Tuesday, June 07, 2005

another promise broken

Rolling Stone this week has a damning article about the Bush administration's AIDS initiative. You may remember the President announcing it in Janaury 2003. A nice counter to the pounding of the Potomac war drums, it sounded like the sort of thing a compassionate conservative would do -- you know, help poor people in poor countries to avoid contracting HIV/AIDS, and help treat those who do.

Except, as described in Rolling Stone, it hasn't happened quite that way. First, spending the $15 billion promised over five years has been far behind schedule. Unsurprising, because most Bush Administration initiatives of this sort are designed to make a big splash up front; implementation isn't as important as the 6:00 news cycle. No need to dwell on the fact that much of this new money in any case was shifted from other international health programs that the U.S. (sometimes) helps fund.

That's bad enough, but the program has been handed over to fundamental Christians to run. Basically, the Bush AIDS initiative is telling African kids not to have sex, period. Abstinence, abstinence, abstinence, instead of the more common ABC approach -- Abstinence, Be faithful, and use a Condom. Despite the pious wishes of the fundies, abstinence alone is an unrealistic approach, and even being faithful is difficult since it only takes one partner to ruin that.

Even worse than ignoring condoms in US-funded programs, the conservative Republicans running this initiative are forcing Uganda -- a well-known success story in the fight against HIV/AIDS, using the ABC approach -- to quit distributing condoms in schools.

Scandalous isn't a strong enough word; let's try criminal. HIV/AIDS experts fear that Bush's initiative will help raise infection rates in Africa rather than lower them.

But that doesn't matter, does it? As long as the fundamentalist lunatic branch of the Republican party is happy pushing its piety, Bush is happy. And if a bunch of Africans get sick and die, well hell, they're only poor Africans, right? They would have died of something else anyway. Besides, they don't vote in battleground states.

Read the article, there's more. It'll make you realize how there are enough criminal (or criminally stupid, to be charitable) plots in our reality to make it easier for people to believe absurd conspiracy theories like the one about HIV being created by the CIA for the explicit purpose of killing Africans and African-Americans.

5 Comments:

Blogger be said...

華麗夢想,
夢世界,
酒店經紀,
酒店工作,
酒店上班,
酒店打工,
禮服酒店,
禮服公關,
酒店領檯,
華麗夢想,
夢世界,
酒店經紀,
酒店工作,
酒店上班,
酒店打工,
禮服酒店,
禮服公關,
酒店領檯,
華麗夢想,
夢世界,
酒店經紀,
酒店工作,
酒店上班,
酒店打工,
禮服酒店,
禮服公關,
酒店領檯,
華麗夢想,
夢世界,
酒店經紀,
酒店工作,
酒店上班,
酒店打工,
禮服酒店,
禮服公關,
酒店領檯,
華麗夢想,
夢世界,

9:45 AM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

replica watches, ugg boots, michael kors outlet, nike outlet, polo outlet, christian louboutin outlet, louis vuitton, christian louboutin shoes, oakley sunglasses, michael kors outlet online, nike air max, michael kors outlet online, tiffany and co, gucci handbags, jordan shoes, louis vuitton, nike air max, ray ban sunglasses, longchamp outlet, ugg boots, ray ban sunglasses, christian louboutin uk, uggs outlet, oakley sunglasses wholesale, uggs outlet, michael kors outlet, oakley sunglasses, cheap oakley sunglasses, polo ralph lauren outlet online, longchamp outlet, replica watches, nike free, longchamp outlet, michael kors outlet online, uggs on sale, michael kors outlet online, prada handbags, louis vuitton outlet, ray ban sunglasses, burberry outlet, chanel handbags, christian louboutin, tiffany jewelry, louis vuitton outlet, tory burch outlet, prada outlet, kate spade outlet

12:02 AM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

true religion outlet, hollister uk, nike roshe, coach outlet store online, oakley pas cher, polo lacoste, nike free run, true religion jeans, mulberry uk, ray ban pas cher, burberry pas cher, michael kors, ralph lauren uk, air max, hollister pas cher, north face, polo ralph lauren, michael kors, hogan outlet, nike blazer pas cher, coach purses, converse pas cher, nike air max uk, nike air max uk, longchamp pas cher, nike free uk, abercrombie and fitch uk, true religion outlet, nike air max, kate spade, ray ban uk, new balance, north face uk, lululemon canada, guess pas cher, vans pas cher, sac longchamp pas cher, michael kors pas cher, michael kors outlet, jordan pas cher, true religion outlet, sac vanessa bruno, sac hermes, nike air force, timberland pas cher, coach outlet, nike tn, louboutin pas cher, replica handbags, nike roshe run uk

12:04 AM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

longchamp uk, wedding dresses, ghd hair, bottega veneta, nike trainers uk, timberland boots, chi flat iron, ralph lauren, vans outlet, lululemon, mcm handbags, nike roshe run, mont blanc pens, nfl jerseys, north face outlet, p90x workout, iphone 5s cases, giuseppe zanotti outlet, nike air max, insanity workout, louboutin, reebok outlet, hollister clothing, asics running shoes, instyler, jimmy choo outlet, mac cosmetics, valentino shoes, iphone cases, s6 case, hollister, abercrombie and fitch, beats by dre, iphone 6 plus cases, iphone 6s plus cases, ipad cases, iphone 6 cases, oakley, soccer shoes, ferragamo shoes, soccer jerseys, nike huaraches, north face outlet, babyliss, celine handbags, hermes belt, baseball bats, herve leger, iphone 6s cases, new balance shoes

12:06 AM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, moncler, pandora charms, toms shoes, gucci, montre pas cher, ugg pas cher, ugg uk, moncler uk, swarovski crystal, moncler, swarovski, canada goose outlet, nike air max, hollister, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, louis vuitton, vans, coach outlet, louis vuitton, hollister, canada goose outlet, moncler, ugg, ray ban, juicy couture outlet, wedding dresses, supra shoes, doudoune moncler, converse outlet, moncler outlet, converse, louis vuitton, pandora jewelry, moncler, canada goose outlet, marc jacobs, links of london, moncler outlet, louis vuitton, barbour uk, karen millen uk, canada goose, replica watches, canada goose, canada goose uk, pandora jewelry, louis vuitton, juicy couture outlet, pandora uk, barbour, canada goose, thomas sabo

12:07 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home