(Via Charley Kron)
The deeply concerned UN chief stooge is in more trouble:
Kofi Annan is facing calls to resign after a report into his son’s links with a company embroiled in the UN’s oil-for-food scandal revealed that documents held in the Secretary-General’s office were ordered destroyed the day after the Security Council approved an official inquiry.
The shredding of documents covering the crucial period from 1997 to 1999—during which the Swiss company that employed Kojo Annan as a consultant was awarded a lucrative UN contract in Iraq—was ordered by Kofi Annan’s former chief of staff Iqbal Riza last April and continued until December 7.
The Sydney Morning Herald’s Mark Coultan seems moved by this epic tragedy:
The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has had to confront many difficult issues during the past year, including corruption in the Iraq oil-for-food program, sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers, and his most senior officers sacked or in disgrace. However, none has been harder than the one involving his son …
Mr Annan said he loved his son and had “always expected the highest standards of integrity from him”.
“I am deeply saddened by the evidence to the contrary that has emerged and particularly by the fact that my son had failed to co-operate fully with the inquiry. I have urged him to co-operate and I urge him to reconsider his position and co-operate,” Mr Annan said.
The scandal has capped a bad year for the UN and its leader. Asked if he would resign, the normally urbane diplomat replied: “Hell, no.”
And then he scampered away, leaving flunky Mark Malloch Brown to answer questions. He invoked the awesome power of Move On:
“Time to move on, there’s a lot to get done,” Mr Malloch Brown told journalists, referring to the report as a “final slaying of the ghosts”.
Final? Mark may have spoken too soon. Here’s another ghost to slay:
The head of the UN elections unit has been charged with violating staff rules after an internal review said she made unwanted sexual advances toward a male employee and created a sexually charged work environment, UN officials and diplomats said today.
What a rabble. And people wanted these raping, thieving, lying, document-shredding horndogs to oversee the liberation of Iraq …
Ireland’s Palestinian Solidarity Group didn’t bother with too much research when it selected an Israel team member as the reviled face of its campaign to shun an Ireland-Israel soccer match.
The player turned out to be a Palestinian Arab – and, according to Ireland’s Freedom Institute, “one of the most popular players in Israel.”
Sheesh. Germany loses a couple of wars, and all of a sudden they don’t want to play any more:
Adults in France were more likely to think Iran posed a nuclear threat (34 per cent) than in Germany (30 per cent) and Britain (27 per cent.)
Of those adults surveyed who did believe Iran posed a nuclear threat, 59 per cent said diplomacy was the best way to handle the situation.
Just three per cent said using military force alone was the best course of action. Support for military action was highest in Britain (seven percent) and lowest in Germany (zero percent.)
If nothing else, I guess this disproves the line that a warlike people will only be inflamed by armed response.
Sydney Morning Herald transcriber Alan Ramsey defends himself against accusations of laziness and Googlephobia. Hilariously, this ran on Saturday under the headline “Misquote, but message still true”:
Readers will recall the dark acceptance speech to a New York audience last December after Harvard Medical School named Bill Moyers, the eminent American journalist from US public broadcasting, and a former presidential press secretary, its fourth annual Global Environmental Citizen. The speech went unreported in this country’s mass media until I edited its 2500-word text down to 750 words on this page on March 9 under the introduction, “Here is a speech that should terrify you. If not, you deserve everything you get.”
Shrill religious and political zealots instantly fell on me. So did one of Sydney’s several blimpish print shrieks. Yet the power of Moyers’s speech, in its confrontation of the religious right in American politics and the Bush Administration’s insidious assault on environmental protection, was undiminished by an apocryphal quote Moyers eventually corrected (10 weeks later) but which remained intact in the Harvard website text. The Herald’s immediate correction of the misquote in my edited text did nothing to quell the shriek’s hysterics about “lazy journalism”.
As Attila the Pun asked on the day Ramsey’s “fake but true” Moyers column appeared: “Does anyone seriously think Ramsey will publish a proper apology?” No, we didn’t – and we’re still waiting for Ramsey to correct the small matter of that plastic Christmas turkey. The prestigious New York Times did so months ago.
Apparently the SMH’s ReaderLink is the service to contact about this.