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U.N. Watchdog vs. Bureaucrats in Standoff Over Controversial Project

U.N. Watchdog vs. Bureaucrats in Standoff Over Controversial ProjectWednesday, April 18, 2007 By George RussellPrintNEW YORK —  A four-year quarrel between the government of Greece and United Nations officials over a $5 million project to help fight government corruption has turned into a new dispute — between the U.N. officials and their own auditors, who have taken the Greek side in some of the most important aspects of the fight.The result: a bizarre bureaucratic standoff that, if it lasts, is sure to provide a new challenge to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in his ostensible campaign to restore high ethical standards at the battered world organization. It could also draw new attention from U.S. diplomats, who last December called for a “comprehensive review” of U.N. use of consultants based in part on the Greek project controversy.On one side of the new battle is the U.N.’s watchdog Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), which has urged top U.N. officials to find out who...

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  1. United Nations Scanner Deal ? Or Is It Scammer Deal?

    United Nations Scanner Deal � Or Is It Scammer Deal?Friday, April 04, 2008 By George RussellPrintThe mystery of the airport body scanners purchased by the United Nat...

  2. Analysis: Will Fraud Conviction Help U.N. Reform Its Secretive 'Culture of Impunity'?

    Analysis: Will Fraud Conviction Help U.N. Reform Its Secretive 'Culture of Impunity'?Wednesday, June 13, 2007By Claudia Rosett and George RussellE-Mail Print Share:“...

  3. U.N. Reports Show Scrutiny in Short Supply at World Body -- but Reasons for it Abound

    U.N. Reports Show Scrutiny in Short Supply at World Body -- but Reasons for it AboundWednesday, October 29, 2008 By George RussellPrintNearly three years after the U...

  4. Going Gray -- and Making it Pay -- on Turtle Bay?

    Going Gray -- and Making it Pay -- on Turtle Bay?Tuesday, October 21, 2008 By George RussellPrintDouble-dipping, anyone?The United Nations, with a headquarters staff...

  5. The U.N.: Even More Expensive Than It Looks

    The U.N.: Even More Expensive Than It LooksThursday, November 06, 2008 By George RussellPrintHow much does the United Nations cost?Rich countries, led by the United ...

  6. U.N. Auditors Find Development Program Broke Rules in Offering Aid to North Korea

    U.N. Auditors Find Development Program Broke Rules in Offering Aid to North KoreaFriday, June 01, 2007By George RussellE-Mail Print Share:NEW YORK —  Did the United ...

  7. 'Reform' Is Just a Word at the U.N., Its Own Investigation Shows

    How good is the United Nations at reforming itself?Not good at all, according to a lengthy study this year by U.N. investigators of a grandiose, five-year effort to ...

  8. U.N. Anti-Poverty Agency Official Stonewalling U.S. Request for Information on North Korean Payments

    U.N. Anti-Poverty Agency Official Stonewalling U.S. Request for Information on North Korean PaymentsTuesday, June 19, 2007By George RussellE-Mail Print Share:NEW YOR...

  9. Is Ban Ki-moon Trying to Squelch the U.N.'s Watchdogs?

    Is Ban Ki-moon Trying to Squelch the U.N.'s Watchdogs?Thursday, March 19, 2009 By George RussellPrintIs United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon trying to squelc...

  10. Yet Another Scandal for 'India's Enron'

    Yet Another Scandal for 'India's Enron'Wednesday, February 04, 2009 By George RussellPrintSatyam Computer Services Ltd., the Indian tech giant at the center of a $1 ...

  11. 'India's Enron' Blitzes U.N. Procurement Divisions

    'India's Enron' Blitzes U.N. Procurement DivisionsFriday, January 23, 2009 By George RussellPrintWhat kind of special relationship has Satyam Computer Services Ltd.,...

  12. Case Closed: Insurers Pay Millions to North Korea Over Helicopter Crash

    Case Closed: Insurers Pay Millions to North Korea Over Helicopter CrashTuesday, December 16, 2008 By George RussellPrintAfter a British court battle that dragged on ...

  1. U.N. Liaison Offices: Secretive and Out of Control?

    U.N. Liaison Offices: Secretive and Out of Control?Monday, September 29, 2008 By George RussellPrintTo the many secretive parts of the sprawling United Nations syste...

  2. Bali-Hoo: U.N Still Pushing for Global Environmental Control

    Despite the debacle of the failed Copenhagen climate change conference last December, the United Nations is pressing full speed ahead with a plan for a greatly expan...

  3. U.N. Agency Pushes to Reopen Shuttered North Korea Offices Following Lengthy Scandal

    U.N. Agency Pushes to Reopen Shuttered North Korea Offices Following Lengthy ScandalWednesday, September 24, 2008 By George RussellPrintWith the fate of North Korean...

  4. Global Air Carrier Suspended in U.N. Procurement Investigation

    Global Air Carrier Suspended in U.N. Procurement InvestigationThursday, May 03, 2007 By Claudia Rosett and George RussellPrintThe grinding investigation of scandal i...

  5. United Nations Faces Billions in Retiree Health Care Obligations

    United Nations Faces Billions in Retiree Health Care ObligationsWednesday, October 08, 2008 By George RussellPrintThe United Nations is staring at a multi-billion-do...

  6. Report Shows U.N. Development Program Violated U.N. Law, Routinely Passed on Millions to North Korean Regime

    Report Shows U.N. Development Program Violated U.N. Law, Routinely Passed on Millions to North Korean RegimeThursday, June 12, 2008 By George RussellPrintNEWS ANALYS...

  7. International Fight at U.N.'s $5 Billion Anti-Poverty Agency Over Secrecy

    International Fight at U.N.'s $5 Billion Anti-Poverty Agency Over SecrecyFriday, September 19, 2008 By George RussellPrintNearly 18 months after the United Nations D...

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