CAPS Blog - Maria Fotopoulos

Let’s All Sing ‘Kumbaya’ Now

Growing up in the heyday of Woodward and Bernstein, I aspired to a career in journalism. Fortunate to be part of a school system that had journalism programs, I became a “roving reporter” in junior high and the editor of the newspaper in high school, going on to earn a journalism degree at university. Along the way, besides the dynamic duo at The Washington Post (made all the more...

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Birth Tourism Continues Unabated

We can’t really have a serious discussion about immigration reform if we’re not talking about a very peculiar form of presto citizenship conferred on newborns who are birthed on U.S. soil by mothers who are not American citizens. The mothers may have crossed the southern U.S. border illegally from Mexico or another Latin American country (it’s estimated that a majority of...

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Too Many People Threaten All Other Animals on Earth

Thanks again to Kenneth Weiss at the Los Angeles Times for talking about the impacts of human overpopulation. You may recall that Weiss penned the excellent series, “Beyond 7 Billion.” In his new article, Weiss reported on a poll conducted for the Center for Biological Diversity that found a majority of Americans think human population growth globally is...

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Linking Solar Power, the Lesser Prairie Chicken and Population

Kermit was right: It’s not that easy being green. Solar energy, a recent article notes, is less polluting than energy created from burning coal and natural gas – until the production elements are factored in. The gist of the story is that the industry responsible for producing millions of solar panels (theoretically, a good thing), thanks in part to big government...

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Hillary Clinton Bested by the Crocodile Hunter’s Teenage Progeny

Denial about overpopulation's negative consequences extends all the way to the U.S. Secretary of State, the highest ranking appointed official in the Executive Branch. This story received quite a bit of media attention before Hillary Clinton recently departed her position, but it’s worth re-sharing: Briefly, the 14-year-old daughter of Australian Steve Irwin, who before his...

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The New Union Worker: An Illegal Alien

The radical erosion of what was once a worker’s best friend – the labor union – is demonstrated by the story of an unemployed American I spoke with recently. A Midwesterner and union member with six years of experience in environmental abatement and a University of Phoenix business administration degree, Sam (not the worker’s real name) relocated to Southern California....

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Despite What You May Read, No U.S. Baby Shortfall

“U.S. Birth Rate Falls to a Record Low; Decline Is Greatest Among Immigrants” was the headline story about new stats from the Pew Research Center. A variety of publications, most prominently the New York Times, have taken Pew’s report as support for an alleged need to birth more babies. This is nonsense. Referencing preliminary data from the National Center for Health...

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What Happened to 'Do No Harm?'

Walking around “wound up” half the time is bad for our health. But these days I find myself wound up way too often. The bad news for women around the world is troubling, upsetting, alarming and relentless. My sense of outrage today is attributable to a report that a Catholic hospital in Ireland denied proper medical treatment to a woman, Savita Halappanavar, who was having a...

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A Plan to Save $6 Billion

Globally, 222 million women have an unmet need for contraception. As a result, an estimated 80 million unintended pregnancies will occur in the developing world this year alone. Insufficient access to contraception is an American problem too – the U.S. has the highest rate of teenage pregnancies among industrialized countries. The United Nation's annual population report issued earlier...

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60 Million Child Brides … Really?

With Columbus Day just passed, explorers and adventurers are still top of mind, particularly since I’m in the middle of reading “1493 / Uncovering the New World Columbus Created.” In “1493,” author Charles C. Mann writes that even as conquistador Hernán Cortés was busy ripping apart the Aztec empire, and bringing a large portion of Mexico to Spanish subjugation, he...

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