Senate Blocks Democrat Attempt To Dismiss Rumsfeld
Meanwhile, Senate Republicans also blocked a Democratic attempt Wednesday to hold a vote on a resolution calling for the dismissal of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
International Scientists: South Africa AIDS Policy “Immoral”, “Ineffective”
In South Africa, President Thabo Mbeki’s government is facing increased criticism over its policy on AIDS. A group of more than eighty international scientists and academics have sent Mbeki a letter calling his government’s stance “immoral” and “ineffective” and calling for the firing of his Health Minister. The signatories include Robert Gallo, who helped discover the HIV virus and develop the first HIV blood test. An estimated five and a half million South Africans are HIV-positive, with an average of more than 900 people dying from AIDS each day.
Poll: 58% Oppose Bush Foreign Policy
Back in the United States, a new poll shows public opposition to the Bush administration’s “war on terror” is at its highest point to date. According to the annual Transatlantic Trends poll, 58% percent of Americans disapprove of President Bush’s handling of foreign policy. It’s the first time in the poll’s history more Americans disapprove than approve of the administration’s international policies. In Europe, the level of opposition is at seventy-seven percent – also the highest so far.