Modal close

Dear Democracy Now! visitor,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. Democracy Now! brings you crucial reporting like our coverage from the front lines of the standoff at Standing Rock or news about the movements fighting for peace, racial and economic justice, immigrant rights and LGBTQ equality. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How is this possible? Only with your support. If every visitor to this site in December gave just $10 we could cover our basic operating costs for 2017. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else in 2017.

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.


Debate On Thabo Mbeki's Commission

StoryJuly 14, 2000
Watch iconWatch Full Show

South African President Thabo Mbeki has come under harsh criticism from AIDS activists at the International AIDS Conference for his positions on the disease. Mbeki is being attacked by the activists and health experts for appearing to give credence to so-called AIDS dissidents who deny HIV causes AIDS.

In a speech earlier this week, Mbeki launched a broadside against those who questioned his right to appoint dissidents to his own advisory panel on the disease and focused on the devastating impact of poverty on the continent.

In recent months, Mbeki has also issued a harsh attack on the world’s pharmaceutical industry.

In a letter to President Clinton a few months ago, Mbeki charged the scientific community with attempting to silence discourse on HIV and AIDS. According to the South African president, "we are now being asked to do precisely the same thing that the racist apartheid tyranny we opposed did, because, it is said, there exists a scientific view that is supported by the majority, against which dissent is prohibited."


  • Bob Lederer, a senior editor of Poz Magazine and a producer at Pacifica Station WBAI.
  • Costa Gazi, head of the Department of Public Health at Cecilia Makiwene Hospital in Eastern Cape, South Africa and Secretary of Health of the Pan-Africanist Congress, an opposition party to the African National Congress.
  • Dr. Peter Duesberg, a member of Thabo Mbeki’s panel and professor of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Related links:

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.

Make a donation