I am well and truly on record despising Kofi Annan and all he represents at the UN and in international relations. He has presided over the most disgraceful period for an increasingly corrupt and useless organization. The UN and the bloated kleptocrats who staff it are not helpful to any of the major security and humanitarian concerns now or in memory and they seem to exist simply to gather entitlements they feel are owed them. Mr. Annan has been well served by subordinates shredding rooms full of documents and unwilling to implicate him, but here is a good look at Kofi's modus operandi:
The apartment was where Mr. Annan and his wife lived before 1997, when he became secretary-general. The Roosevelt Island home is part of an estate of low-rent state-regulated housing. For years, the Annans saved considerable sums by occupying an apartment meant to help financially strapped low- to moderate-income New York families.
One question Mr. Annan has never addressed is why he and his wife felt comfortable availing themselves of this generous arrangement. Another is how it is that, since Mr. Annan and his wife left that Roosevelt Island apartment 10 years ago to move into the rent-free residence on Sutton Place supplied to the secretary-general, their former low-rent apartment was handed over to be occupied by the family of Mr. Annan's brother.
This kind of apartment, part of a state-regulated housing development program called Mitchell-Lama, is subject to strict eligibility requirements, involving family size and financial ceilings on combined family income. There is also a requirement that the leaseholder make continuous use of the apartment as a primary residence.
Rules don't apply to the more equal pigs who comprise the UN. They are the elite looters of their home countries, come to New York for their well-deserved share of the spoils of the international aid game. Kofi hooked up his son with some solid consulting money in the Oil for Palaces program, and now has made sure that his brother doesn't have to waste his hard-grafted cash to actually pay for a place to live. Better that NY taxpayers cover his living costs. And in 1997 and before when poor Kofi was living in this subsidized hooch, he was already a UN exec busy failing to stop the slaughter in Rwanda and pulling down enough UN money that he shouldn't have been eligible for this program anyhow.
One last time to a world class, classless clown, Hit the bricks Kofi!