some $220 million in kickbacks allegedly paid by the Australian Wheat Board (AWB) to Saddam Hussein’s U.N.-sanctioned regime under Oil-for-Food. In a nutshell, the inquiry has cleared the Howard government, but recommends pursuing possible criminal...
  • U.N.-Indicted Co-Conspirator (UN Peackeeepers may have served as Hezbollah's military intelligence)

    08/28/2006 7:50:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 60 replies · 1,624+ views
    War In The Middle East: U.N. peacekeepers may have done more than just look the other way as Hezbollah created its armed state within a state. The blue helmets may have served as Hezbollah's military intelligence. Real-time battlefield intelligence is a keystone of 21st century warfare, especially when you're up against a terrorist enemy that has had six years to construct hardened underground bunkers and tunnels from which to fight while not having to obey the rules of war. The situation gets complicated and your task becomes harder when that real-time intelligence is being provided to that enemy, Hezbollah, by...
  • New allegations of sexual abuse by UN troops in DR Congo

    08/18/2006 4:16:36 AM PDT · by dnmore · 8 replies · 412+ views
    AFP - Yahoo ^ | Thu Aug 17, 12:13 PM ET | AFP
    The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) is investigating new allegations implicating UN peacekeepers in the "sexual exploitation of minors," it has said. "MONUC has received allegations about the existence of a major prostitution ring involving minors, close to a large concentration of Congolese soldiers and Blue Helmets (UN forces) in South Kivu, (in the) northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo," the UN mission said in a statement Thursday. The statement did not mention the nationalities of the peacekeepers implicated, but the spokeswoman, Sylvie van den Wildenberg, said the region had UN troops from India, Pakistan,...
  • UN Drug Operation Shut Down

    08/05/2006 9:37:16 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 7 replies · 234+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 5 Aug 2006 | John Semmens
    U.S. officials shut down a ring that’s smuggled tons of khat -- an illegal East African stimulant -- into this country over the past year and a half. The drugs seized have a street value of some $10 million, and the proceeds reportedly helped finance Somali warlords. According to the federal indictment, the ring used U.N. diplomatic pouches to smuggle the narcotics into the United States. Osman Osman, a Somali clerk in the U.N. mailroom, is believed to be the leader of the operation. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan protested the U.S. government’s actions in the case. “These accused individuals were...
  • UN ambulance picking up fighters in Gaza Strip

    07/31/2006 7:02:07 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 6 replies · 375+ views
    UN ambulance picking up fighters in Gaza Strip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqGjz7iJTns&">
  • The UN is the more dangerous enemy

    07/29/2006 6:33:55 PM PDT · by Clive · 37 replies · 1,018+ views
    National Post ^ | 2006-07-29 | George Jonas
    I'm certain that Israel hit that UN observation post in southern Lebanon this week by mistake. I'm less certain that this is a good thing. Perhaps Israel should have hit the post by design. Much as one grieves for the innocent observers, the UN as a whole is a worse enemy of Israel than Hezbollah. Maybe bombing it by mistake was the military equivalent of a Freudian slip. I can hear a sharp intake of breath. It's the Well-Meaning Reader sitting up, scandalized. Jonas has really gone wacko this time. He's way over the deep end. Well, in for a...
  • KOFI ANNAN'S DRUG DEALERS

    07/28/2006 10:03:18 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies · 989+ views
    New York Post ^ | July 28, 2006
    July 28, 2006 -- What's this? Another scandal at the United Nations? Alas, it is so. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is so busy hectoring the United States and its allies on their supposed moral shortcomings, he cast a blind eye to the international drug-trafficking operation that was being run out of his mailroom. Say this for Annan: On his watch, the United Nations has become an equal-opportunity corrupter of the first order: Fraud, sleaze and criminality
  • U.N. Employee Is Charged With Drug Smuggling

    07/27/2006 5:33:42 AM PDT · by white trash redneck · 17 replies · 1,061+ views
    NY Sun ^ | 27 jul 06 | Joseph Goldstein
    A U.N. employee used U.N. diplomatic pouches to smuggle illegal drugs as part of a ring that brought 25 tons of contraband into New York in the past year and a half, federal prosecutors and the FBI said yesterday.
  • Kofi Annan Could Have Ordered Peace Keepers To Leave

    07/26/2006 6:23:42 AM PDT · by Cindy_Cin · 64 replies · 1,162+ views
    CNSnews ^ | July 26, 2006 | Julie Stahl
    Haifa, Israel (CNSNews.com) - The four United Nations peacekeepers killed in an Israeli attack on their outpost were required to stay at that post "until they were ordered by the [U.N.] secretary general to withdraw," said a member of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization on Wednesday. But the peacekeepers apparently never received such an order, despite the fierce cross-border fighting that erupted in southern Lebanon two weeks ago. The four peacekeepers -- from China, Austria, Canada and Finland -- had taken security precautions and were in a shelter under their bunker when they were killed, said Wicki Dieter, the...
  • UN peacekeepers abandoned babies

    07/21/2006 1:37:30 PM PDT · by oxcart · 33 replies · 1,029+ views
    The Australian ^ | 07/21/2006 | Unknown
    UN peacekeepers have abandoned at least 20 babies fathered with poverty-stricken Timorese women, an investigation has shown. The UN investigation has also uncovered a culture of cover-up, in which babies born to peacekeepers and sex crimes committed by its personnel over seven years have been kept secret because of a "fear of shame and embarrassment". A report on the investigation recommends that a policy of zero tolerance of sexual misconduct be enforced on UN staff. The report reveals for the first time babies born to UN peacekeepers have been abandoned without financial support. Their mothers have been stigmatised and in...