Betsy Hartmann

Betsy Hartmann is the Director of the Population and Development Program and Professor of Development Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. A longstanding activist in the international women’s health movement, she writes and speaks on the intersection of reproductive rights, environmental and climate justice, and peace. See http://www.BetsyHartmann.com and http://popdev.hampshire.edu.

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Monday, July 9, 2012 - 7:58am
Will World Population Day Open the Gates to Coercive Contraception?
On July 11, World Population Day, the British government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are hosting an international Family Planning Summit in London to launch an ambitious $4 billion contraceptive program initiated by Melinda Gates. Its aim is to get 120 million poor women, mainly in Africa and South Asia, access to modern contraception as well as to stimulate research into new birth control methods.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 8:34am
The Great Distraction: ‘Overpopulation’ Is Back in Town
What’s next to hit New York after Hurricane Irene? If you’re in the heart of Times Square during the month of September, you’ll get the chance to see a scary video about overpopulation playing every hour on a huge screen. Sponsored by the Human Overpopulation Campaign of the Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), the video aims to persuade people that the population explosion is the root cause of environmental destruction and that we need to stop it now.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 11:37am
Why Anti-Nuclear Belongs in All of Our Movements
The stakes are getting higher by the day in the radioactive roulette playing out at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex. On Monday the Japanese government finally widened the evacuation zone and is raising the threat level from five to seven, the same level as the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine. In our own movements we need to raise the nuclear threat level too.
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Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 10:47am
Anything Goes: The Dangers of Linking Climate Change to National Security
Do the ends justify the means? This age-old question has relevance to today’s climate debate. This fall the Senate has the historic opportunity to pass legislation to curb U.S. carbon emissions. To win conservative votes, leading supporters of climate legislation are now recklessly playing the national security card. While in the short term this strategy may garner some votes, in the long term it threatens to militarize climate policy and subvert the mission of U.S. humanitarian and development aid.
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Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 3:31pm
Wright or Wrong: What's Going On?
Timing is everything, the old adage goes. And so I couldn't help get suspicious when the media circus around Reverend Jeremiah Wright just happened to run in prime time between the Pennsylvania primary and tomorrow's Indiana and North Carolina contests. The Reverend has the right to speak out, of course -- but why do it precisely when it could exert maximum damage on Obama's campaign?
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Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 4:15pm
The Election That Might Not Happen
It's springtime in American politics. It's only early March, but there's a giddy, hopeful feeling to this election season, a sense that new leadership is blossoming. We could have a Democrat in the White House next year. But winter isn't over yet and we need to balance our hope with a little fear. In 2000 Bush and Cheney stole the election in Florida. In 2004 they played dirty tricks in Ohio. In 2008 could they go one step further -- and suspend the election altogether?
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