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        Thursday, August 31, 2006
        Clinton against AIDS in Africa
        The New York Times has a very interesting and entertaining article about Clinton's recent visit to African countries where his foundation is assisting people living with HIV/AIDS. Although the Clinton Foundation works with other programs such as his climate initiative, he's scoring big time with the AIDS project. He was so warmly accepted in Africa that he even got away with a quick apology in Rwanda for not doing anything about the genocide while he was in the White House.

        Clinton's main achievement in the fight against AIDS is his success in making cheaper generic medicines available for the poor. A 180 degrees back flip from what he stood for – protecting pharmaceutical companies interest – while he was in Office. Still, his change of heart is not too late (or too little) for the people whose lives are spared because of his foundation.

        His foundation also has negotiated steep cuts in the price of AIDS medicines through deals with drug companies that cover more than 400,000 patients in dozens of countries, helping propel momentum for treatment of the destitute. …Dr. Bernard Pécoul, who led a campaign for access to medicines for Doctors Without Borders from 1998 to 2003, [said] "They have been very clever in supporting generic policy in the United States, a country where it’s not easy,” he said. “And sometimes they’ve been even more courageous than the United Nations system, which is under pressure from member states."

        I guess once a sleek politician, always a sleek politician.

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          At 6:03 PM, Anonymous gv said…

          Good, short piece. It really sums up the nature of the politician.

           
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