The U.N. is spending over $10 million to house some of its Haiti relief workers on a pair of chartered cruise ships -- one of which has been dubbed the "Love Boat" by U.N. staff -- and some of the funds are going to a company closely linked to the government of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez.
For the United Nations World Food Program, it was a moment of satisfaction: the U.N.'s flagship relief agency announced on its Web site on March 19 that two gleaming passenger ships had docked in ravaged Port au Prince harbor.
What the Web site announcement did not disclose was that the vessels
were intended to house not homeless Haitian refugees, but employees of
the U.N. itself. Nor did it publicize the cost of leasing the ships:
$112,500 a day. Nor did it mention that one of the vessels is owned by a
company closely linked to the government of Venezuelan strongman
President Hugo Chavez.