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  • Week in Review 149 — Trump cuts: fatal consequences?

    March 3, 2017

    Stephen Lewis comments on the potential human consequences of reducing U.S. foreign aid.

  • Week in Review 148 — TB & HIV: New reasons to hope

    February 24, 2017

    Stephen Lewis comments on some promising new developments in addressing HIV and TB.

  • Week in Review 147: Pepper spray and political turmoil

    February 17, 2017

    Stephen Lewis comments on recent events in South Africa

  • Week in Review 146 – Forgotten Crises

    February 10, 2017

    Stephen Lewis comments on a series of urgent crises around the world.

  • Week in Review 145 — Trump: Hyperbole & Absurdity

    February 3, 2017

    Stephen Lewis comments on the second week of Trump's presidency and a humanitarian emergency for children.

  • Week in Review 144 — At a loss for words

    January 27, 2017

    Stephen Lewis comments on Donald Trump's first week in office.

  • Week in Review 143 — Corporate social responsibility?

    January 20, 2017

    Stephen Lewis comments on the World Economic Forum and the corporate irresponsibility that has fueled a global landscape of economic inequality, resentment and anger. (Recorded January 19, 2017).

  • Week in Review 142 — Trump: Down the rabbit hole

    January 13, 2017

    Stephen Lewis comments on President Obama's legacy and the prospect of a Trump presidency. (Recorded January 12, 2017).

  • Week in Review 141 — Never in my lifetime

    December 16, 2016

    Stephen Lewis gives his final commentary of 2016.

  • Week in Review 140 – An apology for cholera

    December 2, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's apology for the UN's role in bringing cholera to Haiti.

  • Week in Review 139 — Women and girls and HIV

    November 25, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on UNAIDS' World AIDS Day report.

  • Week in Review 138 – Death wish or death rattle for the ICC?

    November 18, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on the latest developments surrounding the International Criminal Court.

  • Week in Review 137 – Unprepared for Trump

    November 11, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on the outcome of the US elections this week.

  • Week in Review 136 — An astonishing indictment

    November 4, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on violence in South Sudan and the Report by the Independent Special Investigation Team led by Gen. Patrick Cammaert.

  • Week in Review 135 - Turning the Tide on TB

    October 28, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on the 47th Union Conference on Lung Health held in Liverpool this year.

  • Week in Review 134: A fatal blow to the ICC?

    October 21, 2016

    October 21, 2016: Stephen Lewis comments on the decision of both Burundi and South Africa to leave the International Criminal Court.

  • Week in Review 133: An alarming new report

    October 14, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on an alarming new report from the World Health Organization.

  • Week in Review 132: A new UN Secretary-General

    October 7, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on the selection of António Guterres as the next UN Secretary-General.

  • Week in Review 131: Weapons of child destruction

    September 30, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on attacks against children in Darfur and Syria. (Recorded September 29, 2016)

  • Week in Review 130 — A wild week at the United Nations

    September 23, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments from New York during High-Level Week at the United Nations General Assembly.

  • The Week in Review 129 - A War on Children

    September 9, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on a new UNICEF report and the enormous gap between rhetoric and reality when it comes to child protection.

  • Week in Review 128 — The UN admits responsibility in Haiti

    August 19, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on the news that the United Nations has finally admitted its role in causing the 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti.

    This commentary was taped on Thursday morning, August 18th. On Thursday night the 2nd Circuit Court released its decision on the challenge to UN immunity in the Haiti cholera case. The court upheld the UN’s immunity, without making any provision for justice for the victims. As always, the UN never appeared in court: the case was argued on the UN’s behalf by an attorney from the United States government. The case can be appealed to the US Supreme Court. Whether or not an appeal is launched, AIDS-Free World expects that the UN will now carry out its undertaking to provide a package of reforms to solve the ongoing cholera crisis in Haiti. Much will depend on who emerges as the next Secretary-General … there is one candidate who is largely responsible for the deeply offensive way in which the UN has handled cholera in Haiti. But more of that later. For the present, we rely on the finding of Professor Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur for Poverty and Human Rights, that the actions of the UN were and are “legally indefensible.”

  • Week in Review 127 – Double Standards in the Race for UN Secretary-General

    August 12, 2016

    Stephen Lewis discusses the recent straw poll in the selection process for the next Secretary-General. [Watch this video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/qtnQAcFbuA0]

  • Week in Review 126 — Marching toward the apocalypse

    August 5, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on a disturbing trend that threatens the future of the planet.

  • Week in Review 125: A Woman SG: All Talk, No Votes?

    July 29, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on the first straw poll and the race to be the next UN Secretary-General.

  • Looking back at AIDS 2016 (The Week in Review 124)

    July 22, 2016

    Stephen Lewis reports from the closing of the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.

  • Will AIDS 2016 be a turning point?

    July 15, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on the state of HIV/AIDS in advance of the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.

  • Week in Review 122: Misinformation and malicious intent

    July 8, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on the Iraq war and government repression of NGOs.

  • Week in Review 121: Shock and profit

    June 30, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on the fallout from last week's Brexit vote.

  • Week in Review 120 — Capitulation

    June 17, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on the removal of Saudi Arabia from the latest UN report on Children and Armed Conflict.

  • Week in Review 119 — Thin air at high levels

    June 10, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments from the UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS in New York.

  • Week in Review 118: The High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS

    June 3, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on the upcoming High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS happening in New York next week.

  • The Week in Review 117: No Fig Leaf Big Enough

    May 27, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on the outcome of the World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey this week.

  • The Week in Review 116 – Could fighting corruption end poverty and disease?

    May 13, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on anti-corruption efforts and the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • The Week in Review 115: Awash in hypocrisy

    May 6, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on hospital bombings in Afghanistan, Syria and beyond.

  • Week in Review 114: A terrifying toll

    April 29, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on the state of the global AIDS epidemic.

  • The Week in Review 113 - The Next UN Secretary-General

    April 22, 2016

    Stephen Lewis evaluates the candidates for the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. (Part 2 of 2)

  • Week in Review 112: Candidates on parade

    April 15, 2016

    Part 1 of 2: What does Stephen Lewis think of the male candidates for Secretary-General? Watch this week’s commentary to find out.

  • The Week in Review 111: The race for the next UN Secretary-General

    April 8, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on the race for the next UN Secretary-General and the legacy of Ban Ki-moon.

  • Week in Review 110: The Lost Children

    April 1, 2016

    Stephen Lewis speaks out on the international community's failure to recover the girls and boys kidnapped by Boko Haram.

  • Week in Review 109: Haiti, cholera and the United Nations

    March 25, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on the ongoing saga of Haiti, cholera, and the United Nations.

  • Week in Review 108 — Dollars and lives

    March 21, 2016

    Stephen Lewis: There's a vaccine for pneumonia, but children are dying because it costs too much to procure it.

  • The Week in Review 107 — Dangerous denialism

    March 11, 2016

    Stephen Lewis speaks out on Thabo Mbeki's appalling record of AIDS denialism. (Recorded March 9, 2016).

  • Week in Review 106: Black Lives Matter — everywhere

    February 26, 2016

    Sub-Saharan Africa is in the throes of a major calamity. Stephen Lewis comments on the drought and famine that is crippling the continent.

  • The Week in Review 105: Ban's Last Stand?

    February 19, 2016

    Stephen Lewis speaks out on sexual violence in Kenya, Zimbabwe, and beyond.

  • Week in Review 104: WHO's midlife crisis

    February 12, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on the World Health Organization's midlife crisis.

  • Week in Review 103: A looming crisis in Africa

    February 5, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on a looming crisis in Eastern and Southern Africa.

  • Week in Review #101: A jarring juxtaposition

    January 22, 2016

    Stephen Lewis comments on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Oxfam's new report on inequality, and the gender gap in senior UN positions.

  • The Week in Review #100: Here we go again

    January 15, 2016

    Stephen Lewis gives his 100th Week in Review commentary.

  • The Week in Review 99: Forecasting the future

    December 11, 2015

    Stephen Lewis makes his predictions about the Paris Climate Conference.

  • The Week in Review 98: Reductio ad absurdum

    December 4, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on the climate talks in Paris and the Treatment Action Campaign.

  • Week in Review 97: A surprising report

    November 27, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on UNAIDS' report for World AIDS Day.

  • The Week in Review 96: Bush, Blair and ISIS

    November 20, 2015

    Stephen Lewis speaks out on recent events in Paris, Beirut and Egypt, and the true costs of war.

  • The Week in Review 95 — To save lives, save activism

    November 13, 2015

    Stephen Lewis speaks out on income inequality and South Africa's Treatment Action Campaign.

  • The Week in Review 94: Dollars and drugs

    November 6, 2015

    Stephen Lewis speaks out about the global TB epidemic.

  • The Week in Review 93: Tyrants, torturers and truncheons

    October 30, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on the latest countries elected to the UN Human Rights Council.

  • The Week in Review 92: A slogan doesn't make it so

    October 23, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on the current state of HIV and AIDS.

  • Week in Review 91 - The death of the International Criminal Court?

    October 16, 2015

    Last week, South Africa's African National Congress announced plans to withdraw from the International Criminal Court. What will this mean for international criminal justice?

  • Week in Review 90: Aggravation and jubilation

    October 2, 2015

    Stephen Lewis speaks out on the Sustainable Development Goals and new World Health Organization guidelines on HIV treatment. (Recorded October 1, 2015).

  • The Week in Review 89: A future for the UN?

    September 25, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on upcoming events at the United Nations and on the future of the organization itself.

  • Week in Review 88: A global refugee crisis

    September 11, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on the global refugee crisis. (Recorded Sept.9, 2015)

  • Week in Review 87: A new colonial power in Africa

    August 28, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on the recent volatility in the Chinese stock market and its impact on the African continent. (Recorded August 27, 2015).

  • Week in Review 86: A cancer in the system

    August 21, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on the announcement of three new sexual abuse allegations in the Central African Republic. (Recorded August 20, 2015)

  • The Week in Review 85

    August 13, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on the resignation of UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General Babacar Gaye in the Central African Republic and the UN's handling of peacekeeper sexual exploitation and abuse.

  • The Week in Review 84

    July 30, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on the trial of Chad's Hissene Habre in Senegal — the first time the former leader of one African country has been tried for crimes against humanity in another country on the continent.

  • Week in Review 83

    July 23, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on the Sustainable Development Goals and financing for development, a new Ebola report, and elections in Burundi. (Recorded July 24, 2015)

  • The Week in Review 82

    July 3, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on the horrors children are enduring in Burkina Faso, South Sudan and Sudan.

  • The Week in Review 81

    June 26, 2015

    This week, Stephen Lewis comments on the work of the UNAIDS-Lancet Commission on Defeating AIDS—Advancing Global Health.

  • Week in Review 80

    June 19, 2015

    AIDS-Free World co-director Stephen Lewis comments on South Africa's failure to arrest Sudan's al-Bashir, SALC's torture case and KELIN takes on the Kenyan government.

  • The Week in Review 79: Two positive developments in HIV

    June 12, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on two positive developments in the world of HIV.

  • Week in Review 78: A bombshell

    June 5, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on shocking revelations on peacekeeper sexual abuse in Central African Republic from today's Geneva press briefing and the UN Secretary-General's call for an External Independent Review.

  • Week in Review 77

    May 22, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on AIDS-Free World's Code Blue Campaign and peacekeeper sexual exploitation and abuse.

  • Week in Review 76

    May 8, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on the trauma and health-risks facing the Nigerian girls and women who escaped Boko Haram, and he offers a preview of AIDS-Free World’s May 13th press conference in New York.

  • Week in Review 75

    April 24, 2015

    Stephen Lewis honors slain humanitarians, refugees and immigrants by refusing to look away.

  • Week in Review 74: 219 Girls

    April 17, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on sexual violence in conflict and the one-year anniversary of the abduction of Nigeria's Chibok girls.

  • The Week in Review 73

    April 10, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on an investigation into horrific crimes against children in a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the return of ISIS hostages in northern Iraq.

  • The Week in Review 72

    April 3, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on Nigeria's election results and the deadly al-Shabab attack on a Kenyan school.

  • The Week in Review 71 — WHO, Ebola, and TB

    March 27, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on WHO's response to Ebola and the coming global TB pandemic.

  • Week in Review 70: Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and UN Peacekeeping

    March 20, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on the enormous contradictions between the Secretary-General's report on sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeeping personnel and the UN-commissioned expert report that AIDS-Free World leaked this week.

  • The Week in Review 69 — The UN's Gender Gap

    March 13, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on the gender gap at the United Nations.

  • The Week in Review 68

    March 6, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on the appalling new ‘partnership’ between Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe and the European Union.

  • Stephen Lewis: The Week in Review 67

    February 27, 2015

    Amnesty International's new report shows that 2014 was a year of harrowing bloodshed. Stephen Lewis comments on the mass atrocities committed around the globe and the movement led by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to reform the UN Security Council's ability to respond to crimes against humanity.

  • The Week in Review #66

    February 20, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on the new UN campaign to end the AIDS epidemic among adolescents, and highlights the gender gap in new senior UN posts.

  • The Week in Review 65

    February 13, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on Human Rights Watch's new report on mass rapes in Darfur and a troubling anniversary in South Africa.

  • The Week in Review #64

    February 6, 2015

    From Kampala, Stephen Lewis highlights AIDS-Free World’s recent advocacy efforts on the issue of child marriage.

  • The Week in Review 63: A megomaniacal thug

    January 30, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on the week’s headlines, including the new Chair of the African Union, the only country refusing to sign the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Nigeria’s election violence, and Saudi Arabia’s bizarre proposal.

  • The Week in Review 62

    January 22, 2015

    This week, Stephen Lewis discusses the significant consequences of reduced funding for HIV and AIDS; chides Oxfam’s decision to engage with the 1%; and condemns the brutal hypocrisy of Saudi Arabia.

  • The Week in Review 61

    January 16, 2015

    Stephen Lewis comments on massacres in northern Nigeria and disturbing news from Saudi Arabia.

  • The Week in Review 60

    January 9, 2015

    January 9, 2015 — Stephen Lewis on a shocking new HIV study out of Uganda, the capture of an international fugitive, and the failure of leadership at the WHO.

  • Week in Review 59

    December 19, 2014

    December 19, 2014: Stephen Lewis' final commentary for 2014: a review of hopeful developments to carry us into 2015.

  • The Week in Review 58

    December 12, 2014

    December 12 2014 — Stephen Lewis comments on a step forward for gender equality, a terrible setback for the ICC, and words of wisdom from this year's Nobel laureates.

  • The Week in Review 57: Free at last

    November 28, 2014

    November 28, 2014: Stephen Lewis shares some celebratory news and gives an update on the UN's hypocrisy on gender equality.

  • The Week in Review #56

    November 21, 2014

    Nov. 21, 2014 — Stephen Lewis comments on the new UNAIDS World AIDS Day report and pushes for a response to the Secretary-General's failure to correct his sexist mistake in only appointing three women to an important panel on peacekeeping.

  • The Week in Review #55 — Hope springs

    November 14, 2014

    Nov.14, 2014 — Stephen Lewis comments on an unprecedented apology from the UN Secretary-General (read our 1st and 2nd letters to Ban Ki-moon in the press releases section of our website), encouraging commitments to curb climate change and light at the end of the Ebola tunnel.

  • The Week in Review 54

    November 7, 2014

    November 7, 2014: AIDS-Free World's Stephen Lewis comments on a series of dramatic developments this week, including a dire climate change report, alarming news about tuberculosis, an emergency epidemic fund and more.

  • The Week in Review 53: Excellent court decision — and you know TAC, right?

    October 31, 2014

    October 31, 2014: Stephen Lewis comments on a landmark court decision in South Africa and highlights the vital work of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC).

  • The Week in Review 52

    October 17, 2014

    Stephen Lewis comments on a massive shortfall for the Ebola trust fund, the links between Ebola and HIV in West Africa, a new drug being offered in the UK to prevent HIV transmission, and other stories making headlines this week.

  • Week in Review 51: The true costs of gender-based violence

    October 10, 2014

    This week, Stephen Lewis comments on a stunning new report that calculates the economic costs of gender-based violence in South Africa, and on the alarming new statistics on the rates of HIV among young women in Uganda.

  • The Week in Review 50

    October 3, 2014

    Stephen Lewis comments on the hysteria around Ebola in the United States, an exciting partnership announced last week at the UN, and the important work of the Treatment Action Campaign in South Africa.

  • The Week in Review 49 - An Unbridgeable Gap

    September 26, 2014

    Stephen Lewis comments on a busy week at the United Nations, including the opening of the UN General Assembly, special Security Council meetings, and the UN Climate Summit.

  • The Week in Review 48 — Ebola: A Threat to Peace and Security

    September 19, 2014

    Sept.19, 2014: Stephen Lewis comments from New York, where the UN Security Council has just passed a resolution on Ebola as a threat to international peace and security.

  • Week in Review 47: A Tale of Two Leaders

    September 12, 2014

    Stephen Lewis speaks about sexual violence by AU peacekeepers; the international response to a human calamity; and a tale of two leaders.

  • The Week in Review 46 - The Trillion Dollar Scandal

    September 5, 2014

    Stephen Lewis comments on a new report detailing the mismanagement of a trillion dollars of aid money, the lack of funding for the WHO's response to Ebola in West Africa, and a glimmer of hope from the DRC on sexual violence.

  • The Week in Review 45 — Criminalizing HIV-positive pregnant women

    August 22, 2014

    This week, Stephen Lewis speaks out on the global response to Ebola; the 'Level 3' emergency declaration in four countries; and the signing of Uganda's damaging new HIV legislation.

  • The Week in Review 44: 5 Things We Should Do Right Now About Ebola

    August 15, 2014

    Stephen Lewis comments on the international hysteria around the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and what we should do right now to address the virus.

  • The Week in Review 43: Ebola: Let's Avoid a Double Standard Redux

    August 8, 2014

    August 8, 2014: Stephen Lewis on ebola and drug access double standards, government atrocities in Nigeria, and the elevation of trade over human rights by President Obama.

  • The Week in Review 42: Good News From Uganda

    August 1, 2014

    August 1, 2014: Stephen Lewis on Uganda's court ruling, huge discrepancies in global HIV numbers, and the abandonment of Nigeria's abducted girls.

  • Week In Review 41: Looking Back at AIDS 2014

    July 25, 2014

    Stephen Lewis comments on the highlights from the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

  • Week in Review 40: The Tragedy of Flight MH17

    July 18, 2014

    July 18, 2014: Stephen Lewis on the heartbreaking loss of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, including many researchers, activists and policymakers en route to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

  • The Week in Review 39: Geography Trumps Gender

    July 4, 2014

    July 4, 2014: Stephen Lewis comments on how geography trumps gender at the UN, the cost of achieving the post-2015 goals, and UNESCO's new report that shows universal access to primary education won't be achieved.

  • The Week in Review 38: The Export of Homophobia

    June 26, 2014

    June 27, 2014: Stephen Lewis speaks out on World Pride week, legal battles over LGBT rights, and the export of homophobia.

  • The Week in Review 37: A Questionable Choice

    June 20, 2014

    June 20, 2014: Stephen Lewis comments on news from around the world this week.

  • The Week in Review #36: A Turning Point?

    June 13, 2014

    June 13, 2014: This week, Stephen Lewis reflects on the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict and on the International Criminal Court's incremental steps towards justice for victims of rape in the DRC.

  • The Week in Review #35: That Deadly Elephant in the Room

    June 6, 2014

    June 6, 2014: Stephen Lewis speaks out on maternal and child health and looks for progress at the upcoming Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

  • Week in Review 34: Stop the Ugandan HIV legislation

    May 23, 2014

    Stephen Lewis reviews the most odious provisions of Uganda’s HIV/AIDS Prevention & Control Bill and calls out Canada for its hypocrisy in denying visas to Ugandan LGBT activists planning to attend WorldPride.

  • Nigeria's abducted girls: there IS a solution

    May 21, 2014

    May 21, 2014: It has been 37 days since over 200 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram. If the Security Council chose action over betrayal, they could pursue a solution.

  • Week in Review 33: The Four Most Dreadful Aspects of Uganda's HIV Bill

    May 16, 2014

    This week, Stephen Lewis comments on the latest developments with Nigeria's abducted schoolgirls, and he details the four most troubling elements of Uganda's new HIV bill.

  • Week in Review 32: Nigeria's abducted schoolgirls

    May 9, 2014

    May 9, 2014: Stephen Lewis offers a concrete way to rescue Nigeria's abducted schoolgirls.

  • Week in Review 31: War costs more than you think

    May 2, 2014

    May 2, 2014: Stephen Lewis comments on sexual violence in the military, the cost of violence, and South Africa's latest HIV/AIDS report.

  • The Week in Review #30: Official Development Assistance

    April 11, 2014

    April 11, 2014: This week, Stephen Lewis comments on the current state of foreign aid, heaping praise on the generous and scorn on the stingy reprobates who refuse to pony up their fair share.

  • The Week in Review #29: Treatment as Prevention

    April 4, 2014

    April 4, 2014 – AIDS-Free World Co-Director Stephen Lewis comments on the latest developments from the 4th International HIV Workshop on Treatment as Prevention in Vancouver, BC.

  • The Week in Review #28: Unbelievable

    March 28, 2014

    March 28, 2014: This week, Stephen Lewis speaks out on child marriage in Iraq, polygamy in Kenya, genocide in the Central African Republic, and sexual violence in the Congo.

  • The Week in Review #27: The IMF's Deathbed Conversion

    March 21, 2014

    March 21, 2014: Co-Director Stephen Lewis comments on the International Monetary Fund's deathbed conversion, the insatiable avarice of President Zuma and his cohort, and the terrifying specter of MDR-TB in South Africa and around the world.

  • Stephen Lewis: The Week in Review #26

    March 14, 2014

    Stephen Lewis speaks out on new reports from UNAIDS on violence against women and UNICEF on the effects of the Syrian conflict on children.

  • Stephen Lewis: The Week in Review #25 - International Women's Day edition

    March 7, 2014

    Stephen Lewis speaks out on an alarming new European study on sexual violence, calls out UNAIDS on its trivial and insulting message for International Women's Day, and recounts an anecdote from his days as Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations.

  • Stephen Lewis: The Week in Review #24

    February 28, 2014

    February 28, 2014: Stephen Lewis applauds the former head of UNAIDS for reminding the world that AIDS isn't over, despite what one hears from the current head of UNAIDS. Stephen also discusses sanctions against Uganda's leadership and grimly marks Mugabe's 90th birthday.

  • Stephen Lewis: The Week in Review #23

    February 21, 2014

    February 21, 2014: Around the world in three and a half minutes with Stephen Lewis. From Ukraine to the Gambia, a roundup of the good, the bad, and the ugly this week.

  • The Week in Review 22: Progress on Gender Equality

    February 14, 2014

    Stephen Lewis comments on UNFPA's new report detailing the strides and setbacks in the quest for gender equality, and speaks out in solidarity with V-Day's One Billion Rising.

  • The Week in Review 21: Sochi, the UN's rebuke of the Vatican and more

    February 7, 2014

    Stephen Lewis speaks out on homophobia at the Sochi Olympics, the UN's stinging critique of the Vatican, and the African Union's bewildering decisions.

  • The Week in Review #20: "A Crescendo of Homophobia Sweeping the World"

    January 31, 2014

    January 31, 2014: Stephen Lewis comments on anti-gay legislation and violence around the globe and comments on the Gates Foundation's latest report.

  • The Week in Review #19

    January 24, 2014

    January 24, 2014: Stephen Lewis speaks out on Davos, the Holy See at the United Nations and PharmaGate in South Africa in this week's commentary.

  • The Week in Review #18: January 17, 2014

    January 17, 2014

    Stephen Lewis comments on the news of the week, including anti-gay legislation in Nigeria and Uganda, and South Africa's health minister speaking out against the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Stephen Lewis: The Week in Review 17

    January 10, 2014

    WATCH: Spend three and a half minutes with Stephen Lewis on the stories making headlines this week, including: violence against women in Afghanistan, drug stock-outs in South Africa, and a new US Global AIDS Coordinator.

  • January 3, 2014: The Week in Review

    January 3, 2014

    Stephen Lewis on funding for three deadly diseases: AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

  • Stephen Lewis: The Week in Review #15

    December 20, 2013

    Stephen Lewis on the Global Fund's dangerous game, Uganda's anti-gay legislation, and more news of the week.

  • Stephen Lewis: The Week in Review 14

    December 13, 2013

    AIDS-Free World Co-Director Stephen Lewis delivers his Week in Review commentary from Cape Town, South Africa.

  • Stephen Lewis: The Week in Review #13

    November 29, 2013

    Stephen Lewis comments: AIDS isn't over, and we should stop glossing over the fact that there is still much to be done.

  • Stephen Lewis: The Week in Review #12 - November, 22, 2013

    November 22, 2013

    Stephen Lewis comments: the new members of the UN Human Rights Council aren't fit to hold their posts, the Commonwealth's failure to call out countries on the criminalization of homosexuality, and more news about the devastating effects of climate change from Warsaw.

  • The Week in Review #11 - November 15, 2013

    November 15, 2013

    AIDS-Free World Co-Director Stephen Lewis comments on this week's headlines, including M23 rebels in the Congo, Uganda's President's public HIV test, and the forced sterilization of HIV-positive women in Kenya.

  • Stephen Lewis: The Week in Review #10 (November 8, 2013)

    November 8, 2013

    Stephen Lewis on the headlines for the week of November 8, 2013, including China's behind-the-scenes bankrolling of Zimbabwe's elections, a new cure for Hepatitis C, Johnson & Johnson's $2.2 Billion blunder, and signs of hope around homophobia in Zambia.

  • The Week in Review #9: November 1, 2013

    November 1, 2013

    AIDS-Free World Co-Director Stephen Lewis comments on the stories making headlines for the week of November 1, 2013.

  • Stephen Lewis: The Week in Review #8

    October 25, 2013

    The Week in Review: Stephen Lewis breaks the mold and comments on a week of good news stories in the response to HIV and AIDS.

  • The Week in Review: October 18, 2013

    October 18, 2013

    Stephen Lewis on the stories making headlines for the week of October 18, 2013, including: Saudi Arabia and the Security Council, the global slavery index and more.

  • The Week in Review #6

    October 11, 2013

    Stephen Lewis comments on the stories making headlines for the week of October 11, 2013.

  • The Week in Review #5

    October 3, 2013

    Spend four minutes with AIDS-Free World's Stephen Lewis for the news you need to know for the week of October 4, 2013. This week: an ambling lunatic in the Gambia, the African Union considers pulling out of the International Criminal Court, and shaking hands with the devil on climate change.

  • The Week in Review #4

    September 27, 2013

    AIDS-Free World Co-Director Stephen Lewis on the stories making headlines this week, including the new UNAIDS Global Report, a UK initiative on sexual violence in conflict, and the United Kingdom's big donation to the Global Fund this week.

  • The Week in Review #3

    September 20, 2013

    WATCH: Stephen Lewis comments on the stories making headlines for the week of September 20, 2013.

  • The Week in Review #2

    September 13, 2013

    Spend four minutes with Stephen Lewis and get a refreshing take on the news you need to know this week, including a landmark UN study on rape, Kenya and the International Criminal Court, and Michel Sidibe's reappointment as the Executive Director of UNAIDS.

  • The Week in Review 1: Stephen Lewis on this week's news

    September 6, 2013

    WATCH: Stephen Lewis speaks out on the UN's support for Zimbabwe, PrEP in Uganda, the new Executive Director of UN Women, and property rights for women in Botswana.

  • A Mockery of Human Health

    July 24, 2013

    Why does Bill Gates continue to invest in companies like Exxon and BP, when they contribute to the acceleration of climate change and the spread of disease?

  • Electioneering, Mugabe-Style

    July 19, 2013

    With the next election only weeks away in Zimbabwe, reports indicate that Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF party is getting ready to intimidate, cheat and compel its way into another electoral victory. It's a sham, and everyone knows it.

  • A New Leader for UN Women

    July 12, 2013

    UN Women's new leader, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, is a relatively unknown entity, though she was the Deputy President of South Africa during the years of AIDS denalism under President Thabo Mbeki. She inherits an agency with massive challenges. Michelle Bachelet left UN Women in a dreadful mess: they are virtually broke, and morale is at rock bottom.

  • A New Leader for UN Women

    July 12, 2013

    UN Women's new leader, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, is a relatively unknown entity, though she was the Deputy President of South Africa during the years of AIDS denalism under President Thabo Mbeki. She inherits an agency with massive challenges. Michelle Bachelet left UN Women in a dreadful mess: they are virtually broke, and morale is at rock bottom.

  • WHO Treatment Guidelines

    July 3, 2013

    The World Health Organization recently updated its treatment guidelines for HIV/AIDS. The efforts to start treatment earlier are laudable, but the guidelines failed to specifically address high-risk groups such as MSM, sex workers and injecting drug users. Most disconcertingly, the WHO's acceptance that resources are scarce for HIV/AIDS invites cutbacks and jeopardizes human health.

  • G8: No Sympathy for the Human Condition?

    June 24, 2013

    Stephen Lewis comments: Last week, members of the G8 issued a statement that dealt with Syria, ransom for hostages, and how to close off tax loopholes for multinationals, but didn't say a world about global public health. Do the most powerful politicians in the world have no sympathy for the human condition?

  • Intolerable Damage

    June 13, 2013

    Stephen Lewis comments: Why are people like Ugandan Minister for Ethics and Integrity Fr. Simon Lokodo treated with such kid gloves, when they wreak intolerable damage with their misguided pronunciations about homosexuality and child rape?

  • The UN's Failure in the DRC

    June 6, 2013

    Stephen Lewis comments on the global response to HIV/AIDS:

    The continued rape and killing in the DRC is one of the UN's gravest failures. Mollifying words and high-level visits won't change anything. It is time for action.

  • Funding and HIV/AIDS: The EU's Commitment Problem

    June 4, 2013

    Stephen Lewis: The European Union needs to honour the financial commitments it has made to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. The EU's delinquency is resulting in death and disease.

  • The Unbridled Studpidity of Homophobia

    May 31, 2013

    Stephen Lewis: At precisely the same moment that the judges at Cannes were heaping praise on a film dealing with a lesbian love affair, thousands of protesters were marching against same-sex marriage legislation in Paris. We know that eventually, the homophobes are going to lose -- every single bigoted one of them. But in the meantime, there will continue to be untold suffering for the LGBT people being criminalized and brutalized around the world.

  • UNAIDS and the Fight Against Homophobia

    May 24, 2013

    Stephen Lewis comments: UNAIDS says that we need to fight homophobia in the battle against AIDS, but never names names, even though the approach to LGBT rights in so many countries has been reprehensible, repugnant and intolerable. The latest UNAIDS update declares that we have to "dare to be disruptive" to get to zero new HIV infections. We couldn't agree more.

  • Homophobia: The Last Refuge of Cowardice

    May 23, 2013

    It's the last refuge of cowardice not to name and shame individual countries and leaders that have criminalized homosexuality. On the one hand, UNAIDS and other agencies praise them for fighting the virus, but fail to say anything about the demonizing of homosexuality that drives gay men underground. You can't have it both ways.

  • The Tipping Point

    May 15, 2013

    Stephen Lewis comments on the impact of climate change on global public health and the Gates Foundation's investment in fossil fuels: "How can you say you're fighting disease on the one hand when you're creating it on the other?"

  • A Climate of Hypocrisy

    May 13, 2013

    Stephen Lewis comments: In a recent article in The Nation, Naomi Klein revealed that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation holds nearly $1 billion in investments in Exxon Mobil and BP, two of the world's leading producers of fossil fuels. And yet, Bill Gates has spoken publicly about the need to eliminate carbon emissions and avert the disastrous impact of climate change and its impact on global public health.

  • Treating Children With AIDS

    May 7, 2013

    Stephen Lewis speaks about the remarkable work of Dr. Mark Kline and the Baylor International Pediatric HIV/AIDS Initiative to treat children with HIV and AIDS.

  • Treatment As Prevention

    April 29, 2013

    Stephen Lewis comments: HIV treatment as prevention is now accepted as fact. It's time to end the gratuitous speechifying and get down to the real work of saving the lives of 34 million people living with HIV and AIDS.

  • One Pill A Day

    April 24, 2013

    Stephen Lewis on a good news story out of South Africa: the roll out of a single daily pill to treat HIV and AIDS is a real breakthrough. If we were to extend the one pill around the world, we could confound the pandemic in record time.

  • The G8 and Sexual Violence

    April 19, 2013

    Part 2/2: Stephen Lewis addresses the recent G8 initiative on sexual violence spearheaded by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague.

  • A Monumental Change

    April 16, 2013

    At last week's G8 meeting, UK Foreign Minister William Hague announced new funding to end sexual violence in conflict countries. He used the strongest possible language to describe the atrocities visited on women in conflict countries---language we've heard before in more than a decade of Security Council Resolutions, with no visible change in the situation. It's a laudable goal, but breaking the culture of impunity for rape will require a monumental change.

  • The Wrong Side of History

    April 10, 2013

    As the world remembers the legacy of British PM Margaret Thatcher, AIDS-Free World Co-Director Stephen Lewis reflects on her unwavering support for apartheid in South Africa.

  • The Numbers Are In

    April 8, 2013

    Stephen Lewis comments: The numbers are in. We've spent more than $2 trillion on useless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and OECD countries are cutting their foreign aid spending again. Only a microscopic pittance of that money would be required to sustain the lives of 34 million people living with HIV and AIDS, and we won't get it.

  • A Terrible Legacy

    April 1, 2013

    AIDS-Free World Co-Director Stephen Lewis comments on HIV infection rates and the terrible legacy of AIDS denialism under former South African President Thabo Mbeki. Hundreds of thousands of people died unnecessarily on his watch.

  • Stephen Lewis: A Tale of Two Countries

    March 28, 2013

    Stephen Lewis discusses development funding in Britain and Canada. Which Conservative government has the better development policy?

  • CSW: Only Time Will Tell

    March 18, 2013

    Stephen Lewis: The declaration from the 57th Commission on the Status of Women says all the right things and should be seen as a success. But will the declaration prove to be more than just words on paper?

  • The Triumph of Homophobia?

    March 14, 2013

    Stephen Lewis: The Commonwealth has signed a new charter that binds all 54 countries to uphold democracy and human rights. The Charter purports to protect marginalized groups but fails to mention the protection of LGBT rights. Is this omission another example of the triumph of homophobia?

  • Preventing Sexual Violence

    March 13, 2013

    Stephen Lewis describes how much of the UN response to sexual violence has been a dismal failure. Time and again, it is women's groups that have done the tireless work on the ground to work for gender equality and an end to violence.

  • Mutually-Agreed Hypocrisy

    March 5, 2013

    The sequestration's budget cuts to will amount to a death sentence for many people living with HIV and AIDS.

  • Commission on the Status of Women: Hope Springs Eternal

    March 8, 2013

    Will delegates at the 57th Commission on the Status of Women be the usual UN talk shop, or will the delegates take concrete steps to end violence against women?

  • An End to Child Marriage

    February 20, 2013

    AIDS-Free World Co-Director Stephen Lewis asks us to join The Elders and ban marriage before the age of 18.

  • A Matter of Priorities

    February 14, 2013

    AIDS-Free World Co-Director Stephen Lewis pulls no punches as he resumes his video commentaries on the state of the global response to HIV and AIDS.

  • An AIDS-Free Generation?

    February 7, 2013

    The Obama administration claims to be working toward an AIDS-Free Generation, but will they back their rhetoric with resources? AIDS-Free World Co-Director Stephen Lewis criticizes rumored funding cuts to PEPFAR, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

  • Stephen Lewis gives keynote address at Stanford Face AIDS Conference

    February 7, 2013

    AIDS-Free World Co-Director Stephen Lewis gives the keynote address at Stanford University's Face AIDS Conference.

  • AIDS-Free World speaks out again

    February 4, 2013

    AIDS-Free World Co-Director Stephen Lewis pulls no punches as he resumes his video commentaries on the state of the global response to HIV and AIDS.

  • That's Not Gender Equality

    November 15, 2010

    President Johnson-Sirleaf has strong words for African women about what passes as representation.

  • The Global Fund Replenishment

    November 6, 2010

    The Global Fund in dire straits ... death will surely follow.

  • Our AIDS video in Times Square

    November 1, 2010

    Stephen Lewis resumes his regular commentaries.

  • A Short Break in the Commentaries

    January 22, 2010
  • Republicans and AIDS

    January 21, 2010
  • Thabo Mbeki belongs in Jail

    January 20, 2010
  • Another Double Standard in AIDS

    January 18, 2010
  • Victory for Harm Reduction

    January 17, 2010
  • Haiti

    January 16, 2010
  • Gay advocates 1, Uganda 0

    January 16, 2010
  • AIDS and Aging

    January 12, 2010
  • The AIDS Financial Crisis, Part 2

    January 11, 2010
  • The AIDS Financial Crisis, Part 1

    January 10, 2010
  • Zimbabwe The 8-Kilometer Walk

    January 9, 2010
  • The Dire Prediction of The Lancet

    January 8, 2010
  • Male Circumcision, part 2

    January 7, 2010
  • Male Circumcision, part 1

    January 6, 2010
  • Reprise of PNG

    January 5, 2010
  • The New York Times Discovers Uganda

    January 4, 2010
  • An AIDS Vaccine

    January 3, 2010
  • The Death of Kimia 2

    January 3, 2010
  • 2010: The Year of the Women's Agency?

    January 1, 2010
  • Drug-Resistant HIV

    December 31, 2009
  • Papua New Guinea: AIDS and sexual violence

    December 31, 2009
  • Malawi and Gay Marriage

    December 29, 2009
  • Eviscerate at Will

    December 28, 2009
  • Now it's Ghana? Sexual violence unbridled

    December 27, 2009
  • Wherefore art thou Hillary Clinton

    December 26, 2009
  • Whither UNICEF?

    December 25, 2009
  • Ugandan Homophobia in Retreat

    December 24, 2009
  • Climate change no Joke for Africa

    December 23, 2009
  • I think I'm losing it

    December 22, 2009
  • Harm Reduction

    December 21, 2009
  • Copenhagen and AIDS

    December 20, 2009
  • Homophobia strikes yet again

    December 19, 2009
  • Raping frenzy in the Congo, part 3

    December 18, 2009
  • Raping frenzy in the Congo, part 2

    December 17, 2009
  • Raping frenzy in the Congo, part 1

    December 16, 2009
  • Whats up with Microbicides

    December 15, 2009
  • Obama gets a D+ on AIDS

    December 14, 2009
  • South Africas AIDS legacy

    December 13, 2009
  • Will Zuma bring Mugabe down?

    December 12, 2009
  • Homophobia in Uganda

    December 11, 2009
  • The state of HIV/AIDS

    December 9, 2009
  • It Must Be Said

    December 6, 2009