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Shimon Peres: The kind face of Israel

<b>(CNN) —</b> Shimon Peres, the ninth President of Israel, who died this week at 93, personified the acceptable, kind face of Israel. It was a face, however, that wore a mask -- or at the very least a heavy layer of makeup.<p>For many years, Peres enabled Israel to continue its policy of occupation -- a …

Israel

The media's hypocrisy on Gary Johnson

<b>(CNN) —</b> Is Gary Johnson qualified to run for president? Let's talk about that, but first let's talk about this:<p>Two weeks ago, the foreign affairs select committee of the British House of Commons released a detailed, damning report about one of Hillary Clinton's signature achievements as secretary …

Gary Johnson

Is it OK to fat-shame Donald Trump?

Lindsey Averill, a PhD candidate in comparative studies at Florida Atlantic University, is co-creator of Fattitude the movie,and regularly writes for media outlets such as Time.com, xojane, The Huffington Post, Alternet and Bustle. Follow her on Twitter. The opinions expressed in this commentary …

Donald Trump

Kashmir conflict: Do nuclear weapons prevent all-out war?

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's safe to say that India-Pakistan relations are nearly on a war footing.<p>Saber rattling has been near constant in recent weeks after terrorists -- from Pakistan, according to India -- stormed an Indian military base in India-controlled Kashmir and killed 18 soldiers. India's home minister …

India

Cyber security: It's not just about Yahoo

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's not surprising that some Yahoo users have decided to sue the company for negligence over a 2014 breach that was only recently discovered and announced. But before we blame Yahoo for this, we need to understand how hackers accomplish such breaches -- and what all of us should be doing …

Yahoo

Justices, give Duane Buck a second chance

<b>(CNN) —</b> Duane Buck was sentenced to death in Texas because he is black. I know his case well because I was one of his prosecutors. And as the US Supreme Court considers his appeal this October, I ask the court to remedy this racial bias.<p>I served the people of Harris County, Texas, for 25 years as a …

U.S. Supreme Court

Can Peres' vision survive his death?

<b>(CNN) —</b> There's something different about the way the world is mourning the death of former Israeli President Shimon Peres.<p>What we're hearing is not simply the usual goodbyes to a man with a longstanding high profile on the global stage. No, this time there seems to be something else going on. …

Israel

I'm black and I'm afraid of black men

<b>(CNN) —</b> I've been afraid of black men.<p>I've braced myself in the presence of unknown black men, felt myself ready for a potential attack even as all they threw my way was a head bob and a "What's up, brother?"<p>That's why I attended the Million Man March in Washington, D.C., in 1995. I needed to …

Racism

10 things Trump could (but probably won't) change at next debate

<b>(CNN) —</b> Like a football team that must shake off defeat in order to prepare for the next game, Donald Trump has a short time to get over his drubbing in the first presidential debate and get ready for the next. He has, instead, been whining like a kitchen blender about the moderator, the microphone …

Donald Trump

Don't let Wells Fargo execs get away with it

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's not the illegal behavior by top executives of Wells Fargo that makes it clear the people of the country are not safe from the rapacious behavior of Wall Street.<p>It's largely because, in the wave of Wall Street scandals culminating in the Great Recession, we've seen the same scenario …

Wells Fargo

Hoboken crash highlights train travel's unseen world of risks

<b>(CNN) —</b> There is a courtesy in air travel so commonplace as to be nearly unnoticeable: the formal goodbye outside the cockpit where the passengers get to thanks, smile at -- or ignore, if they prefer -- the man or woman who has gotten them safely in the air and down again.<p>The line of greeting …

Travel

Kashmir: Why is India's Modi going on the offensive?

<b>(CNN) —</b> India's reported "surgical strike" across the border into Pakistani-controlled Kashmir on Wednesday brings India-Pakistan relations to their lowest point in almost a decade.<p>But it will be celebrated not just by the Hindu nationalist supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but also by …

India

Not feeling Hillary? I wasn't, either

<b>(CNN) —</b> I have been adamantly opposed to Donald Trump's candidacy from the first time he glided down the escalator at Trump Tower and descended into the pits of the worst parts of rhetoric against humankind by calling Mexican immigrants drug dealers and rapists. It is because of that moment -- and …

Donald Trump

How smart is Trump on taxes?

<b>(CNN) —</b> During Monday's presidential debate, one of the most beneficial moments for Hillary Clinton came during the discussion about Donald Trump's tax returns.<p>When Trump was asked about his refusal to release his tax returns and Clinton cited several returns from the 1970s that showed he didn't …

Donald Trump

Will peace be buried with Shimon Peres?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Reacting to the news that her 93-year-old former boss had died, former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni raised the issue on everyone's mind: she was worried "peace would be buried with Shimon Peres."<p>Perhaps more than anyone in Israel, Peres was associated with that one word: peace. He …

Shimon Peres

This is why I fight: The power of women's MMA

http://ht.cdn.turner.com/cnn/big/tv/2015/10/19/fatherless-towns-richmond-prison-lisa-ling-orig.cnn_66133_768x432_1300k.mp4<p><b>(CNN) —</b> I came into this world a fighter.<p>I was born premature, two months ahead of schedule in February 1975, missing my hair and my nails and weighing a mere 4 pounds, 11 …

Martial Arts

The critical issue the first debate missed

<b>(CNN) —</b> As America decides on its next president, two critical domestic issues are at stake -- the economy and health care. In their first debate, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump spoke at length on one: the economy. But how much time was devoted to the other? Absolutely none. Unless you consider …

Elections

Aleppo: Where children die, but the world does nothing

<b>(CNN) —</b> "If you think thousands of Yazidis stuck on a mountain is terrible, wait until Aleppo falls." Those words came from an Obama administration official focused on Syria policy. Back in 2014.<p>Right now the world is watching the metastasizing humanitarian catastrophe known as the Syrian civil war …

War

Will Saudis seek revenge for Congress' veto override?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Once upon a time, there was a kingdom where the ruling family called the American president by his first name and where the royals' every demand was met unquestioningly in the interest of mutual profit and security in a most insecure region.<p>Its safety was guaranteed by the United States, …

Saudi Arabia

Election 2016: Should it really be about 'The Enabler' vs 'The Cheater'?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Marriage is rarely perfect. And it is certainly not effortless.<p>So can we stop with the judgment?<p>Yes, Bill Clinton cheated. Yes, Donald Trump cheated. And, no Hillary Clinton is not "stupid" for standing by her man as some have suggested.<p>Donald Trump is threatening to bring up Bill Clinton's …

Elections

U.S. economy won't grow fast until we unleash entrepreneurs

<b>(CNN) —</b> We all like a good creation story. That moment where it all began.<p>In America, we love one in particular.<p>The story of the great entrepreneur.<p>You know the one: The lone genius toiling away in the garage, equipped with nothing but an idea, a pocket protector and a relentless desire to …

Entrepreneurship

Trump's America: No fat chicks

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump has a message for the American people: No fat chicks.<p>And America has a message for him: That kind of crass sexism may have sold tabloids in the '90s, but it loses you elections in a more feminist, body-positive 2016.<p>His poor performance at the first presidential debate was …

Donald Trump

The truth about the military gender integration debate

<b>(CNN) —</b> Unprecedented change is underway in our military. But as a former woman paratrooper who supported both the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan and the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea, I am concerned that Americans are only hearing one side of military gender integration debate.<p>I hope …

Gender

An expert's guide to Putin's propaganda playbook

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Russian disinformation machine will kick into overdrive now that Dutch prosecutors have delivered their report on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, shot down over eastern Ukraine in July 2014.<p>The report's findings were clear: A Russian missile supplied by the Russian military and fired from …

Russia

Bill de Blasio: Trump is wrong on stop-and-frisk

<b>(CNN) —</b> Once again during ‪Monday night's presidential debate, Donald Trump -- a man with zero law-enforcement experience -- misled the American people about crime in New York City. According to Trump, the overuse of stop-and-frisk policing is what made New York City the safest city in America.<p>He …

Donald Trump

This is the week to save the world's most trafficked mammal

<b>(CNN) —</b> The logo for the CITES "world wildlife conference" underway in South Africa features a bunch of animals you'd readily associate with the international conservation movement.<p>Elephants, sharks, rhinos and tigers.<p>And then there's the pangolin.<p>It's a scale-covered ant eater you might not have …

Animals

A Chicago (tough) love letter

<b>(CNN) —</b> Monday night on television showcased the best and worst of America's third largest city: On one channel, the Chicago Cubs were winning their 100th game of the season -- a first since 1935. On almost every other channel, Donald Trump was reminding us that Chicago has had "thousands" of …

Los Angeles

Was it necessary to shoot Keith Lamont Scott?

<b>(CNN) —</b> We all wondered why Chief Kerr Putney refused to release the police video footage of the killing of Keith Lamont Scott, who was shot dead this month by a Charlotte police officer.<p>He suggested it would be insensitive to the family to display the demise of their loved one. The family said, …

Grand Juries

What the debaters failed to say

<b>(CNN) —</b> The first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump had plenty of energy and substance when it came to issues of the economy and trade, but it did not have enough substance when it came to the key issue of how the president will act as commander in chief.<p>Consider that the word …

Terrorism