Tokyo, Japan - The United Nations Charter was signed in San Francisco 60 years ago on Sunday, with a sense of excitement and romantic adventure. Yet today the organization is in turmoil, struggling to cope with a string of allegations of fraud and misconduct by foot soldiers and senior officials that has produced demoralization throughout the UN system.

The Charter begins with the grand words "We the peoples." The reality is that it functions as an organization of, by and for member states. Sometimes the people of the world are served up to the designs of governments. The United Nations...

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