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USA for Africa????

12 July 2004

What can you say?
The USA gives more money than all other countries in the world put together to the fight against AIDS/HIV. That is nice and good. Unfortunately they only give it to countries where they can preach the so-called ABC-strategy: Abstinence, Being faithful and, if really really no other alternative, use a Condom.

This is of course a totally stupid approach in countries in Africa where men shag themselves silly and abstinence does not even warrant a mention. And being faithful is seen as not being a real man.

Barbara Lee, a US Democratic congresswoman, told delegates: "In an age where 5 million people are newly infected each year and women and girls too often do not have the choice to abstain, an abstinence-until-marriage programme is not only irresponsible, it's really inhumane."

In The Guardian today are a few articles on this problem. The USA has sent only 50 scientists to the conference in Bangkok this year. As opposed to the normal 250+ people who are partly responsible for training people from less-developed countries.

George Bush gives more money to AIDS/HIV fighting. He gives more development aid. But he gives this aid frequently only to countries where abortion is illegal. Family planning groups in Third World countries frequently see their funding cut when they do not denounce abortion outright. Or when they promote the Morning After pill in case of emergency.

It is disgusting that the Bush administration tries to push its agenda through organisations of people who give their life to helping others. I can only hope that Americans are smart enough to vote Bush out. Not even because he and his administration are failing in Iraq, but just on the basis that he claimed to be a mainstream, compassionate conservative for every American. In the past 4 years, it has become clear that Bush is all but that. He is not far from being a religious radical nutcase who wants to bring the USA back into the 19th century.

Wake up America!!!

It is a shame that Michael Moore has gone so overboard with Fahrenheir 9/11. I have not seen it yet but all I read in the papers is: Applaud the idea but because he is so pedantic about his hatred for Bush, there seems to be no fair balance of his opinion and the right to reply. And some conclusions HE draws are presented as cold hard facts when they are clearly not. It is a shame that this important film will now be seen as nothing more that a personal vendetta against the Bush family. But think of this: After the planes crashed into the Twin Towers, American Airspace was closed to every plane from no matter who. Except for one: A plane with members of the Bin Laden family was allowed to leave the country after Bush gave personal permission. Not saying Bush has something to do with 9/11 but it shows where his priorities are: money, business and oil.

Wake up America!!!

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