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Stephen Lewis

Stephen Lewis is the former UN Secretary-General's special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa and director of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. His previous roles include Canadian ambassador to the UN, special advisor on Africa to the UN Secretary-General, and deputy executive director of UNICEF. He was named "Canadian of the Year" by Maclean's magazine in 2003 and one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine in 2005.

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Hotel Kid

A Times Square Childhood
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Race Against Time

Race Against Time

Searching for Hope in AIDS-Ravaged Africa
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Race Against Time - Second Edition: excerpt From the Afterword:

A UN meeting was planned for May 31 to June 2, 2006, to review the progress that had been made since a Declaration of Commitment on hiv/aids had been endorsed by the international community some five years earlier. I had occasion to be speaking again with Mark in early February, when he suddenly said that he had a delicate/awkward matter to raise with me. Apparently there was a possibility that President Bush would attend the UN meeting scheduled for the end of May, and the UN desperately wanted him to be there.

I had been told (I can surmise by whom, but it was never revealed) that if I were to attack the United States before that date, the president probably wouldn't come.

You must understand that though I take myself overly seriously from time to time, it was a bit much to think that my words could deter the President of the UNited States. Nonetheless, Mark said to me (I think I'm capturing it with authentic accuracy), "Stephen, I must ask you, no, I must plead with you, no, I must instruct you that you are not to attack U.S. policy before the meeting in May. I don't care what you do after that, but beforehand, you must refrain from criticism."

I could scarce credit what I was hearing. I laughed again, and told Mark that it seemed to me that things were verging on the absurd. On the other hand, I also assured him that I had no immediate plans to go on the attack, and if I did, I'd let him know in advance and resign with appropriate dignity.

I relate these surreal circumstances because they speak to an UNlovely pattern of Pavlovian obeisance to the UNited States. Apparently, criticism is permitted of the G8, Tony Blair's Commission on Africa, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, the Government of South Africa, the Government of Zimbabwe, the King of Swaziland, and the United Nations itself -- all of whom this book excoriates from time to time -- but almost never the sacrosanct "integrity" of the United States of America.

But that's only one small part of my postscript to these lectures. There's much more, and of a far more telling nature.

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Seeking the Sacred

Seeking the Sacred

Leading a Spiritual Life in a Secular World
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Men Who Killed Me, The

Men Who Killed Me, The

Rwandan Survivors of Sexual Violence
edited by Sandra Chu & Anne-Marie De Brouwer
epilogue by Eve Ensler
photographs by Stephen Muscati
foreword by Stephen Lewis
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The Blue Dot

The Blue Dot

Defending the Only Planet We’ve Got
foreword by David Suzuki
contributions by Stephen Lewis & Margaret Atwood
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