Roger L. Simon

A New Blogosphere Movement?

Abolition of the Nobel Peace Prize. [Maybe they meant the Nobel Prize for Comedy.-ed. I hope so.]

MEANWHILE: In the real world of the United Nations (not the Stockholm Kabuki Theatre Version):

The U.N. employees union has criticized Secretary-General Kofi Annan for retaining his former chief-of-staff as an adviser despite accusations the aide authorized shredding three years of files on the corrupt oil-for-food program for Iraq.

A resolution adopted by the Staff Council, the union’s executive, and obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, said keeping Riza as a personal adviser “is inconsistent with the requirement that all those working for the United Nations organization shall be of the highest integrity.” The resolution was passed on Tuesday.

In a report in September, Volcker said Riza “played a greater role than he was willing to state” in the oil-for-food program. He was “the primary point of access to the secretary-general, routinely received copies of significant documents,” and reviewed a March 7, 2001 memorandum on allegations of kickbacks and surcharges which he forwarded to the secretary-general.
(via Cap Marlow)

UPDATE: For the francophone, more OFF hijinks here. Gilles Munier, the Secretary General of the French-Iraqi Friendship Association, is under investigation as of October 6.