Thomas Friedman

03/26/2015 - 8:14pm

    As the saying goes, "to err is human, to forgive is divine," to which I'd add: "To ignore" is even more human, and the results rarely divine. None of us would be human if we didn't occasionally get so wedded to our wishes that we failed to notice - or outright ignored - the...

12/04/2014 - 2:53pm

    Thanksgiving is a time for dinner-table conversation. If you're short of news drumsticks to chew on, here are a few you may have missed.

    For starters, it's true the world would be safer...

11/27/2014 - 7:18pm

    I participated in the World Parks Congress in Sydney last week and learned a new phrase: "a black elephant." A black elephant, explained the London-based investor and environmentalist Adam Sweidan, is a cross between "a black swan" (an...

11/27/2014 - 6:55pm

    Ever since the Arab awakening in late 2010, America has lurched from one policy response to another. We tried decapitation without invasion in Libya; it failed. We tried abdication in Syria; it failed. We tried democratization in Egypt, endorsing the...

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...

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,...

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