Thomas Friedman

08/21/2014 - 6:16pm

       Hillary Clinton recently reignited the who-lost-Syria debate when she suggested that President Barack Obama made a mistake in not intervening more forcefully early in the Syrian civil war by arming the pro-democracy rebels. I've been skeptical about such an intervention - skeptical that there were enough of these "mainstream...

07/21/2014 - 1:27am

    From Ukraine to the Middle East, some bad actors - Hamas, Vladimir Putin and Israeli settlers to name but a few - are trying to bury the future with the past and divide people. Instead of focusing on them even more, I prefer to write about a company that is burying the past with the future, and actually bringing strangers...

07/18/2014 - 1:09pm

    I've argued for a while now that it is always useful to study the Israeli-Arab conflict because it is to the wider war of civilizations what off-Broadway is to Broadway. A lot of stuff starts there and then goes to Broadway.

    So what's playing off-Broadway...

07/14/2014 - 2:43am

    In the 1960s, there was a popular sitcom - "Get Smart" - about a hapless secret agent named Maxwell Smart, played by Don Adams. Smart went by the code name "Agent 86." "Get Smart" famously introduced the shoe phone to U.S. audiences, but the show also introduced something else: its...

07/03/2014 - 4:28pm

    You can't make this up. The Guardian reported on Sunday that Ukrainians have crowdfunded the first "people's drone" to help their army stem infiltration by Russian-supported rebels in Ukraine's eastern provinces that border Russia.

    "Last...

06/26/2014 - 4:43pm

    The past month has presented the world with what the Israeli analyst Orit Perlov describes as the two dominant Arab governing models: ISIL and SISI.

    ISIL, of course, is the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the bloodthirsty Sunni militia that has gouged out a new...

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