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Africa

Could investment in the fight against AIDS help reduce terrorism? That's the provocative thesis of a paper written by Trevor Neilson, executive director of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS. Neilson contends that: "AIDS creates economic devastation. Economic devastation creates an atmosphere where stable government can't function." The conclusion: "When stable government can't effectively function, terrorism thrives." If things don't change, terrorist recruiters will have an easy time in Africa, he asserts. An estimated 12 million children in sub-Saharan Africa have lost at least one parent to AIDS, he writes, noting that children as young as 10 have been pressed into military service in Angola, Ethiopia, Uganda, and elsewhere. He supports a ten-point plan for checking the spread of AIDS in the region and preventing its development into a security crisis for the West. The paper is on SM Online.

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