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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 5:09 pm 
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Favoritism Shown Towards Wolfowitz's Girlfriend

Employees of the World Bank have been "expressing concern, dismay, and outrage" regarding favoritism shown by the bank and the Bush administration towards the one-time girlfriend of World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz, according to an internal memo circulated within the bank by the World Bank Group Association, which represents the rights of the bank's 13,000 employees. Among other things, the April 3 memo alleges that Shaha Riza, Wolfowitz's romantic interest was given a "promotion [that] clearly does not conform" to bank procedures. Moreover, the memo alleges, she was then given a raise "more than double the amount allowed" by the bank's rules.

A copy of the memorandum was leaked to myself and other journalists Wednesday evening as World Bank employees have become more outspoken in their criticism of Wolfowitz's tenure as president of the bank.

Wolfowitz, who as Deputy Secretary of Defense was considered an architect of the U.S. war with Iraq, disclosed to bank board members that he had a romantic relationship with a senior bank communications officer, Shaha Riza, shortly after he was nominated to head the World Bank. Bank regulations disallow bank employees from supervising spouses or romantic partners, but Wolfowitz reportedly attempted to circumvent the rules so he would be able to continue to work with Riza. Informed by the bank's ethics officers that that would not be allowable, the problem appeared solved when Riza was detailed to work at the State Department's public diplomacy office in September 2005--even though her salary was still to be paid by the World Bank.

Before she was detailed over to the State Department, Riza was earning $132,660, according to the bank's payroll records obtained by the Governmental Accountability Project. Had the bank's board adhered to its ordinary rules, as Riza was shifted over to the State Department, she should have only been eligible for a raise of about $20,000. Instead she was given a raise of $47,340, whereupon her salary became $180,000. Then last year, she received yet another raise which brought her salary to $193,000. That salary increase not only meant that Riza earned more than Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, but apparently made her the single highest paid State Department official.

After GAP shared the records it obtained with the Washington Post's "In the Loop" columnist Al Kamen, and the New Yorker also mentioned the preferential treatment in a profile of Wolfowitz last week, the World Bank's Group Association was "inundated with messages from staff expressing concern, dismay, and outrage," according to the April 3 memo circulated by the association to the bank's rank and file employees.


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World Bank board statement leaves Wolfowitz isolated

ONE MORE OF BUSH'S HENCHMEN TRIES TO GET AWAY WITH WRONG-DOING BY SIMPLY SAYING "I'M SORRY." :evil: Yes, indeed, Mr. Wolfowitz, we all KNOW how SORRY you are. Your lying and your moral depravation proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt!

World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz faced a fight for his political life Friday after the development lender's directors demolished his defense in a favoritism scandal surrounding his girlfriend.

As calls mounted for the former US deputy defense secretary to resign, the 24 executive directors issued a statement that left Wolfowitz squarely isolated heading into a weekend of high-level talks among global financial leaders.

After a day-long emergency meeting that stretched late into the night, the board detailed the findings of its investigation into the row over Wolfowitz's Libyan-born partner, Shaha Riza.

More than 100 pages of documents released with the statement revealed that on his personal direction, Riza was given raises that took her annual pay package to nearly 200,000 dollars when she was reassigned from the World Bank to the US State Department to forestall any conflicts of interest after Wolfowitz took charge of the bank in June 2005.

"The executive directors will move expeditiously to reach a conclusion on possible actions to take," the board's statement said.


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Wolfowitz fights on as World Bank split over scandal

World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz Sunday refused to bow to a clamor for his resignation as the development lender's members argued over his involvement in a pay scandal.

After their annual spring meeting, the bank's ministerial policymakers including representatives from the United States and Europe said the dispute over Wolfowitz, one of the architects of the war in Iraq, "is of great concern to all of us."

"We have to ensure that the bank can effectively carry out its mandate and maintain its credibility and reputation as well as the motivation of the staff," the statement said.

The ministers said they would await the findings of an ongoing review by the World Bank's executive board into the conduct of Wolfowitz, who echoed that the board should be allowed to complete its work.

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This story is truely amazing. Why would there be any question about whether Wolfowitz should be fired? What's worse than a corrupt banker? If the president of my local bank was found to be guilty of corruption, and the board decided to keep him on, I sure wouldn't leave my money in their bank!

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This story isn't going away...yet! Just more Republican hypocrisy!

[url=http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/heck_of_a_job_wolfie/]Heck of a Job, Wolfie: HAS ANYONE TOLD THE PRESIDENT?
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At least they can’t blame Paul Wolfowitz on the Jews anymore. That’s the good news in the scandal; his lover and neocon political soul mate, Shaha Ali Riza, the World Bank official who received a lucrative transfer to the State Department at Wolfowitz’s direction, is an Arab Muslim. She is one in a group of Arab exiles, the most prominent being Ahmed Chalabi, who clearly had as much of a role as the oft-mentioned Israel lobby in driving the U.S. to war. Throw in the Christian right’s fierce support for the invasion and responsibility for this debacle is now proved to be quite ecumenical.

The bad news is that the decadent cronyism and malignant imperial stance of the Bush administration have been extended to one of the world’s leading international institutions, where Wolfowitz may hang on as president because of Bush’s continued strong support.

The Riza-Wolfowitz affair was an open secret in Washington for years, even before the couple became officially involved in the run-up to the Iraq war, during which she seems to have played a major role in influencing former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s top deputy. Back in the spring of 2003, a division of the Defense Department headed by Wolfowitz’s neocon crony Douglas Feith ordered defense contractor SAIC to pay Riza to figure out how Iraq should be governed after the invasion. When Wolfowitz followed her to the bank two years later, there was an obvious conflict of interest. So Wolfowitz got his lover reassigned, with a $60,000 pay increase, to the State Department.

As opposed to the scores of allegedly gay Arabic-speaking translators forced out of public service because of the threat that their private life might be used to blackmail them, Wolfowitz was an acceptable heterosexual philanderer. It is not clear whether the Bush administration’s security checks defined the lovers appointed to high position as adulterers or merely unmarried fornicators for there is no available evidence as to Wolfowitz’s marital status. We do know that Wolfowitz and his wife of more than 30 years separated abruptly amid rumors of his extramarital affairs, just prior to his being appointed to the second-highest position in the Pentagon. Surely this marital instability, a potential security risk, would have shown up in his background check.

The unanswered question in all this is: Has anyone told the president? As recently as last week, a White House spokesperson reiterated Bush’s “full confidence” in the troubled bureaucrat, stating that the president believes Wolfowitz “has done a very good job at the World Bank.” Maybe compared to the Iraq debacle, but not in the eyes of World Bank staffers, who depicted a leadership in distress even before the current scandal blew up. Indeed, the long-rumored disarray in Wolfowitz’s personal life seems to have surfaced only recently, with the news of an exorbitant bonus for his lover, precisely because there is so much dissatisfaction at the bank. The call for Wolfowitz’s dismissal has been raised most forcefully by the bank’s officially recognized staff association.


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Catherine, the PNAC has largely been about its own agenda. Also, Greg Palast did address the role of Wolfowitz, Perle, and others in the march to war in Iraq: Was the Invasion of Iraq A Jewish Consipiracy?

It seems that in the case of the PNAC, we had an organization with a vision to transform the region and co-opted a few other groups., such as Israel's Kadima-Likud parties and the British Labor Party. (A good historical analogy to the Bush administration is a group of courtiers in Renaissance Italy finding common cause with soem of their fellows.) In the case of Wolfowitz, it looks like he is doing a good job in feathering his own nest. His girlfriend seems to have the same habit.

If this remains in the news, expect Wolfowitz to resign.


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World Shocked That Wolfowitz Has Girlfriend


By Andy Borowitz

Amid the controversy swirling about World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, millions of people today reacted with shock to what is universally considered the most improbable aspect of the story: that Paul Wolfowitz could have a girlfriend.

All over the world, from Wall Street to Main Street, reactions to the news about Mr. Wolfowitz ranged from “Who would date Wolfowitz?” to “Wolfowitz has a girlfriend? You have got to be kidding me.”

At the World Bank, work ground to a halt as colleagues of the organization’s controversial president staggered about in disbelief, searching for theories to explain such an impenetrable mystery.

"I can’t for the life of me figure out why anyone would go out with the Wolf-man,” said one World Bank employee on condition of anonymity. “He may be the second-least sexy man to come out of the Bush administration—right after Karl Rove.”

Another World Bank employee, who admitted that he was “dumbfounded” by the news about Mr. Wolfowitz, offered one possible explanation: “Maybe she figured that because he’s president of the World Bank, he’ll always pick up the check.”


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[url=http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/20070507_world_bank_committee_wolfowitz_guilty/]World Bank Committee: Wolfowitz Is Guilty
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World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz’s job may hang in the balance after a panel made up of almost a third of the bank’s board members found him guilty of inappropriately pulling professional strings and lining up a hefty pay raise for his girlfriend, Shaha Ali Riza, two years ago.

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Wolfie is going to eliminate corruption in the World Bank :roll:

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Ha! .. Good for a laugh if nothing else.

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If Shrub were ever to admit that Wolfy is incompetent and a total screw-up, it would require him to admit the possibility of his own incompetence. It just isn't going to happen. Whatever happy pills he is being given makes his delusional state seem perfectly normal and allows for no self doubt or examination.

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You make him sound like a very deranged human with to much power on drugs. :lol: :lol:

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Angry Wolfowitz in four-letter tirade

:lol: :lol: WHO DOES THAT SOUND LIKE?! :lol: :lol: APL is right....Bush and Wolfowitz have a lot in COMMON! :lol:

An angry and bitter Paul Wolfowitz poured abuse and threatened retaliations on senior World Bank staff if his orders for pay rises and promotions for his partner were revealed, according to new details published last night.

Under fire for the lavish package given to Shaha Riza, a World Bank employee and Mr Wolfowitz's girlfriend when he became president, an official investigation into the controversy has found that Mr Wolfowitz broke bank rules and violated his own contract – setting off a struggle between US and European governments over Mr Wolfowitz's future.

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I like how some were saying that Wolfie was getting railroaded because of his Iraq war past.

Well. Yeah!

But there is a separate issue with allowing a dude in power to get away with what in effect is a big company liability.

I think he was used to running so roughshod in Iraq, that he forgot that he couldn't get away with it everywhere.

Wake-up, Wolfie!

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