TITLE

NEW YORK DIARIST: Black Gold

AUTHOR(S)
Soussan, Michael
PUB. DATE
May 2004
SOURCE
New Republic;5/31/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 20, p42
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Provides a first-hand account of what went wrong with the United Nations' Oil-for-Food Program in Iraq. Description of a fuel shortage in Iraq in 1997 caused by oil smuggling; Details of a scheme by Saddam Hussein to extort kickbacks from his Oil-for-Food partners; Claim that the U.N. ignored complaints from foreign companies operating in Iraq about the pressure to give kickbacks; Speculation about why the U.N. allowed an estimated $4.4 billion to be skimmed off the program by Saddam; Assertion that the U.S. failed to speak out against the smuggling and the kickbacks; Comment on the investigation into abuses in the Oil-for-Food Program led by Paul Volcker; Claim that the scandal undermines the credibility of the U.N. among Iraqis.
ACCESSION #
13183871

 

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