What Causes AIDS in South Africa?
What do you
think causes AIDS,
President Thabo Mbeki
of South Africa?
American researchers who dispute the link between the HIV virus and
AIDS cause AIDS.
Inhaling poisonous dust in a diamond mine causes AIDS
Peter Duesburg, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology
at the University of California
at Berkeley, causes AIDS
The bootheel of the oppressor causes AIDS.
Statements like "Until all the questions that keep cropping up are
answered, we are not going to
be able to say to a person who disagrees with the conventional thinking,
'You are wrong or right.'"
Imperialism, colonialism, and apartheid cause AIDS.
David Rasnick, a biochemist, and Charles Geshekter, a professor of
African history at California
State University, Chico, cause AIDS.
Movies filmed in Los Angeles cause AIDS.
The IMF and the World Bank cause AIDS.
Sweatshop labor causes AIDS.
Your Health Ministry's refusal to pay for drug treatment of HIV/AIDS
patients, even to victims of rape, causes AIDS.
The New York Times causes AIDS.
American pharmaceutical companies, who refuse to license South African
companies to make
generic, less expensive versions of anti-AIDS drugs, cause AIDS.
A vegetarian diet causes AIDS.
US Vice President Al Gore, who commented in a memo that the protection
patents should be "a central focus" in upcoming talks with South Africa's
Thabo Mbeki, stating that the Clinton administration was concerned
about the law's vagueness
and asking the South African government to assure it would "not undermine
legal protections" for
patent holders, causes AIDS.
The trade "watch list" causes AIDS.
Political prisoners cause AIDS.
The unspent $6.2 million of your country's $17 million AIDS budget
for the year 1999, causes
Condoms cause AIDS.
The lawsuit brought against your 1997 Medicine Act by 40 pharmaceutical
violations of their World Trade Organization intellectual property
rights, causes AIDS.
Communism causes AIDS.
Your recent decision to remove anti-AIDS drug AZT from the market,
declaring it unsafe, causes
Soccer causes AIDS.
Your country's staggering AIDS epidemic (12.9% of the adult population,
6 million people,
infected; 1,500 new cases reported every day; more than 60 percent
of beds at state hospitals
filled with AIDS patients) causes AIDS.
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