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Oil-For-Food: The Canadian Connection


Asian triads and Sidewinder


Canadian Foundations

Rosett Report

It is interesting to note that the man named by Kofi Annan to investigate this shocking scandal, Paul Volker, is associated to Power Corp.'s International Advisory Council.  Considering the bank chosen by the UN to administer the funds was BNP Paribas, which is controlled by Power Corp., one wonders if Annan really does want to get to the bottom of the corrupt morass. - Leo - Jan. 18     International Advisory Council 2003 

Court acquits

PARIS - A French court acquitted energy giant Total, its chief executive, a former minister and more than a dozen other defendants of corruption charges in connection with Iraq's Oil-for-Food Programme.  (AFP)    US taxpayer 'bailed out' BNP Paribas


Anonymous targets party

A video taken from inside the area of ​​Desmarais, Sagard, has just surfaced on YouTube, courtesy of Anonymous hackers.  (QMI)   MORE:   Hacking draws attention of police  Link between business and political power


Galloway may face criminal inquiry

LONDON - Scotland yard is to take the first steps toward a possible criminal investigation against George Galloway, who faces an 18-day suspension from the Commons over his financial links to Saddam Hussein's regime.  PREVIOUS:  Standards and Privileges - Report   Iraq charity given improper cash 

Oil-for-food blowback

TORONTO - In 2006, the Australian judge who presided over a royal commission into that country’s role in the UN oil-for-food affair recommended that Norman Davidson Kelly be investigated by police. No charges were ever filed.  Fast forward 7 years, and Davidson Kelly is now chairman of the board of Shoal Point Energy.  (CBC)  


How the Desmarais family clinched its power play

ROME - The blockbuster merger of Suez SA and Gaz de France SA, formally announced yesterday, has put Montreal's billionaire Desmarais family at the centre of the world's third-largest power utility.   The family's impeccable investment and political connections paid off:  The Desmarais got there with a little help from their friends - Albert Frere, their European partner and agent, and none other than Nicolas Sarkozy, the new President of France.  (Globe & Mail)


UN Procurement Scandal: Ties to Saddam and Al Qaeda

NEW YORK - It now appears that while doing business with the UN, IHC Services had links both to Saddam Hussein’s old sanctions-busting networks, and to a Liechtenstein-based businessman, Engelbert Schreiber, Jr., known among other things for his ties to a figure designated by the U.N. itself as a financier of Al Qaeda.  (Fox)   PREVIOUS:  A secret sales deal   Taste of oil for food and its chefs


Canada blew whistle

GATINEAU - New revelations are emerging in a "wheat-for-weapons" scandal rocking his government back home, which could have been prevented if a Canadian official's warnings about illegal Australian payments to Saddam Hussein had been heeded in January 2000.


Wheat 'kickbacks'

Groan not another one


Wyatt sentenced to year in prison

NEW YORK - Texas oilman Oscar Wyatt, 83, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison on Tuesday for conspiracy in the U.N. oil-for-food scandal, becoming the most prominent figure jailed over corruption in the program to buy oil from Saddam Hussein's Iraq.    (Reuters) 


Oilman pleads guilty

Texan 'gave millions to Saddam' 


Connecting the dots


Martin has private UN meeting

UNITED NATIONS - After a vacation in Europe, former prime minister Paul Martin met privately yesterday with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan -- a day before the UN chief unveils major proposal for a management shakeup at the organization.  

Judge denies bail for Tongsun Park 

Tongsun Park allowed on flight at Canadian airport

Tongsun Park arrested

Strong & Soros in partnership

Oil-for-Food terror links

Paul Desmarais' shack

Chairman Mo resurfaces to blow horn

Strong: Didn't know the "money was from Iraq"

The U.N. Money for Smog Program

Time to say ‘So Long’ to the UT

Strong evidence for an investigation

Documents show peril Annan faced in scandal

No better place to hide than China

China 'Coal Man' Strong back on radar screen

Investigation of Maurice Strong's role in scandal

Park, Strong and Morden at Atomic Energy of Canada

Memo suggests Oil-for-food link

UN - The committee probing the UN oil-for-food program announced Tuesday it will again investigate Secretary-General Kofi Annan after two e-mails suggested he may have known more than he claimed about a multimillion-dollar UN contract awarded to the company that employed his son. 

The UN's 'illegal' High Commissioner for Human Rights

Louise find yourself another world

E-mails contradict Annan on Oil-for-Food

UN corrupt and incompetent

UN's spreading bribery scandal

Oil-for-food chief 'took bribes'

Ex-UN official admits taking bribes

Volcker gives new oil-for-food report

Europeans accused in Iraq report

NEW YORK - A U.S. Senate committee probing the defunct U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq alleges that two politicians from Britain and France received millions of dollars worth of oil allocations from Saddam Hussein's regime.  (CNN)

Completing the French Connection

Another UN mystery man

UN Procurement Official resigns

UN family ties

Fired UN official seen as fall guy

Oil-for-food scandal: Key reports

Senate Subcommittee Report  .pdf

Maurice Strong resurfaces in China

"Chairman Mo' trades North Korea for China

Chairman Mo pinkslipped

Ex-N.Korea envoy 'broke UN rules'

'The Maustro' admits connection to 'Koreagate man' 

Judge blocks ex-prober from giving oil-for-food docs to Congress

Oil-for-Food investigator quit on principle

Saddam invested $1M in Martin-owned Cordex

Showdown likely between Volcker, Congress

Former UN oil-for-food chief indicted

NEW YORK - Former U.N. Oil-for-Food chief Benon Sevan has been indicted in New York federal court for allegedly taking bribes under the program from Saddam Hussein's regime.  (Fox)  

UN Chief no stranger to controversy

Two UN officials tied to Saddam allegations

Oil-for-Food: It's all relative

A gem laid out in Paul Volcker’s tabled Interim Report: Director of the discredited Oil-for-Food Program Benon Sevan, helped steer oil contracts to a relative of former UN Secretary General Boutros-Boutros Ghali. 

Annan docs handed over to Congress

Did Annan restrict access to UN papers?

Annan says right body harming UN

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has accused the UN Human Rights Commission of failing to uphold human rights and said a new, permanent body is needed.  (BBC)  

Report: Annan didn't influence contract

Will Annan resign?  'Hell No'

Annan's #2 blocks Oil-for-Food scrutiny

Annan to discipline two oil-for-food officials

Annan orders disciplinary action after report

UN not at peace with its 'Blue Helmets'

Annan seeks thorough UN overhaul   

Obama names Power Corp adviser

WASHINGTON - President-elect Barack Obama on Wednesday named former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker to lead a new financial panel to advise him on ways to help steer the US out of a recession upon taking office. 

Volcker panel to correct Frechette omission

Reid Morden     Louise Frechette

How Power Corp. found itself caught up

Paul Ddesmarais' web of influence over Canada

Canada's PM, the UN Secretary-General and Louise  

Welcome to Hotel 'Congo-fornia'

Volcker's business ties raise questions

Questions for Paul Volcker

UN didn't ask Volcker to disclose finances

Oil-for-Food scandal: The French Connection

US probes $100M missing in Iraq

Documents: US condoned Iraq oil smuggling

Why the PM won't talk about human rights

"With Jean Chretien's administration it was very difficult," says Mr. Samdup, president of the Canada Tibet Committee. "No matter how hard we tried, people said, 'you know what, Chretien is so connected with his family business interests, with the Desmarais and all of them, when it comes to China, you have no hope.' "  (Ottawa Citizen)   BACKGROUND: Chretien hooks up with shady Chinese firm     Welcome to the Peoples' Republic of China on Canadian soil

UN audits show repeated Oil-for-Food woes

NEW YORK - Audits of the troubled U.N. Oil-for-Food program show a systemic failure by the United Nations to adequately oversee the program, resulting in contractors overcharging millions of dollars.   (Fox)

Key Findings Report .pdf

U.N. internal audit of the oil-for-food program .pdf

Unraveling the UN Oil-for-Food Scandal

UN chief reacts to son's payments

Saddam bankrolled Palestinian terrorists

The Saddam oil bribes: al-Mada list

US oil probe has seized 20,000 files

UN Association of the US (UNA-USA)

Rosett US HCFA UN briefing   .pdf

UN: Oil-for-Food



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