Alex de Waal's AIDS and Power: Why there is no Political Crisis - Yet PDF
By Alex de Waal
Why, 20 years into the obstacle, are democratic governments appearing so poorly in tackling AIDS in Africa? De Waal argues that latest methods are pushed through pursuits and frameworks that fail to interact with African societies' resilience and creativity. Already, African groups have confounded a number of the worst predictions of catastrophe. If safely supported, they'll locate methods of maintaining improvement and democracy in the middle of HIV/AIDS.
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Another sexual reality that is commonly denied is homosexuality. 30 For its ‘apolitical’ stand – especially its failure to protest against the detention and trial for treason of one of its members, Simon Nkoli, for anti-apartheid activities in 1984 – GASA was suspended from the International Lesbian and Gay Association. The silence over sex, gender and power is, in its way, a metaphor for the silence over AIDS. It can be seen, within Cohen’s schematization, as a case of ‘interpretative denial’: the existence of AIDS is acknowledged, but the implication that one might need to change one’s personal beliefs and behaviour is not.
We ask all civil society organizations and individuals to join us in this protest against unnecessary HIV deaths, for treatment and against police brutality. The TAC NEC [National Executive Committee] salutes our Queenstown and Eastern Cape comrades. 2 There is a real political struggle over AIDS and AIDS treatment in South Africa, but it is totally different from the fight to bring down apartheid. The TAC uses some of the same language of people’s struggle, because that is South Africa’s language of politics.
As well as a membership of over 10,000 – a vocal minority of the five million South Africans living with HIV and AIDS – the TAC has entered into its own tripartite coalition with COSATU and the SACP. The targets of its activism, like those of its precursor, include not only the South African government but also Western governments and international companies. Zackie Achmat explains how TAC leaders ‘had to transform the old slogan: “Mobilize! ’ The result has been that ‘thousands of TAC members living in poverty-stricken conditions with limited educational backgrounds are capable of explaining how nevirapine or other antiretroviral medicines prevents mother-to-child transmission.
AIDS and Power: Why there is no Political Crisis - Yet (African Arguments) by Alex de Waal