Source Pravda.Ru

Oil-for-food program: George Galloway faces down allegations

Maverick British lawmaker &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/mailbox/22/101/399/15425_Blair.html ' target=_blank>George Galloway set off to the United States Monday determined to face down allegations that ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein awarded him the right to buy oil.

The U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations last week released documents that it said showed Saddam personally granted Galloway the rights to export 20 million barrels of oil under the now-defunct U.N. oil-for-food humanitarian program.

Galloway boarded a flight to Amsterdam early Monday with onward connections to New York and Washington. He is due to appear before the committee Tuesday.

A radical kicked out from the Labor party for his fervent opposition to the Iraq war and personal attacks on Prime Minister &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/mailbox/22/101/399/15425_Blair.html ' target=_blank>Tony Blair, Galloway said he was looking forward to putting his side of the story across, tells Reuters.

According to Xinhuanet, Galloway has denied the allegations and said he did not receive any benefits from the program. The oil-for-food programme allowed Saddam's government to sell oil in exchange for humanitarian goods for the Iraqi people, who suffer UN sanctions imposed following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.

Representatives of the North Korean administration issued a statement saying that the United States and its allies have lost the "political and military confrontation" to the DPRK

North Korea declares victory over USA

On December 10, 1948 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, its thirty articles enshrining basic and fundamental rights guaranteeing dignity of the human person and equality for all, regardless of race, color, creed or gender. A pipe dream?

Human Rights Day: Let us hang our heads in shame