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What the Tunisia attack means

The terrorist attack that killed at least 37 people at a beachfront hotel in Tunisia on Friday illustrates the potential dangers for the country's otherwise determined pursuit of democracy. But it need not be a permanent setback, as long as Tunisian leaders stick to the plan and don't succumb to …


Why Supreme Court got it wrong

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court foisted genderless marriage upon the country. Writing for a bare majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy found that the Constitution prohibits the states from defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, as they have done since the founding of the republic, …


George Clooney: Sanctions threats not enough in South Sudan

The scale of the crisis facing South Sudan is hard to comprehend -- 2 million people have been displaced as the country has tumbled back into a greed-driven war that has also left almost half the population without enough food to eat.

To stop the death spiral, the United States and South Sudan's …

George Clooney

Walker: Obama can't pass buck on Affordable Care Act - CNN.com

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The Supreme Court is set to decide a key case on health exchange subsidies
• Scott Walker: It's clear Obamacare must be repealed

Scott Walker is the governor of Wisconsin. The views expressed are his own.

(CNN)The Obama administration has had plenty of advance notice about the King v. …

Health Care

How to free American hostages - CNN.com

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After criticism, Obama administration is implementing a new hostage policy
• Bergen: Key test will be whether it works in practice to free U.S. couple captured by Taliban

Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst, a vice president at New America and a professor of practice at …


The Confederacy's legacy: Should any of it stand?

The Confederacy's toxic spirit still casts a long shadow over the American South.

The sad history of Jim Crow and government-sanctioned terror that was inflicted on former slaves and their descendants should be a matter of shame for all Southerners.

I grew up in the segregated South of the 1950s and …

Civil War

Confederate flag deserves history's harsh verdict

To begin his Charleston massacre, the confessed murderer Dylann Storm Roof coldly told his victims the cause that animated his deadly violence. "You rape our women, and you're taking over our country," Roof exclaimed, "and you have to go."

Each of these frightful exclamations -- the fear of …

Confederate Flag

How do gay rights look in your country?

With the Supreme Court ruling Friday in favor of same-sex marriage rights in the United States, CNN Opinion approached gay rights activists and leaders in other countries to get their view of the situation in their own societies.

According to Pew Research, the view of same-sex marriage has shifted …

Gender Equality

Why the fascination with Rachel Dolezal?

Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who passed as black, told the world this week, "I identify as black." Despite her resignation as president of NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington, the uproar over her racial deception has not subsided.

And in light of Caitlyn Jenner's recent public declaration that


Call it terrorism in Charleston

The horrific attack at a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina, was allegedly carried out by a young white man who appeared to have deliberately targeted the church simply because it was serving African-Americans. Witnesses say the suspect said he was there "to shoot black people," a law …


Race hatred is a deep sickness in American society

There's a pioneering education nonprofit in Boston that uses stories of past bigotry to teach young people about tolerance. It's called "Facing History and Ourselves." Which pretty much sums up our national challenge for the foreseeable future.

Last week, when the Rachel Dolezal media circus was in …

Police Bias

Charleston shooting terrifies black America

The shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, that left six women and three men dead, including its politically active Honorable Rev. Clementa Pinckney, shook my soul. Police report the shooter, Dylann Roof, 21, said he was at the church "to shoot black people."

I can't recall …


Great mystery of the 1970s: Nixon, Watergate and the Huston Plan

The CNN documentary series "The Seventies" is a wonderful exercise in putting a tumultuous decade in perspective. This June 17 marks the 43rd anniversary of the Watergate break-in.

Enough time has passed to have a well-grounded perspective on the fall of Richard Nixon. What historians agree on is …

Richard Nixon

Will whack-a-mole strategy succeed vs. terrorists?

American counterterrorism officials have had much to celebrate in recent days: the killing of ISIS commander Abu Sayyaf in Syria and the trove of "intel" that was taken from his residence by U.S. special forces; the death of the leader of al Qaeda's branch in Yemen, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, in a drone …

Middle East

Inequality can be dismantled at the root

Around the world today, the greatest threat to justice is inequality.

Inequality is the byproduct of systems and structures -- intentional policies and ingrained prejudices -- that have over many decades tilted the scales in favor of some, while limiting opportunity for many others.

Here's what we …


John Dean: Why Watergate endures

Watergate was a complex and difficult story to cover from the start, first for journalists and then historians, but it is understandably considered the mother of all modern political scandals.

Now, four decades later, there is no American scandal as well-documented as the some 900 days of Watergate, …

Richard Nixon

Why Waterloo still fascinates us

The bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo on Thursday is being commemorated across Britain this month, with hundreds of receptions, speeches, bonfires, museum exhibitions, TV and radio programs, university lecture series, church services, auctions, book publications and all the other paraphernalia …


Religious extremism looms over Myanmar

The impact of Myanmar's repressive policy toward Rohingya Muslims was made clear in recent weeks with scenes of desperate people crammed into boats, an escalation of a miserable maritime flight in which an estimated 90,000 people have fallen prey to smugglers and traffickers since early 2014. The …


How a silent FEC lets Jeb Bush play by his own fundraising rules

No one would dispute that competitors, regardless of their sport, are entitled to know what the rules are. Basic notions of fair play require that the rules be known and enforced even-handedly. Yet when it comes to elections, there appears to be no rule book, and the umpires seem reluctant to make …

Jeb Bush

Is our video and surveillance culture going too far?

Last week's headline-making incident in McKinney, Texas, was merely the latest in a string of confrontations between the police and minorities. But while there has been much talk about what was shown in the video -- an officer throwing a female black teenager to the ground and unholstering his gun …


'Jurassic World' misses an opportunity

More than 20 years have passed since Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" hit the big screen.

I'm a scientist who studies, writes about and excavates dinosaurs, and my friends, colleagues and I love "Jurassic Park." Well, the first of the "Jurassic Park "movies, anyway. So when the announcement came …

Jurassic Park

We're witnessing revival of slave trade in the 21st century

Nothing prepared me for what I saw and heard when I visited refugees from the conflict with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

As I traveled to Iraq and Syria, and to neighboring countries of Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey to meet with refugees and displaced women, I heard firsthand the …

Slave Trade

Why Democrats are in a 'civil war'

Spend just a little time watching what has been described as a "civil war" within the Democratic Party over the issue of trade policy and you get a real sense of the predicament Hilary Clinton finds herself in.

As secretary of state, Clinton championed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the …

Civil War

Drunken monkeys? Only humans really don't know when they've had enough

Some wild west African chimpanzees are teetotallers, whereas others are frequent drinkers given the opportunity -- consuming the equivalent of three pints of strong lager per day. These findings have been reported in a scientific study that lends support to the drunken monkey hypothesis, which …


U.N. chief: We can end poverty, hunger

This year offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to put our world on more peaceful, sustainable and equitable footing. When they meet at the Schloss Elmau Summit in Germany on June 7-8, G7 leaders can show they are serious about seizing the moment and protecting people and the planet.

As the …


Shinzo Abe: 3 big challenges facing the world

The slowing of economies around the world -- in both developed and emerging nations -- is a reminder that we cannot sit back and wait for growth to happen. Instead, leaders must continuously push for reform and innovation, while also being mindful of the global impact that their policies are having.

Shinzo Abe

Hillary can run, but she can't hide

Since officially entering the 2016 presidential race in April, Hillary Clinton has been actively avoiding interaction with the media. Meanwhile, her campaign has been plagued by scandal -- from concerns about her private email server to new questions surrounding what she knew about the Benghazi …

Bill Clinton

In defense of the 'hot take'

If your reading habits are marked more by page clicks than page turns these days, chances are you've come across a "hot take" -- or 20.

After a recent contretemps over BuzzFeed's shaky definition of the hot take, it's arguably become the favorite, much-maligned bane of modern, self-proclaimed "smart …

G. K. Chesterton

Who polices the 'Ethics Police'?

"The experiment worked," the doctor told me, "but the patient died."

The patient was my father, who was diagnosed with leukemia. Three months earlier, the doctor said my father would probably live only three months. No effective therapy existed. Most doctors would not offer any intervention.

"We …

Scientific Research