Tag Archives: John Kerry

Anti-gay laws, rhetoric, impact, response: Good news, bad news and no news

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Physician activist released, Ugandan, Nigerian groups call  for action, Uganda government responds, and homophobic rhetoric escalates First the good news: after urging by civil society leaders in South Africa and around the world, Ugandan-born physician and gay rights advocate Paul Semugoma has been ordered released from immigration officials’ custody, and will receive the work permit […]

Calling on Secretary Kerry, a primer on U.S. global health involvement, the AIDS fight on the ground, counterfeit condoms and more . . .

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Can John Kerry Fix the Administration’s AIDS Budget Problem? The Obama administration’s AIDS budget problem is one of choices that cancel each other out and erroneous perceptions, this piece by Matthew Kavanagh says. The choices — last year the administration’s budget proposal cut funding for PEPFAR, but gave some of that money to the Global […]

New Leadership on the way for Senate Foreign Relations Committee while four new Republicans take seats

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With Sen. John Kerry expected to leave the Senate to serve as Secretary of State, the committee that oversees international aid will get new leadership, as well as four new Republican members. The addition of two new Democrats, Sen. Chris Murphy (D – CT) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) was announced in December. Sen. Robert […]

Decisive Obama win, Democrat House and Senate gains set stage for next global health steps

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President Obama’s win Tuesday means plans to follow a global AIDS blueprint due to be released World AIDS Day remain on track. The “Mexico City Policy” restricting how U.S. family planning dollars could be spent overseas, reversed by President Obama, which Gov. Romney had promised to reinstate, will remain off the books. It remains to […]

With Star Witnesses, Senate Panel Shines Spotlight on U.S. Global Health Priorities

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Two global health heavyweights—Bill Clinton and Bill Gates—testified before a key Senate committee today, urging lawmakers to provide more U.S. funding to combat scourges such as HIV and tuberculosis. In opening remarks, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, stressed the importance of funding global health programs and cited the success […]

Senators Prod White House on USAID Appointment

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No news is definitely not good news when it comes to this sore subject: the vacancy at the helm of USAID. Reports out today indicate that lawmakers in Congress are as anxious as the rest of us about the fact that this agency is rudderless, at a time when the Obama Administration is seeking to […]