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As if things weren’t bad enough here, we need to somehow find a way to give attention and help to a terrible human tragedy in progress in Zimbabwe. Even Jimmy Carter and Desmond Tutu have suggested that a military intervention may ultimately be required.
The situation in Zimbabwe has been desperate for years. And leaders of western nations are insisting the corrupt dictator Mugabe must step down. But he refuses to do so. Once considered a hero in southern Africa, he seems to enjoy enough popularity still that other African countries will not bring the pressure needed to remove him. The litany of problems in the country are hard to even imagine. Read the rest of this entry »
Former Senator Jesse Helms, the notorious author of dozens of measures attacking GLBT and HIV-positive people during his years in the Senate, died on July 4. Unfortunately, the legacy of discrimination against HIV-positive people he helped to create lives on in a law that bars nearly every foreign person with HIV from entering the United States. That’s right – with very few exceptions, an HIV-positive individual cannot come to the United States for any reason, be it to visit, work, study or become a legal resident.
It’s an embarrassment and an outrage. And at long last, we have a chance to bring it to an end.
Earlier this year, Senators Kerry (D-MA) and Smith (R-OR) added language to repeal this discriminatory law that was included in legislation reauthorizing efforts to fight HIV across the globe, commonly known as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). We thought we were close to finally ending the discriminatory ban which prevents HIV positive individuals from entering the country or obtaining legal U.S. citizenship.