A lifeguard building on the beach at Sycamore Cove in California's Point Mugu State Park is destroyed after being pounded by high surf from Hurricane Marie on Thursday. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
After attending Link Crew training, junior Sydney Bowker makes posters to welcome the class of 2018 to Garfield High School. (Steve Ringman/Seattle Times/MCT)
The very first 2015 Ford Mustang GT production sports car sits at the end of the assembly line inside the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Mich., on Thursday. (Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press/MCT)
UCLA linebackers Deon Hollins, left, and Eric Kendricks force Virginia receiver Miles Gooch to drop a pass, but Kendricks is called for pass interference at Scott Stadium in Charlottsville, Va., on Saturday. UCLA won, 28-20. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
Pro Palestinian activists participate in the "rubble bucket challenge," a twist on the ice bucket challenge, to encourage those who support the cause of Palestinian statehood to demonstrate their solidarity by posting a video of themselves pouring sand and dust over their heads, on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)
President Obama speaks about the situation in Ukraine in the Press Briefing Room of the White House on Thursday Aug. 28, 2014. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT
After just one play, the New York Jets' Michael Vick walks off the field and acknowledges the crowd against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Thursday. (Ron Cortes/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT)
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Andres Oppenheimer is a foreign correspondent and a member of the Miami Herald team that won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize. He is the author of "Castro's Final Hour," "Bordering on Chaos," on Mexico's crisis, "Cronicas de heroes y bandidos" and "Ojos Vendados."
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