How Aids became an 'epidemic' in Africa.

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Alexander Jones' confession opens up a whole Pandora's Box of other questions, many long suppressed but which have not gone away. These questions are uncomfortable, not only in terms of the South African players but also of other powers that were involved, directly or indirectly, in the propagation of this dreadful disease and the cover-up, as well as, just as culpably, in pointing the finger of blame at the victims.

It also raises the question of how and why Aids was labelled an 'epidemic' in Africa when the facts did not support this blanket label and in doing so, condemned the continent and its people to years of denigration and to what amounted to a wholesale character assassination of African people. Let us not forget that at the height of the Aids panic, virtually every African was suspected of being a carrier and was shunned.

Of course the stock reaction in the West to Alexander Jones' recent revelations, and any other attempt to show that Aids became an epidemic' in Africa because there was something more sinister to it, is met with shouts of 'conspiracy theory'.

But conspiracy theory', according to Prof F. I. D. Konotey-Ahulu (the UK-based Ghanaian medical giant and pan-African writer), becomes 'conspiracy facts' if you remove the wrapping from the way the world is actually run by the Western powers.

Conspiracy theories exist because the explanations provided do not fully accord with the reality of the events--in short, the evidence does not fit the facts. Indeed as history shows, many conspiracy theories' turn out to be conspiracy facts' when revelations are finally made, or declassified documents are made public.

Not satisfied with the Aids-epidemic-in-Africa theories then sweeping the world, Prof. Konotey-Ahulu is the first African to have paid out of his own pocket to go on a medical journey in the late 1980s to Africa to investigate the so-called HIV/Aids 'epidemic' when it was forecast to wipe out the continent.

What he saw on the ground across the continent befuddled him--it ran totally counter to what the Western-based Aids orthodoxy was telling the world. And he recounted it all in his book, What is Aids?

Since then, Prof. Konotey-Ahulu has become a one-man-band fighting for, and defending, African interests in the medical world from his base in the UK, where he has been urging Africans to open their eyes to what is happening around them because the dismissive charges of 'conspiracy theory' actually mean 'conspiracy facts'.

Was it the epidemic it was made out to be?

While there is no doubt that Aids devastated parts of Southern and East Africa, was it really on the scale of Biblical epidemics it has been made out to be? Also, why did Africa buck the trend in that most of the infections were among heterosexuals, rather than homosexuals as elsewhere?

From the very beginning of the HIV/Aids story in 1980, even though the syndrome had first been identified in the gay community...

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