Marlowe's Shade

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Busy News Day

Too many stories and not enough time to give each the post it deserves.

There's an new case in Massachusetts in which the State wants to take an 11 year old girl who was put into a coma by abusive an abusive couple that adopted her off of her ventilator and feeding tube. A very sad and complicated case.

I was aware of high rates of gender selection abortion and female infanticide in China, but India has a similar problem. Combined with China, this will have devastating social effects in Asia in coming generations as described here.

LifeSite has a great quote in a profile of an UN opponent of the successful abstinence program in Uganda. A Ugandan official pleads with Kofi Annan to remove Stephen Lewis, Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa and Canadian condom-monger:

In his letter Mr. Ssempa stated that Mr. Lewis “is using the entire body of the UN for his personal agenda of condomizing the developing nations. Why he has the audacity to fight the only nation which has demonstrated success in reducing HIV/AIDS is utterly beyond me.”

He went on to say that “Mr. Lewis is further sinking the credibility of the UN in the Great Lakes region in that Mr. Lewis is the type that reminds us of the UN staff who did nothing to stop the genocide in Rwanda where close to a million Africans were butchered under the close supervision of the UN.” Mr. Ssempa also demanded to know “why isn’t Lewis talking about Botswana, South Africa and other nations which have taken UNAIDS advice of more condoms but now have the highest rates of HIV in the world? Why is he picking on Uganda which has been a shining example of behaviour change since 1988?”

Finally, Mr. Ssempa stated, “We are tired of these western officials who fly in a few hours and become experts in our campaign. Steve (sic) Lewis should come to Uganda and spend a few months at the feet of activists who are on the frontline ... He is spending far too much time doing teleconferences, flying from conference to conference and listening to his stooges who keep telling him what he wants to hear...’there is not enough condoms. Send us more so we can condomise the world’.”

Mr. Ssempa ended his open letter with a direct plea that leaves no doubt about his frustration: “Kofi Annan, do us a favor. Fire this Steve (sic) Lewis and restore credibility to the institution of United Nations.”

Finally Jack Kevorkian may be at Death's door. However with a sympathetic biopic in the works, it appears that the mainstream media will make him an even greater hero in death than he was for them in life.
papijoe 8:24 AM