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Remembering a friend on this World AIDS Day

Here is one of the faces of AIDS: my long-time colleague and friend Cornell Marigney. Cornell served for years at CNN as my executive assistant. He looked and sounded like dreamy crooner Barry White. He was a prankster. We laughed … Continue reading

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Let’s step up for Syria’s innocent victims – the children

This is alarming and tragic: Syrian children are at dire risk of being a lost generation. This in-depth UNHCR report provides details: Future-of-Syria-UNHCR-v13 The Syrian civil war has produced more than eight million refugees – six million in Syria and more … Continue reading

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Malala Yousafzai deserves the Nobel Peace Prize

She’s such an inspiration.

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Getting Cozy with a Monstrous Snake

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Sara Mitchell Parsons: 1912-2011

My beloved grandmother, Sara Mitchell Parsons, died this month at age 99.   She was remarkable in so many ways – a courageous, tenacious civil rights hero and education advocate as well as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She … Continue reading

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Morocco Madness: Vigilantes Nab, Pummel Thief Who Robbed Me

Ourika, Morocco – The pickpocket struck in a flash, triggering chaos that left me dazed, bloodied, and bruised. The thief suffered far worse: Local heroes chased down and beat him, pelting him with rocks before hauling him to a nearby … Continue reading

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The Top Five Reasons the U.S. Should End Its Cuba Travel Ban

Our U.S. government permits us to travel anywhere and everywhere in the world, right? Wrong. By U.S. government edict, Cuba is the only country off limits to virtually all Americans. The U.S. government allows Cuban-Americans and a few others to … Continue reading

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Cuba Snapshot: Havana School Girls

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My Hammer Forum Speech on the Media, Money, and Politics

Last night, I participated in a spirited UCLA/Hammer Museum Forum entitled “And the Winner is… The TV Networks.”  Here is how event host and moderator Ian Masters framed the discussion: With a large portion of the money that politicians raise … Continue reading

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