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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am

If you call it a prize, and you hand it over in public, then it’s not a bribe!

Earlier this month, Annan accepted from the ruler of Dubai an environmental prize of $500,000—a fat sum that represents the latest in a long series of glaring conflicts of interest. Call this one Cash-for-Kofi.

Annan received his award at a glittering February 6 ceremony in Dubai, as outlined in a press release from Annan’s office that noted the honor, but neglected to mention the half million bucks that came with it.

Read Claudia Rosett’s entire piece. You might find yourself in agreement with an Australian diplomat.

Posted by Tim B. on 02/19/2006 at 02:36 AM
    1. Prize, bribe, whatever. Loot is loot.

      There are few things more ludicrous than a corrupt Third World potentate parading about as if he were am important world leader.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2006 02 19 at 02:53 AM • permalink


    1. I wish there were some way to edit one’s own comment after it’s posted.


      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2006 02 19 at 02:55 AM • permalink


    1. Jumped up pissant. Exactly where does the deeply concerned UN honcho come from again? International political powerhouse and economic miracle Guinea or something like that?
      The global warming quota for New York dropped by 32% when Coffee Banana flew to the middle east.

      Posted by CB on 2006 02 19 at 03:22 AM • permalink


    1. On news value, Dauth’s comments should be front page, top of bulletin all over Australia. What’s that, they don’t cause Howard any grief, so they’re not news? When will I learn?

      Posted by slatts on 2006 02 19 at 03:49 AM • permalink


    1. Long ago…before Dick Cheney started shooting private citizens…Kofi and
      rotten apples were considered a delicacy
      in some quarters.

      Sort of like Oil for food sans food add mercedes but subtract mercedes when
      returned add $500k less media fall out
      take away the number you started with
      and the answer is “Tuesday”.

      If Uncle Kofi goes we may end up with
      someone who knows what he’s doing. We’ll
      be bored sh!tless.

      Posted by Mike 101 on 2006 02 19 at 03:54 AM • permalink


    1. At least no one’s aunt was dumped down an elevator shaft in the awarding of this “prize”.

      That’s progress!!!

      Posted by zefal on 2006 02 19 at 04:02 AM • permalink


    1. No zefal progress is when Dick Cheney takes up skiing and enters the New York Winter Biathlon with Kofi as his partner.

      Posted by Mike 101 on 2006 02 19 at 04:25 AM • permalink


    1. “And if the heart of the body, if the core of the apple, is rotten, eventually the rest of the apple will be rotten too.”

      Do believe you are correct sir…now about those “food programs”….U.N. World Food Programme

      But hey, it’s only 16 % or so of the world population…a mere 797,900,000 people undernourished.

      Your first statement is correct sir…rotten, rotten to the core…the entire premises need to be bulldozed in NYC and moved to…say Ghana…but would Kofi get the same air time? Certainly he would continue his skills of skimming money from the world, the TV cameras would be missing, though.

      As to Kofi, his statement….The current Secretary-General is Kofi Annan. His appointment began on January 1, 1997, and his second term began on January 1, 2002. “I am a cheerleader, I am a promoter, I am a salesman, I am a debt collector, I am a father confessor and there are other aspects I still have to discover,” Annan has said in describing his job.

      Kofi, you left out, thief AND what do you call a person that allows troops under his direct control, rape, murder, pillage and burn?

      One last thing, before the U.N. is bulldozed, allow this person to enter U.S. airspace, one last time….:).

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 02 19 at 04:57 AM • permalink


    1. The UN should be shifted to the poorest most malnourished country in the world. This should speed up some of the resolutions a little, and at least they will all have some first hand experience of poverty then.
      Be no coincidence that they are looking at bringing in religous villification as a major “problem” to be solved then? As long as its a certain type of religon of course.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2006 02 19 at 05:21 AM • permalink


    1. I think we are judging him too harshly. No doubt he will donate it all to charity.

      Posted by captain on 2006 02 19 at 05:30 AM • permalink


    1. Therollickingmole…that is exactly why they do it.

      Cartoons detract from the real issues such as what role Syria had in the death of a former Lebanese prime minister.

      Zionism and the Elders of Zion and the rest of that bullshit deflects from the fact that despite vast oil resources the man on the ground is either starving or poor while the
      ‘crats are living in palaces.

      If you were a Mussie fatcat would you want to educate and uplift your children? – Hell no, they’d realise what you are and turn on you.

      Would you want enlightenment? – What for so the masses are made aware of their plight?

      The biggest joke, to me, is that when the oil is no longer required, instead of a modern, forward thinking and educated population, the Mussies will be left with just so many fatcats and a world that is no longer interested in their dustbowl.

      In other words you don’t have to be cruel to Mussies they are the cruelest to their own without our help.

      Posted by Mike 101 on 2006 02 19 at 05:37 AM • permalink


    1. Dauth was good value at the UN. Robert Hill (if he replaces him) will have to reprise his more attacking style from those long ago days in opposition in order to deliver some real UN slappin’ invective. Is there a site where one can follow Bolton’s progress?

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 02 19 at 06:23 AM • permalink


    1. #6 Respect for the UN is like share prices (and Cypriot aunts) – they go up by the stairs and down by the lift shaft.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 02 19 at 06:32 AM • permalink


    1. Blogstrop – good points, although I expect Hill’s cerebral approach will be lost in that shower

      Posted by Rod C on 2006 02 19 at 06:46 AM • permalink


    1. #11 damn fine idea.  bugger global warming – the case for alternative energy is improved by its capacity to remove the revenue source of regimes that repress their people & promote violent jihad.  bring on the solar panels & the wheat fuelled cars & australia can tell the oil sheiks to rack off, with the added bonus of improving the balance of trade

      Posted by KK on 2006 02 19 at 09:22 AM • permalink


    1. Once one person offers a bribe then it becomes a fashion trend and a normal part of society. This is not fair to the majority who don’t do this.

      Posted by 1.618 on 2006 02 19 at 05:52 PM • permalink


    1. If the UN is not careful, I will become very concerned and if they take it much further, I will write them a letter expressing this concern.

      Consider this a pre-emptory warning, but not an actual warning as such, just an expression of the possibility of concern and indeed, concern above regular concern levels.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 02 19 at 08:18 PM • permalink


    1. Now there is a bribe-taking technique not widely exploited by our bribe loving politicians.The standard modus-operandi here,at least for post-event bribes, is to accept employment as a “consultant” from the briber particularly if the old but still much loved method of a brown paper bag is thought to be perhaps a little too blatant.

      Posted by Lew on 2006 02 19 at 10:52 PM • permalink


    1. ’I think we are judging him too harshly. No doubt he will donate it all to charity’.

      Yeah, like his son, maybe?

      Or Kofi’s Koffer?

      Someone should tell Dubai they are wasting their money.  Kofi and his crowd are only ever good at talking, not doing..

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 02 19 at 11:14 PM • permalink


    1. What’s all the fuss about?  We had the same program going in late 2000 in the US it was called the Clinton Amnesty Program.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2006 02 20 at 01:27 AM • permalink


    1. Or was it their book deals?

      Posted by yojimbo on 2006 02 20 at 01:32 AM • permalink


    1. Margo’s Maid 17

      If the UN is not careful, I will become very concerned and if they take it much further, I will write them a letter expressing this concern.

      I think precipitous over-reactions of this sort only serve to make a tense situation even more desperate!  Won’t you consider moderation?

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 02 21 at 03:26 PM • permalink


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