Last month President Obama released his detailed budget for Fiscal year 2010. Unfortunately, his budget falls short of what is needed to reach goals outlined in the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) reauthorization bill PHR members helped pass last year.
Perhaps the most interesting revelation in Jane Mayer's latest New Yorker article on the CIA and US torture policy comes as an aside, towards the end. Ongoing investigations by PHR and others, including investigative journalists, are discovering disturbing connections between American Psychological Association officials involved in developing the ethics standards governing psychologists' participation in interrogations and those involved in overseeing and facilitating the Bush administration's CIA and US military programs of torture.
On Tuesday, June 9, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held confirmation hearings for Dr. Eric Goosby to serve as Ambassador at Large and US Global AIDS Coordinator. That same day, nearly 6,000 people living with HIV around the world died---as they do every day---due to a lack of access to life-saving treatments.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today honored Justice Richard Goldstone, former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, with the MacArthur Award for International Justice. The Award was presented at a dinner held in The Hague, the international city of peace and justice, which is home to more than 150 international legal organizations and judicial tribunals, including the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice.
In his 2010 budget, President Obama failed to deliver on his commitment to end the ban on federal funding of needle exchange services---an action he promised to take before and after the election and one that would help protect the health and save the lives of tens of thousands of injection drug users---in the US and around the world.