Affirming love, avoiding AIDS: what Africa can teach the West

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National Catholic Bioethics Center, Dec 15, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 202 pages
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When the Allied Powers Emerged From World War II, they found themselves saddled with a devastated world economy and a traumatized populace. The Americans and British were caught flat-footed by the coups, collapsing armies, and civil wars that befell countries around the globe as Soviet influence spread insidiously from nation to nation. The Cold War had begun in earnest.

In The Atlantic and Its Enemies, prize-winning historian Norman Stone assesses the years between World War II and the collapse of the Iron Curtain. He vividly demonstrates that for every Atlantic success there seemed to be a dozen Communist triumphs, as the USSR and its proxies crushed dissent and humiliated the United States on both military and cultural grounds. Even in the late 1970s, with the collapse of Iran, the rise of the oil states, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the initiative still seemed to lie with the Soviets. Then, suddenly and against all odds, the Atlantic won---economically, ideologically, militarily---with astonishing speed and finality.

An elegant and path-breaking history, The Atlantic and Its Enemies is a monument to the immense suffering and conflict of the twentieth century, and an illuminating exploration of how the Atlantic triumphed over its enemies at last.

Serious efforts to change high-risk behaviors have been conspicuously missing in the effort to control AIDS. Put another way, there has been little to no primary prevention in HIV/AIDS, in spite of public and private sectors pouring more money and resources into this single disease than any other in history....Hanley and de Irala cover the evidence that has been debated bitterly in recent years and show how fidelity and abstinence are in fact not faith-based AIDS prevention but evidence-based. ---From the Foreword by Edward C. Green, Director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

To Africa's great misfortune, AIDS prevention in the countries most devastated has been hobbled by ideology. As commonly painted, the problem has been rigid religious beliefs standing in the way of a modern, evidence-based approach. Hanley and de Irala expose how the international AIDS Establishment is driven by an ideology of its own, one that reflects a disturbingly negative view of human nature and potential. Rather than being evidence-based, it has resulted in spectacular failure of AIDS prevention in Africa.

This book shows with eloquence, scholarship, and compassion that addressing the sexual behaviors that drive the epidemic is exactly what is needed and what has worked best. ---Norman Hearst, M.D., Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology at the University of California at San Francisco

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About the author (2009)

Norman Stone is the author of World War One; The Eastern Front, 1914-1917 (winner of the Wolfson Prize); and Europe Transformed. He has taught at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Bilkent, where he is now Director of the Turkish-Russian Center. He lives in Oxford and Istanbul.

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