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November 14, 2006


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Lee Evans

I had a chance to see the young "Mau Mau's" tongue in cheek this morning, and before heading out to the track, I want to say something about "African AIDS and AID" that I noticed over the last 15 years or so.

There are a lot of new roads that have been built with AIDS monies, in case you were wondering why an urban epidemic in America is so heavily rural in Africa.

Harvey Bialy

This happened during the second round of meetings of the South Africa Presidential AIDS Advisory Panel.

One of the white, professorial, patronizing members of the loyal HIV/AIDS establishment made the *emphatic* point that before 1990 he had never seen "AIDS diseases" in the Joburg hospitals where he worked.

The Hon. Minister of Health, Dr. Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, who was sitting directly behind me in an area reserved for observors and guests, all of whom were strictly verboten from speaking during the working sessions, rose like a lioness and shot back: "Before the end of apartheid, MY people were not allowed in YOUR hospitals!"

The silence, as they say, was thick enough to cut with a machete, and it was at this point, I thought then and now, that the minister turned the last corner from believer to arch heretic.

All the sessions were video recorded so there is audio-visual proof of this story.

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