Showing posts with label UN. Show all posts
Showing posts with label UN. Show all posts

Thursday, June 18

White House Clarifies - "North Korea not an imminent threat to the US"

Just a couple weeks ago, the Administration was busy downplaying the threat of North Korea: (As covered in my post: Total BS: "North Korea not an imminent threat to the US")
President Obama’s national security adviser on Wednesday said that North Korea’s recent nuclear detonation and subsequent missile tests are not “an imminent threat” to the safety and security of the United States.

Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Jones, in his first speech on the administration’s approach to national security, said that the “imminent threat” posed by North Korea is that of the proliferation of nuclear technologies to other countries and terrorist organizations.

North Korea still has “a long way” to “weaponize” and work on the delivery of its nuclear missiles before they pose a threat to U.S. security, Jones said in a discussion hosted by the Atlantic Council.

“Nothing that the North Koreans did surprised us,” Jones said. “We knew that they were going to do this, they said so, so no reason not to believe them.” - Hot Air
So I wonder, since when does something that is not an 'imminent threat' require defense against a threat they say does not exist:
Gates, speaking at the same news conference, said the Pentagon is concerned about the possibility of a North Korean missile launch "in the direction of Hawaii."

Gates told reporters at the Pentagon he has sent the military's ground-based mobile missile system to Hawaii, and positioned a radar system nearby. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system is designed to shoot down ballistic missiles in their last stage of flight.

"We are in a good position, should it become necessary, to protect Americans and American territory," Gates said.

A Japanese newspaper reported Thursday that North Korea might fire its most advanced ballistic missile toward Hawaii around the Fourth of July holiday. - Knoxnews
So is the planned North Korean missile launch pointed at Hawaii not a threat because they are pretty sure they can shoot it down or because they are pretty sure that the missile, even if it does strike Hawaii, will not contain a warhead, nuclear or otherwise? Then again, I bet the White House discussion a couple of weeks ago that decided that North Korea was not an imminent threat did not discuss the possibility of Hawaii being threatened. (Other than some analyst who was quickly dismissed from the meeting and who is now thinking 'I told you so' out loud.)

As for the threat that was recognized 'the proliferation of nuclear technologies to other countries and terrorist organizations' seems that the North Koreas have wasted no time in testing that theory as well.
The U.S. military is tracking a flagged North Korean ship suspected of proliferating weapons material in violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution passed last Friday, FOX News has learned.

The ship, Kang Nam, left a port in North Korea Wednesday and appears to be heading toward Singapore, according to a senior U.S. military source. The vessel, which the military has been tracking since its departure, could be carrying weaponry, missile parts or nuclear materials.

"It is believed to be 'of interest,'" a senior U.S. official told FOX News.

This is the first suspected "proliferator" that the U.S. and its allies have tracked from North Korea since the United Nations authorized the world's navies to enforce compliance with a variety of U.N. sanctions aimed at punishing North Korea for its recent nuclear test. - Fox News
Just imagine that this is what we know that they are up to. What are they doing that we are not aware of yet...
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Wednesday, June 10

Update: The UN Cannot Save the North Koreans (So Stop Trying)

In the past I have advocated that we should not be talking to the North Koreans because no good can come from it. (See The UN Cannot Save the North Koreans (So Stop Trying) for one example.)

Now comes an article in today's Wall Street Journal which basically says the same thing:
When there is no diplomatic recognition to be traded in exchange for concessions, diplomats assume that talking is always a good idea because words cost nothing but can produce tangible results.

This time that is the wrong assumption. For years, the U.S., China, the Russian Federation, Japan and South Korea have been patiently negotiating with North Korea, offering economic aid, security guarantees, and the benefits of "normalization" in exchange for it abandoning its nuclear programs. South Korea provided advance payments in the form of investments, food aid and large cash gifts.

Thus over a period of years, while the dictatorship of Kim Jong Il continued to starve its own population as it accumulated more military equipment and repeatedly sold nuclear and missile technology to Iran and Syria, it was greatly rewarded diplomatically. Kim Jong Il's delegates sat alongside those of the U.S., China, Russia and Japan -- a huge concession in itself that added to the prestige of the regime. Every time the North Koreans committed a new outrage, from launching ballistic missiles over Japan to selling ballistic missiles to Iran, the response was to resume the talks, with no reduction in the concessions on offer and even some more gifts from South Korea.

This must now stop. The North Korean regime never yielded anything of significance in past negotiations, which have served nobody but them. This time, provocation must not be rewarded. Evidently, the North Korean aim is to evoke more attention, more offers of concessions, more gifts. They must receive nothing at all. Talking has failed utterly. Silence might yet persuade the North Koreans to improve their behavior. - WSJ
Not only should we not be talking to them, but the UN and other aid organizations should be pulled out of there as well.

After all, extortion through threats, 'resolved' through negotiation, have only brought bigger threats. The current reward for decades of talk is a country whose citizens are held hostage and the keeper of the hostages is now armed with a nuclear weapon, and is even threatening to use it. This is why unconditional surrender should have been the final solution to the North Korea problem. At the moment, that would involve collapsing the Government of the North. I think it can be done. It has not, because nobody wants to deal with the mess that would be left in it's wake. Well the mess is not going to get any smaller by waiting.

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Here is an ad noting the stupidity of appeasing the world's tyrants.

Be sure to check out my earlier posts on North Korea here, including:

Draft UN Resolution Condemns North Korea (Again) - Text
Total BS: "North Korea not an imminent threat to the US"
There is no Place in this World for North Korea
*** The UN Cannot Save the North Koreans (So Stop Trying) ***
NY Times: "South Korea Says U.S. Killed Hundreds of Civilians" - Total BS Story
Forgotten Korean War POW Escapes - 55 Years After Being Captured!

North Korean Snipers Killing Refugees Along the Chinese Border - 24 May 08
Most Disturbing Part of North Korea-Syria Connection - 29 Apr 08
Anchor Countries - 27 Sept 07

Unconditional surrender – The only way to end Military Operations - 1 May 05
Seeing things in Black and white instead of in shades of gray. - 19 Dec 04

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Tuesday, June 2

Smoking Trumps Global Warming! (At Killing Humans)

The media was recently pushing forward the news of an estimate on how many deaths can be blamed on global warming.
Global Humanitarian Forum — an organization headed by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan — announced last Friday that climate change is responsible for 300,000 deaths per year throughout the world. The group's report, "The Anatomy of a Silent Crisis," alleges that 90 percent of these deaths are caused by a “gradual environmental degradation caused by a warming climate that exacerbates the threats of malnutrition, diarrhoea (sic), and malaria.” - New American
300,000 sure sounds like a lot. But wait.

Now take this following estimate on smoking:
Supporters of the FDA legislation, such as the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association, say controls over tobacco products would be a good place to start: they say tobacco use kills more than 400,000 Americans every year, resulting in $96 billion in health care costs. - AP
Smoking kills more Americans each year than Global Warming kills around the globe. If smoking kills that many Americans, the global total much be much higher. How high? Over 5 million people a year die due to smoking.
"I think it's important not to get into competitive deaths, but there's about 3 million TB deaths a year, whereas there are 5 million deaths a year from tobacco and these are going up," Mackay told Reuters in an interview.

"By 2030 that 5 million will be closer to 10 million, they'll be doubling ... and the major burden is on developing countries," she said on the sidelines of an international lung health conference. - Reuters
For every person who is going to die this year because of Global Warming, over 16 people will die due to tobacco smoking. And not for anything, wouldn't all those lit cigarettes also contribute to global warming? Not only the cigarettes but also all the fires careless smoking sets...

So where does the real threat to humans lie?

Here is a little clarification on the Global warming death estimate:
Kofi Annan and the Global Humanitarian Forum have released a new report predicting 300,000 excess deaths each year due to global warming. Back in 2003, the Milan conference on global warming estimated that 150,000 people died a year from global warming. But they didn't include heat deaths. Why? Because then they would have had to include deaths from cold. As warming would reduce deaths from cold by so much, it would have turned the whole number negative, so they just focused on deaths from malaria, diarrhea and such like. But those are diseases of poverty, not of climate. If the victims of those diseases in the developing world had access to clean water, electricity, micronutrients and education, those 150,000 people would not die.

It is not the climate. It is the poverty.

Well, they're back for more and they've doubled their numbers to 300,000 excess deaths annually due to 'climate change'. - Examiner
Yes, the real crime is not global warming. The real crime is the billions of uneducated people on this planet. How about the UN try and deal with that. That is one of the biggest crimes of this century.

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Thursday, May 28

Draft UN Resolution Condemns North Korea (Again) - Text

Inner City Press has an exclusive, obtaining a draft of the UN Resolution that will Condemn North Korea over it's recent Nuke test, among other things.

Here is the text:
Note: As obtained by May 28, 09

The Security Council,

Recalling its previous relevant resolutions, including resolution 825 (1993), resolution 1540 (2004), resolution 1695 (2006) and, in particular, resolution 1718 (2006), as well as the statement of its President of 13 April 2009 (S/PRST/2009/7),

Reaffirming that proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, as well as their means of delivery, constitutes a threat to international peace and security, Expressing the gravest concern at the test of a nuclear weapon by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 25 May 2006 (local time) in flagrant violation of resolution 1718 (2006), and at the challenge such a test constitutes to the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and to international efforts aimed at strengthening the global regime of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons towards the 2010 NPT Review conference, and the danger it poses to peace and stability in the region and beyond,

Stressing its collective support for the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and commitment to strengthen the Treaty in all its aspects, and recalling that the DPRK cannot have the status of a nuclear-weapon state in accordance with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in any case;

Deploring the DPRK's announcement of withdrawal from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and its pursuit of nuclear weapons,

Noting the effective recording of the 25 May 2009 nuclear test by the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization's global network of monitoring situations,

Reaffirming its endorsement of the Joint Statement issued on 19 September 2005 by China, the DPRK, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the United States,

Underlining once again the importance that the DPRK respond to other security and humanitarian concerns of the international community, including the abduction issue,

Underlining also that measures taken under this resolution should not adversely affect innocent residents of the DPRK,

Expressing its gravest concern that the nuclear test by the DPRK has further generated increased tension in the region and beyond, and determining therefore that there continues to exist a clear threat to international peace and security,

Regretting the failure of the DPRK to report on its implementation of the obligations pursuant to resolution 1540 (2004),

Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations,

1. Condemns in the strongest terms the nuclear test conducted by the DPRK on 25 May 2009 (local time) in flagrant violation and disregard of its relevant resolutions, in particular resolution 1695(2006) and 1718 (2006) and the statement of its President of 13 April 2009 (S/PRSTI200917),

2. Demands that the DPRK, not conduct any further nuclear test or launch,

3. Demands that the DPRK immediately comply fully with its obligations under Security Council resolution 1718 (2006),

4. Demands that the DPRK immediately retract its announcement of withdrawal from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons;

5. Demands further that the DPRK return at an early date to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards, and underlines the need for all States Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to continue to comply with their Treaty obligations,

6. Calls upon all Member States immediately to enforce the measures that were put in place by resolution 1718 (2006) and under the statement of its President of 13 April 2009 (S/PRSTI200917), including designations made by the Committee established by resolution 1718;

7. Reiterates its decision that the DPRK shall abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner, shall act strictly in accordance with the obligations applicable to parties under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and the terms and conditions of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safeguards Agreement (IAEA INFCIRC/403) and shall provide the IAEA transparency measures extending beyond these requirements, including such access to individuals, documentation, equipment and facilities as may be required and deemed necessary by individuals.

8. Decides/calls upon: [????????]

9. Supports the Six Party Talks, calls for their early resumption, and urges all the participants to intensify their efforts on the full and expeditious implementation of the Joint Statement issued on 19 September 2005 by China, the DPRK, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the United States, with a view to achieving the verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and to maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in north-east Asia;

10. Expresses its desire for a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation and welcomes efforts by Council members as well as other Member States to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue and to refrain from any actions that might aggravate tensions;

11. Strongly urges the DPRK to return immediately to the Six-Party Talks without precondition;

12. Affirms that it shall keep the DPRK's actions under continuous review and that it shall be prepared to review the appropriateness of the measures contained in paragraph 8 above, including the strengthening, modification, suspension or lifting of the measures, as may be needed at that time in light of the DPRK's compliance with the provisions of resolution 1718 (2006) and this resolution;

13. Underlines that further decisions will be required, should additional measures be necessary;

14. Resolves to remain actively seized of the matter.

[future op8]- Inner City Press
I am not sure what this will do other than open the door for countries to act on their own to pressure North Korea. After all, this is what the North wanted to happen in response to their nuke test. Who writes this stuff? Do they think the North Koreans are going to read past the first page? And not for anything, calling upon nations to enforce measures/sanctions put in place in 2006 sounds just plain odd. Perhaps if they were enforced in 2006 we would not be dealing with the current set of events!

Be sure to check out my earlier posts on North Korea here, including:

Total BS: "North Korea not an imminent threat to the US"
There is no Place in this World for North Korea
*** The UN Cannot Save the North Koreans (So Stop Trying) ***
NY Times: "South Korea Says U.S. Killed Hundreds of Civilians" - Total BS Story
Forgotten Korean War POW Escapes - 55 Years After Being Captured!

North Korean Snipers Killing Refugees Along the Chinese Border - 24 May 08
Most Disturbing Part of North Korea-Syria Connection - 29 Apr 08
Anchor Countries - 27 Sept 07

Unconditional surrender – The only way to end Military Operations - 1 May 05
Seeing things in Black and white instead of in shades of gray. - 19 Dec 04

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Thursday, April 23

Facebook Group - "World Leaders"

This is very funny. The only thing is that it appears that a couple 'World Leaders' like dictator Robert Mugabe have yet to accept their invitation to this group! (Click to enlarge to a readable size)

Here is the whole thread. Click to enlarge.

Found on Facebook here.

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Tuesday, April 7

Documentary "U.N. Me" Exposes the United Nations

Seems that someone has done a documentary on all the evil things that are going on under the umbrella of the United Nations. It's about time!

About The Documentary

The United Nations was founded on the principles of maintaining international security and promoting the dignity of mankind. But as the 20th century became the 21st century, it seems that we haven't seen a marked improvement in our defense of human rights and collective security. U.N Me is a film that exposes the perversity of the U.N. and its failure to live up to its founding principles all wrapped up in a highly entertaining film.

U.N. Me has uncovered the disturbing truth that an organization that was created to ennoble man has instead been ravaged by corruption, enables evil and sows global chaos. The film has a very strong emphasis on entertainment.

U.N. Me is irreverent, humorous and intense, using thoughtful and powerful interviews, dramatic images, hard-hitting politics and caustic commentary.

Filming has taken place on location in exotic settings throughout Africa, the Middle East and Europe. - Link

I look forward to seeing this movie!

U.N. Me

Click on the 'UN' label below to read my coverage of UN abuses.
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Friday, March 27

Released GITMO Detainees Should Go Back To Their Own Country - To be Tortured or Not

Ah, the problem of what to do with GITMO detainees that the US does not want to hold anymore:
Some of the detainees, deemed non-threatening, may be released into the United States as free men, Blair confirmed.

That would happen when they can't be returned to their home countries, because the governments either won't take them or the U.S. fears they will be abused or tortured. That is the case with 17 Uighurs (WEE'-gurz), Chinese Muslim separatists who were cleared for release from the jail long ago. The U.S. can't find a country willing to take them, and it will not turn them over to China. - AP (Found via the Weekly Standard)
The last time I checked, China is a Full Member of the United Nations right up to holding a permanent Seat on the UN's Security Council. What happens to the Chinese Uighurs upon their return to China by the US is not our problem. If the Chinese decide to torture the hell out of them, then they would surely be in violation of their commitments to the UN. The issue should be taken up there if the Uighurs end up being mistreated upon their return. Sure it sucks to be them, but if China is really a problem, then they should be confronted about this at the UN. That is why it exists.

Really, not sending them back is not going to stop torture in China. Sending them back will force the world to confront them on this issue. Or maybe not. Maybe these guys get executed on their return and the world moves on. At least we won't have these suspected terrorists living amongst us, collecting welfare. Keep in mind that it was their actions that got them where they are now.
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Thursday, February 12

"Good News" from the United Nations, Nigeria

You have all seen dozens of variations of the Nigeria money scam. Here is a new one you probably have not seen, yet.

According to the email, the whole world is getting bailed out...
From: United Nations []
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 8:07 AM
To: undisclosed-recipients
Subject: GOOD NEWS.


How are you today and hope all is well with you and family?You may not understand why this mail came to you,but i will implore you to take your time to carefully go through this mail.

We have been having a meeting for the pass 7 months which ended 4 days ago at our office head quarters New York(UNITED NATIONS). This email is to all the people that feel they have been scammed in any part of the world,the UNITED NATION have agreed to compensate them with the sum of US$ 100,000.

This includes every foreign contractors that may have not received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government problems etc.

We found your name in our list and that is why we are contacting you,this have been agreed upon and has been signed. You are advised to contact Mr. Jim Ovia of ZENITH BANK NIGERIA PLC, as he is our representative in Nigeria, contact him immediately for your Cheque/International Bank Draft of USD$ 100,000. This funds are in a Bank Draft for security purpose OK? so he will send it to you and you can clear it at any bank of your choice.

Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone number/your correct mailing address where you want him to send the Draft to you.

Contact:Mr. Jim Ovia immediately for your Cheque:
Person to Contact Mr. Jim Ovia

Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you cash your Bank Draft.

Making the world a better place.

Mr. Kofi Anann
Former Secretary (UNITED NATIONS).
Good luck with that!

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Tuesday, August 19

United Nations Shame V

Here is the latest collection of news stories that I have collected of misdeeds that the UN is accused of doing around the world.  Seems that top honors again goes to the UNDP.

UNDP - Interfering in Kenya's recent elections:
A few weeks before Kenya’s elections, in mid October 2007 to be precise, this author caught a UNDP vehicle based in Nairobi distributing hate leaflets targeting Raila Odinga, the then main challenger to Mwai Kibaki in Dagoretti Corner of Nairobi. This muddy Saturday afternoon, a Volvo with UN registration looked stuck in the mud.

As he drove by after getting a tip from some young men, he stopped to find out what the UN vehicle was doing in that God-forsaken place so late in the evening on a Saturday afternoon bearing in mind that most UN offices close down on Friday midday. When he moved closer, he found two young men seated comfortably distributing Raila Odinga’s alleged version of his MoU with the Muslim community. That document was as damaging as it possibly could. It talked of Raila in future introducing Sharia law in Kenya and turning Kenya into an Islamic state. - UNDP Watch
When will the UN learn to take control of it's motor pools around the world? Their vehicles are constantly used by outside parties and never by any forces that can be confused for being the good guys. On the bright side, you're not likely to run into any counterfeit UN vehicles as it seems easier to borrow real ones.

UNDP - Poor Oversight in North Korea including Cover-up
The UNDP's transgressions in North Korea include personnel practices that gave Pyongyang officials access to sensitive information; limited oversight; poor tracking of funds, including money that was diverted to the North's purposes; and transfer of dual-use technology. It adds up to a picture of how Pyongyang manipulated the UNDP for its own financial ends – while the U.N. agency let it happen. In March 2007 the executive board took the unprecedented step of suspending operations in North Korea, and two investigations – by the U.N.'s own Board of Auditors and the U.S. Congress – have confirmed the U.S. allegations.

In yesterday's report, the auditors write that they "are unable to confirm the total size" of the UNDP program in North Korea between 1997 and 2007 – an amazing indictment of UNDP financial practices. They calculate total expenditures between $57.1 million and $72.3 million, which roughly accords with what the U.S. had estimated and far exceeds the UNDP's guess. - Wall Street Journal

UN - Admits $10 M Currency Exchange Rate Loss in Myanmar
UNITED NATIONS, July 28 -- At least $10 million in UN aid money raised by the UN after Cyclone Nargis hit has been lost in government-dictated currency exchanges, UN humanitarian chief John Holmes admitted on July 28. He stated that at the time he launched a second appeal for aid on July 10, "we here" in New York had not been aware of the seriousness or extent of the losses. But an internal UN document obtained by Inner City Press shows that the UN knew as early at June 26 of a "very serious 20% loss on foreign exchange... changing US Dollars to Foreign Exchange Certificates [FEC] then to local currency, Kyats." This appears in the internal "Notes for the Record" of an "Emergency Task Force Teleconference" call involving top officials in Yangon, Bangkok and Rome, available here. - Inner City Press

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - Invites Indigenous People Representatives to attend meeting and then refuses entry
A delegation of indigenous peoples was forcibly barred from entering the meeting between UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer and civil society representatives, despite the fact that the indigenous delegation was invited to attend. This act is representative of the systematic exclusion of indigenous peoples in the UNFCCC process, the group said. - Patagonia Under Seige

UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - Biased Global Warming Report
A good example of a principle clearly violated is "Make sure forecasts are independent of politics." Politics shapes the IPCC from beginning to end. Legislators, policymakers and/or diplomatic appointees select (or approve) the scientists — at least the lead scientists — who make up the IPCC. In addition, the summary and the final draft of the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report was written in collaboration with political appointees and subject to their approval.

Sadly, Mr. Green and Mr. Armstrong found no evidence the IPCC was even aware of the vast literature on scientific forecasting methods, much less applied the principles. - Washington Times

Russian Delegation to the UN - Half Billion Stolen in Oil-for-Food
This weekend the Globe and Mail is reporting on accusations by the former Russian spy Sergei Tretyakov, who claims that he assisted other UN agents in helping Russia steal $500 million from the UN's oil-for-food program in Iraq.

Describing the Russian delegation to the UN, Tretyakov described it as a "nest of spies" and a fertile ground for recruiting international experts to share damaging information about the United States - including one Canadian nuclear specialist. - Russia Journal

UN Peacekeepers - Millions wasted in Sudan
Several internal audits by one of its own agencies reveal that the UN has wasted tens of millions of dollars in its "peacekeeping operations" in Sudan over the past three years.Follow this link to the original source: "Audit of U.N.’s Sudan Mission Finds Tens of Millions in Waste"The UN Security Council established its mission in Sudan in March 2005, under the guise of helping to settle a 22-year-old civil war that has left 2 million dead, leaving tens of thousands, if not millions, homeless and hungry.Earlier this month, the Washington Post obtained a copy of a confidential audit from October 2006 where "a number of potential fraud indicators and cases of mismanagement and waste," were noted by the UN Office for International Oversight Services, the UN agency conducting the audits. - Sound of Cannons

Go read the list of waste as well as the pitiful UN excuses. Remember these guys are supposed to be the experts.

UN Peacekeepers - Sexual Abuse of Children in Ivory Coast
A 13-year-old girl described to the BBC how 10 UN peacekeepers gang-raped her in a field near her Ivory Coast home, and left her bleeding, trembling and vomiting on the ground.

No action has been taken against the soldiers. - Gateway Pundit

UNICEF - Partnership with Terrorists
UNICEF Partners With Terrorists - No, really. UNICEF is partnering with the Islamic Relief Organization, listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. Treasury Department. - The Jawa Report

UN’s clean development mechanism (CDM) - Billions Wasted
Billions of pounds are being wasted in paying industries in developing countries to reduce climate change emissions, according to two analyses of the UN’s carbon offsetting programme.

Leading academics and watchdog groups allege that the UN’s main offset fund is being routinely abused by chemical, wind, gas and hydro companies who are claiming emission reduction credits for projects that should not qualify. The result is that no genuine pollution cuts are being made, undermining assurances by the UK government and others that carbon markets are dramatically reducing greenhouse gases, the researchers say.

The criticism centres on the UN’s clean development mechanism (CDM), an international system established by the Kyoto process that allows rich countries to meet emissions targets by funding clean energy projects in developing nations. - Guardian (Found at Sweetness & Light)

International Atomic Energy Agency - Radioactive Leak
A SMALL amount of plutonium leaked overnight in an ageing laboratory operated by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) near Vienna, Austria's environment ministry said today. - Jammie Wearing Fool

UN Refuses to Define TERRORISM - Video



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Friday, March 14

UN Demands That US Poor Be Returned To New Orleans Slums

The UN's Human Rights Council is both an International Joke as well as a huge Embarrassment for anyone who has any sense of hope that it is the UN that will lead the world into some sort of futuristic 'Modern Society'.
This week, two Council "experts" -- an American lawyer and an Indian architect -- accused the Department of Housing and Urban Development of denying the "internationally recognized human rights" of New Orleans residents whose former homes in public housing complexes are scheduled for demolition. The demolitions, say the experts, "could effectively deny thousands of African-American residents their right to return to housing from which they were displaced by the hurricane." - WSJ
Of course, the Council has no problem with whole villages being burned to the ground in the Darfur region of Sudan. Prison camps in North Korea. Nor did they have problems with Cuba, Russia, China and whoever else you could group with them. The story also notes that the Council was silent when Zimbabwe bulldozed down the slums in their capital in 2005 leaving hundreds of thousands homeless to this day. So where do they come up with this idiotic idea that displaced people on welfare have to be returned to the same homes they had prior to the hurricane, which by the way just happened to be located in an area prone to flooding. This housing was provided by the Government on their terms. It is perfectly reasonable for the Government to make other arrangements when it is no longer possible to continue under the old arrangement. This is what people not on welfare have had to do after Katrina.

Of course, the only way that this would be some sort of human rights crime would be if the Government forced these people to return to public housing. This is what happens in other countries, where the poor are intentionally segregated or isolated. The US Government has not done that, instead offering to transport people all over the country for a chance at a fresh start. While I guess it is too early to do a study, I bet over time it will turn out that the New Orleans flood will have had an overall beneficial effect on the poor, mainly for getting them out of their high crime and unemployment areas to other areas of the country where it is easier to be self-sufficient. Until moving, the only life they knew was in these 'bad' neighborhoods. This makes them a victim of their own experiences. If your window has always had bars on them, they why would you think that it is normal for most of the country to not have bars on your windows.

Unfortunately for some, this means giving up the benefits that they have been taking advantage of. Take this recently famous long-time recipient of public housing, Sharon Jasper. She is one who has been complaining at the 'crappy' assistance she has been getting, but for some reason failed to think that it would be a bad idea to be photographed next to her huge widescreen TV. Wow! That's nice. I wish I had one. At least I can agree with her that it's a real bitch to have to pay for everything each month, including having to leave security deposits. Saving money for expenses does take a little self-responsibility to save up the the required funds. But the rest of us already know that.

This lady even has the nerve to call her home a slum. If anything, the place is way too small for the huge TV she has. It is also interesting to note that she has an apartment full of things. There is no mention if she lost her belongings in the flood or not, but for a person on welfare, she sure has acquired lots of stuff. If she was really needy of cash, she can sell some of her things.

I wonder, just what her public assistance housing looked like before. I bet it was nowhere near as nice. Fighting to get what was probably a slum back probably keeps her busy during the day.

Unfortunately, this is not all her fault. It is the Government that set up a system where a person could go and collect welfare their entire life. Of course people are going to abuse it.

One more thing. Until the rest of the world is sitting in apartments like this, enjoying movies on their large TVs, The UN should just shut up about 'human rights' in the US. Hell, I wonder how many of the Council Member has widescreen TVs?

The world would be a much better place if the third world got anywhere near the support that the poor in the US receive. Take this historical perspective:

In the Soviet Union in 1989 there was rationing of meat and sugar. The average intake of red meat for a Soviet citizen was half of what it had been for a subject of the Czar in 1913. Blacks in apartheid South Africa owned more cars per capita. The only area of consumption in which the Soviets excelled was the ingestion of hard liquor. Two-thirds of the households had no hot water, and a third had no running water at all. According to the government paper, Izvestia, a typical working class family of four was forced to live for 8 years in a single 8x8 foot room, before marginally better accommodation became available. The housing shortage was so acute that at all times 17% of Soviet families had to be physically separated for want of adequate space. A third of the hospitals had no running water and the bribery of doctors and nurses to get decent medical attention and even amenities like blankets in Soviet hospitals was not only common, but routine. Only 15 percent of Soviet youth were able to attend institutions of higher learning compared to 34 percent in the U.S. The average welfare mother in the United States received more income in a month, than the average Soviet worker could earn in a year. - Wikipedia (More Soviet Crimes listed here)

Sadly, things haven't gotten much better for most Russians, other than having much better access to more housing. Not that any UN Council is going to be concerned about it.

Your U.N. at Work -- III - WSJ

Welfare queen decries New Orleans public housing - Snopes


Wednesday, February 20

United Nations Shame IV

Here is the latest roundup of various UN misdeeds. You could call this the 'UNDP edition' considering how many times this one organization is mentioned. A summary of UNDP problems can actually be found on their own website's 'For the Record' page where they try to clarify issues, however reading them, they sound pretty hollow. (For the Record - UNDP)

Feel free to email me anything I have missed or add it to the comments.

UNDP - Continued use of Vendor Banned for Bribing a UN Officer

On UNDP’s decision to use a vendor suspended by the UN Secretariat
In early 2006 UNDP purchased tents from a company called Corimec for the victims of Pakistan’s December 2005 earthquake. By the time a second batch of tents was needed in 2007, Corimec had been suspended from the UN Secretariat’s procurement list for bribing a UN Secretariat procurement officer in 1993. UNDP decided to procure the second batch of tents after conducting due diligence on Corimec, and learning in the process that the company had completely changed ownership and management since the illegal activity had occurred. Four months after announcing the suspension, the UN Secretariat decided to reinstate Corimec, subject to the latter implementing an ethics training program. This implementation process is still ongoing. While UNDP did not break any rules in purchasing the tents from Corimec, we are looking into the matter as the decision to use a vendor suspended by the Secretariat does not conform to the spirit of UN coherence in procurement policies. Contrary to some suggestions, UNDP has not engaged in any financial activities with firms banned for terrorism or on the Security Council terrorism list. - UNDP's own website

UNDP - "Massive Irregularities in UN’s North Korea Development Aid"

The North Koreans picked the bank, the currency, and the people who handled all of the money. It kept the records and severely limited the UNDP’s access to them. In some cases, unidentified North Koreans would show up at the UNDP compound, say they represented “development” projects, demand cash, and get it (the UNDP disputes this). The foreign UNDP staff couldn’t even inspect the projects they were funding without advance notice and an escort of government minders. All of this violated UN S.O.P.’s and “best practices.” And when even that level of control wasn’t sufficient, the North Koreans tapped the UNDP workers’ phones and rummaged through their quarters. - One Free Korea

UNDP - Facilitating Illegal Transfer of Technology to North Korea

Of all the evidence turned up by the U.S. concerning irregularities in the United Nations Development Program's operations in North Korea, some of the most disturbing concerns the transfer of dual-use technology.

As reported last month, the U.S. has uncovered documents showing the UNDP procured and delivered to North Korea in May 2006 technology that could be used for military purposes: global positioning system (GPS) equipment, a portable high-end spectrometer and a large quantity of high-specification computer hardware. - North Korea Tech Transfer - Why was the U.N. helping Pyongyang obtain militarily useful computers and GPS systems? - WSJ
UNDP - Fraud in Burma

The same modus operandi was on display in response to U.S. inquiries about the UNDP's operations in another Asian dictatorship -- Burma, where the agency appears to be following the same practices that got it into trouble in North Korea. Inspection of projects is limited by the government and a percentage of U.N. outlays is required to be in foreign currency. Given what we've learned about North Korea, the U.S. is right to worry that UNDP aid -- $107 million from 2002 to 2006 -- may have been diverted to the regime.

The UNDP has responded with its usual transparency. While deigning to release the information that it has conducted two internal audits of the Burma program in the past decade, it won't give the U.S. access to the audits or let it review the line-by-line details of the budgets. This is the equivalent of a CEO refusing to let a member of his board of directors see the company's financials -- and is hardly the way to treat the country that has donated $1.2 billion to the agency over the past decade. In addition, there has been no external audit of the Burma program for more than 10 years. - WSJ

UNDP - Censorship

Rather, Inner City Press was notified by "Google Team," with no further attribution, that it would be de-listed from the Google News service, in which it had been included since 2005. Google's notification referred to "user complaints." Inner City Press immediately asked to be informed of the identity of any institutional complainant, including Google itself. Beyond that, certainly, there are others with complaints about Inner City Press' investigative coverage, at the UN, in Myanmar, UNDP and elsewhere.

In fact, UNDP sources describe communications from the UN system to Google executives, asking that Inner City Press be de-listed from Google News, and that a well-read blog, UNDP-Watch, be striken from that data base. Recently a whistleblower in UNDP's legal department had his office computer impounded and was told, you have visited multiple times. While the interrogation reflected contempt for the freedom to read and freedom of the press, the issue goes far beyond the corporate culture at UNDP, to that of Google. - Inner City Press

I wonder if this is execution of their discussed plan to ignore or ban bloggers as media.

At least three UN agencies have in the interim adopted policies of not answering questions from bloggers, no matter how widely they're read. - Inner City Press

I guess things like this will get easier once they get control of the internet. There is no reason why Google would do this on their own without some sort of external prodding and the only ones who would have reason to complain would be those inside the UN itself.

UNHCR Commishioner - Tacit Support of Iran

This idiotic UN official decides to sit with the delegation of Iran. When will UN Officials get it through their thick skulls that some countries are not equal to others.

Tehran, Iran, Sep. 03, 2007 - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour attends what was billed as a human rights conference in Tehran. - Eye on the UN
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour (seated right in a scarf), embodies the same level of detachment from reality as the council she heads. Why she would even bother to give any measure of credibility to the anti-human rights conference gathered in Tehran with her beyond me. - Tundra Tabloids
Maybe it was for money?

Like many UN Officials, Louise Arbour has a history:
Rwandan Genocide controversy - A report by French magistrate Jean-Louis Bruguière has alleged that Arbour refused to examine certain avenues of investigation concerning the downing of the flight carrying the Presidents of Rwanda and Burundi in 1994, which sparked the Rwandan Genocide. Allegedly, Arbour in 1997 (then the war crimes prosecutor based in The Hague) ordered investigators to cease examining whether current President of Rwanda Paul Kagame was responsible for the missile launch that downed the plane. - Wikipedia

IAEA - Admits Failure to monitor Iran's Nuclear Program
VIENNA (AFP) — The UN atomic watchdog said Thursday it was in the dark about Iran's disputed nuclear programme, as its 35-member board seemed divided on how to get Tehran to shed more light on its activities.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) "has so far not been able to verify some important aspects of Iran's nuclear programme," its director general Mohamed ElBaradei told a board meeting here.

He specifically cited key questions related to the scope and nature of Iran's centrifuge enrichment activities, "as well as those relevant to alleged studies and other activities that could have military applications".

As a result, the UN watchdog was "unable to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities," ElBaradei complained. - AFP (ound at LGF)
This is the same person who has criticized the US and others for demanding action on Iran.

UNAids - Systematically Overestimating the Aids Problem in a number of countries

In 2005 the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAids) claimed there were 5.7 million people infected with HIV in India - the highest number in the world. But the Indian National Aids Control Organisation (Naco) figures for last year, released yesterday, lowered the number to 2.5 million - and UNAids has had to admit the new estimate is more accurate.
The HIV overestimates made or accepted by UNAids in recent years total about 10 million - so who is the real denialist?

Since 2001, UNAids has been forced to acknowledge drastically reduced HIV prevalence estimates in more than a dozen African, Caribbean and Asian countries as a result of well-designed 'population-based' HIV surveys (randomly selected samples of urban and rural populations).

Kenya's HIV estimate was reduced from 2.3 million to 1.1 million in 2003. Ethiopia's estimate was reduced from nearly two million to about half a million in 2005. And Haiti's estimate of almost 250,000 HIV-infected adults in 2001 was cut to fewer than 100,000 last year.

However, UNAids continued to defend its exaggerations up through last year, as I pointed out earlier this year in my book The Aids Pandemic: The Collision Of Epidemiology With Political Correctness.

UNAids was quick to respond to my charges, with spin rather than substance, referring vaguely to its 'scientific approach' to calculating HIV numbers and the fact that it collaborates with experts and governments. It refused to acknowledge that its approach was wrong or that the figures were bogus until the Indian revision exposed both. UNAids has simply glossed over the new estimates as being the result of better data and improved methods that are constantly evolving. - Critical Opinion

UN Report - Refuses to name Russia as aggressor as Russia is a member of the Security Council(All the more reason to kick them off.)

The missile incident disturbingly resembles a March incident in which a missile was fired at a government building in Abkhazia, a Georgian territory that is home to pro-Russian rebels. Then, too, the evidence pointed to Russian aggression, but a United Nations report stopped short of blaming Russia -- probably because the Russians had to sign off on the document. - Publius Pundit

UN Aid Program in Dafur - Not much more that a Profit-making business:

I recently listened with great interest to an account of the situation in Darfur from a Russian politician who had traveled there as a tourist. In addition to showing me some extremely interesting photos, he confirmed that the whole system of humanitarian aid distribution in Darfur was nothing but a highly profitable business run by companies with tribal connections to the nobility. - La Russophobe

World Bank - "Graft inquiry condemns World Bank"
The World Bank has not taken corruption seriously enough and has resisted the efforts of anti-graft investigators, an official inquiry has found. Paul Volcker, former head of the US Federal Reserve Bank, said his inquiry into the bank had revealed a "siege mentality" at the troubled institution.

He spoke of "ambivalence" in the way it viewed anti-corruption work. - BBC
Note: the World Bank is not part of the UN. I just threw it in here to make the comment that they are completely unaffiliated generators of fraud and corruption.

UN Mission in Liberia - Payment of local staff with much reduced salary in violation of its own rules
UNITED NATIONS, January 25 -- The UN Mission in Liberia pays workers eight dollars a day, then outsources the jobs to non-Liberian companies when faced with complaints, according to the UNMIL National Staff Association. In a letter sent to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on January 21, the Staff Association asks for action on what it contends is a pattern of racist hiring, corrupt outsourcing, retaliation against whistleblowers and, in their words, "neo-colonialism." - Inner City Press

UN - Hundreds of active fraud investigations
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 10 (Reuters) - The United Nation's internal auditing agency said on Thursday it was investigating some 250 corruption cases including alleged sexual abuse by peacekeepers and financial irregularities, and it has found the extent of misbehavior surprising.

"Our caseload has been very steady over the last three months, around 250 cases," Inga-Britt Ahlenius, head of the U.N. Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), told reporters. "We can say that we found mismanagement and fraud and corruption to an extent we didn't really expect."

Ahlenius said two-thirds of the cases under investigation related to peacekeeping missions. Of those, around 80 were allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in countries including Haiti and Liberia. - Reuters
As a result of member-state nationals being charged with fraud and corruption, member-states demand closure of the UN internal fraud investigators"
The team, set up two years ago in the wake of the scandal over the UN oil-for-food programme in Iraq, identified more than 10 cases of significant fraud involving contracts worth $610m. The loss to the UN through corruption was at least $25m.

Some UN members – including Singapore, which cited the force’s alleged high-handed treatment of one of its citizens serving at the UN – balked at renewing the mandate. The US, which has been most active in prosecuting cases that emerged from the inquiries, argued for an extension. - Financial Times
UN Financial Disclosure - Requires no disclosure at all

There’s just one catch, or two, or three, or — hey, who’s counting, anyway? There’s almost no information in all this “disclosure.” Senior UN officials are now supposed to file a financial statement in-house, but there is no requirement that any information therein be disclosed to the public. Among officials who have volunteered to disclose, there is an option on the public disclosure form which consists of (stay with me, this gets good) choosing “to maintain the confidentiality of the information disclosed by me in order to comply with the Financial Disclosure Program.” Translation: public disclosure at the UN can consist of signing a statement in which the only information imparted to the public is that you refuse to disclose anything except… your refusal to disclose. - The Rosett Report

UN Peacekeepers - Destruction of historic artifacts

UN Peacekeepers are accused of trashing prehistoric rock engravings in Western Sahara with spray paint. - Gateway Pundit

UN Headquarters - A person in the UN made this edit in Wikipedia:

"Wikipedia EditGate: United Nations Edits Fallaci: 'Racist Whore'" - Little Green Footballs

I guess things like this will get easier once they get control of the internet.

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Thursday, January 31

World Bank Projects - Worse Than Nothing

Just imagine, if we threw enough money at the third world, we could solve poverty. So that is what they want us all to believe. Of course to get the money they need to take it away from those who already have some. Too bad that money does not solve the problem, at least not when those directing its use are the UN and the World Bank. That is a sure path to waste and fraud. The sad thing is, this money could have actually done some good, had it not been given to those institutions.

One case in point is that the World Bank has been funding the building of Hospitals in India. Sounds great right? Well unfortunately, Four new hospitals sit there unused:
In addition, four of the sites visited by the DIR were locked shut and unused, and an additional 12 sites had extensions or other portions that were locked shut and unused. The reasons for this non-use varied from incomplete work that was not handed over to the medical officer for use, to the local medical officer’s refusal to accept what he considered to be substandard work, to a lack of functional water and power, to insufficient numbers of hospital staff. But in all 16 of these cases, the locked and unused spaces were stocked with EIF and other medical supplies. - Pages 192 - 193, Civil Works
Not only are they wasting money in building poor quality hospitals and hospitals that can't be used at all, but they are also wasting money on supplies that hospitals in India currently can't use:
In its site visits, the DIR often found extra equipment lying unpacked in storage, sometimes in unsanitary conditions. For example, at PHL Meerut, 12 machines, collectively worth USD 70,549, remained packed and stored in conditions that were likely to lead to damage given the extreme humidity within the store room.

A senior analyst at PHL Bhubaneswar informed the DIR that the laboratory had received nine pieces of equipment, worth USD 15,493, for which the laboratory had no use. This equipment was also still packed in storage unused. - Page 109

And it gets worse:
In 25 hospitals, the DIR observed that EIF items procured under the OHSDP were provided in volumes that appeared much larger than the hospitals’ needs. This observation is consistent with the findings of earlier OHSDP reviews, including the Government of Orissa’s 2005 audit report, which noted procurement of EIF items in excess of project plans totaling INR 125.3 million (USD 2.8 million); and the 2006 Joint Survey of Status of Project Equipment, which noted oversupply of phototherapy units, executive chairs, and steel cupboards.306 It is possible that such oversupply resulted from poor needs estimation by ELMARC and the PMC. However, the volume and value of the oversupplied goods are so large that they suggest that ELMARC may have intentionally procured excess EIF, which is an indicator of fraud and corruption.

As a result of this oversupply, much of the procured EIF items observed by the DIR were in storage. For example, the DIR observed 22 sites in which furnishings— such as executive chairs, executive tables, floor-mounted grouting chairs, and stainless steel stools—were left in storage. Oversupply was not limited to furniture: in half the hospitals it visited, the DIR observed baby incubators unused or in storage. Further, at some hospitals the oversupply was so great that the staff stored excess EIF items in areas designated for patient treatment, thus directly impeding the project’s development goal of promoting the treatment of a higher number of patients. In AH Podagada and CHC-II Majhapada, excess executive chairs were stored in wards that otherwise would be used for patients, while inDHH Nabarangpur, two excess desks were stored in the operating theater. - Page 257

And very simply failing to complete the work:
The operating theater was locked and unused, and medical officials told the DIR that it had never been completed and handed over for their use. Renovations of other portions of the hospital also were never completed. - Page 224

The example above is somewhat insidious in that not only did they not get an operating room, but the 'addition' actually took space away from the hospital.
The diesel generator building had been constructed, but the OHSDP provided generator was uninstalled and unused, and some hospital wiring appeared unrepaired. - Page 224

Now just because you put a hospital somewhere doesn't mean you have solved the problem, because you need trained people to staff them. And when you give them advanced machinery, you need to train them how to use it. Of course the World Bank allocates funds for training as well. Too bad, much of that money was also wasted as the training was never delivered:
Similarly, at nine hospitals staff told the DIR that equipment was unused because the hospital lacked personnel qualified to utilize it in their work. The most prominent example was a lack of laboratory technicians to operate pH meters, spectrophotometers, and flame photometers, as well as a lack of technicians to operate electro-physiotherapy units and cystoscopes. Like the lack of equipment training, the Bank noted the disjunction between the state’s medical staff resources and equipment procurement levels in its project supervision reports, but the issue was never resolved. - Page 258
And wasted money on more inappropriate equipment forced on the recipients.
The DIR found that most of the -80° C Nuaire freezers were of limited use and would not have been requested had the end users been consulted, and that in one instance, both Nuaire’s -40° C and -80° C freezers were delivered prematurely before the end user was prepared to accept them.
  • According to the KGMU blood bank’s staff, the facility did not have the necessary space and blood component separation license when it received Nuaire freezers in June 2001. The hospital apparently repacked both freezers and did not use them until it obtained the license in 2005. By the time the equipment was put into use, the two-year warranty period had expired; thus, the cost of any repairs on the freezers would have been borne by the blood bank. The doctors at KGMU generally felt that NACO had “pushed” the equipment on the hospital.
  • Think that is bad, much of the equipment being supplied by contract also provided for additional service in the contract price:
    Care BioMedicals Refused to Honor Maintenance Obligations. The DIR found that one supplier of -80° C freezers, Care BioMedicals, refused to honor its AMC obligations unless it was paid an additional sum. Specifically, the Rashtrotthana Parishad blood bank, which had received a -80° C freezer from Care BioMedicals, informed HLL in January 2007 that Care BioMedicals had asked for INR 5,000 before “submitting its proposal for AMC.”144 Clause 2.1 of the Notification of Award, however, provided for a four-year AMC schedule (after an initial two-year warranty period) at no cost to the end user.145 Because Rastrotthana’s request for service fell within this four-year period,146 Care BioMedical’s request for additional compensation was in direct violation of its contractual obligations. The DIR could not determine if HLL took any action against the company.

    Disincentive to Honor AMC and Warranty Obligations. The DIR observed that the manner in which suppliers were paid may have created a disincentive for suppliers to honor their AMC and warranty obligations. The director of the KGMU Hospital in Lucknow explained that once the PSA made the 90 percent payment of the contract value to the supplier upon shipment, the supplier had little incentive to fulfill further obligations, including warranty and the AMC. - Pages 368-369
    This firm was not the only one to ignore not only their standard warranties, but also the pre-paid extended service contracts.

    Of course the suppliers know that the World Bank does not really care if they perform or not, so over time the violations from what is expected just gets worse. Take this supply of test kits that were one step away from being expired, not that they were any good to begin with:
    Invalid, False Negative, and/or Discordant Results with Test Kits Supplied by Monozyme. In late 2006, the Indian media reported that Monozyme had been distributing expired diagnostic test kits in West Bengal, and had in some cases been substituting pregnancy test kits for HIV diagnostic test kits. Given that the MDACS awarded Monozyme two contracts for the supply of HIV rapid test kits under the NACP II, the DIR, in light of these media reports, reviewed the performance of the test kits supplied by Monozyme, which were received by 43 facilities in Mumbai.81 The DIR discovered that five VCTCs had complained to the MDACS that Monozyme-supplied SD Bioline HIV 1/2 Rapid test kits were producing invalid, false negative, and/or discordant results. - Page 350
    This last extract sums up the whole World Bank effort. You need an HIV test kits and your given Pregnancy test kits. Now it might be a good idea to help fund projects in the third-world but it needs to be a third-world operation, not one thrust upon them from the first-world.

    World Bank Department of Institutional Integrity (DIR)

    World Bank Disgrace - WSJ
    World Bank Purge - WSJ

    World Bank Internal Fraud Investigation:
    Detailed Implementation Review, India Health Sector - WORLD BANK REPORT

    Detailed Implementation Review, India Health Sector - WORLD BANK REPORT - VOL 2

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    Wednesday, January 23

    South Africa - Zimbabwe in Slow Motion

    Everybody knows what a disaster Zimbabwe is. Many who can flee the country already have, with a good portion of them going to South Africa. What most people do not know, is that South Africa is headed down the very same path:
    As probably the whole world knows by now about Robert Mugabe and the White Farmers in Zimbabwe, probably very few know that the exact same thing is happening in South Africa. The only difference is that the practise of seizing farms is on a much smaller scale, and the media keeps relatively quiet about it, and so does the Government. - Anamnesis
    It is not easy to find stories about land reform in South Africa, other than a couple of them that heap praise on the process, which it very well might deserve, as long as your comparing their process to how land reform being done in Zimbabwe. But I did find this one story confirming the violence:
    More than 1,500 white farmers have been murdered over the past decade of peaceful majority rule in South Africa. - BBC
    And they aren't just being murdered; They are often first tortured and then butchered to death. This story and others have comments from blacks encouraging South Africa to speed up the 'reform' more along the lines of how Zimbabwe has proceeded. Seeing how well that has worked for Zimbabwe, it makes me wonder just how smart the Government of South Africa really is. Sure Apartheid is over, but it makes no sense to destroy an industry in the spirit of 'reform'. What kind of reform is it anyway? In almost all cases, the land is lost to all practical farming use once it is taken away from the professional farmer. Often the recipient often does little to farm the plot. Even if some do, they are only working a small piece of the original farm and they will produce little more than what is needed for home use. Land 'reform' is also destroying businesses that were providing employment and salaries to local workers and turning those workers into new slaves, tied to the land that has been given to them.

    Africa can be great, but first they need to stop looking back constantly. While something has to be done to help lift the black populations of 'colonial' Africa out of poverty, it makes no sense to punish the whites in the process and by that I mean that they should not dismantle the farms. Instead they should try to build on their success. How about starting more farms with the workers being shareholders of them? (How about making the mine workers shareholders of the mines they work.) How about more vineyards? Along with that there is a need to build up an education infrastructure. Land does not make a person a farmer. Education, knowledge and experience does.

    Why is the UN Pleading for Food for Zimbabwe? - 2 Aug 07
    Zimbabwe photos - Land reform - 22 Aug 06

    More links:
    Land Reform, Africa - Wikipedia
    South Africa, Agriculture - Wikipedia