(March 29, 2005) To his credit, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan knows that his beloved UN faces a crisis of legitimacy. But he’s the last man on Earth who can fix it.
(March 11, 2005) Debt campaigners called on Iraqi creditor nations this week to make details of claims against Iraq public, so citizens of Iraq and the creditor countries concerned could assess the legitimacy of funding provided to the former regime of Saddam Hussein.
(February 17, 2005) The picture that emerges from multiple, overlapping inquiries into the world’s management of Iraq’s people and oil wealth since 1991 is appalling.
(February 15, 2005) Benon Sevan faces U.N. disciplinary charges, but has denied wrongdoing.
(February 7, 2005) It is intriguing that nobody seems to have worked out how much the US and its allies owe the people of Iraq.
(February 4, 2005) Anyone who stole from the UN’s oil-for-food program for Iraq must stand trial and the money be repaid to the Iraqi people, Iraq’s Human Rights Minister said.
(February 3, 2005) Benon Sevan, head of the United Nations office that administered Iraq’s multi-billion dollar oil-for-food programme, "repeatedly solicited" oil allocations from Baghdad, a UN-appointed inquiry said yesterday.
(January 26, 2005) Investigators probing charges of impropriety in the UN oil-for-food program have questioned Secretary-General Kofi Annan about his involvement and will do so again, a UN spokesman has said.
(January 23, 2005) The last time Iraq tried a parliamentary system, it ended in failure, under circumstances not unlike today’s.
(January 19, 2005) US federal prosecutors made public this week their first conviction in the United Nations Oil-for-Food program.
(January 18, 2005) The U.N. oil-for-food program for Saddam Hussein’s Iraq was scandalously mismanaged and will be reviewed as an important item in President Bush’s second term, Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday.
(January 13, 2005) The Bush administration, which earlier backed Secretary-General Kofi Annan in the UN oil-for-food scandal, on Tuesday demanded he be held accountable for mismanagement in the programme.
(January 11, 2005) Audit reports released by a U.N.-sanctioned commission into the multibillion-dollar oil-for-food program in Iraq showed lax oversight, understaffing and widespread inefficiencies throughout the system, but no evidence of fraud or corruption.
(January 9, 2005) The United Nations may have overpaid up to $5 billion to individuals, companies and Gulf states for losses in Iraq’s 1990 invasion and occupation of Kuwait, auditors’ documents showed on Sunday.
(December 30, 2004) The US-appointed council believes the former president accumulated as much as $40bn (£22.5bn) during his years in power, which he hid in accounts in Switzerland, Japan, Germany and other countries.