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Gender inequality is one of the most persistent evils of our times

(CNN)It’s been almost two years since millions of women across the world used the simple, yet powerful, hashtag #MeToo. During this time, women have exposed, in various ways, the everyday nature of gender-based violence, harassment and discrimination. Drawing from the origins of the term Me Too, the movement has also drawn attention to other forms of structural inequality, involving race and class, and the persistence of multiple discrimination. As for my own country, Iceland, #MeToo has been characterized by organized groups of women who shared their stories of violence and…

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Donald Trump craves Chrissy Teigen’s approval

(CNN)The President of the United States has a massive platform. He holds the most powerful office in the world. With just a few words, a president can launch a war, move markets, inspire millions, and quite literally change the course of world history. Apparently seething about an MSNBC town hall on criminal justice, where participants issued what he deemed insufficient praise for a piece of criminal justice legislation Trump signed, the President tweeted, “I SIGNED IT INTO LAW, no one else did, & Republicans deserve much credit. But now that…

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How you spent your summer

(CNN)It’s the oldest assignment in the book, but it’s a first for us — CNN Opinion is turning its weekly column over to you, our readers. After nearly a year of publishing our weekly newsletter and just over six months of asking readers to share stories with us, it felt important to pause with you, to take a deep breath together before the school year gets back in full swing and the 2020 campaign trail gets even more relentless. What better way to spend Labor Day Weekend? The stories you…

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Trump’s rage at Baltimore shows what’s at stake

(CNN)With the upcoming CNN Democratic presidential primary debates in Detroit, the candidates who would replace President Donald Trump should now find themselves with powerful moments of clarity on the 2020 election and the issue of racism. Trump recently told four freshman congresswomen of color known as the “Squad” to “go back” to their home countries, while his supporters yelled “send her back!” at a North Carolina rally when he singled out Rep. Ilhan Omar for rebuke. This racist GOP message of “go back” and “infestation” will only intensify as 2020…

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Why Trump’s racist dog whistle won’t work this time

(CNN)Donald Trump’s grandfather, Friedrich Trump, was born in Kallstadt, Germany, and emigrated to the United States as a teenager. (According to one historian, he was thrown out of his country of birth for failing to perform mandatory military service.) Now Friedrich’s grandson has become President of the United States, and is trying to fuel a re-election campaign by stoking nativist resentment. Perhaps I’m overly optimistic, but I think Trump has Americans pegged wrong. This electoral strategy will backfire. The America I have known is made up primarily of people who…

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Not flying won’t save the planet. But it’s a start

(CNN)At first glance, assuming personal responsibility for climate change — and in response, bending over backward to trim your carbon footprint — might appear pointless. The reality is that by taking small steps to reduce your impact — going vegan, forswearing air travel or paying for green electricity — you, as a single person, won’t reduce our carbon pollution enough to make a tangible difference in preserving our earth. But this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take these steps. Such actions by individual consumers can add up and influence industrial sectors…

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Arya, Lady Gaga and Avengers: The great escape

(CNN)A glittering gala celebrating the campiest fashion, a superhero flick that shattered box-office records, a fierce and mythical TV world of ice and fire — and Meghan and Harry’s new arrival, Archie. As Rob Picheta wrote, “The internet reveled in dissecting and poking fun at the most eye-catching fashion statements — and no one received the social media treatment more than Lady Gaga,” who displayed four different looks. “Avengers,” which Internet Movie Database says has grossed $2.3 billion worldwide and could eclipse “Avatar” as the biggest film of all time,…

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Democrats gave Barr a really snitty time

(CNN)“Snitty” fairly describes the tone of Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats during their Wednesday interrogation of Attorney General William Barr over the Mueller report. “General Barr,” as some of his questioners called him, did indeed betray his upper-crust roots when he commented that the letter of complaint special counsel Robert Mueller sent him on March 27 was “a bit snitty.” Snitty is the sort of mannered usage not often tossed off in the halls of Congress these days, and as a result, the AG came in for some ridicule in the…

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We need a long-term solution for captured ISIS members

(CNN)The crumbled ISIS caliphate has bequeathed the world a terrible inheritance: Thousands of captured ISIS fighters and their families, many of whom remain dedicated to ISIS. news reports and the Middle East Institute. Sign up for our new newsletter. Join us on Twitter and Facebook There are no easy answers to these challenges. An international initiative via the United Nations, with the cooperation of key affected states, is needed. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, along with international refugee and aid organizations such as the International Rescue Committee, have the…

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Klobuchar breaks from the populist pack

(CNN)Forget “Minnesota nice.” In her CNN town hall on Monday night, Sen. Amy Klobuchar came across as “Minnesota smart.” Taking questions from young people in New Hampshire, Klobuchar presented a command of the issues, a rapport with her audience, and a healthy sense of humor. Monday was an opportunity for Klobuchar to make a case for herself, and she delivered a strong performance. Sign up for our new newsletter. Join us on Twitter and Facebook There were no questions about immigration or DACA, or how Klobuchar planned to appeal to…

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Mystery surrounds the source of the Sri Lanka attacks

(CNN)It is one of the most lethal terrorist operations since September 11 — with a death toll of at least 207 people. That number will almost certainly rise, given the hundreds that were also injured in the eight attacks at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Sunday. Moment blast strikes church caught on camera But ISIS isn’t the only Islamist group to operate this way. An offshoot of al Qaeda in Iraq killed 58 people at a church on a Sunday in the Iraqi capital Baghdad in 2010. Four…

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Andrew Yang: We’re undergoing the greatest economic transformation in our history

(CNN)I never thought I’d run for president. My parents were immigrants to this country — and leader of the free world was not on the list of careers presented to me as a skinny Asian kid growing up in upstate New York. But what happened to manufacturing workers will soon happen to retail workers, call center workers, fast food workers, truck drivers and others, as the next Industrial Revolution takes hold of our economy. Bain, a leading consulting firm, projects automation will disrupt jobs at about three times the rate…

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Julian Assange: Bond villain or cyber-messiah? It’s complicated

(CNN)Once upon a time the ethical debates around journalism were comparatively simple — beginning with the most basic question of all: Who is a journalist? He had been catapulted from the obscurity of a life dribbling out leaks that nobody much noticed, to publishing a flood of classified documents that went to the heart of America’s military and foreign policy operations — even playing a controversial, some say decisive, role in the 2016 US presidential election. From being a marginal figure invited to join panels at geeky tech conferences he…

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Trump just went there

(CNN)It was a week of extremes for President Trump. First he raised his arms in victory after his attorney general laid out his summary of the Mueller report Sunday — then he promptly sent his team to court to try to throw out the Affordable Care Act. Jill Filipovic saw an immoral decision that put ego and Trump’s desire to erase Barack Obama’s legacy first, and Americans’ lives second. “Make America Great Again? This administration wants to make us sick again,” observed Filipovic, “and it’s no exaggeration to say that…

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Why women should be required to register for the draft

(CNN)Today, registering for the draft has been reduced to a rite of passage for many young American men — a perfunctory civic duty with little meaning,since conscription ended more than40years ago. One might question why there is still a required registration, especially since volunteers have filled the ranks of our armed forces. But last month, a federal court in Texasruledthat themale-only registration requirement is unconstitutional. It would be a serious mistake to reinstate the combat exclusion rule as a way to protect women from the draft. Unfortunately, the Trump administration has…

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