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Saturday, April 14, 2007

World Bank Staff sick of sleaze and corruption, begin letter campaign to Board

World Bank Staff reacted with disgust today to revelations that a staff blog was being censored and that references to a planned demonstration, calling for Wolfowitz' resignation were deleted.

The blog, located on the World Bank intranet, was established on Thursday, April 12, after Executive Directors forced the full disclosure of documents in the Wolfowitz sleaze scandal. The article entitled "Executive Directors Review Report, Release Documents" led to a blog of staff response and comments that had reached 259 individual postings on Saturday evening.

Today staff learned that not all blog postings were being posted in entirety and that any postings that referred to a planned demonstration were disappearing or not being posted.

The revelation cast frightening doubt on the anonymity of staff contributions to the blog, leaving hundreds of staff who have blogged anonymously fearing reprisals from the Wolfowitz team.

In response, staff have begun a letter writing campaign to their Executive Directors asking that the Board of the Bank call for Wolfowitz' resignation. The Executive Directors are the sitting chairs of the World Bank board, representing around 180 countries, and are responsible for its governance.

Staff are now blogging at http://wolfowitzmustresign.blogspot.com/

10 comments:

Wolfowitz said...

Staff need to lobby their ED's.....


Wolfowitz Is Weakened as U.K., Germany Decline to Offer Support

April 14 (Bloomberg) -- World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz's hold on his job weakened as the U.K. and Germany declined to join the U.S. in backing him.

Wolfowitz has ``damaged the bank,'' Hilary Benn, the U.K. development secretary, said today. His German counterpart, Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, said he must ``decide for himself whether he can continue to fulfill his duties credibly.''

World Bank directors are weighing Wolfowitz's future as head of the largest development organization after finding that he personally dictated the terms of his partner's pay increase and promotion. Germany and the U.K. are among the bank's biggest shareholders after the U.S., which picks the president. A French minister yesterday also refrained from backing Wolfowitz.

Letter Writing Campaign said...

Friends,

Pressure is mounting on Paul Wolfowitz to resign as head of the World Bank amid allegations of sleaze and corruption.

Finance ministers from around the world, who make up the Bank's board of governors, are meeting in Washington D.C. this weekend. If you believe that the President's behaviour mires the Bank scandal and seriously compromises its effectiveness, email or write to your Minister of Finance and demand his resignation. Write also to the editor of your national newspaper.
If the World Bank president is not capable of acting with transparency and accountability, how can the Bank promote good governance and anti-corruption in developing countries? Walk the talk...

Support a global call for Wolfowitz's resignation!

http://wolfowitzmustresign.blogspot.com

Pass it on........

Anonymous said...

Is anyone paying attention to the fact that, IN ADDITION to the more immediate concerns about Shaha Riza's salary after PW's arrival at the Bank, she ALSO apparently worked for Iraq without the Bank's permission? People writing letters to the Board members should be sure to bring their attention to this and raise the obvious questions -- might PW have had involvement with that assignment as well, given that this happened during his tenure at the Pentagon?

Although it happened before his arrival at the Bank, I think this is a concern that ought to be investigated far more closely than it has been. It might go to the issue of precedence (i.e., not the first time PW has exhibited favoritism and conflict of interest) and raise even more serious concerns about whether he has the credibility to continue as WB president after this?

See more information at:

http://www.worldbankpresident.org/archives/000376.php

and the original source at the Government Accountability Project (whistleblower.org):

http://www.whistleblower.org/content/press_detail.cfm?press_id=875

Anonymous said...

Free Markets, Competition and Anti-Corruption Treatment for Wolfowitz

Wolfowitz's mistress is costing the Bank somewhere north of $250 to $350k a year including benefits. Since the mistress can retire in about 11 years on a full pension, it really gets expensive. When the long term costs like pensions are included, the cost rises considerably above her budget annual cost.

A way to look at this is that now that it has been disclosed that the mistress also illegally worked as an SAIC contractor in violation of the Bank's rules about unapproved outside employment, the mistress should
have been dismissed / disciplined as soon as this matter came to the Bank's attention.

Assuming that the standard punishment for Raiz's misdeeds is dismissal, then the Bank should not have any obligations toward the mistress beyond what little severance pay she can negotiate when she is dismissed for cause,
let alone any claims for pension benefits. However, we all know that there is zero chance that Riza is going to be fired by Wolfie for ANY misdeeds at the Bank, short of having a bad nite or two.

Under these circumstances, it can be argued that the entire pay and benefits package of the mistress can be attributed for her conjugal services for the Bank President since the Vanity article that revealed her
illegal contracting activities. No doubt these activities cannot be prosecuted by the Bank as long as the Bank President remains Wolfowitz.

Based on the available information, it is clear that if we assume that the mistress collects on the entire agreement and pension benefits to death from natural causes at, say, age 85, the agreement that Wolfowitz
imposed on the World Bank for his mistress's services is easily worth tens of millions of dollars. Reza would have been out on the street long before she qualified for a pension without Wolfie.

In view of the cost of these conjugal services offered by the mistress, would it not be cheaper if the Bank's board of directors authorized a special fund for the Bank President to hire prostitutes on an "as
needed" basis.

If we assume that a suitably high class escort can be arranged for the Bank President for $700 per encounter, plus a generous $300 performance bonus, it would only cost $1,000 for each encounter. Assuming a
budget of $30,000 per month, that is sufficient for one encounter each evening with a different prostitute, with Wolfowitz having his choice of women, men, boys or girls. Even at $30,000 per month, that only amounts
to $360,000 per year, and presumably, the benefit to Wolfowitz would not continue past his tenure, which means the Bank can be assured that the cost will be capped at that level multiplied by the number of years
Wolfowitz remains President. The total sum will likely work out far less than the cost of his mistress to the Bank.

It remains to be seen if the Bank can negotiate long term contract discounts if Wolfowitz were to use one single supplier (either an agency or one mistress only). Surely if only one mistress were involved,
especially if she is over 50 and no longer in her prime in the business, large discounts can be negotiated by the Bank for her services, further reducing the cost of Wolfowitz's mistress to the Bank. By hiring the prostitute as independent contractors, there is no need ot pay for benefits, especially pensions.

This "in house" prostitute program can be "sold" to Wolfowitz on the basis that it would be better able to meet his needs by offering him his choice of women or men for each encounter, and for that matter, he can
engage in exotic fantasies by saving up his unused "nites" for multiple partner fantasies. Who knows, Wolfowitz might enjoy activities like that Israeli Ambassador Tzuriel Refael posted to El Salvador who was
found naked, bound and gagged in the Embassy compound.

Imagine how this "contractor" option would greatly improve the World Bank's anti-corruption programs. Escorts will have to be paid by Wolforwitz's staff through the regular procurement channels, reducing the
possibility of Paul filing misleading or false expense claims. There will be no danger of Wolfie staying excessive nites while on travel or otherwise padding his expense claim as each encounter will be billed
directly by the escort or their agency to the World Bank. Indeed, in order to enhance transparency, the escorts can be asked to submit a video clip (done discretely with their camera video phone) proving that they
actually delivered the services paid for by the Bank to Dr. Wolfie.

Let's bring this idea to the Board while they are deliberating Wolfowitz's fate --- it surely offers a better way than to force out the Bank's President or have the Board climb down from firing Wolfowitz. Just ask
Wolfie to get his mistress to accept the new contract (fee for service) in lieu of her existing contract. As a sweetener, the mistress can be given an ex gratia contract cancellation bonus of say, $1 million.

This mistress thinks she is the victim but strangely, did not see fit to refuse or return the money --- or at least the extra money, both from the Bank and from SAIC ---- she earned for being Wolfie's whore. A million
dollar send off would probably satisfy her, especially if she then persuades Wolfie to use her as his exclusive escort for the duration of his time as President.

Of course, after the existing contract with Riza is canceled, the Bank staff can quietly steer a stream of lower cost prostitutes at Wolfie and gradually, increase competition for Wolfowitz's whore and bring the
benefits of free markets, open competition, and reducing corruption from sole source contracts like Riza has with Wolfie. In due course, perhaps Wolfie can become happy with lower cost suppliers and save the Bank a
bundle.

What about it?

Signed,

World Boinker

Concerned Staff said...

TEMPLATE

Dear Mr/Ms _______

I am writing to you as a (__nationality__) staff member concerned about the revelations of wrong doing on the part of our President.

I believe that the President's behaviour mires the Bank in sleaze and corruption, and seriously compromises the Bank's credibility and its ability to fulfill its mandate.

If our president is not capable of acting with transparency and accountability, how are we as staff supposed to promote good governance and anti-corruption among our clients?

I support a call by the Board for Wolfowitz's resignation.

Yours sincerely

__Staff Member's Name__

Anonymous said...

"In fact, Riza was turned down twice for promotion to level GH by the Communications Network Sector Board (Comnet), the appropriate authorizing body. Comnet found that Riza lacked the professional qualifications necessary for a GH level position as a Communications Adviser. She was therefore not shortlisted for the position.

Nonetheless, on September 19, 2005, Riza was promoted non-competitively to Principal Communications Officer as part of her External Assignment – a decision supported by the President of the Bank. When transferred, she had no professional qualification for a GH Level position in the Communications area, which was why Comnet rejected her application for promotion twice. The title she was given as GH Level, Principal Communications Officer, is held by only one person in Comnet: Shaha Riza."
according to
http://www.whistleblower.org/template/page.cfm?
page_id=181

I thought that Promotion comes with leadership and competencies but no ...........

debram.kaye@verizon.net said...

Dear Paul.

It's time to go. Please just do the right thing and resign. When W says that he still has confidence in you, it's the handwriting on the wall. You left the Pentagon om yout own schedule. now it is time to leave the WB

Debra Kaye, Longmeadow, Ms

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