Erika Casriel

Erika Casriel is a free-lance political journalist whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The American Prospect, Out and other publications.

Recent Articles

Promises, Promises

At the June 2003 G8 summit in Evian, France, President George W. Bush met with the other heads of state at a private dinner. There, according to sources close to two dinner guests, he promised the Europeans that if they gave $1 billion to a new joint AIDS fund, he would match it. But by July, Bush was urging Congress to supply no more than $200 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. “I think everybody felt fooled,” says a Global Fund official. Ultimately, Congress rebelled, increasing the U.S. contribution to the Global Fund to $547 million, but Bush has again budgeted only $200 million for the Global Fund in 2005. The president fails to mention these skirmishes when he claims that his administration is leading the world in the war on AIDS. While it's true that the United States is contributing more than any other single country, the president has repeatedly overstated the U.S. financial commitment. Moreover, he has damaged the U.S. alliance with...