Oil for Food (updated)
More than half of the 4500 companies involved with the Oil for Food program paid kickbacks to Saddam. Guess what countries are more represented? Russia and France. Did you think they opposed the liberation war in Iraq because of moral considerations? Sorry guys...
And for once, despite all the whitewashing he did to save Annan's backside, Volcker is right:
"There must be countries that feel deeply committed to the UN that have to realize that, if they are committed to the UN and supportive of the UN, they'd better support reform or they're not going to have an organization that's strong enough to do what they want it to do."
Fausta has an excellent analysis and round up on the latest installment of the report.