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Huan Yi
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50 posted 12-13-2004 11:14 PM       View Profile for Huan Yi   Email Huan Yi   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Huan Yi

I put “UN did nothing in East Timor” in the search engine and
the first on the list was:

http://www.anu.edu.au/polsci/marx/archive/timor/interfet.htm


“The UN’s own record when it comes to East Timor speaks volumes. When Indonesia invaded East Timor in 1975, the UN did not act. Despite a fine sounding resolution opposing Indonesia’s annexation and the deaths of 200,000 East Timorese, it did nothing for the next 24 years. It was only when independence looked like a real possibility as a result of the fall of Suharto and the massive struggles of the East Timorese themselves that the UN became involved.

Then it brokered an agreement on East Timor’s future without a single East Timorese representative at the table. A deal was stitched up between the former colonial power Portugal and Indonesia which did not reflect the wishes of the people. The Indonesian government was given responsibility to maintain "security" for the referendum. The UN did nothing to disarm the militias.

Why did the UN not intervene while the worst of the massacres and the destruction of Dili took place after the ballot? Because it was not in the US’s "strategic interests". "East Timor by itself?", said chair of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Hugh Shelton to a US congressional committee last week. "I cannot see any national interest there that would be overwhelming ...that would call for us to deploy or place US forces on the ground in that area."

The UN is part of the world imperialist set-up. Its history is one of either treachery or inaction. It cannot be relied on in East Timor or anywhere else. “

Somehow the US is held at fault because it did not want to commit US forces.
Damned if we do, damned if we . . .


[This message has been edited by Huan Yi (12-14-2004 12:23 AM).]

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51 posted 12-14-2004 11:19 AM       View Profile for Brad   Email Brad   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Brad

So the Marxists are against the UN?

Gee, I believe in the UN, or at least the idea. I guess I'm not a Marxist or a socialist.

Do you think the UN should do more? I do too.

We agree again.

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52 posted 02-03-2005 05:09 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK - A sweeping investigation of the U.N. oil-for-food program accused program chief Benon Sevan of a conflict of interest, saying Thursday his conduct in soliciting oil deals was "ethically improper and seriously undermined the integrity of the United Nations.
Although Sevan said he never recommended any oil companies, the investigation led by former U.S. Federal Reserve (news - web sites) Chairman Paul Volcker concluded that he repeatedly solicited allocations of oil from Iraq (news - web sites) under the program and "created a grave and continuing conflict of interest."

Volcker also said there was "convincing and uncontested evidence" that the selection of the three U.N. contractors for the oil-for-food program — Banque Nationale de Paris, Saybolt Eastern Hemisphere BV and Lloyd's Register Inspection Limited — did not conform to established financial and competitive bidding rules.


The committee concluded that Sevan solicited and received several million barrels of allocations on behalf of AMEP in 1998-2001. Those allocations generated $1.5 million in revenues, the report said.


The saga continues.....
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53 posted 02-03-2005 08:24 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Kofi Annan (news - web sites) ordered disciplinary action against the head of the U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq (news - web sites) on Thursday, after a report sharply criticized Benon Sevan for "undermining the integrity" of the United Nations (news - web sites) through a "grave conflict of interest."

The investigation report said Sevan solicited oil allocations from Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s regime on behalf of a trading company between 1998 and 2001, and it raised concerns he may have received kickbacks for the help.

Based on the report, Annan has decided to discipline Sevan and another U.N. official, Joseph Stephanides, who was chief of the U.N. Sanctions Branch, said Mark Malloch Brown, Annan's new chief of staff. Malloch Brown said the type of disciplinary action would be announced early next week but gave no details.
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54 posted 02-10-2005 09:29 PM       View Profile for Huan Yi   Email Huan Yi   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Huan Yi



“The Iraqi Survey Group also found that supposed "humanitarian" imports under Oil-for-Food gave Saddam the ability to restart his biological and chemical warfare programs at a moment's notice. Spertzel said what scared him the most in Iraq was the discovery of secret labs to make deadly weapons like the nerve agent, sarin, and the biological poison, ricin, in spray form.

"If that were released in a closed [area], such as Madison Square Garden or, even some, some of your smaller closed malls, shopping malls, it would have a devastating effect … killing hundreds or thousands," Spertzel said.”

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,147046,00.html

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55 posted 02-10-2005 09:31 PM       View Profile for Huan Yi   Email Huan Yi   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Huan Yi

Sorry
 
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