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Frida Ghitis

Frida Ghitis entered the news business in 1981, when she joined CNN only a few months after the launch of the first 24-hour news network. She was unit manager, producer and correspondent, traveling to major news events all over the globe. She has worked in more than 50 countries in virtually every region of the world. During her time at CNN she was part of the teams that covered the collapse of the Soviet Union from Russia, the 1991 Gulf War from Jordan and Saudi Arabia, the U.S. intervention in Haiti, the hostage crisis in Peru, multiple developments in Cuba, political conventions in the United States and a dozen presidential trips, from Ronald Reagan in Mexico and Madrid, to George HW Bush in Singapore and Somalia.

After leaving CNN in 2000 she authored "The End of Revolution: a Changing World in the Age of Live Television." She writes about world affairs for a variety of publications, and travels all over the world -- from Baghdad to Buenos Aires -- as an independent journalist.

In addition to The Miami Herald, her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The International Herald Tribune, The Jerusalem Report and dozens of publications in the United States, Europe and the Middle East.

She grew up in Colombia and later moved to the United States, where she attended Emory University in Atlanta. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in political science.

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Israel stages disaster drills — in case the thinkable happens

 
An actor portrays a wounded victim in an Israeli disaster drill.

Few countries stage more frequent, more realistic and more wide-ranging emergency-preparedness drills than Israel, a place where yet another war or more terrorist attacks are all but certain.