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As Russia sees the USA [Apr. 7th, 2013|04:47 pm]
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I want to talk about the United States from the point of view of Russia.
I want to tell you about Russia as it really is.
I'm not going to lie about Russia. Any Russian will tell as I am.
U.S. looks as aggressive and as a fascist state.
The Americans and the British brought to power in the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev.
Today Russian know that Mikhail Gorbachev a traitor Russia. For what he destroyed the Soviet Union, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union Americans hired Yeltsin.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin continued destruction of Russia.
Russian people demanded a national leader and a miracle happened.
President Putin is a wonderful gift from President Yeltsin.
Putin is not dependent on the U.S. and leads the Russian policy in the interests of the Russian people.
In Russia, the president is not a puppet, but a real head.
Putin's bloody regime is a myth. This myth invented Western forces.
This is cheap propaganda. In the West, people believe in this myth. Our neighbors to the east in this myth do not believe.
Terrorist attack September 11, 2001 was coined by the U.S. Congress. He was made with remote controlled airliners.
Due to the terrorist attacks of September 11, the U.S. came up with the myth of global terrorism. Under the guise of global terrorism the U.S. expand their influence in the East.
Indeed, Europe, Russia and the East, are aware of these crimes the U.S.. Such methods are supported monopoly dollar.
Central banks in most countries are totally dependent on the U.S. Federal Reserve.
Most of the world can not trade in their money. Foreign trade only through the dollar.
But still want to trade through its currency.
If someone decides to do so, the country is attacked by the U.S. Army.
Any country that is independent of the U.S. and Britain, Americans consider totalitarian.
Today, Russia is a strong country. We got stronger after the devastation of the nineties.
Russian government wants to restore the Soviet Union, but in another form.
Russia will have many allies in Europe and the East.
Russia is included in alliances BRICS, SCO and the Eurasian Union. Eurasian Union is an analogue of the Soviet Union.
These alliances have one goal. The purpose of this is to destroy the U.S. dollar as the monopoly.
This fall BRICS began to make external transactions through their own money. BRICS today refused dollars.
For the U.S., this means the beginning of the end.
World domination is based on the U.S. dollar. Printing dollars instead of real work. Very soon, this will not do.
When the dollar collapses, the U.S. could start a civil war.
Individual U.S. states will divide the property. Special services of Russia, Germany, China and other countries, will warm the U.S. population.
So we try to divide the United States. Our share is Alaska. Easy way to get just as easily and take away.
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UNDP Joins Global Fund in Announcing Enhanced Financial Safeguards [Feb. 8th, 2011|05:45 pm]
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New York — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today announced new measures aimed at strengthening even more of its safeguards against fraud and corruption in the global fight against pandemic diseases in the developing world. UNDP also welcomed the similar safeguards just announced by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

“Over the last decade, the global fight against AIDS and other infectious diseases has been remarkably successful, saving many millions of lives and helping families, communities, and countries to grow stronger,” UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said in a statement. “When funds intended for life-saving treatment and prevention are stolen, that theft is tantamount to murder.”

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is the largest international channel of financial support for work on those three diseases, which disproportionately affect the world’s least developed countries. UNDP works with the Global Fund as an intermediary in 27 countries to ensure that funding is invested in effective programmes for vulnerable populations.

UNDP is a Principal recipient for approximately 12 percent of the Global Fund’s overall portfolio, often working in challenging environments, such as in countries emerging from natural disasters, conflicts, or political crises.

“UNDP welcomes the steps announced by the Global Fund today to enhance its financial safeguards and strengthen fraud prevention. UNDP will be supporting the Global Fund’s efforts, and taking additional measures of its own,” Helen Clark said.

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Burden of HIV Highest for Blacks, CDC Reports [Feb. 8th, 2011|05:40 pm]
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Increases in infection are due to complex social factors, researchers say
By Steven Reinberg

HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Feb. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Although blacks make up only 13.6 percent of the U.S. population, they account for 50.3 percent of all diagnosed cases of HIV, federal health officials reported Thursday.

The rate of HIV diagnosis among black men is eight times that of whites, and the rate for black women is 19 times that of whites, finds a new analysis of data from 37 states by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"What this study confirms is the severe and disproportionate burden of disease borne by African Americans when it comes to HIV," said Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.

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AFRICA: Need for systematic HIV drug resistance testing [Feb. 8th, 2011|05:10 pm]
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[Actually, I think what Africa needs is more HIV treatment coverage, not to mention could we please just get consistent condom distribution worked out??]

NAIROBI, 8 February 2011 (PlusNews) - HIV is a tough enough diagnosis, but when one contracts a strain of HIV resistant to some life-prolonging medicines, treatment options are limited. A new study has found that transmitted HIV drug resistance may be on the rise in Africa, and the authors warn that unless resistance surveillance is increased, the continent's treatment programmes could suffer.

The study, led by the International AIDS Vaccine Institute (IAVI) in five African countries, found that the prevalence of transmitted drug resistance in Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia was considerably higher than previously reported.

Of 408 people studied in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia, 19 had transmitted resistance mutations. Resistance prevalence rose considerably during the study in Zambia and remained high throughout the study in Entebbe (Uganda).

"The message to take away from this study is the urgent need for regular drug resistance surveillance, which we currently do not have," said Omu Anzala, head of the Kenya AIDS Vaccine Institute. "If we can see transmitted resistance in such a small study then there could be much more going around."

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An H.I.V. Strategy Invites Addicts In [Feb. 8th, 2011|09:23 am]
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — At 12 tables, in front of 12 mirrors, a dozen people are fussing intently in raptures of self-absorption, like chorus line members applying makeup in a dressing room.

But these people are drug addicts, injecting themselves with whatever they just bought on the street — under the eyes of a nurse here at Insite, the only “safe injection site” in North America.

“You can tell she just shot cocaine,” Thomas Kerr, an AIDS expert who does studies at the center, said of one young woman who keeps readjusting her tight tube top. “The way she’s fidgeting, moving her hands over her face — she’s tweaking.”

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Global Fund Fraud [Jan. 25th, 2011|08:57 am]
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AP Enterprise: Fraud plagues global health fund

The Associated Press
Sunday, January 23, 2011; 4:54 PM

GENEVA -- A $21.7 billion development fund backed by celebrities and hailed as an alternative to the bureaucracy of the United Nations sees as much as two-thirds of some grants eaten up by corruption, The Associated Press has learned.

Much of the money is accounted for with forged documents or improper bookkeeping, indicating it was pocketed, investigators for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria say. Donated prescription drugs wind up being sold on the black market.

The fund's newly reinforced inspector general's office, which uncovered the corruption, can't give an overall accounting because it has examined only a tiny fraction of the $10 billion that the fund has spent since its creation in 2002. But the levels of corruption in the grants they have audited so far are astonishing.

A full 67 percent of money spent on an anti-AIDS program in Mauritania was misspent, the investigators told the fund's board of directors. So did 36 percent of the money spent on a program in Mali to fight tuberculosis and malaria, and 30 percent of grants to Djibouti.

In Zambia, where $3.5 million in spending was undocumented and one accountant pilfered $104,130, the fund decided the nation's health ministry simply couldn't manage the grants and put the United Nations in charge of them. The fund is trying to recover $7 million in "unsupported and ineligible costs" from the ministry.

The fund is pulling or suspending grants from nations where corruption is found, and demanding recipients return millions of dollars of misspent money.

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Gay men 'marry' in Beijing [Jan. 25th, 2011|08:47 am]
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This article is interesting for a number of reasons...such as the idea that "the lack of a law to regulate same-sex marriages in China made it difficult for gay couples to maintain their relationships..."

When Da Wen said "I do" to Xiao Qiang at their wedding in a Beijing restaurant on Saturday it was a union aimed not only at the joining of two people in love but also a bid to strengthen the fight against AIDS.

The two men, knowing that gay marriage is not recognized under Chinese law, still wanted to declare their union in public as an example to other gay couples in China.

Although their marriage cannot be officially registered, the couple received a certificate, complete with pictures of both men and the seal of "China's Happy Marriage Committee," an organization that doesn't exist.

Xiao Dong, director of a Beijing AIDS prevention voluntary team, said such gay marriages would help people in the gay community prevent AIDS.

He said marriage could seal relationships and avoid rapid changes in sex partners.

Xiao said the lack of a law to regulate same-sex marriages in China made it difficult for gay couples to maintain their relationships.

People in gay communities would often have several sex partners due to the absence of law, thus dramatically increasing the risk of them getting AIDS, Xiao said.

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Two articles on HIV/AIDS in politics [Jan. 18th, 2011|12:21 pm]
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Is Obama willing to fight AIDS?

Since the November elections and after his compromise over the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, some Democrats have suggested that President Obama doesn't have the guts to go mano a mano with the Republicans. Others have intimated that if Obama can't stand up for what they see as traditional Democratic values, perhaps the party needs to find another champion in 2012.

North Carolina GOP Lawmaker Seeks To Cut HIV/AIDS Treatment Programs

North Carolina state Rep. Larry Brown (R), whose controversial comments have offended members of the gay community in the past, has announced plans to remove HIV/AIDS treatment from state-funded medical coverage.

"I'm not opposed to helping a child born with HIV or something, but I don't condone spending taxpayers' money to help people living in perverted lifestyles," Brown told the Winston-Salem Journal.

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South Africa HIV-row minister Tshabalala-Msimang dies [Dec. 17th, 2009|09:11 am]
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South African ex-Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, criticised for questioning whether HIV causes Aids, has died aged 69 from liver disease.

Her critics dubbed her "Dr Beetroot" for her advocacy of healthy eating rather than drugs to fight HIV.

As health minister between 1999 and 2008 she maintained that anti-retroviral drugs were too expensive and had possible harmful side-effects.

She was removed from the post when ex-President Thabo Mbeki stepped down.

But a study last year claimed that more than 300,000 people had died prematurely because of the delay in rolling out the drugs to people with HIV between 2000 and 2005.

Some 5.2m South Africans have HIV - the highest number of people living with the virus in one country in the world.

Potato remedy

The BBC's Karen Allen in Johannesburg says Dr Tshabalala-Msimang remained popular among many South Africans for her liberation credentials.

She was a member of the African National Congress during its days of struggle in exile against the apartheid government.

Dr Tshabalala-Msimang recommended olive oil, lemon, beetroot and the African potato as elements of a healthy diet that could treat the symptoms associated with Aids.

Her doctor told the South African Press Association that she had died from complications related to her liver transplant in 2007.

Earlier this month, current President Jacob Zuma announced an overhaul of the government's HIV policy.

He said drugs would be available more widely to children and pregnant women instead of just those whose immunity levels have been significantly reduced by HIV, as has recently been the case.
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US lifts travel ban for PLWHA [Nov. 3rd, 2009|06:48 pm]
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NY Times: Obama Lifts a Ban on Entry Into U.S. by H.I.V.-Positive People

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