In reference, for instance, to this Washington Post article and similar others being rehashed in the “news”
Scientists Track Time and Place of HIV’s Arrival
I just made this comment, feel free to personalize and use any of these comments as a model and post your own to counter these stories and not let them get by without our Haitian input.
SAMPLE COMMENTS #1 TO 3
See. HLLN Recommended Links on the Origins of Aids/HIV
Empire State Medical Association Denounces Incomplete Research Claims made by Dr. Gilbert and Dr. Worobey on â€œHIV Coming from Haitiâ€?
“Does the scientific “theory” that HIV came to North America from Haiti stem from underlying attitudes of racism and ethnocentrism in the United States rather than from hard evidence? Award-winning author and anthropologist-physician Paul Farmer answers with this, the first full-length ethnographic study of AIDS in a poor society. First published in 1992 this new edition has been updated and a new preface added.” (Aids and Accusations: Haiti and the Geography of blame by Paul Farmer.)
SAMPLE COMMENT #4
“Associations between Haitians and infectious disease are currently particularly strong in the U.S. popular press. This, too, is nothing new. Writing in 1920, National Geographic journalists noted that “it is estimated that 87 percent of the entire population were infected with contagious diseases.” AIDS is merely the most recent in a long series of plagues attributed to Haiti. In the sixteenth century, Europeans insisted that syphilis originated n Haiti, and was brought back by Columbus’ sailors. (the converse now appears to have been the case.)” Excerpted from: The Uses of Haiti (1994, updated 2005) by Paul Farmer
See also Haiti and AIDS or when Racism Masquerades as Science
SAMPLE COMMENT #5
Haiti Defamed by controversial HIV Study , (Page 1) , November. 2, 2007 (Defamed! – Page 2, Pg. 3)
The cavalier attitude displayed by the media, with such an inflammatory pronouncement on Haiti, is questionable.
Worobey’s farfetched conclusion, based on the speculation, that one “unmarried Haitian immigrant” amongst the over 5,000 to 10,000 Haitians, who travelled as teachers, doctors, agronomists, administrators, et al., to the Congo and other parts of Africa, (and definitely not in the “high risk” categories of folks – ie. people engaged in survival or commercial sex work, injection drug use, multiple unprotected sexual encounters with HIV-infected persons, etc.) and who were not welcomed back to Haiti by Duvalier and who mostly all settled elsewhere later on, not Haiti.
But, we are to take as “serious science” that one amongst this group of Haitians, one who lived in the Congo, a Congo* then teeming with European white settlers from every walk of life including embassy workers, military, charitable workers, and/or colonial mercenaries there in the Congo chopping off the hands of the local mine workers, in their Euro/US greed for the Congo’s diamonds, precious gems and resources; we are to believe that, of all the hundreds of thousands of Europeans in Africa in this 1960s time period, one single Haitian, made it back to Haiti from the Congo, where said Haitian had been unlucky enough, AMONGST ALL ON EARTH to have been the only one to contract said “African” virus.
Then, despite Papa Doc Duvalier’s tonton macoutes and US-supported Cold War terror, oppression against Haiti’s masses and the then intellectual classes denouncing Duvalier’s dictatorship; then, sick and all, said unlucky-of-all-sentient-beings-on-planet-earth-Haitian, somehow (convenietntly?) transmuted – while in Haiti? Of course! – the disease picked up in the Congo into what? Oh yeah, the “key strain.”
That is, transmuted – in his body, all by himself maybe? – the “African virus” into the appropriate version of subtype B of HIV. (See, Key HIV strain ‘came from Haiti’ | BBC News news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7068574.stm).
Once this dastardly biological act? miracle? was done, said Haitian next traveled to the U.S. (by plane?, boat? – there were no real Haitian boat people back then, spaceship then?) where this Haitian immigrant INFECTED the U.S. population with the HIV virus, and by extension, the world!!!
What explains the unquestioned ringing of the bell, as if this is legitimate BREAKING NEWS that was promulgated (Oct. 30th) so certainly, by the power-media? Other than the ugliness of racism, hate and ignorance? (See Ezili Danto’s “Media Bias on coverage of Gilbert/Worobey report “ www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/defamed.html
Dr. William D. Hamilton of Oxford University, speaks about Edward Hooper’s
Dr. Paul Farmer of Harvard University on “AIDS and Accusations: Haiti and the Geography of Blame by Paul Farmer
Possible Media Bias on coverage of Gilbert/Worobey report
Haiti Defamed by controversial HIV Study
AID, AIDS, Experiments, Reparations and Red Herringsï¿?
Empire State Medical Association – Statement Denouncing the controversial Woroby HIV study bien widely circulated by the mainstream media
The Two Most Common Storylines about Haiti and Haitians
U.S. Patterns in Haiti
Sri Lankan peacekeepers in Haiti sex scandal, Nov. 2, 2007, AFP
– UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – More than 100 Sri Lankan peacekeepers have been accused of sexual exploitation and abuse in Haiti and will be sent home on
UN Peacekeepers in Haiti abhorrent violation of the fundamental of care: