Andrew Green

Andrew Green is a Prospect publishing fellow.

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No Easy Answers to the AIDS Pandemic

Helen Epstein's new book shows where the fight against HIV/AIDS is going wrong in Africa, but she leaves it to other experts to determine whether her proposed "cures" will work in practice.

The Invisible Cure: Africa, the West, and the Fight Against HIV/AIDS by Helen Epstein (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 352 pages) Beyond statistics of the dead and infected, little is certain about the HIV/AIDS pandemic. No confirmed origin. Plenty of potential magic bullets, but still no cure. And in sub-Saharan Africa, the virus' ground zero, the woeful, shopworn question persists: Why has the spread been so rapid, so devastating? So when Helen Epstein decides to call her new book The Invisible Cure: Africa, the West, and the Fight Against HIV/AIDS , a reader might be justified in thinking that here, finally, might be some answers. Epstein, a molecular biologist turned writer, has made a career of investigating and writing -- often brilliantly -- about the spread of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Her work, which has appeared chiefly in The New York Review of Books , combines the authority of her scientific background with a writer's talent for making wonkish talk of research studies and...

Giuliani's Awful Record on HIV/AIDS

One of Rudy Giuliani's health care advisors recently decried a plan to offer cheaper HIV/AIDS drugs. It's a good time to ask: What would U.S. AIDS policy look like under Giuliani?

Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani speaks at a town hall meeting in Londonderry, N.H. last month. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
Sally Pipes serves as president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, a free-market think tank that draws some of its funding from pharmaceutical companies. Given that bit of back story, imagine her distress when the Thai government issued "compulsory patents" to its domestic drug manufacturers at the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) to copy and reproduce formulas for two antiretroviral drugs. Spurred to action, Pipes produced an alarmist screed in The Hill last month charging that the Thai government rejected offers for cheaper antiretrovirals and issued the patents primarily to enrich its cronies at the GPO. In the op-ed, she also takes time to wag her finger at Rep. Tom Allen, Sen. Sherrod Brown, and former President Bill Clinton, who have publicly applauded the Thai government's action. Never mind that Thai officials acted completely within the bounds of international law and that their actions will likely make antiretrovirals available to thousands more HIV/AIDS...

Nipping at McConnell's Heels

At Kentucky's annual summer political picnic, there were signs that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell should be seriously worried about his '08 re-election bid.

In 1984, during Mitch McConnell's nascent run for the U.S. Senate against two-term Democrat Walter "Dee" Huddleston, McConnell gained considerable traction with an ad showing a pack of bloodhounds scouring the country for the incumbent. Huddleston had a reputation for being something of a senatorial non-entity with a penchant for missing roll call votes. McConnell rode the bloodhounds (and Ronald Reagan's coattails) to the slightest of victories, setting him on the path to his current position as Senate minority leader. Now it's McConnell the bloodhounds are chasing. When the minority leader showed up at the Aug. 4 Fancy Farm picnic in rural west Kentucky -- the annual and unofficial launch of the commonwealth's fall campaign season -- there was a pack of dappled hounds, tails wagging, waiting for him. The man holding the dogs' leashes, Kentucky Attorney General Greg Stumbo, is the first of many rumored Democrats (as well as a Republican or two) to announce he is exploring a run...