REPORT FROM UGANDA (JUNE '00)
Compassionate Trust Services (COTS) is a one-year-old organization
started to provide objective information and counseling to people "affected
by HIV/AIDS" in Uganda. See this report
by Peter Kasule from HEAL Kampala.
GEORGE ORWELL, AIDS EXPERT (JUNE '00)
"Orwell would feel quite at home in the age of AIDS." An essay by Martin Kaufman.
HIV TESTS UNRELIABLE (JUNE '00)
"HIV tests can give false positive results
for many different infections." See this article by Penn
Xarwalyczha from SA's Natal Witness
FLIGHT FROM AIDS POLICE (JUNE '00)
Sophie Brassard is hiding again from the AIDS police. Xavier and Ismael are
now off the drugs and doing better. Read in this article
from Marnie Ko. (see below for more, or go here)
NEW ARTICLE BY FIALA (JUNE '00)
Dr. Christian Fiala, a Physician from Austria,
is a member of the AIDS panel set up by the South African government. He wrote a
"People in Africa need our help and support. It is neither helpful nor effective
if wrong data and absurd definitions are employed to mislead us and to divert
attention from a country‘s real problems. And most often these lie in well-known
and treatable infectious diseases and are essentially caused by low standards
PRESIDENT MBEKI'S AIDS PANEL (MAY '00)
The South African government has set up an international panel to
reappraise AIDS. (see below) See the list
with scientists invited. President Mbeki
opened the first meeting. See this
New York Times report, this
article from AFP, and this
release from Reuters.
The Perth Group was
not present at the meeting, read why. See
the list of participants. The dissident minority
released a statement.
"Duesberg will work with the Atlanta-based Centre for Disease Control
and South Africa's Medical Research Council to prepare experiments to
determine whether the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) causes the
deadly AIDS." See this Reuters report,
this report from AFP, and this
release from SAPA.
There will also be a closed internet discussion among all the participants over
the next 6 weeks, and there will be a follow-up meeting near the end of June.
See also this article from Washington
Times, and this article from Nature.
More SA officials defend the rights of AIDS dissidents to be heard, see this
SAPA release, and this Reuters
"Former president Nelson Mandela expressed support for President
Thabo Mbeki's views on the HIV/AIDS debate, SABC television news reported.
Speaking to students in New York, Mandela said Mbeki had done his homework
before going public..." (SAPA 16 May)
President Mbeki has been visiting the United States. See this New
York Times issue, this
article from Chicago Tribune, this Newsday
article, this AP issue, and this Reuters
Mbeki answered a question about AIDS during
a meeting in San Fransico. See also this article from
the San Francisco Chronicle.
See also this article by Peter Chowka, this
article by Michael Wright, this
Celia Farber, this report by
Joan Shenton, and this
interview with Prof. Duesberg
and Dr. Dave Rasnick.
You can sign an online petition to support President Mbeki.
AIDS REALISM VERSUS HIV HYPOTHESIS (MAY '00)
John Lauritsen wrote an
article for Gay Today.
"It's time to wake up, to put an end to the sacrificial ritual of AIDS, the
sacrifice of gay men. We didn't deserve this, and we should no longer
go along with it."
INDIAN PROF QUESTIONS AIDS (MAY '00)
Dr. Manu Kothari is a Professor of Anatomy from Mumbai, India.
He is a participant of the South African AIDS panel, and questions AIDS.
Read a bit
more about him.
Update: See also this interview by Jethu Mundul.
AFRICA'S AIDS FIGURES ARE DUBIOUS (MAY '00)
"Proper North American-style diagnoses, in combination with clean water,
protein nutrition, immunization and other such preliminary steps, could
cut the inflated HIV/AIDS figure overnight." See this
article by Alexander Rose from Canada's National Post.
ACT UP SF AGAIN (MAY '00)
AIDS industry execs got the boot from ACT UP. Members of
ACT UP San Francisco announced the
end of AIDS by staging a series of demonstrations inside the offices of the Gay
Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), POZ Magazine, AIDS researcher Dr. David Ho and
outside the Fifth Avenue residence of author and playwright Larry Kramer. See
AIDS DISSIDENTS SHOULD BE JAILED (MAY '00)
"Those who contend that HIV does not cause AIDS are criminally
irresponsible and should be jailed for the menace they pose to public
health... If we could succeed and lock a couple of these guys up, I guarantee
you the HIV-denier movement would die pretty darn quickly" said Dr. Mark
Wainberg, president of the International AIDS Society, a lobby group for
the industry. Read the article
from The Globe and Mail. See also this article.
Wainberg received grant support from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Glaxo Wellcome, and Boehringer Ingelheim, and is a shareholder in Biochem Pharma
Inc. He is a member of the scientific advisory board of Suprematek Pharma
Inc. (*), and is an AIDS patent holder.
AIDS DRUGS CAN KILL (MAY '00)
"The European Medicines Evaluation Agency (EMEA) has issued a warning
on the use of the anti-aids drug Nevirapine because the substance has
potentially lethal side-effects."
U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY (APRIL '00)
After the U.N. put AIDS on the agenda of the Security Council, the
U.S. government makes AIDS a matter of national security. See this
Washington Post article. See
also this comment by Fintan Dunne.
EYE ON SOUTH AFRICA (APRIL '00)
The South African government started questioning AIDS. (see below).
See this story from The Australian
Financial Review. An article from
The Sunday Times, a report from
AFP, an item from The
Independent, another article from the
San Francisco Chronicle, an article
from The Mail and Guardian, a report
from BMJ, an article from Newsweek,
a Reuters release, and an
article from the Chicago Tribune.
And the statement IFAS made before the
Commission on Human Rights at the United Nations in Geneva.
"President Thabo Mbeki has given an
interview to an AIDS dissident journalist," see this
item from the Star. The Meditel
programme (see transcript) has been
broadcasted on Carte Blanche, M-Net, to 40 African countries. See this
article from Reuters, and this SAPA
President Mbeki wrote a letter to world
leaders. See this Washington Post front page
article, and this issue from Reuters.
"Deputy President Jacob Zuma has joined the fray in a raging debate on the
government's controversial AIDS policy", says
the Daily Mail and Guardian. An article
from Newsday, and another article from
CNN and Time. A news item
from Nature, and Nature's open letter
to Mbeki. An article from the Globe and Mail,
and another one published in The New York
Times, an AFP release, and an
article from New Scientist.
Listen to the Talk of the Nation radio program, and the Democracy Now
program, both covering the President's actions.
There have been rallies to support Mbeki in
New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and London. You now can sign an
online petition to support the President.
GREED BEHIND PROJECT DEFORM (APRIL '00)
"Soon before the protease inhibitor implosion hit the pages magazines
and newspaper across America, Project Inform quietly began circulating its
new ethical guidelines. But has the damage already been done?"
An article by David Pasquarelli from
DRUG EXPERIMENTS HALTED (APRIL '00)
"Five South African women have died during an ongoing clinical trial of anti-retroviral
AIDS drug Nevirapine." Read the news item from
AFP. "Triangle Pharmaceuticals Inc. shares fell 34 percent", says this
Blooomberg item. "PAC chief whip Patricia
de Lille said that she has uncovered a 'nest of abuse and exploitation'." Read the
article from Natal Witness. See also this news
item from the BMJ. Another patient died, see
this SAPA article.
NEW SCIENTIFIC HERESY (APRIL '00)
"Is disagreeing with prevailing HIV paradigm a criminal offense?" A new
Nicholas Regush for abcnews.com. "As science appears to be the new "religion"
in our culture, those deemed to be in disagreement with its "articles of truth" should
expect they might be portrayed as heretics."
MANDATORY HIV TESTING (APRIL '00)
"Unwarranted mandatory HIV testing of
pregnant women is closer to becoming a reality." Read the
press release from The International Coalition for Medical Justice.
POSITIVE OR NOT? (MARCH '00)
Carte Blanche is an award-winning actuality programme broadcast by
M-Net in South Africa. Vivienne Vermaak made
an item about the
MEET THE PRESS (MARCH '00)
"Her renegade coverage had the AIDS world screaming bloody murder.
Now, writer Richard Berkowitz gets Celia
Farber to answer a decade of charges -- and level a few of her own."
Read the interview from
GOVERNMENT QUESTIONS AIDS (MARCH '00)
The South African government is going to setup an international panel
to reappraise the scientific evidence that HIV causes AIDS. "Never before
has any government opened the debate for assessment by an independent
expert group." Read more in this SAPA press
release, this item from The Star,
another one, and this
article and this editorial from the Citizen.
Some articles published in Focus. Part of the
David Rasnick's letter to Mbeki, the
statement made by the Minister of Health,
and another report by SAPA.
A reply to Rasnick's letter by the
Perth Group, with
replies. "The ANC, scientific
organisations and institutions ...indicated their support for the government's
initiative...", says this SAPA article.
An article printed in the Daily Mail,
an article from South Africa's Financial Mail,
another article from The Village Voice, an
item from Nature, and an
article from the Sunday Independent.
"At least one so-called dissident has accepted an invitation to sit on the panel,"
says this report from SAPA. An
item by AP, and the
release from Mbeki's office. Another article
from The Star, an article from Newsday,
and an editorial from The Mail & Guardian.
Some new articles about AIDS in Africa
were written by dissidents. See this article by
Colman Jones for Toronto's Now.
Prof. Charles Geshekter got an
article published in the Globe and
Mail. And Tom Bethell wrote an
article for The American Spectator.
NEW COLUMN REGUSH (MARCH '99)
"Grown-ups who call themselves scientists often write to me in hysterics when
their views are challenged. You would be amazed to see some of the hateful
material I read in my e-mail in the early hours of the morning." Read the latest
Nicholas Regush for abcnews.com.
ABUSE OF FEDERAL AIDS FUNDS (MARCH '00)
"Federal taxpayer dollars intended to provide emergency
relief to persons suffering from HIV/AIDS have instead been used to fund dog
walking services, trips to Disney World, luxury cars and personal maids for
AIDS administrators, even a Governor's election campaign, according to
preliminary reports of an AIDS audit conducted by the General Accounting
Office, which is due to be released next month." Read more in this Act Up press release.
AIDS HERETICS (MARCH '00)
Nicholas Regush and Charles Ortleb question virtually everything you think you know
about AIDS–what it is, what causes it, how to treat it. For their pains they’ve been vilified
by many AIDS activists as liars, fools and the homophobe equivalent of Holocaust
revisionists." Read this cover article from the
New York Press.
ROCK GROUP QUESTIONS AIDS (FEB. '00)
The Foo Fighters, a "multimillion-album-
selling alternative rock outfit has thrown its weight behind
Alive and Well, an 'alternative AIDS information group' that denies any link between HIV
and AIDS." Read more in this article from Mother Jones.
DISSIDENT CONFERENCE INDIA (FEB. '00)
A brief report upon the AIDS dissident conference
held recently in India, by Dr. Roberto Giraldo, the
new president of The Group. "The AIDS dissident movement and the people
suffering the tragic consequences of the HIV/AIDS hypothesis, have a great hope in
India." See also this news item.
MASS SLAUGHTER (FEB. '00)
"It is taking on the appearance of a mass slaughter. A drug induced-nightmare
of unprecedented magnitude for many people who have tested HIV-positive." See
the new abcnews.com column by
A MOTHER'S JOURNEY (FEB. '00)
"After discovering she was HIV positive, Gill Hickman not only decided
to have a baby, but declined to take any anti-viral drugs. It was the start of
a long, lonely journey." Read her story from
UN ALLOWS BREASTFEEDING (FEB. '00)
"In a striking change of position United Nations health agencies now uphold
the role of "exclusive breast feeding" by HIV positive mothers. They also advocate
the need to "protect, promote and support in all populations irrespective of HIV
prevalence". Earlier, these same agencies had been against such breast feeding
by HIV positive mothers." Read more in this article
from The Times of India
More on breastfeeding
ACT UP SAN FRANCISCO AGAIN (FEB. '00)
|ACT UP San Francisco
upset a secret Senate hearing on AIDS complacency. "A dozen angry activists were
ejected from a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing convened today to discuss
AIDS complacency and increased funding for HIV research and prevention." See their
press release, and this
article from the Examiner.
SCIENCE FICTION (FEB. '00)
"In 1996 a scientist claimed he'd found a way to defeat AIDS. In the wave of
euphoria that followed, a batch of new drugs
flooded the market. Four years later, those drugs are wreaking unimaginable horror
on the patients who dared to hope. What went wrong?" A new
article by Celia
Farber for Gear.
UNRELIABLE AIDS TESTS (FEB. '00)
"Rapid HIV screening for infants often yields the wrong results, leading to
needless doses of powerful drugs." See this article
from Newsday. It covers the Tyson case too. "Each time, Felix' tests came
back negative. In December, the state's custody case against Kathleen Tyson was
MEDICAL TORTURE CONTINUES (FEB. '00)
"My children have to take 10 doses a day of highly toxic drugs, seven days
a week for the rest of their little lives and if they vomit a dose; they have to
take another dose right away. This is torture, not health care." Read the public
statement a Canadian mother has released
for her press conference, and this press release.
"How tragic that the medical community and the government have decided that
these children need pills more than they need their mother..."
Nicholas Regush wrote a
column about it for abcnews.com.
"Was the judge smoking some illegal substance when he thought this case through?"
QUEER ADVERTISING (JAN. '00)
"From Poppers to
Protease Inhibitors", a talk by
John Lauritsen, delivered at the Queer Studies
Symposium, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. "Within only a few years hundreds of
thousands of men were persuaded that poppers
were an integral part of their "gay identity". The ads conveyed the message that nothing
could be butcher or sexier than to inhale noxious chemical fumes. Bulging muscles were
linked to a drug that is indisputably hazardous to the health."
LIVER DAMAGE (JAN '00)
"Medication prescribed to HIV-infected patients causes 10% of them to suffer
liver damage severe enough to merit ending the treatment, researchers have
found. " Read more in this BBC article.
MORE ABOUT CENSORSHIP (JAN. '00)
Gordon Stewart M.D. Ph.D. is Professor
Emeritus of Public Health at Glasgow University, a former WHO adviser on AIDS, and
one of U.K.'s most important AIDS whistle blowers. He wrote an
article about censorship. "The Lancet
has published some short letters but has consistently refused to publish fuller
reasons for dissent. This is interesting in a journal which, since 1945, has
regularly accepted papers from me on other subjects, and often invited me to
draft editorials and assist with reviews. Twice I have been invited by the Royal
Statistical Society to present my views and then turned down peremptorily. On
many occasions, I have been asked by the BBC and other networks to talk about
AIDS only to find, at the last minute, that my appearance was canceled."
THE LAST DEBATE (JAN. '00)
"Debate has been taking place amongst the HIV/AIDS dissident groups regarding
the wisdom of taking up the issue of HIV isolation as an argument in our fight against
mainstream AIDS science." Read more about it in this
new article by the Perth Group.
MISSING VIRUS THE GROUP
WHISTLE BLOWERS CENSORSHIP
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