I stopped reading once I got to this sentence. The author of this article couldn't even develop an effective life-saving drug if you gave him 99% of the steps needed to complete the task, yet he has no qualms about criticizing someone else for the costs of their drugs.
Dont take this personally, but if you read the entire article, the authors point is not an indictment of evil or greedy western medicine so much as a question of who is inflating the numbers of HIV/AIDS casualties in South Africa.
The short answer is the UN in conjunction with SA profiteers.The entire article must be read.
I have no basis to judge the authors veracity, but after reading the whole article, I will look much closer at whose figures are being accepted as factual.The vested interests he ultimately questions are not the usual suspects.
Subjuntive case, but he didn't turn away with that reaction. I perfectly understand your reaction, been there, done that myself. In this case, the rest of the article is pretty much about how that statement was a wrong and simplistic reaction. The article is remarkable, because you can obviously tell, that this guy is starting off as an emotional liberal/lefty, but he went on to research the AIDS situation and discover that he'd been believing a bunch of lies.
The author's honesty is what makes this article remarkable.