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The World Bank’s Anti-Corruption Charade

Bea Edwards, April 12, 2010

As the World Bank approaches its donor governments for great huge infusions of new cash and loan guarantees this year, many of which have expressed concern about fraud and theft at the global institution, senior management has produced an extravaganza of anti-corruption fanfare. On Friday, April 9th, in Luxembourg, high-level officials and eminent persons at the multilateral development banks (MDBs), including the World Bank, joined hands and skipped gaily downstage to the footlights where they unveiled their joint debarment agreement for applause and ovations.

UN Secretary-General Appeals an Order that Required Him to Provide an Investigative Report to a Whistleblower

, April 09, 2010

The UN Secretary-General is appealing an order by United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) Judge Michael Adams that requires him to provide a whistleblower with a copy of the investigative report about his retaliation claim.

GAP Opposes Bringing Unjust Guantanamo Bay Practices to Illinois Prison

, April 09, 2010

A coalition of civil liberties groups, including GAP, the ACLUAlliance for Justice

Weak SEC Whistleblower Program Needs Overhaul

, April 05, 2010

A new report by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) inspector general recommended that its whistleblower reward program be overhauled.

Under the program, which began in 1989 and is limited to insider trading cases, only a total of $159,537 has been paid to five people. According to the report, Bernie Madoff's multibillion-dollar fraud went undetected for 16 years because of the mismanagement of the program, despite the SEC having received six "substantive complaints that raised significant red flags" about his operations.

UN Secretary-General Attacks Rule of Law; Jeopardizes Fair Hearing Rights for UN Employees

Shelley Walden, April 01, 2010

A new order issued by United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) Judge Michael Adams exposes the continued efforts by UN management to undermine the authority of UNDT, which reviews appeals from UN staff members regarding contested administrative decisions. According to the ruling (Bertucci vs. Secretary-General of the United Nations; order number 59), the Secretary-General has failed to produce requested documents, in violation of the Tribunal’s orders. In the words of Judge Adams:

UN Whistleblowers Beware: Secretary-General Impostor on the Loose!

Shelley Walden, April 01, 2010

According to a March 19 decision by United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) Judge Michael Adams, a UN Secretary-General impostor is on the loose. As Judge Adams wrote in D’HOOGE v. SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS:

FDA Shouldn't Ignore Food Fraud

, March 31, 2010

As the FDA has been dealing with food contamination and food safety issues, it has largely ignored the issue of food fraud.

Now American food producers are urging the FDA to take a stronger stance on fraud, which occurs when food is improperly labeled.

Worker Exposed to Mustard Agent at Umatilla

Dylan Blaylock, March 23, 2010

Late last week, a worker at the Umatilla Chemical Depot was apparently exposed to mustard agent, causing a blister. It is believed to be the first time that a worker at the plant, against which GAP has been involved in numerous lawsuits, has been exposed to the dangerous chemical agent.

No Surprise Here: Vast Majority of Experts with High Opinion of Avandia Have Ties to Drug Companies

, March 19, 2010

A new study by the Mayo Clinic shows how since 2007, when concerns were first raised about the safety of the diabetes drug Avandia, 94 percent of experts who provided favorable opinions about the drug have ties to drug companies. Nearly half of the experts had financial ties to drug companies that presented a conflict of interest. From Reuters:

GAP Report Reveals Lack of Security for World Bank Staff and Consultants

, March 15, 2010

Today GAP released a report about the lack of security for World Bank staff and consultants, based on the experience of an International Finance Corporation (IFC) employee who was diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder after a mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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