Europe Calling – 415 Days to Go

Today is World AIDS Day. There have been so many talented people, who lost their lives to this disease. Freddie Mercury, Arthur Ashe, Keith Haring, Anthony Perkins, Rudolph Nurejew, Rock Hudson, just to name a few. Another estimated 25 million men, women and children have succumbed to the virus. Twenty years ago infection meant you were going to die, today it means you’ll have to live with the disease. Unless, of course, you’re poor and living in Africa, then even today with all the modern pharmaceuticals available to us, you are going to die. Neither a cure, nor immunization are available yet. We’ve come a long way, from the times, when politicians asked for segregation of the patients in camps. But we will still have to go a long way when it comes to accepting the diversity in lifestyles, not only sexual, and despite any differences, accept the other man as a fellow human being worthy of our respect.

This said, here is what’s in the news in Europe today:

The Hillary Clinton campaign office mystery is mentioned, but doesn’t get too much attention, luckily, because not much really happened and the hostages wil hopefully get help to get over the scare.

It’s Pakistan that is now a focus of interest for Frederick Kagan of the AEI. Admittedly, the prospect, that Pakistan is getting even more volatile and the thought of their nuclear arsenal is unpleasant. But there is still hope, Kagan has the options:

These include: sending elite British or US troops to secure nuclear weapons capable of being transported out of the country and take them to a secret storage depot in New Mexico or a “remote redoubt” inside Pakistan; sending US troops to Pakistan’s north-western border to fight the Taliban and al-Qaida; and a US military occupation of the capital Islamabad, and the provinces of Punjab, Sindh and Baluchistan if asked for assistance by a fractured Pakistan military, so that the US could shore up President Pervez Musharraf and General Ashfaq Kayani, who became army chief this week.

It beggars belief. Into two troubled wars and looking for more.

Turkey is again playing with fire. They claim to have attacked PKK fighters on Iraqi soil again. On the other hand, Iraqis dont (want to) know about any such incursion.

A military official said around 100 special forces crossed into Iraqi territory to hit the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a day after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan announced the cabinet had given a green light to such operations.

Earlier, a spokesman for Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani said there had been no incursion by Turkish troops into the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. The U.S. military also said it was unaware of any incursion.

Italy has come to a screeching halt. A general strike aimed at getting the government to spend more in investments has the whole country in a standstill.

And finally: Would you know for sure how many candidates for President of the United States there really are? Why, it’s about 200:

There, alongside household names such as Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Rudy Giuliani – who will begin competing in their party’s primaries next month – are about 200 others of every faith, colour and persuasion. A grip on reality is optional.

On a very slow news day “Europeanview” wishes you all a good and healthy Saturday. Take care.

4 thoughts on “Europe Calling – 415 Days to Go

  1. I had two cousins who died of AIDS. Both were hemophilic and both had their clotting agents applied by a third cousin, an MD. She, the third cousin, was devastated because she had so faithfully placed her trust in the testing process.

  2. I remember the time, when AIDS hit the headlines. There was such a hystery. You didn’t give hands anymore, people shunned public toilets (not a bad idea even today when you’re in Minnesota and a senator is near), if you sipped accidentally on a glass that didn’t belong to you, you were heading for a blood test. A bavarian politician made AIDS testing mandatory for public servants and asylum seekers.

    The scare brought us “safer sex” and along with the widespread use of condoms a decrease in VD. Today among young people the infection rates are going up again. There is still no cure, but they don’t care. It’s sad.

  3. When AIDS first hit the news, I was living in Louisiana, and it wasn’t called AIDS, it was called “the gay cancer.”

    I remember people being so unbelievably hateful, and proclaiming loudly that “the gay cancer” wouldn’t bother the people of Louisiana because there were no gay people in Louisiana.

    1. Apparently none of these Louisiana natives had ever been to New Orleans.

    2. Even when we didn’t know what the hell this disease was, I never bought that it was a “gay disease.” That flies in the face of logic to think that a germ or a virus gives a shit about the sexuality of its host.

  4. In the 80’s I worked at a natural food distributor where most of the workforce was gay/lesbian.
    We lost six co-workers to aids in the eight years I was there.
    Very personal, very sad.

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