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Articles from No. 250, December

AIDS Myths and Theories
VIRUS MYTH IIIT'S A GAY PLAGUE"Widely believed to have mutated from the homophobic virus. SYMPTOMS: Severe narrowing of the mind. Uncontrollable urge to outlaw homosexuality. Resistant to reason.VIRUS MYTH IIIIT'S SPREAD BY PROSTITUTES AND CASUAL SEX"Otherwise...
Bad Business in Burma: Oil Companies Prop Up Dictatorship
BURMA has one of the worst human rights records in the world. Yet the military dictatorship of the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) receives massive foreign funding -- largely from multinational corporations, with oil companies in the...
Bigots Take the Temple: Moralizers Are Encouraging HIV Infection
IN their 'frank! revealing! no - holds barred!' interviews film stars are talking about it -- chastity and fidelity. They worry about kissing, offer their opinion on 'homos' and think up concerned advice for their admirers, like 'life's too precious...
Bringing It Home: Drug Companies Sell Pricey Treatments, Charlatans Hawk Magical Cures (Trying to Provide Relief for AIDS Patients in Zimbabwe)
FADZAI is seventeen. She came to see me because she had developed large lumps in her neck. Her inflamed lymph glands together with her other symptoms suggested HIV infection. We talked. She had run away with a soldier who bought her presents. He promised...
Children and Mothers (Photographs and Anecdotes)
LIVING with HIV, in the intimate relationship that a child shares with its mother or carer, creates extremely intense emotional pressures. None of the contradictory emotions can be rationalized. Both adult and child live on a roller coaster of love and...
Green Gold: Mahogany Logging Lumbers On
MAHOGANY is known as 'the enchanted tree' to many indigenous peoples of the Brazilian Amazon and as 'green gold' to the logging industry. Despite international protests, 'green gold' is still winning out over enchantment.An injunction granted by the...
Guatemala (Country Profile)
BEAUTY and horror are never far apart in Guatemala. Tourists marvel at the exquisite, volcanofringed Lake Atitlan. Indian residents of the lakeside town of Santiago have endured decades of army brutality.Divided into 21 different language groups, for...
Island of Outcasts: Fearful Conditions Persist on Leros
IT is now four years since conditions on the Greek island of Leros were exposed in the London Observer. Hundreds of mentally ill and disabled men, women and children had, to all intents and purposes, been abandoned on what has become known as the 'Island...
Love in a Plague of Hatred: The AIDS Epidemic Enters Its Second Decade
FLUORESCENT light glinted off their shiny jackets. Their wolf - whistles didn't seem particularly threatening. But still my stomach tensed and my hand slipped out of hers.The men's lager - laughter died when they saw what kind of women we were. Fear...
Ordeal by Exile: Tibetans Refuse to Lose Hope
ABUMPY five - hour bus ride from Dharamsala, northern India, is a school for adult refugees in the small Tibetan settlement of Bir. Red - robed monks from the four monasteries in the area sweep down the street on Yamaha motorbikes to sip tea with local...
Positive Lives: Life with HIV and AIDS
A plague of batred, prejudice and intolerance is spreading against the gay community. While we've been creating our own support groups, educating ourselves and funding our carers, the media have been making criminals out of the victims. While we've been...
Sex, Lies and a Certain Virus: The Marriage Is Monogamous, the Relationship Honest, or So the Fable Goes: Then the Woman Gets HIV, from Her Husband
IN August this year, 41 - year - old Sandra Brea, a well known Brazilian actress, called a press conference in Rio de Janeiro to announce that she was infected with HIV. It was the first time that a female television personality had had the courage to...
Simply: Health and Humanity (the Global HIV/AIDS Threat)
HUMAN RIGHTS are good for health. Despite calls to act against people with HIV, most governments have realized that driving HIV underground by demonizing sufferers does nothing to stop the virus. Many governments have intervened to restrict the freedom...
The Ache of Sensuality: The Writer Discovered He Had HIV in 1985, the Years since Have Sharpened His Vision of Life as, with Ennobling Honesty, He Has Faced Death, Our Last Great Taboo
PEOPLE are so afraid of dying that they've now decided that only those with Aids will die. There's a line in a decadent French novel: 'As for living, our servants can do that for us'. The new version seems to be: 'As for dying, all those strange, marginal...
The Piano
Jane Campion's The Piano is one of the most striking films to have been made in many years. This may sound like hyperbole, but it is difficult to think of other recent films that can match its richness, whether emotionally or intellectually. Set in an...
(Various Artists. the Spirit Cries: Music from the Rainforests of South America & the Caribbean)
CHILEANS discovered during the years of dictatorship that something had changed their lives. It wasn't only the misery, the dictatorship, the terror. It was the climate. Chile is one of the main victims of the hole in the ozone layer. Across a large...
Victor, an Unfinished Song
TWENTY years ago a military coup, led by General Augusto Pinochet and supported and funded by the CIA, overthrew the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende. A savage wave of bloodletting ensued as the Chilean military tortured and murdered...
When Living Is a Luxury: The World Bank Says That Care for the Dying in a Luxury in Poor Countries (Finding More Humanity on the Ground Than in the Boardroom)
THE outline of a patient's form under the grubby cloth can just be detected. He is lying on a blue plastic mattress with a hole cut out around the anus through which the endless diarrhoea can fall out and trickle down a drain. Apart from the iron bedsteads...
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