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Jindal: New Orleans shows value of school choice

(CNN) — "He used to cry not to go to school."

That was the daily grind for Valerie Evans in the years before school reform in New Orleans. But when a volunteer came and knocked on her door in summer 2008, she eagerly applied for a scholarship and her son Gabriel got a place at a private school using …

New Orleans

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 …


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 …


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

The real danger with North Korea

(CNN) — The latest crisis involving North Korea appears to be ebbing. It started when Pyongyang's forces allegedly placed landmines on the South Korean side of the demilitarized zone (DMZ). Two South Korean soldiers were nearly killed by the mines earlier this month. American soldiers also patrol …


The trouble with China's economy

(CNN) — China's markets are tumbling again as its economy continues to show signs of weakness. And while China's government will intervene strenuously to reverse this, the unavoidable truth is that the country's economic growth will continue to decelerate from its current 7% to a significantly …


Why Afghanistan matters for U.S.

(CNN) — We arrived in Kabul in the summer of 2011 to assume the leadership of the American Embassy. The U.S. military surge had been completed and was beginning to reverse from its peak of some 100,000 troops. The U.S. civilian surge had peaked, with more than 1,200 American diplomats, civil …


Trump is the strongman we don't need

(CNN) — Help Wanted: Desperate U.S. political party looking for benevolent dictator. Need outsider who can break some China (so to speak.) Dedication to conservative principles or loyalty to party is unimportant. Opposition to unaffordable spending, unsustainable entitlements or expansions of

Donald Trump

What Brazil's protests mean

(CNN) — What does it mean when hundreds of thousands of Brazilians take to the streets shouting "out with the President"? After countrywide protests this weekend, the answer is still not clear.

Sunday's protests in São Paulo were peaceful and mostly in the spirit of modern democracies. Many …

Brazilian Politics

Donald Trump's immigration myths

(CNN) — Donald Trump's newly released immigration position paper is the precise mix of fantasy and ignorance that one would expect from the newly self-described Republican. Trump's policies would grind down economic growth, slow assimilation and ultimately fail to rein in unlawful …


So, who won the Republican debate?

(CNN) — CNN Opinion asked a range of contributors to give their take on the first Republican Party debate of the 2016 presidential campaign, and to pick their biggest winners and losers from the night. The opinions expressed in these commentaries are solely their own.

David Gergen: Trump, a gift to …


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 …