From the International Herald Tribune in the USA:
WASHINGTON: Paul Wolfowitz, while serving as deputy secretary of defense, personally recommended that his companion, Shaha Ali Riza, be awarded a contract for travel to Iraq in 2003 to advise on setting up a new government, says a previously undisclosed inquiry by the Pentagon’s inspector general. …
The inquiry, as described by a senior Pentagon official, concluded that there was no wrongdoing in Wolfowitz’s role in the hiring of Riza by the Science Applications International Corporation, a Pentagon contractor, because Riza had the expertise required to advise on the role of women in Islamic countries.
Ever since Bush’s 2003 invasion, there has been a catastrophic decline in the position of women in Iraq.
Women’s rights, which they really oppose, are used by George W. Bush and his cronies like Wolfowitz as a smokescreen for much different goals, like profits for oil corporations, weapons corporations, and corporations like Science Applications International Corporation.
The disclosure of Wolfowitz’s role in Riza’s contract in 2003 provides a new indication of his involvement in her employment, at a time when the World Bank‘s board is investigating his role in arranging for a large salary increase, a promotion and a transfer for Riza when he came to the bank in 2005.
The disclosure also came on a day of swirling pressure at the bank, where the 24-member executive board met into the evening to discuss the situation amid mounting calls for Wolfowitz’s resignation.
Bank officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were divulging proceedings that were not supposed to be made public, reported that the rift between employees and the president had become a major distraction from their work, with some employees wearing blue ribbons in a display of defiance against his leadership. …
The World Bank board is also examining the contract [of its employee Riza with Science Applications International Corporationand the Pentagon] to see if it complied with bank rules requiring employees to get permission for outside consulting work when it might conflict with their duties at the bank.
At the time of the contract, it was against bank policy to have dealings with Iraq, on the ground that it was a country under foreign military occupation.
US Daily Show mocks Wolfowitz, with video: here.
Shaha Ali Riza and the ‘Foundation for the Future’: here.
Update on Wolfowitz: here.
Naomi Klein on Wolfowitz: here.