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Thomas Friedman: Trump killed Iran’s most overrated warrior

One day they may name a street after President Donald Trump in Tehran. Because Trump ordered the assassination of possibly the dumbest man in Iran and the most overrated strategist in the Middle...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2020 | COLUMN: Thomas Friedman

Thomas Friedman: Iran is crushing freedom one country at a time

Having covered the Middle East my entire adult life, I’m seeing some trends emerging there I’ve never seen before. From the streets of Beirut to streets all across Iran, Middle Easterners are...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2019 | COLUMN: Thomas Friedman

Thomas Friedman: Mike Bloomberg brings something needed to Dems’ race

I have a pet theory about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – that it is to wider trends in world affairs what off-Broadway is to Broadway. A lot of stuff seems to get perfected there, from airline...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2019 | COLUMN: Thomas Friedman

Thomas Friedman: Mike Pompeo, last in his West Point class for integrity

It seems like every story you read about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo always includes the sentence that he graduated first in his class from West Point. That is not a small achievement. But it is...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2019 | COLUMN: Thomas Friedman

The Palestinian-Israeli peace process is a farce

Last week’s ugly mess involving the abortive visit to Israel of two Democratic congresswomen was useful for only one reason: It exposed how much the Palestinian-Israeli peace process has become a...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2019 | COLUMN: Thomas Friedman

China deserves Trump

A U.S. businessman friend of mine who works in China remarked to me recently that Donald Trump is not the American president America deserves, but he sure is the American president China deserves....

DATE: June 1, 2019 | COLUMN: Thomas Friedman

Our luck is running out

The year 2019 will be remembered for a lot of things, but in foreign policy, it may well be remembered as the year our luck ran out. How so? The period after World War II was one of those...

DATE: May 13, 2019 | COLUMN: Thomas Friedman

We do need a wall – and a bigger, smarter gate

SAN DIEGO – On April 12, I toured the busiest border crossing between America and Mexico – the San Ysidro Port of Entry, in San Diego – and the walls being built around it. Guided by a U.S. Border...

DATE: April 28, 2019 | COLUMN: Thomas Friedman

A real green deal

Here’s some news you may have missed. Southeastern Africa got hit in March with a cyclone that United Nations officials say was one of the worst weather disasters to ever strike the Southern...

DATE: April 21, 2019 | COLUMN: Thomas Friedman

The United Kingdom has gone stark raving mad

LONDON – Politico reported the other day that the French European affairs minister, Nathalie Loiseau, had named her cat “Brexit.” Loiseau told the Journal du Dimanche that she chose the name...

DATE: April 5, 2019 | COLUMN: Thomas Friedman

Loving Israel to death

JERUSALEM – Amos Yadlin, the former head of military intelligence in Israel, likes to say that Israel as a Jewish-majority democracy faces two existential threats – a nuclear-armed Iran and turning...

DATE: March 30, 2019 | COLUMN: Thomas Friedman

Who do you call at 3 a.m.?

As the 2020 campaign gets underway, we’ve heard about a Green New Deal, Medicare for all, breaking up Amazon and universal basic income – to name but a few of the ideas raised by Democratic...

DATE: March 24, 2019 | COLUMN: Thomas Friedman

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