Virus from Abroad

The global aids epidemic has spawned its share of conspiracy theories, particularly in Africa, where the scale of the catastrophe has combined with leaders’ willingness to duck responsibility to produce a sub-epidemic of scapegoating. But the latest charges — from Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi in the case of 393 children infected with HIV at a hospital in the city of Benghazi — are unique in their outlandishness and their consequences for the accused. In a trial that finally began last month at the Libyan People’s Court in Tripoli after two years of delay, prosecutors are accusing six Bulgarian medics, one...

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