Monday, June 18, 2012

The United Nations of Corruption and Genocide

The Oil-for-Food Programme (OFF), established by the United Nations in 1995 (under UN Security Council Resolution 986) was established with the stated intent to allow Iraq to sell oil on the world market in exchange for food, medicine, and other humanitarian needs for ordinary Iraqi citizens without allowing Iraq to boost its military capabilities.

The programme was introduced by United States President Bill Clinton's administration in 1995, as a response to arguments that ordinary Iraqi citizens were inordinately affected by the international economic sanctions aimed at the demilitarisation of Saddam Hussein's Iraq, imposed in the wake of the first Gulf War. The sanctions were discontinued on November 21, 2003 after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and the humanitarian functions turned over to the Coalition Provisional Authority.

The programme was de jure terminated in 2003 and de facto terminated in 2010. As the programme ended, there were revelations of corruption involving the funds.

Typical ration distributed to Iraqis under the pre-2003 UN Oil-for-Food program.

 Sixty percent of Iraq's twenty-six million people were solely dependent on rations from the oil-for-food plan.

According to an interim report released on February 3, 2005 by former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker's commission (see #Investigations below), much of the food aid supplied under the programme "was unfit for human consumption". The report concluded that Sevan had accepted nearly $150,000 in bribes over the course of the programme, and in 2005 he was suspended from his position at the United Nations as a result of the investigation of fraud in the programme.

Must to See: "Iraq Genocide by UN Sanctions"

Iraq UN Embargoes:
United Nations and UNICEF estimate that the United Nations sanctions on Iraq resulted in the death of approximately 1.5 million people, including the death of over 500,000 children under age of 4. In 2002, a 12 non-governmental organizations study group said that the U.N. economic embargo against Iraq was flawed because it severely hurt the Iraqi people while sparing the country's leaders. The United States and the United Kingdom used their veto power to prolong the sanctions, bear special responsibility for perpetuating the sanctions against the wishes of the vast majority of the 15-member Security Council.

The oil for food program was a joke, if all the money attained from the program was used to buy food, it would have worked out to $170 per year per person. This has been calculated to be 1/4 that needed to feed a dog at the time.

Iraq after the US Led Invaision of 2003:
A study conducted by the FAFO Institute for Applied Social Science, a Norwegian research group: found in November 2004 that acute malnutrition among Iraqi children between the ages of six months and five years has increased from 4 percent to 7.7 percent since the US-led invasion.
The UK Lancet (independent and authoritative voice in global medicine) in July 2006 reported that over 600,000 have been killed since the invasion. The UK Government publicly rejected the findings of Lancet until a FOI conducted by the BBC found that the Governments Chief Scientist actually agreed with the Lancet study!
In 2006 US Johns Hopkins University and the Al Mustansiriya University in Baghdad confirmed the UK Lancet figures by estimating that 655,000 more people have died in Iraq since coalition forces arrived in March 2003 than would have died if the invasion had not occurred.

The UK ORB completed the latest and most comprehensive poll in October 2007 (polled many more regions in Iraq), they estimate 1,220,580 deaths since the U.S. invasion in 2003.

November 2007 polls (1.2 million dead) and UN Sanctions (1.5 million dead) indicate a total of at least 2.7 million civilian deaths due to Iraq sanctions and the US invasion of Iraq.

 Ramsey Clark

William Ramsey Clark (born December 18, 1927) is an American lawyer, activist and former public official. He worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, which included service as United States Attorney General from 1967 to 1969, under President Lyndon B. Johnson. He supervised the drafting and played an important role in the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Civil Rights Act of 1968. Since leaving public office Clark has led many left-wing activism campaigns, including opposition to the War on Terror, and he has offered legal defense to controversial figures such as Lyndon LaRouche, Slobodan Milošević and Saddam Hussein.

 Genocide by Sanctions (1998) by former Attorney General of the United States, Ramsey Clark:

 This film features former Attorney General of the United States, Ramsey Clark, as he shows the terrible conditions the Iraqi's were suffering from due to the first U.S. war on Iraq. UNICEF, the International Red Cross and other world organizations estimate around 5,000 children were dying every month in Iraq after that war and the imposition of sanctions placed on that country.
Over 1.5 million Iraqi's died as a result of the sanctions alone. Ramsey Clark goes into the hospitals and talks with Iraqi doctors, who say many of these deaths could have been prevented if they had medicine to give to the children. The United States bombed out their way of life; their water treatment facilities, food delivery systems, sewage treatment facilities, electrical systems, their mass communication facilities and more. And American's were lead to believe that this was a good thing.

Petroleo x alimentos,los corruptos de la O.N.U. (Documental en español)

Documental donde cuenta uno de los casos de corrupción mas escandalosos de los últimos años a la sombra de un programa humanitario de la ONU.

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