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Claudia Rosett

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November 3, 2011 - 6:35 pm

The United Nations hasn’t even finished the $2 billion renovation of its New York headquarters (cost over-runs currrently 225% above the UN’s original estimate), and already it’s lobbying member states for another $3 billion for another big building in New York, and an overhaul of its palatial offices in Geneva. George Russell of Fox News has put himself through the torment of reading the relevant UN documents, and has the story.

U.S. taxpayers would of course be expected to pony up America’s usual 22% or more of the cost. But the worst of it is, these billions in buildings are all meant to accommodate UN plans for an ever-expanding staff.  And if the UN builds it, you can bet that they will come. Where does this end?

Claudia Rosett is journalist-in-residence with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and heads its Investigative Reporting Project. She is widely recognized as a ground-breaking reporter on corruption at the United Nations. Her investigative reporting skills, drawn from three decades as a journalist and editor writing on international affairs, led her to expose the U.N. Oil-for-Food scandal, the worst financial fraud in the history of humanitarian relief. Due in substantial part to her investigation, the U.S. House and Senate launched inquiries into the program. Ms. Rosett has appeared before five U.S. House and Senate Committees and Subcommittees to testify on U.N.-related corruption. Her work on Oil-for-Food earned Claudia the 2005 Eric Breindel Award and the Mightier Pen award.
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