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UN: More scandal from the third world debating club
Posted by: McQ on Monday, January 22, 2007

There have been any number of stories of the basic ineptness of the UN. And those sorts of problems seem to have grown exponentially under the "leadership" of Secretary General Kofi Annan. Another such example which has to rank right up there with the worst of them is beginning to emerge:
In the latest "dollars-for-dictators" controversy to embroil the UN, officials at its Development Programme (UNDP) acknowledged that since 1998 it had employed North Korean staff, hand-picked by the Stalinist regime of Kim Jong-il, and paid their salaries and other expenses in hard currency into a fund controlled by Pyongyang.

The UNDP, headed by Sir Mark Malloch Brown, a Briton, for much of that period, relied on audits conducted by the North Korean government to track the use of funds to help the desperately poor population of a country where millions have died from famine in recent years.

American officials made clear their alarm in a series of letters to the UN. Mark Wallace, the deputy US ambassador for management, wrote last week that the UNDP's operations had been "systematically perverted for the benefit of the Kim Jong-il regime, rather than the people of North Korea". Estimates of the amount of money that flowed into Kim's coffers range up to $100 million.
Payment to a staff "hand-picked" by the NoKo regime? Paid in "hard currency". Accepted audits "conducted by the North Korean government"?

My goodness it doesn't take Stephen Hawking to become suspicious of those particulars, does it? I mean it's not like we're discussing the somatic mutation theory of antibody diversity. For any reasonably intelligent and rational person those three facts alone would have thrown up giant red flags which would have immediately put the program into question, wouldn't it?

We complain about proper oversight here, but under Annan, that word appears to have been banned from the UN. To his credit the new SecGen, Ban Ki Moon, seems to at least making all the right noises concerning checking this out and getting something done quickly. But then he's a South Korean and this is something in which he'd be vitally interested one would think. So I'll reserve judgment until I see similar action from him on other such debacles.

But really - 7 years to finally discover this absurdity?

Amazing.

Oh, and Annan? My guess is he'll go build houses in Africa for a few years, then write a book or two and begin criticizing the present SecGen while lobbying for a Nobel Prize.
 
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It is quite plausible that Mr. Annan was not materially worse than his predecessors, and that the apparent spate of scandals is due to the increased publicity they receive (almost entirely through new media).
 
Written By: sammler
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can anyone explain to me why the Dems keep thinking we should have anythign to do with this organization? I don’t get it. Why would we ever want to ask permission of this useless and ridiculously corrupt organization for our foreign policies?
 
Written By: josh b
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Because if you’ve paid the necessary bribes then the ’world’ agrees with the things you want to do! you’ve built consensus to achieve your objectives then everyone will help out, and that’s important.
 
Written By: looker
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I recommend this short movie mocking Kim Jong Il and his secret agent buying Hennessy XO wine from Chinese black market :=)

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=EE52D9ED01495685
 
Written By: booted cat
URL: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=EE52D9ED01495685

 
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