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15th May 2005 - Weekly Standard

Uday’s Oil-for-News Program

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

On January 6, 2005, the U.S.-funded Arabic satellite network Al Hurra broadcast an explosive exposé detailing the financial links between Saddam Hussein's regime and the Arab press. Al Hurra's documentary--so far overlooked in the West--aired previously unseen video footage, recorded by...

13th May 2005 - National Review Online

Oil for Food: The List Goes On

Claudia Rosett

When Senator Norm Coleman (R., Minn.) last year compared the United Nations Oil-for-Food scandal to “an onion,” he had just one thing wrong: The more you peel, the bigger it gets.

9th May 2005 - New York Sun

Congressional Team and Volcker Committee Wrangle Over Secret Evidence About Annan

Claudia Rosett

The hottest question right now in the U.N. oil-for-food scandal is who has rights to boxfuls of secret evidence concerning the secretary-general of the world body, Kofi Annan. Congressional investigators and the United Nations' own inquiry team, led by former Fed chairman Paul Volcker, are...

5th May 2005 - Scripps Howard News Service

Kofi’s Break

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.

4th May 2005 - New York Sun

Congress Probes Routing of Funds To Suspect Firms

Claudia Rosett

Investigators looking into the U.N. oil-for-food program, poring over documents provided to Congress here, are discovering that vast sums intended for humanitarian purposes in Iraq were rerouted through a global web of companies with links to terrorist funding and arms trafficking.

27th April 2005 - New York Sun

Rohrabacher To Probe Role Of French Bank

Claudia Rosett

Rohrabacher To Probe Role Of French Bank Next up in the U.N. oil-for-food scandal is a trip down the money trail, by way of the French bank tapped by the United Nations - in cahoots with Saddam Hussein - to handle the main escrow account of the graft-laden U.N. program. Tomorrow, the House...

20th April 2005 - Wall Street Journal (Opinion Journal and European Edition)

Stale Kofi

Claudia Rosett

Yet more scandal at the United Nations? Secret deals, millions in bribes, leading to billions in global kickbacks? What to do?

18th April 2005 - New York Sun

Canadian Tycoon Could Assist In U.N. Probe

Claudia Rosett

Who are the two mysterious high-ranking U.N. officials fingered in one of the latest indictments of the oil-for-food scandal?

10th April 2005 - Weekly Standard

“Hell, No”—He’s Not Exonerated

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...

23rd March 2005 - Wall Street Journal (Opinion Journal and European Edition)

In Deep Trouble

Claudia Rosett

There he goes again.

1st March 2005 - FOXNews.com

Annan’s #2 Blocks Oil-for-Food Scrutiny

Claudia Rosett

With U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan (search) next up for review by Paul Volcker’s inquiry into the Oil-for-Food scandal, a crucial question is whether Volcker will expand upon information tying the scandal directly to the U.N. chief’s office — by way of Annan’s second-in command,...

3rd February 2005 - FrontPageMagazine

U.N. Follies

Clifford D. May

Is the United Nations attempting self-parody?

2nd February 2005 - New York Sun

Volcker’s Report Raises Questions of U.N.‘s Role

Claudia Rosett

The interim report on the United Nations' scandal-wracked oil-for-food program is due to be released tomorrow, according to the U.N.-authorized Independent Inquiry Committee, led by a former Federal Reserve chairman, Paul Volcker.

16th January 2005 - Fox News

Oil-for-Food Audits Reveal Sevan as Mysterious Manager

Claudia Rosett

Perhaps Paul Volcker (search), head of the United Nations-authorized inquiry into the U.N. Oil-for-Food program, was speaking solely of graft when he said recently that the internal audits of Oil-for-Food contained “no flaming red flags.” But if he meant anything beyond outright...

12th January 2005 - Wall Street Journal

Another Trail to Follow; Did Saddam Hussein Loot a Fund to Compensate Victims of the 1990 Invasion?

Claudia Rosett

Let's be honest. Along with United Nations secrecy, Saddam Hussein's perfidy, and the general coyness of the bribed, one of the big obstacles to getting to the bottom of the Oil for Food scandal is the sheer horror of actually having to read the reams of U.N. documents tied to the...

29th December 2004 - Wall Street Journal (Opinion Journal and European Edition)

Blue: The Next Orange? Forget Reform. The U.N. Needs Regime Change

Claudia Rosett

The advance of liberty and its attendant institutions can be a rough business, provoking stiff resistance by those who find their interests most threatened: the dictators, cronies and retinues of careerocrats who have already have made their compromises of conscience. And although specifics...

10th December 2004 - New York Sun

Contracts Chief Shown To Be Annan Son’s Main Cotecna Tie

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.

7th December 2004 - New York Sun

Go Ahead, Make Our Day

Claudia Rosett

If Kofi Annan keeps his job, the upside is that we are going to learn a lot more about what ails the United Nations. Secretary-General Annan may not be the only cause of the secretive and self-serving U.N. system that produced the huge oil-for-food scandal, which has now led to calls for his...

1st December 2004 - Wall Street Journal (Opinion Journal and European Edition)

Secretary and Son

Claudia Rosett

"He is a grown man, and I don't get involved with his activities and he doesn't get involved with mine."

26th November 2004 - New York Sun

Annan’s Son Took Payments Through 2004

Claudia Rosett

One of the next big chapters in the United Nations oil-for-food scandal will involve the family of the secretary-general, Kofi Annan, whose son turns out to have been receiving payments as recently as early this year from a key contractor in the oil-for-food program.

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