OK Boomer, OK Millennial, we need to talk

(CNN)The New Zealand parliamentarian, Chle Swarbrick, was giving a floor speech about the climate crisis. An older colleague was heckling her. She is 25 years old. What could she say to counter his age and experience and gravitas? See 25-year-old politician’s response to heckler We asked a Boomer and a Millennial to talk it out. Tell us, Millennial Jill Filipovic and Boomer Paul Callan: When you hear the phrase “OK Boomer,” what do you think of? Jill, you go first… –Pat Wiedenkeller ———– Jill Filipovic: Paul, generational warfare is nothing new. Remember when today’s Boomers were warning each other not to trust anyone over 30? You Boomers have called us “snowflakes,” mocked us for trigger warnings and safe spaces (which …

Nikki Haley’s political chess move on Trump

(CNN)Nikki Haley, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, raised eyebrows Friday for defending President Donald Trump by stating that she believes the President did not commit an impeachable offense in his dealings with Ukraine. Given everything that has come to light about Trump and Ukraine, and with public hearings set for next week, Haley’s comments are ridiculously dismissive. Haley continued in her bizarre attempt to defend Trump and dismiss his impending impeachment by questioning why the American people aren’t involved in the decision. “I think the biggest thing that bothers me is the American people should decide this,” Haley said. “Why do we have a bunch of people in Congress making this decision?” Is this former Trump administration …

Climate politics are tearing the West apart

(CNN)After a record-hot summer in the Northern Hemisphere, wildfires in California are not the only thing raging. In August 2018, a Swedish girl named Greta Thunberg started skipping school on Fridays to protest climate inaction. Students in other countries began to do the same, and a global phenomenon was born. This September saw “the biggest climate mobilisation in history,” according to organizers, as millions of people participated in a Global Climate Strike. Last month, climate group Extinction Rebellion also launched a two-week International Rebellion to “occupy the centres of power and shut them down until governments act on the Climate and Ecological Emergency.” Protesters were arrested in cities from Amsterdam to London to New York for engaging in acts of …

Nigeria’s ‘Lionheart’ disqualification is bigger than the Oscars

(CNN)Nigeria’s recently disqualified premier Oscar entry “Lionheart” had the makings of a good film — a film you want to root for. Previously categorized as “Best Foreign Language Film,” the Academy changed the name for this award to “Best International Feature Film” because the former name had become obsolete for a “global filmmaking community.” Posted in April 2019 on the Oscars website, Larry Karaszewski and Diane Weyermann, co-chairs of the International Feature Film Committee said, “We believe that International Feature Film better represents this category, and promotes a positive and inclusive view of filmmaking, and the art of film as a universal experience.” The rules of the award however, remain the same: Only one film can be submitted per country, …

He was a Communist Party member and model Uyghur. It didn’t save him from Beijing

(CNN)Sometime after he disappeared in 2017, Tashpolat Tiyip, a Uyghur leader, Communist Party member and the president of Xinjiang University, was reportedly sentenced to death in a secret trial. In 2016, when Xinjiang officials started a “Becoming Family” campaign, which placed mostly Han civil servants in the homes of rural Uyghur farmers, Tiyip stated that he believed the campaign might create stronger relationships between urban elites and villagers. Academics like him have been accused of being “two faced” by state media — supporting the Party in public but undermining it in private. The policy he supported was in fact part of a broader, long-running campaign begun in 2014 by the Chinese government whichexperts say is an attempt to Sinicize the …

I traveled the American South looking for a way to solve racial divisions

(CNN)“Talent is equally distributed but opportunity is not.” My E Pluribus Unum team and I have gone to 28 communities in 13 Southern states, speaking with over 800 people from all walks of life to learn firsthand what unites us and where we remain divided. Sign up for CNN Opinion’s new newsletter. Join us on Twitter and Facebook Remaining true to our founding principles, we must act as one nation, not two; and be indivisible with liberty and justice for all, not just some. We can break down the barriers that have divided us by design. In taking this charge, we will ultimately prove our American motto, “E pluribus unum” — “out of many, one” — and we will be …

‘Joker’ — a political parable for our times

(CNN)“Joker,” the Todd Phillips movie that reimagines the origins of Batman’s killer-clown nemesis, opened this weekend to record-setting box office — fueled by deft marketing and some of the most polarizing critical reaction of any mass-market film in decades. While many reviewers have focused on Fleck as an “incel” hero — his status as a sexless loner who turns to violence — the true nature of the movie’s appeal is actually broader: It’s an insidious validation of the white-male resentment that helped bring President Donald Trump to power. “Joker,” at its core, is the story of the “forgotten man,” the metaphoric displaced and disenfranchised white man whose goodwill has been abused and whose status has been reduced. A man who …

The true genius of ‘Jane the Virgin’

(CNN)The Best Show on Television is coming to an end Wednesday. Don’t take it from me. Vulture has bestowed that honor on “Jane the Virgin” and the CW series has a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score. I recognized early on that the true genius of the show was its ability to bring a Latino family into our living rooms and onto our streaming devices in a way that marks a coming of age for this country and American television. The show has touched me as no other, not only for taking me on a familiar journey through my childhood and adulthood, but for showing Hollywood and this country that we can celebrate Latino culture as a part of who we are. …

The National Weather Service is standing strong against politics

(CNN)To fully appreciate the significance of what happened last week with Hurricane Dorian, Alabama, a reckless President, and a federal science agency, you have to understand the trajectory the National Weather Service has been on. The Weather Service has been developing and executing a plan they call Weather-Ready Nation. Fundamentally, the change is simple: take how they communicate and how they provide information to local decision-makers just as seriously as getting the forecast right. As the entire weather enterprise has painfully learned, our science is only as good as our ability to get people to take action based on it. The Weather Service staff — there are thousands of meteorologists stationed at local offices — has spent eight years prioritizing …

Free speech wars miss the point of college

(CNN)As the new school year gets underway and the presidential campaign heats up, it won’t be long before we hear once again critics bewailing that free speech is no longer a core value at colleges and universities. Through a well-funded effort by conservative political organizations, already more than a dozen state legislatures have passed so-called campus free speech bills. Along with appeals to free speech, we will also (paradoxically) hear calls for civility, for soft self-censorship in the name of decorum. In fact, we already have, with Cindy McCain’s Acts of Civility initiative and in the wake of Bret Stephens’ reaction to a tweet from a George Washington professor. At a time when violent racism has become ingrained in immigration …

The helplessness of watching Dorian destroy the islands I call home

(CNN)As a native Bahamian, I know what to do when a hurricane is approaching. I know it’s important to stock up on water, get supplies, call my friends and family, listen to the panicked yet comedic voice of Bahamian radio personality Darold Miller for weather updates, and then wait. I’ve spent the past few months in Canada, where I’ve been working on my writing. As I watch the news about Hurricane Dorian, I am left sending helpless text messages to friends and family on the ground, pleading that they stay safe. As videos emerge of the flooding in the Abaco Islands, waiting in a country that is not my own feels like the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Dorian has …

With court opioid decision, Johnson & Johnson is being punished for playing by the rules

(CNN)If this week’s $572 million opioid liability verdict in Oklahoma is any indication of a trend to come, the nation’s automakers should be worried. Johnson & Johnson just got retroactively punished for the consequences of conducting its business legally according to the regulations of the time. When legal commerce generates results we don’t like, it’s worth asking who designed the marketplace, and who sets the rules. Those folks weren’t defendants in this trial. Similarly, Johnson & Johnson made drugs — Fentanyl patches and Nucynta pills — that successfully treat pain and have improved many lives. It also manufactured the base active drug sold to many other pharmaceutical companies who make riskier drugs, like oxycontin — that also brought relief, but …

SE Cupp: Our gun laws make it too damn easy for haters to kill

(CNN)It’s been one week since 31 people were killed in mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. It’s worth pointing out that those two shootings followed another, one week earlier, in Gilroy, California, where three people, including a 6-year-old and a 13-year-old, were killed by an angry guy with a gun. But I am no longer a NRA member. Being right no longer feels righteous. Because in the wake of more mass shootings, acts of senseless violence that sent innocent people running for their lives, leaving children orphaned and loved ones dead on the ground, I know we must do something about guns. We have a problem in this country — and the problem is hate. One of …

A chilling sign of today’s America

(CNN)Even in a week of bleak headlines, the one about the soaring sales of bulletproof backpacks for kids stood out. Other diagnoses of the problem pointed at mental illness and video games, to explain the carnage. But Peter Ambler, an El Paso native who’s the executive director of the Giffords gun safety organization, said this is just a distraction. “There is no evidence that our country has significantly higher rates of would-be terrorists than other developed countries,” Ambler wrote. “We also have comparable rates of mental illness to similarly developed countries — and we should also never forget the vast majority of people with a mental health diagnosis are not dangerous to others. What we have is weak gun laws.“ …

Marianne Williamson: What I learned raising my daughter in an affluent suburb

(CNN)In the late 1990s, I lived in Grosse Pointe, an affluent suburb of Detroit, Michigan, while raising my daughter. During that time, there were people in inner city Detroit who would rent apartments in Grosse Pointe, several families at a time, to enable their children to attend Grosse Pointe South High School, a top-notch public school. Sometimes families would get caught, and their children would be removed from the school in a humiliating fashion. I remember thinking what an injustice this was. I saw the human consequences of basing a significant portion of our educational funding on local property taxes. And I realized that if a child grows up in a financially advantaged home, his or her chances of a …

It is hard not to cry when you watch this video

(CNN)It is hard not to cry when you watch the video. After 23 years behind bars, his sister wrote in a Facebook post, a formerly incarcerated man walks through the door of his family’s house. His mother’s sobs make her joy plain — and testify to the depth of the pain suffered by families separated from their loved ones by an unjust criminal justice system. Here’s why: Decades ago, Congress decided that incarcerated individuals could earn up to 54 days off their sentence each year for good conduct. But the Department of Justice and federal Bureau of Prisons interpreted the law differently and only gave people 47 days, instead. Losing one week a year may not seem like much, but …