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Grim crisis within EU borders

(CNN) — Seventy-one decomposing bodies discovered in a truck on the side of an Austrian highway. Two hundred presumed drowned when their boat sunk off the Libyan coast. Fifty-two people found suffocated in the hold of another boat. This relentless catalog of death, within the space of 24 hours, is …

News (Europe)

Why ISIS wants to erase Palmyra's history

(CNN) — In "The Art of War," Sun Tzu notes that "the whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent." ISIS is developing this logic in an obscene and seductive way, using the world's media to cultivate its barbaric image and recruit new members.

The austerely …

World History

What Curt Schilling learned after his bizarre tweet

(CNN) — Curt Schilling is right. No, I'm not talking about his horribly anti-Muslim tweet in which he shared an image of Adolph Hitler that featured the text: "It's said that only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How'd that go?" Schilling then added his own …

Curt Schilling

GOP needs to talk about Supreme Court

(CNN) — When the next president is sworn in on January 20, 2017, three of the Supreme Court's justices will be in their eighties. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony Kennedy and Antonin Scalia -- a liberal, a moderate, and a conservative, respectively -- have all served for at least two decades, but a …

Republican Party

Virginia Tech survivor: The gun lobby's foolish answer

(CNN) — Early Wednesday morning, Alison Parker and Adam Ward were on assignment in Moneta, Virginia -- Parker as a reporter and Ward as a cameraman. Working for WDBJ7, Roanoke's CBS affiliate, they were working on a story about the 50th anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake and interviewing Vicki …


Ashley Madison hack: Privacy becomes extinct

(CNN) — Scientists theorize that about 65 million years ago, a huge asteroid smashed into our planet, causing vast waves to course across the oceans, igniting runaway wildfires and sending plumes of ash into the air that blotted out the sun, bringing on an endless winter. The result of this event — …

Ashley Madison

The real issue behind on-air killings of journalists

(CNN) — As day follows night, the stunning killings of journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward in Roanoke, Virginia -- a gruesome crime caught on live television -- all too quickly became grist for politicians and ideologues to argue about their favorite issues, while skipping the elephant in the …


The forgotten victims of disaster

(CNN) — Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina made its devastating landfall on the Gulf coast of Louisiana and Mississippi. The subsequent failure of levees and emergency response systems in and around New Orleans caused a level of human death, displacement and property damage unseen in living …

New Orleans

Should media show on-air killings?

(CNN) — After two journalists in Virginia were shot dead on air Wednesday, news organizations and other media faced a decision: With dramatic video of a crime available --some of it shot by the killer himself -- were they obliged to put it on air and publish it? Some did, in a limited way, others


Is America forgetting American values?

(CNN) — Khadija Ismayilova, an Azerbaijani journalist working for the congressionally funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, has been sitting behind bars in Baku since December and faces up to 19 years in prison.

With the number of journalists jailed around the world surging, a case like hers …

Cold War

One way to combat traffic congestion

(CNN) — Most of us who live or work in major urban areas are confronted with traffic congestion challenges every day. Recently, the Urban Mobility Scorecard estimated there is an average congestion delay of 52 hours per year per car commuter in the top 101 urban areas in the United States. This …


The spirit of being, looking 'fresh'

(CNN) — Silver Spring, Maryland, seemed like Candy Land when my mother, sister and I moved to Astoria, Queens, in 1977. My father, who was a professor at Howard University in Washington, D.C., had run his relationship with my mother into the ground. He wound up moving to New York after my parents …

Rock Music

Why I'm willing to forgive Uber a lot

(CNN) — According to a complaint filed Wednesday by the San Francisco District Attorney's office, Uber, the revolutionary ride-hailing service, hired several drivers with criminal records ranging from murder to child abuse, due to flaws in Uber's background-checking system. If the allegations are …


What should companies do about dangerous employees?

(CNN) — It's called passing the trash. Keeping quiet about a former employee's true nature is about fear and money.

Violent and criminally-minded employees often move from job to job without anyone raising red flags about their bad experiences with them. Employers are afraid to talk about their …

Chamber of Commerce

New Orleans: Tougher, feistier, cooler 10 years after Katrina

(CNN) — As the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, CNN Opinion asked residents and those involved in New Orleans' recovery for their take on the lessons learned, and what the city means to them. All views are the authors' own.

Sanjay Gupta: The doctor

In the months after Hurricane …


These companies want LGBT discrimination banned

New York (CNN) — The fight for LGBT rights isn't over, and major U.S. companies are rallying around the cause.

While June's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage was a huge win, the LGBT community can still be legally discriminated against in much of the country.

In 28 states, they can …


Woodward County, Oklahoma: Why do so many here doubt climate change?

Woodward, Oklahoma (CNN) — I was wandering around the rolling plains of northwest Oklahoma looking for one person -- one person -- who believes in climate change science when I met the woman dressed all in yellow.

A wide-brimmed, lemon-colored hat orbited her head. Her loafers were the color of …

Climate Change

Don't struggle alone after miscarriage

(CNN) — Last week, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg bravely shared his and his wife's experience with repeated miscarriages and, in doing so, helped countless people.

"The pain is so intense and the sense of grief is real," a user named Jennifer shared. "Thank you for letting other couples know that …

Mark Zuckerberg

What Rowdy Roddy meant to us

(CNN) — "Do you know who ... Roddy ... Rowdy is?"

I know the tone of that question well -- especially when the person asking is looking up from a newspaper, Twitter feed, or news website. It always means the same thing, too -- no matter the name.

That question means someone has died.

As soon as I …

Roddy Piper

What Obama should say on Hiroshima anniversary

(CNN) — Thursday marks the 70th anniversary of the first use of atomic weapons, when the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were hit by atom bombs that ultimately claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, and left tens of thousands more injured and suffering the effects of radiation.

Back in …

Nuclear Weapons

How Trump can win the debate

(CNN) — In Donald Trump's favorite movie, "Citizen Kane," Charles Foster Kane, a wealthy newspaper owner with political ambitions, leads in the polls during a race to determine New York's next governor until scandal unceremoniously cuts short his candidacy.

Numerous political commentators predict a …

Donald Trump

The truth about Asian Americans' success (it's not what you think)

(CNN) — Asian Americans are the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the country. But not for the reasons you think.

For too long, conservative pundits and the news media have pointed to Asian Americans as the "model minority." They cite the Ivy League admissions and …


A tale of two wars

(CNN) — The current degree of death and destruction in the Middle East is reason enough to assess the first Iraq war, which was launched 25 years ago this Sunday. But any assessment of the ultimate impact of that conflict cannot be completed without looking at its sequel, the invasion of Iraq by …

Military History

Busted: 3 myths about Obama's climate plan

(CNN) — On Sunday morning, President Obama released a video "memo to America." It pointed to droughts, super-storms and increases in asthma as evidence that climate change is not just a problem for future generations, but our own.

Today, the administration is publishing the plan to do something …

Climate Change

Sleepy county's history of discrimination

(CNN) — It's a process that has become all too familiar for civil rights lawyers this past year -- sitting at a computer poring over yet another video showing a state official killing or injuring another unarmed Black person. But hearing of the death of Sandra Bland in a Waller County, Texas, jail …


How America got polarized

(CNN) — As my wife and I waited to see a screening of "Best of Enemies," a new documentary focusing on the debates between the conservative publisher William Buckley Jr. and the liberal author Gore Vidal in the summer 1968, I overheard another guest say, "It will be nice to see a movie about a time …

Gore Vidal

If Jeb Bush wants to win, he should play chess

(CNN) — In 2007, Mike Henry, Hillary Clinton's deputy campaign manager and one of the smarter operatives in the party, wrote a memo urging the campaign to pull out of the Iowa caucuses and focus its limited resources on the contests that came later.

Henry's suggestion, which leaked to The New York …

Jeb Bush

Iranians ready to retire 'Death to America'?

(CNN) — When I was 11 years old, I had to stand in a line every morning for half an hour, wave my fist in the air along with other girls at my elementary school in Tehran and chant: "Death to Iraq, death to Israel, death to Britain, death to Russia, death to France, death to Germany, death to …

Middle East

How outrage over Cecil the lion killing misses the point

(CNN) — Of all the stories you heard in the news in the past few days, which one moved you the most? Which outraged you, brought you to tears, led you to action? Which did you talk about with your friends, post on Facebook, discuss on Twitter? If the answer is the killing of Cecil the lion, you are …

Jimmy Kimmel

Feel disrespected? Pull a gun

(CNN) — Feel disrespected? Pull a gun. Open fire. That'll teach 'em.

It's become the norm in the United States.

"We don't treat guns like they're instruments of death in this country." That comes from a man who knows. Lonnie Phillips lost his daughter, Jessica, to the monster who opened fire at a …