Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Bolton's right, again

The unspeakable activities of UNRWA have come under the scrutiny of John Bolton, the US ambassador to the UN.

In a related issue, Claudia Rosett examines the ongoing Procurement scandal at the UN:

The focus of the current scandal is U.N. peacekeeping, a function that consumes 85 percent of the U.N.'s procurement budget — a cost that could reach $2 billion in 2005. Like many of the U.N.'s financial dealings, it is shrouded in secrecy. And like the multi-billion-dollar Oil-for-Food scandal, it is wrapped in what the U.N.'s own investigators now call "systematic abuse," "a pattern of corrupt practices," and "a culture of impunity."

If it is true that a fish starts to rot from the head, you can imagine how this shining example has inspired the myriad (many of them useless) UN agencies' procurement offices.

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