Thomas Friedman

11/20/2014 - 2:49pm

    When trying to make sense of the Middle East, one of the most important rules to keep in mind is this: What politicians here tell you in private is usually irrelevant. What matters most, and what explains their behavior more times than not, is what they say in public in their own language to their own...

11/20/2014 - 2:20pm

    The 9/11 suicide attack, spearheaded by 19, mostly Saudi, young men in the name of Islam, ignited a debate in the Sunni Arab world about religion and how their societies could have produced such suicidal fanatics. But it was quickly choked off by denial,...

11/13/2014 - 3:57pm

    We've just had a nonsense midterm election. Never has more money been spent to think so little about a future so in flux. What would we have discussed if we'd had a serious election? How about the biggest challenge we're facing today: the...

11/13/2014 - 3:20pm

    Flip through any newspaper and go from the foreign news to the business pages and what you'll see is the "other" great geopolitical struggle in the world today. It's not the traditional one between nation states on land. It's the...

11/06/2014 - 6:01pm

    The Islamic State has accompanied its brutal takeover of large swaths of Iraq and Syria with the kidnapping and beheading of journalists. Any Western journalists who would dare to venture into Islamic State territory today would be risking their lives every...

11/06/2014 - 5:20pm

    In May, I visited Vietnam and met with university students. After a week of being love-bombed by Vietnamese, who told me how much they admire America, want to work or study there and have friends and family living there, I couldn't help but ask myself...

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