Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


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Keep room for traditional healers in Africa

Regarding your June 30 article "African healers join the AIDS fight": The fact is that approximately 85 percent of the population of sub-Saharan Africa receives both its health education and healthcare from traditional healers and traditional health practitioners. Traditional healers and indigenous scientists are a respected, well-dispersed set of providers. They can and must play a key role in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Modern medicine and funding agencies should support research studies that test and validate the efficacy of traditional therapies and practices. Proven traditional medicine is an important source of healthcare for Africa - affordable, accessible, and acceptable. Virginia Davis Floyd Stone Mountain, Ga.

Mediator vs. financier in Middle East

Regarding "For rich, foreign aid is a tool of persuasion" (June 26): Mr. Bush's war in Iraq, with incentives for partnerships coming from the taxpayers' pocket, is an excellent example of the failure of reason in foreign aid. Turkey surprised the big guys.

If the billions of dollars we give Israel each year stopped entirely, the attitude toward the US in the Middle East would change instantly. We might even find ourselves in the position of being a sincere mediator. Ann Hymes St. Michaels, Md.

US not perfect 'freedom' model

Regarding John Hughes's July 2 Opinion column, "Finest US export: liberty": As a South African, allow me to point out that the desire for freedom was just about the only thing that was not exported from the US to South Africa. Our desire for freedom arose in the face of active support by your government for the apartheid regime.

People do not desire to come to the US because of freedom so much as because of economic opportunity - which your government seems keen to hug to itself. If China and Russia offered great salaries and opportunities for entrepreneurs, believe me, people would be rushing there, too. Mandi Kraft Johannesburg, South Africa

Southerners and racial harmony

Regarding your June 30 Editorial "Racial past and future": There is irony in the fact that most of our recent racial incidents have happened well north of the Mason-Dixon line. …

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