Politics & Policy

Strong Implications

In the ever-more-amazing United Nations Oil-for-Food scandal, the arrest in Houston last Friday of South Korean businessman Tongsun Park brings us a step closer to understanding the origins of the ...
Politics & Policy

The Blow-Up

In a telling moment at a United Nations press conference Wednesday, Secretary-General Kofi Annan lost his temper–hurling insults at a widely respected senior member of the U.N. press corps. Beyond ...
Politics & Policy

The Mercedes Monologues

The mystery of the Kojo-and-Kofi-Annan Mercedes Benz gets deeper by the day. The real riddle by now is why the U.N. secretary-general’s office keeps dodging all questions about the fate ...
Politics & Policy

Mercedes Mystery

What does it take to get promoted by Kofi Annan at the United Nations? For longtime U.N. staffer Abdoulie Janneh, it took less than two weeks after his recent testimony ...
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Frenchman Fried?

Even the French have finally discovered the United Nations Oil-for-Food scandal. With the arrest in Paris this week of a former French ambassador to the U.N., Jean-Bernard Merimee, alleged to ...
Politics & Policy

Talking Their Way Out of The Scandal

AUTHOR’S NOTE: On September 7, Paul Volcker’s United Nations-authorized Independent Inquiry Committee delivered its main report on the corrupt Oil-for-Food program through which the U.N. from 1996-2003 supervised oil sales ...
Politics & Policy

Exposé, At Last?

When the main report of the United Nations probe into its own former Oil-for-Food program hits the street Wednesday, the toss-up is whether the results of the investigation, led by ...
Politics & Policy

Benon Sevan’S Finest Hour

It’s rich that the former head of the United Nations Oil-for-Food program, Benon Sevan, is now protesting the secrecy surrounding U.N. records that he himself set up as confidential. With Sevan ...