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9/11 Anniversary: Coming of Age After the Attacks

newrepublic.com — On September 11, 2001, I had just arrived at Princeton for my freshman year. Classes were to begin a couple days later, and I was terribly excited and felt terribly privileged to be there, just 11 years after my family emigrated to the United States with nothing.

Valérie and François

arunwithaview.wordpress.com — What a miserable affair. Worse than pathetic. One can hardly believe that French politics has descended to this level. And with everything else happening in France and the world, that this is the talk of the town. I, for one, refuse to read Valérie Trierweiler's book. I won't even pick it up.

Steven Sotloff's Beheading: The Risks Young Freelance Journalists Take

newrepublic.com — The other day, I was sitting on some couch, discussing the videotaped beheadings of journalists James Foley and Daniel Pearl with an old friend and colleague. She had watched the videos. I had not, but I couldn't help but ask, How long must a beheading with a knife take?

Ferguson Renews Debate Among Blacks on the Politics of Respectability

newrepublic.com — Last Thursday, the rapper Nelly went on the air of his hometown hip-hop radio station, St. Louis's Hot 104.1, to announce a college scholarship fund for local teens in honor of Michael Brown, the unarmed black 18-year-old killed by a policeman earlier this month.

What White St. Louis Thinks About Ferguson

newrepublic.com — About a 15 minute drive from the Ferguson protest that by now feels more like a block party, in the more upscale St. Louis suburb of Olivette, there's a new strip mall with a barbecue joint and a Starbucks and an e-cigarette store.

Ferguson Civil Rights Cold War Russia Protests

newrepublic.com — The night Ferguson blew up, I happened to find myself having dinner with two old friends from Moscow. Dinner ground to a halt as we became transfixed by our Twitter feeds, showing each other photographs of figures engulfed by thunderclouds of tear gas, shaking our heads in disbelief: this was America, 2014.

If Sanctions Against Russia Succeed, What Follows Putin?

newrepublic.com — In July, the United States and the European Union finally bridged their differences and slammed Russia with severe sanctions in the wake of the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The pincers and scalpels of the previous rounds were discarded; this time, it was whole industriesdefense, finance, and energy-that were targeted, including Sberbank, Russia's largest commercial bank.

Putin Bans Import of Food From Countries That Sanctioned Russia

newrepublic.com — Today, "with the goal of protecting Russia's national interests," Vladimir Putin issued a decree "banning or limiting" the import of food stuffs from countries that imposed sanctions on Russia after pro-Russian separatists shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine. That includes the United States, the European Union, Japan, Australia, and Canada.

Vladimir Putin's New Anti-Americanism

newyorker.com — In January, 2012, Michael McFaul, a tenured political scientist from Stanford and President Obama's chief adviser on Russia through the first term, arrived in Moscow with his wife and two sons to begin work as the United States Ambassador. In Palo Alto and Washington, D.C., the McFauls had lived in modest houses.
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Oct 23, 2014

RT @latimes: Reynolds, the maker of Camel cigarettes, announces a no-smoking policy in its offices lat.ms/1riwHnq

Oct 21, 2014

@AdamBKushner @Max_Fisher @IChotiner Lawyers are the brunches of professions. I'll see myself out.

Oct 21, 2014

@AdamBKushner @Max_Fisher @IChotiner Wait, I didn't say that I wasn't there. I was saying that I wasn't there at the same time as Max!

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