Thomas Friedman

Before more troops, we need a decent Afghan government

BERLIN – If President Barack Obama can find a way to balance the precise number of troops that will stabilize Afghanistan and Pakistan, without tipping America into a Vietnam there, then he indeed...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Thomas Friedman

Delegitimizing every president threatens national interest

I hate to write about this, but I have actually been to this play before and it is really disturbing.I was in Israel interviewing Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin just before he was assassinated in...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Thomas Friedman

Lessons about connectivity from the 'Land of No Service'

CHIEF'S ISLAND, Botswana - If you travel long enough and far enough - like by jet to Johannesburg, by prop plane to northern Botswana and then by bush plane deep into the Okavango Delta - you can...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2009 | CATEGORY: Editorials

'Fayyadism' offers Arab world a novelty - good government

RAMALLAH, West Bank - In 2002, the U.N. Development Program released its first Arab Human Development Report, which bluntly detailed the deficits of freedom, women's empowerment and...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2009 | CATEGORY: Editorials

'Class Too Dumb to Quit' offers reason for hope in a hopeless place

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - I'm here in Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan.This is the most dangerous part of the country. It's where mafia and mullah meet. This is where the Taliban...

DATE: July 23, 2009 | COLUMN: Thomas Friedman

Iraqis need strong U.S. mediator to help shape tomorrow's identity

KIRKUK, Iraq - I'm in the provincial headquarters building in downtown Kirkuk - the oil-rich district of northern Iraq that is the most disputed corner of this country. The provincial leaders -...

DATE: July 16, 2009 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Green revolution in U.S. will do more for 'Green Revolution' in Iran

There has been a lot of worthless chatter about what President Barack Obama should say about Iran's incipient "Green Revolution." Sorry, but Iranian reformers don't need our praise. They need the...

DATE: June 25, 2009 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Iranian election shows the emergence of the virtual mosque

Watching events unfolding in Tehran raises three intriguing questions for me: Is Facebook to Iran's Moderate Revolution what the mosque was to Iran's Islamic Revolution? Is Twitter to Iranian...

DATE: June 18, 2009 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Lebanese elections show possibility for shift toward moderate politics

I confess. I'm a sucker for free and fair elections. It warms my heart to watch people drop ballots in a box to express their will, especially in a region where that so rarely happens. So I came to...

DATE: June 11, 2009 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Obama's Cairo speech can be both empowering, disturbing

During a telephone interview Tuesday with President Barack Obama about his speech to Arabs and Muslims in Cairo today, I got to tell the president my favorite Middle East joke. It gave him a good...

DATE: June 4, 2009 | CATEGORY: Local News

With torture, Obama is making the best of ugly alternatives

Weighing everything, President Barack Obama got it about as right as one could when he decided to ban the use of torture, to release the Bush torture memos for public scrutiny and not to prosecute...

DATE: April 30, 2009 | CATEGORY: Editorials

In education, United States a nation alarmingly in decline

Speaking of financial crises and how they can expose weak companies and weak countries, Warren Buffett once famously quipped that "only when the tide goes out do you find out who is not wearing a...

DATE: April 23, 2009 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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