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2015 News Items

  • November 30, 2015 - Diving Down the Rabbit Hole
    Ted Cruz warns that we should not leap to conclusions. Just because the suspect charged with shooting up the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado told police “No more baby parts,” Cruz does not want us to conclude that the shooting may have been inspired by misleading anti-abortion rhetoric about selling “baby parts.” Instead, Cruz proposes an alternative explanation: The alleged shooter was a “transgendered leftist activist.” Wow. That’s not a leap to a logical conclusion. It’s an Alice in Wonderland leap down the rabbit hole.
  • November 21, 2015 - Mali: The Shape of Things to Come?
    Political extremism and terror do not arise in a vacuum. They feed on human suffering and stagnant hopes. Examine Mali closely, because the conditions which have given rise to conflict and terrorism there are prevalent throughout many parts of the developing world. Mali is a cautionary tale.
  • September 21, 2015 - Pope Francis Should Help to End Child Marriage
    Ending child marriage is probably not very high on the papal agenda, but it should be. Pope Francis has taken a strong position in opposition to sex trafficking and other forms of slavery, but he has been relatively quiet about one of the most prevalent forms of slavery: child marriage.
  • August 06, 2015 - The $7 Billion Question That Will Go Unanswered
    In the spirit of an informed public debate, I have one question that I would like to have asked tonight, even if does not provoke a meaningful reply.
  • July 29, 2015 - Still Growing: Latest World Population Projections
    The latest UN population projections released today by the UN’s World Population Division indicate that world population is growing faster than previously projected. World population, currently 7.3 billion, is now projected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050 and 11.3 billion by 2100.
  • July 27, 2015 - Only One Earth
    With the discovery of Kepler 452b, the search for an “Earth-like” planet has made a major advance, but let’s keep our expectations in check: There is only one Earth. Our galaxy and our universe may abound with planets, some of which may be habitable, but nothing that we shall find will ever closely resemble this planet that we call home.
  • July 07, 2015 - How Congress Is Observing World Population Day
    The United Nations is observing the 26th World Population Day this week with a campaign to raise awareness about the reproductive health needs of women in refugee camps and emergency situations. Congress is preparing to observe it by slashing support for family planning and reproductive health programs at home and abroad, including UN programs serving women in refugee camps. Somebody did not get the memo.
  • June 24, 2015 - The ‘Dangers of Contraception’ Revisited
    It would be easy to dismiss the “dangers of contraception” rhetoric of the once and future GOP presidential aspirant as just idle talk, particularly since Santorum is no longer serving in the U.S. Senate and does not appear to be on the fast track to winning the 2016 Republican nomination. But Santorum is not alone in his hostility to contraception.
  • June 18, 2015 - Taking Umbrage With The Papal Encyclical
    While I heartily applaud Pope Francis' call to action on climate change, I was struck, and personally so, when he writes that, “Instead of resolving the problems of the poor and thinking of how the world can be different, some can only propose a reduction in the birth rate.”
  • June 16, 2015 - Where Population Poses the Greatest Challenges
    As highlighted in a new report on population issued this week by the Population Institute, demography may not be destiny, but population matters. Rapid population growth poses significant challenges to developing nations already struggling with hunger, poverty, water scarcity, environmental degradation, and political instability. The report, which ranks the 20 most “demographically vulnerable” countries, calls rapid population growth a “challenge multiplier.”
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