U.S.'s Newest IP Gunship Diplomacy in Colombia - Same Threats with Dollars not Bullets

It used to be that when the U.S. wanted to exert its influence or extend the imperial power of its businesses in Latin America, it would resort to gunships. In the old days, the raw use of naked armed power needed little justification. In the more modern era of proxy wars, the U.S. Is more likely to send money and arms, as it has done consistently with Colombia for its War on Drugs. The latest tranche of funding for Colombia, designed to enable peace talks – if you will, a cease-fire in the War on Drugs – is the $450 million Paz Colombia proposal before Congress.  

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The UN Secretary General should be ashamed.

On UMICs United Nations Secretary General should be ashamed... 

The current UNSG’s report includes a table that calls for a dramatic pullout of international funding from upper-middle income countries (p17/31). As I wrote here, it also includes ridiculous estimates that low- and lower-middle income countries will increase their funding by 400-500%.

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Nothing About Us Without Us: How activists can claim their role in PEPFAR decision-making

Kenya has the fourth highest HIV burden in the world - and international donors currently fund 70% of the AIDS response in the country. The majority of this donor funding is from the U.S. funded President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which provides $500 million USD a year.  As the largest funder, PEPFAR plays a key role in the HIV response in our country - as it does throughout most of Sub-Saharan Africa.  It is crucial that the voices of activists are heard by PEPFAR when they decide how funding is used.

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Presidential Candidates: Don't Pull the Wool Over Our Eyes on HIV Funding

Clinton___Sanders_final.jpgWith the New York Primaries happening today, both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have been campaigning all over the state— and both have disappointed AIDS activists. Neither candidate could find time to schedule a meeting with us, as requested months ago, before the April 19th vote.

Last week, a coalition of AIDS activists - including Health GAP - pressured both campaigns to stop ignoring people living with HIV and their allies and meet with us. To their credit, these meetings have been now been scheduled - but not until May, well after the New York primary is over.

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Dear UNAIDS: Magical thinking on who will fund the AIDS response will not end the epidemic

[originally posted on Medium.com]

On Saturday, April 2, UNAIDS released revised resource needs estimates that reflect important new analysis about what it will take to put the world on the “fast track” to ending the AIDS crisis by achieving the 90–90–90 treatment goals. UNAIDS calculates $26.2 billion is needed in low- and middle-income countries by 2020 in order for the world to reach a critical tipping point, after which the cost of the response will begin to fall. The 2020 funding gap is roughly $6 billion — about what Americans will spend on Independence Day celebrations this year or what US Presidential candidates will spend on ads this election cycle. This is an entirely achievable goal.

Ending the AIDS pandemic in our lifetimes requires politically-informed, human rights-based strategies to mobilize sufficient resources. The world needs $26 billion by 2020 in order to front-load the investment needed to end the AIDS crisis.
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