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Check This: Bush a Hero in Africa

President Bush is enjoying a hero's welcome as he tours Africa. This week he will visit Senegal, South Africa, Botswana, Nigeria, and Uganda during a mission to address the continent's economic, health, and security concerns. Programs that will fight AIDS and malaria, as well as aid plans that promote self-reliance instead of unqualified assistance, make President Bush much more popular in Africa than he is in other parts of the world.

The AIDS programs focus on preventing new infections in dozens of African nations, Haiti, and Guyana. The plans will provide medication to 2 million people already living with the disease.

On Monday, in Tanzania, Bush also unveiled a plan that will have a practical impact on people's lives — The US plans to fund millions of bed-nets that will protect every Tanzanian child aged one to five from mosquitoes that spread deadly malaria.

Of course, Bush's ceaseless critics have hesitations about his plans. For more on the critics,


Activists worry that Bush's relief program will require that the medication funding be spent on high-cost patent-protected drugs, rather than on the cheapest possible generic antiviral medication. In addition, the plan requires that substantial funding go to faith-based organizations with the requirement that one-third of AIDS prevention dollars go to abstinence-only programs.

Do you think the critics raise fair concerns? Or, are you just excited to see Bush offering money and attention to Africa's dire needs?


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freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
It's the most money that any US president has ever pledged (BILLIONS!) to the situation in Africa and he did it without fanfare, unlike so many previous administrations that have only talked about it. I am a critic when I need to be, but if the man has ever done anything that he deserves credit for ... I believe it's this. -- minaminamina, re your statement: "Africa has, and is currently, overwhelmingly protested US aid - they do not want it. It is neo-colonialism, and with that much money, comes certain expectations." (a) What sort of expectations? And exactly how does this translate to neo-colonialism? (b) Are we saying US-government based aid? Or are we also including US-based non-governmental organizations? I know I'm late in jumping into this conversation, but I really don't understand the hostility in Africa. So I'd like more insight if you wouldn't mind, thanks. :)
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
Thanks for the first-person perspectives!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
caterpillar hate to burst your bubble but if you go to Africa and ask if they like or give two f**ks about George Bush they'll either hiss or give you a blank stare. He's really no one in Africa but if it makes people feel better to believe that he got a hero's welcome from photos of him visiting schools where you are forced to attend then go right ahead, to tell you the truth tony Blair is actually probably more well known.
minaminamina minaminamina 9 years
Africa has, and is currently, overwhelmingly protested US aid - they do not want it. It is neo-colonialism, and with that much money, comes certain expectations. Africans know this. Americans do not, because their media does not portray this. When I go home, I hear people who like America, who do not, who are ambivalent - but when it comes to American aid to Africa, I have never once met another African who thought, "Yes! This is a good idea!"
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
we have given millions to Africa, maybe his "hero" welcome is really based on america coming to thier Aid, he is after all our representative. I love the people who say "amercia is not the world police" but when they think we should stick our noses and money into something they deem "worthy" and we dont than we suck.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
Wow. Good point minaminamina.
minaminamina minaminamina 9 years
Not to mention, abstinence-only education in Africa is a ridiculous thing to press - many Africans are born with HIV, and once married, pass it along to their spouse and children... should we tell Africans born with the virus to never have sex? Abstinence-only would serve those not sexually active, first of all, and since it's conclusive that abstinence-only education tends to lead to HIGHER rates of STIs and unplanned pregnancies amongst those it is taught to, then we are wasting our time with that. Bed nets? Great! Abstinence-only? God forgive us for the continuing spread of disease that will cause.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
let's be honest here kids are going to experiment, no matter what you say no matter what you do. some are blinded by love others by lust but abstinence is a hard hard thing to do. They will do it anyway therefore teach them to be safe, to be responsible and to value their lives.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
"And I don't think abstinence programs are a waste. I think that point of view is cynical" Studies have proven that it doesn't work. The idea that Abstinence Only Sex Ed programs are a waste is based in fact.
MoonBGold MoonBGold 9 years
I agree with JovianSkies. Who cares, as long as people are getting help?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Also, just to point out, the government in the Sudan did not ask for help in this situation, as evidence points to the fact that the government has actually been working with the Janjaweed. I will admit, however, that other African countries have asked for (and been denied) help from the U.S. under MANY presidents, including, but not limited to, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Completely, not complete. Sorry for the typo!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I'm not necessarily trying to say people are wrong, but I'm curious to know where people are getting the information that Bush wouldn't admit the situation in Darfur constitutes genocide. Even now, many world leaders won't call this situation genocide. (A lot of people still refer to it as ethnic cleansing.) I'm not the #1 Bush supporter in the world, but this is a subject that I have researched fairly heavily (the situation in Darfur, that is), and in all of my research, I have found that President Bush and his administration (i.e. Colin Powell) were some of the first in the world to label these atrocities as genocide. Also, in these situations, it is very difficult to distinguish between ethnic cleansing and genocide, as the means are generally the same in both, but the end goals are different. In genocide, the final goal is to complete eliminate a race of people from existence, whereas in ethnic cleansing the primary goal is to remove a race of people from a specific area. Anyway, like I said, I'm not necessarily saying you're wrong, I would just like to know what sources you are using.
bethany21 bethany21 9 years
What raciccarone said.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
Hey all. Thanks for the passionate debate. Feel free to debate issues, but let's make sure we don't go at each other! :)
Nouveau-Jackie-O Nouveau-Jackie-O 9 years
I agree 100% with JovianSkys. And I don't think abstinence programs are a waste. I think that point of view is cynical. We're always talking about choice and how important it is to have choice in all situations. Isn't abstinence a choice? Shouldn't it be respected along with all of the other choices in the realm of birth control? Instead of writing it off, we should encourage people to consider it too. In my opinion, if more people practiced it we would see the number of both STD and AIDS cases drop.
XSofieX XSofieX 9 years
...and by the way isn't the free press considered the essential guard against power abuse?? Despite how great a government is the free press has to investigate and challenge the actions of that government to greate a dialectic democratic discussion - so the criticism of Bush is not an attack on him personally but rather a necessary comment to ensure that the citizens' money are utilized the best way (and if some people believe that their money are wasted on abstinence education then its their duty to speak up in a public forum)
XSofieX XSofieX 9 years
right... so the UN is just one big socialistic conspiracy theory?? Oh my, I thought that the old socialisme scare had died a long time ago, you know other nations beside the US have freedom and democracy - the US got their constitution based on the European models just so you know, the US is by no means the most "free" country in the world!
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Yes, all help is great. But the fact is that our money could help MORE people and save MORE lives if it wasn't being WASTED on abstinence only sex education. It isn't just that the organizations are faith based...if they got that job done who cares. But abstinence only sex education is just throwing that money away. Our money could be better spent, and help more people.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
You guys only see what the paper tells you or the news. I hope you know that most of these people giving him welcomes are paid with food which a lot of people need and would do almost anything for and money, they aren't there cos they like him most don't even know who the heck he is. So when you see photos of him walking in villages getting props it isn't cs he's popular it's cos at the end of he day they get something out of all that.
pequeña pequeña 9 years
"that fact that the Iraqi people are delighted to be rid of the reign of terror they've endured for far too long" Whitefox, have you ever been in Irak or spoken with any people there? Because there's a civil war going on there right now, and I don't think they're all happy about it. If Bush really wanted to save the Iraqi people from terror, there wouldn't have been any invasion, because he knew beforehand what was going to happen. His own father said once that if America invaded Irak there was "no way out". If he didn't listen to his own father words or to the UN it's because he had some other interests in his mind. Bush is not a "saving force", he's an imperialist. I can't believe there's people who still believe all this demagogy.
whitefox whitefox 9 years
JessNess: I am assuming that you are addressing all of your last comments to me, so I will respond. Firstly, I didn't address you personally until my last question, which is just that - a question. I also don't see anywhere where I put words in your mouth. Secondly, I have not twisted anything you have said. I never quoted you nor your sources. I will say, however, that you don't present a balanced opinion at all. You "rage against the machine" without a thought of how great the machine is. Certainly, it needs reparation, but when in the last 50 years hasn't it? You also seem to overlook the fact that I am not a huge Bush fan, but that I believe credit should be given where due. My comments are quite informed, compassionate, and well balanced: perhaps more so, due to my world view (especially regarding Africa) as well as the fact that my sister has close political ties in Washington and gets information that most never get to hear. Nothing high security, mind you, it's just that a lot that goes on there isn't reported on fully. Perhaps you are irritated when people choose to ask what others have personally done because there isn't much to say because just complaining has been done. Each individual has to look inward, myself included, before slinging hateful arrows. Each individual has the responsibility to take what action he/she can and support the positive actions of those who are able to do more. If one doesn't do these things, one has no right to complain because one has no frame of reference for the difficulties, obsticles, and hurdles others must overcome to achieve the goals of good. JessNess: Perhaps you are so angered because my points have validity. I respect your opinions and your right to vote any way you wish: it's American. I embrace a debate: debates are American. I am not enraged by you and you should not be enraged by me. If you are, perhaps it's part of your psyche telling you that some of your views are too harsh and, maybe, just maybe, need review. We all need to review, learn, and grow - it's part of the joy of being human.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
It is attacks and twisting of words like this that stop me from normally commenting on this site. I tried to keep friendly but you are really making it hard. Im done for the night
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I didn't even bring up the Iraq war and you are now just putting words in mouth which I suggest you stop doing. You could not possibly know my point of view based off of these few comments. You need to stop making assumptions about my "one-sided, liberal-media-only based view" You do not know me and you do not even know where I get my media. You do not know how I don't like our media because I feel that it is bias and censored (even CNN)
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I'm going to be honest here and say that Im not going to respond to anything right now because I'm too worked up after your last comment because I really hate when people assume that I do not do any research of the other side and when they try to defer making an argument by asking what would you do. But I will say this (and as nice as I possibly can): you suggested that my views are out of balance and that I should do research and all I want to say is I feel that you should do the same because if I am not balanced :oy: then based solely off of reading your comments you seem to be imbalanced also I am not backing down from my criticism of Bush and I accept your opinions (even though I do not agree with most of them)but Im going to go before I get bitchy and lose my composure
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