FACING high unemployment and lukewarm public approval, President Barack Obama can take heart from history: At the same point in his presidency 28 years ago, Ronald Reagan was saddled with an approval rating much lower than Obama’s is now. And the unemployment rate then was a full percentage point higher.
IN A devastating assessment of the United Nations oil-for-food programme in Iraq, investigators yesterday strongly criticised Secretary General Kofi Annan, his deputy and the Security Council for allowing Saddam Hussein to bilk €10 billion as a result of the giant humanitarian operation.
In a devastating assessment of the UN oil-for-food programme in Iraq, investigators today strongly criticised Secretary General Kofi Annan, his deputy and the Security Council for allowing Saddam Hussein to gain €8.1bn as a result of the giant humanitarian operation.
A sweeping year-long probe of the Iraq oil-for-food program has concluded that the United Nations allowed “illicit, unethical, and corrupt behaviour” to overwhelm the $64bn (€51.2bn) operation, and must adopt sweeping reforms to reclaim its credibility before taking on such tasks again.
The committee probing the UN oil-for-food programme has announced it will again investigate Secretary-General Kofi Annan after two previously unknown emails suggested he may have known more than he claimed about a multi-million-dollar UN contract awarded to the company that employed his son.
The UN has vowed to discipline two officials implicated in a report that detailed conflicts of interest and flawed management in the UN oil-for-food programme, while the man leading the investigation warned that more revelations were forthcoming.
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has ordered disciplinary action against the head of the UN oil-for-food program in Iraq, who was sharply criticised in an investigation that accused him of a “grave conflict of interest” and “undermining the integrity” of the UN.
The man leading an independent investigation into alleged corruption in the United Nations’ oil-for-food programme said most of the money illegally obtained by Saddam Hussein came from smuggling, much of which the UN Security Council knew about but did not stop.