BURDEN OF PROOF (NOV. '00)
"The controversy about whether the human immunodeficiency virus causes
AIDS has opened up a potential legal loophole, according to the authors of an
article in the current edition of the South African
law journal, De Rebus." See also this SAPA
AIDS SCIENCE CORRUPTED (NOV. '00)
"Researchers say the biotech company that funded their study tried to
put a positive spin on the results, then, when that failed, attempted to block
publication altogether." See this article from
the Boston Globe, and this one from
the San Francisco Chronicle. See also this AP
report, and this item also from AP.
HIV DISBELIEVERS (NOV. '00)
"To many, it seems improbable. Thoroughly wild. Heresy even. But 20 years
after the first gay men died from the condition we now know as AIDS, a
growing chorus of people have banded together to question the very basis of
the epidemic itself." Read this article from
Sacramento News and Review.
CHOMSKY DEBATES AIDS (NOV. '00)
Noam Chomsky has been discussing the related subjects of AIDS, medical
research, and the controversy surrounding President Mbeki of South
Africa on the Z magazine website.
Mike Chappelle has written to him, arguing against his position.
Read the exchange.
PRESIDENT BACKS OFF? (OCT. '00)
"President Thabo Mbeki has told the ANC's highest decision-making body
that he is withdrawing from the public debate on the science of HIV and AIDS,"
reports the SA Sunday Times. But Mbeki
declared he was "still in debate", according to this
article from SAPA.
Update: SAPA reports
The President "re-opened the debate".
DEATH BY PRESCRIPTION (OCT. '00)
Vivienne Vermaak makes documentaries
for African TV. In her latest report she is exposing South Africa's Kalafong AIDS drug
trials. Read the transcript.
ZIMBABWEAN DISSENT (OCT. '00)
"Some Zimbabwean scientists have started questioning whether the
human immuno deficiency virus (HIV) is the sole cause of AIDS." Read the
article from South Africa's Financial Gazette.
INTERVIEW DAVE RASNICK (OCT. '00)
"Recently, South African president Thabo Mbeki sought out AIDS dissident Dr.
David Rasnick to offer alternative views
regarding his nation's epidemic." Read the
interview Gene Mahoney made for the San Francisco Herald.
BETTER ON FEWER PILLS (OCT. '00)
"Based on an analysis of more than 3,000 patients involved in
triple-drug combination trials to treat HIV infection, researchers at Duke
University Medical Center, Durham, N.C., say that patients who take fewer
pills tend to do better than those who have more complex medication
regimens." See this report from USA Today.
MBEKI VS. DRUGS INC. (OCT '00)
At a 'closed' ANC meeting "President Thabo Mbeki
has accused the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of working with drugs manufacturers
to promote the link between the HIV virus and AIDS to boost profits." See this BBC
article, this article
from the Mail and Guardian, and this one
from South Africa's The Sunday Times.
Mbeki "said one of the big drug companies (which he did not name) had confessed
to him that it had wasted vast amounts of money trying to produce an anti-AIDS vaccine
but had given up after it had failed to isolate the HI virus; but this company was hiding
this fact in order to prevent its share price falling through the floor." (Mail and
See also this SAPA report, about bugs
in South African parliament.
ANC BACKS MBEKI (OCT '00)
"A senior official of South Africa's ruling African National Congress stoked
more controversy over AIDS by backing President Thabo Mbeki's view that the
disease could not be caused by a single virus." says this Reuters
article. Read the article by Smuts Ngonyama from Business Day. And see this article from AFP, and this one from SAPA.
DR. KREMER ANSWERS QUESTIONS (SEPT '00)
Heinrich Kremer M.D. was Medical Director of the Federal Clinics for Juvenile and Young
Adult Drug Offenders for five German counties, including Berlin, Bremen, and Hamburg. Dr.
Kremer has been studying AIDS since 1988, and has been member of Prof.
Alfred Hässig's Study Group Nutrition and Immunity.
In this article he answers questions about AZT,
raised by South Africa�s President Mbeki and Health Minister Manto Tshambalala-Msimang
earlier this year. In this article he answers some more
questions, and explains more about his nitric oxide research.
REPLIES TO DURBAN DECLARATION (SEPT '00)
Nature has published a respons to
the Durban Declaration (see also below),
signed by several dissident scientists. A reply
by the Perth Group was rejected by Nature.
See also this rebuttal by Robert Johnston,
Matt Irwin and David Crowe.
ACT UP SF UNDER FIRE (SEPT '00)
AIDS Inc. started a campaign against Act Up
San Francisco. See this report from Reuters,
and this item from AP. Read this
article from the San Francisco Chronicle, and
this one from San Francisco Examiner. And
see their reply, a full-page ad.
See also this portrait
of Act Up SF from POZ, and this article by Act Up's
David Pasquarelli and Michael Bellefountaine.
TIME INTERVIEWS MBEKI (SEPT '00)
Time interviewed President Thabo Mbeki.
"TIME: Are you prepared to acknowledge that there is a link between HIV and
Mbeki: No, I am saying that you cannot attribute immune deficiency solely
and exclusively to a virus..."
Read the interview. See also this
report by Reuters, and this
article from South Africa's The Star.
Read about his remarks to parliament too.
DISSIDENT SYMPOSIUM UGANDA (SEPT '00)
An International Holistic AIDS Conference was
held at Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi, Uganda, involving delegates from Uganda,
Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Irish Republic, United Kingdom, Australia and United States
of America. See this announcement from AFP, and
this statement. See also this story from South Africa's Mail and Guardian, and this report from SAPA.
WE'LL TAKE YOUR KIDS! (SEPT. '00)
"Jane Doe in Montreal refuses to give toxic, lifelong medication to her two
healthy sons, and loses custody of them. Another woman in Montreal hears
this and decides to have an abortion." Read this article
by David Crowe of the Alberta Reappraising
AIDS Society, Canada.
RIGHT TO BREAST-FEEDING (AUG '00)
A joined statement by International
Educational Development/Humanitarian Law Project, International Forum for
Accessible Science (IFAS), Joint Action Council Kannur (JACK) India and Integrated
Science for African Community 2000 (ISAC2000) Kenya and Mothering magazine,
USA, was made before the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
Read more about breastfeeding and HIV.
NEW ARTICLES DR. GIRALDO (AUG '00)
Roberto Giraldo M.D. is a specialist in internal medicine,
infectious and tropical diseases, and an independent AIDS researcher. He is living in New York
City, is the current president of The Group, and member of Mbeki's advisory panel. Read
this new article by him about cofactors and AIDS, and this
article about the origin of the 'transmission' of AIDS
THE SOUTH AFRICAN "EPIDEMIC" (AUG '00)
The president of South Africa's Medical Research Council, Prof. William Makgoba
presented new evidence for a South African AIDS epidemic to Mbeki's panel. See this
from SA's Sunday Times. See also this reply
"Melanie is doing a project for school on AIDS. She and a classmate have to
look at facilities and the cost of running these in the JHB area (South Africa). They
were doing a video on this, and you can't believe just how difficult its been to
get someone willing to be video taped by grade 9 students - for a class
project." Read the e-mail sent by Melanie's
mother to Leon Louw.
NEWSWEEK SLAMMED MAGGIORE (AUG '00)
Newsweek did an
interview with Alive and Well's
Christine Maggiore. See also Maggiore's
Read also this report about Christine's San
SUPPORT FROM U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE (JULY '00)
U.S. Senate candidate Rick Lazio has been aggressively lobbying the federal
government on behalf of a fringe group that claims AIDS isn't caused by the
HIV virus, says the New York Post in this article.
See also this article by Newsday.
NEW STUDIES CONFIRM HAART FAILURE (JULY '00)
"Triple therapy for
HIV-infected patients, including regimens containing
a protease inhibitor, do not have any
unique effects on CD4 cell counts independent of reductions in plasma viral
load, according to findings reported in the July issue of AIDS."
See this Reuters report.
"There's no hope for a cure for AIDS with current drugs, the head of
the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said at
the 13th International AIDS Conference. ''Eradication is not possible,''
Anthony Fauci said." Read more in this article
from Biotechnology Newswatch, and see this Reuters
See also this comment
on drug holidays by Prof. Peter Duesberg.
Update: an article from AP,
and an article, and another
one, from Reuters. See also this article
from the New York Times.
SPERMICIDE WORSENS RISK (JULY '00)
"Researchers hoping to find a way for women to protect themselves from AIDS
have said they were dismayed to find that a product they thought may prevent infection
actually increased the risk." See this Reuters report.
See also this article from Wall Street Journal.
PANEL PRESENTATIONS (JULY '00)
Prof. Peter Duesberg is a member of the South
African government advisory panel on AIDS. Read his
presentation about the South African AIDS "epidemic", presented at the second panel
meeting in Pretoria.
The Perth Group does also participate in the presidential
panel. Read their presentation about "HIV Testing and Surveillance".
Update: The contributions made by Dr.
MBEKI-BASHING CIRCUS (JULY '00)
||President Mbeki opened the 13th
International AIDS Conference in Durban. "As I listened and heard the whole story about
our own country, it seemed to me that we could not blame everything on a single virus."
part one /
part two of his opening speech (Real player needed), or read it. See also this report
Of the 10.000 people who attended the opening session, "hundreds walked out"
during Mbeki's speech, lies the Washington Post.
Scientists behind the socalled "Durban Declaration" (see below) had been
due to hold a news conference before the start of the conference but it was
canceled. See this article from the New
York Times by EIS correspondent Lawrence Altman.
Health Minister "Manto Tshabalala-Msimang... said South Africa was a proud nation
that would devise its own health policies and would not bend to pressure to
conform to the expectations of the industrialised world." See this SAPA report.
"Thabo Mbeki... is fiddling while his country dies", writes CNN-Time.
The conference has become a "Mbeki-bashing circus", says this SAPA article.
"The President of this country is a man of great intellect who takes scientific thinking very seriously and he leads a government that I know to be committed to those principles of science and reason," said former president Nelson Mandela at the conference closing address.
See also this Time Magazine article,
this article from the Ghanaian Chronicle, this
article from South Africa's Citizen, and this Reuters
DUESBERG ON DEMOCRACY NOW (JULY '00)
(Real player needed) Prof.
Peter Duesberg and Dr. Costa Gazi, head of the Department of Public Health at
Cecilia Makiwene Hospital in South Africa, discuss AIDS on Democracy Now,
DISSIDENTS IN DURBAN (JULY '00)
Activists started a hungers strike in front of the congres hall to demand proof of the existence
of "HIV". See their press releases.
Other dissidents held a press meeting "Breaking the Science: A 30-Minute Reality Check"
(see announcement), it was disrupted by drug promotors, see
this SAPA report.
NEW ARTICLE HODGKINSON (JULY '00)
Neville Hodgkinson, formerly medical and
science correspondent of the London Sunday Times, is the author of
AIDS: The Failure of Contemporary Science.
He was an observer at last week's hearing of the AIDS Advisory Panel. An new
article by him was printed in South Africa's the
PERTH GROUP VS. PROF. MAKGOBA (JULY '00)
The Perth Group had some e-mail exchange
with Prof. William Makgoba, President of South Africa's Medical Research Council. Prof. Makgoba
is, like the Perth Group, member of President Mbeki's advisory panel.
Read the exchange.
DIRTY TRICKS PHARMA INDUSTRY (JULY '00)
"Evidence of dirty tricks in the AIDS drug campaign emerged... after a top pharmaceutical
company admitted to funding an activist group that has been aggressively lobbying for greater
access to drugs to treat the disease." Read the SAPA story.
CONTROVERSY OVER BREASTFEEDING (JULY '00)
Many AIDS experts still belief HIV positive mothers should not breastfeed their child, but not
all researchers agree on this, as became clear during a debate on this issue in Durban. See this
article from the Toronto Star. "This controversy has
enforced the suspicion by lay people, especially here in Africa, that the experts may not know
Read more about breastfeeding and HIV.
INTERVIEW PROF. SAM MHLONGO (JULY '00)
Prof. Mhlongo is Chief Family Practitioner and Head of Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care in South Africa. He is also a member of President Mbeki's advisory panel. Joan Shenton did two short interviews with him for New African.
"I am as confident as I was when I left South Africa in 1963 that one day we will defeat apartheid. I feel AIDS - and I�m not talking about HIV - AIDS would be defeated in Africa just as much as serious infectious diseases were defeated in Europe."
HIV CAUSES SEX, ALMOST... (JULY '00)
"Infection with the AIDS virus could make men more amorous, which
could make them more likely to pass on the virus, United States researchers
said..." See this Reuters report.
ACCIDENTS & VIOLENCE KILL, NOT HIV (JULY '00)
"The [South African] Home Affairs Department has denied blaming HIV/AIDS for a significant
rise in the number of deaths of South Africans younger than 50 over the past 10 years... South
African adults overwhelmingly die of accidents and violence." See the SAPA
MBEKI DEBATES AIDS (JULY '00)
President Mbeki discusses AIDS with Tony Leon,
leader of the Democratic Party, and member of the South African Parliament.. "The cost
of AIDS in human lives is too high to allow that we become blind defenders of the faith."
The discussion was published in SA's Sunday Times.
PANEL QUESTIONS RELIABILITY TESTS (JULY '00)
The panel advising the South African government, met for the second time.
Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang opend the follow-up meeting in
Durban. See this article from Reuters.
The panel concluded that there is no scientific data to validate the
ELISA antibody tests. New studies will be setup to validate the reliability of
these tests. See this Reuters report,
this article from the New York Times,
this SAPA article, this
article from AFP, and this article from
Village Voice. Read also this diary by
a panel member.
See also this MuM press release, and this
open letter by Anita Allen, this
report from Huw Christi, and these interviews by Mark Conlan.
CONFESSION OF FAITH (JULY '00)
Scientists and doctors from around the world have started signing
an e-mail, by Simon Wain-Hobson from
the Institut Pasteur, which states that "the evidence that AIDS is caused
by HIV-1 or HIV-2 is clear-cut, exhaustive and unambiguous." This confession
of faith is being marketed as
"The Durban Declaration",
and has been published in Nature.
See this article from AFP, this
article from Reuters,
this article from the Washington Post,
and this article from the New York
A first reaction by the South African government can be found in this
article from Reuters, and this
article form SAPA. See this
article for a second reaction.
A new dissident website has been
set up with a rebuttal written by Robert Johnston, Matt Irwin, and David Crowe. See
also this press release by MuM, and the latest
GLOBAL BLACKMAIL (JULY '00)
"No wonder the president of South Africa is worried. Mbeki's stand may be
only the beginning -- a groundswell of fierce resistance to global AIDS
policy, from developing nations who might choose to view it as blackmail."
An article by Patricia Nell Warren.
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