Archive for the ‘disaster aid’ Category

UN career with free ATM

January 27, 2007

Hi Grit

I have been looking over some of the comments you have been making regarding the UN and decided that it must be a good idea to apply for a job with the UN, especially as it seems that free cash comes with almost every title held (hence the title free Access To Money).

Amongst the scandals that appeared to have developed are the misappropriation of millions from the UN development program curtesy of Kim Yong II, which by all accounts has been going on for nearly a decade. Then there is the small matter of $18 million on parking tickets. Of course, added to this is the scandal involving the bribery of officials responsible for the Iraq oil sales. Staying on Iraq, money has gone missing from the redevelopment fund, of which $12 billion was delivered in cash (WHAT!).

Although auditors have brought some of these matters to the attention of the UN and other nations, there is a hitch in the system. Organisations within the UN, such as the UNDP, do not have to show their accounts to the member countries they serve.

Excuse me for being critical Grit, but the introduction of the Sobarnes-Oxley Act was an effort to eradicate corporate problems and bring transparency into business financial reporting. It was also intended to ensure that commercial organisations were run at the highest level of corporate governance. Am I reading here that whilst it is okay for business to be whipped into shape in this way, with one of the most stringent financial regulatory structures in the world, this does not apply to international bodies? Also, who in their right mind would allow such large quantities of cash to be floating about?

Whilst I accept that the US provides a large percentage of the funds that keep the UN running, the rest of us also contribute our hard earned cash as well. Therefore, I think it is about time that not only financial statements should be issued to member states, but also they should be made available to the public. It seems to me that we could cut the UN diplomates by half and it would have no affect on the people to whom the money is being distributed.

If not, can I have a UN job please on the same terms as some of the idiots and criminals they have employed?

the Brit

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Once again the UN has its hand out

January 17, 2007

Hi Brit,

Since y’all are mentioned, and not so kindly, in this one, I figured you might be interested: 

UN says rich should stump up more for disaster aid.

While I won’t speak for England, I would point out a few things from a US point of view:

1.  Considering that Kofi Annan was still in charge at the time, why would anyone give anything since it would most likely just go straight to the bank accounts of him and his cronies?

2.  Our citizens, without the need for the UN or our Government to direct things, cough up more than $4 billion every year on their own.

3.  The UN is spending almost that much to redecorate its club house, toward which stupid project the US is giving a good bit.  If the bloated bureaucrats at the UN want to help disaster victims, I’m sure we won’t protest if you direct the decorating cash in that direction.

4.  Since the nations mentioned that are going to pay more than the US also don’t need to spend squat on their military forces, benefiting from decades of US protection, I would bet that, if the UN wants to take over the task, we’ll be glad to match their donations, at a tremendous savings to ourselves.

5.  The UN, as a group, can kiss my ass.

the Grit