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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Secretary-General Kofi Annan, his deputy and the U.N. Security Council all share blame for mismanagement that allowed Saddam Hussein to rake in more than $10 billion from kickbacks and smuggling during the oil-for-food program, investigators said on Wednesday.
The well-publicised Iraq oil-for-food scandal which the UN is embroiled in may eventually be seen as small compared to the financial unaccountability under the US-led authority that ruled the country and the subsequent interim government. Many billions of dollars were unaccounted for, and dubious contracts uncovered, helping to explain the lack of reconstruction work.
A troubled Iraq is being told to compare itself with Malaysia, as its chief Western occupying forces hope to solve their problems there by linking it withMalaysia's track record. But in a complex world where each country is unique, models of development are seldom if ever transferable.
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's Surakiart Sathirathai, Southeast Asia's candidate to lead the United Nations, said on Wednesday he would work to make the U.N. more accountable after an oil-for-food scandal showed a
It is essential to make war an unprofitable occupation because right now the US contractors in Iraq are making so much money out of it, said investigative journalist Pratap Chatterjee.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. authorities arrested a South Korean lobbyist accused of secretly scheming with top U.N. and Iraqi officials to create the oil-for-food program that turned into a multibillion-dollar scandal.