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Antares Rocket Explodes En Route to Space Station, Russians Gloat — Tuesday night, the $200 million Antares cargo rocket destined for the International Space Station exploded seconds after takeoff in eastern Virginia. The Russians, predictably, rejoiced.

New York City Ebola Case: Why Did Dr. Craig Spencer Go Bowling? — On Thursday, Dr. Craig Spencer, who had recently been in Guinea treating Ebola patients for Doctors Without Borders, tested positive for Ebola in New York, America's most populous city. While Spencer's work in West Africa risking his life fighting this horrific disease is commendable and selfless, his subsequent behavior isn't.

To Russia, With Straight Talk: Media, Culture and Contemporary Crises — College of Media, Communication and Information

9/11 Anniversary: Coming of Age After the Attacks — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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? — 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.
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