The Green Road Less Traveled

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Whoever knew — I.B.M. is managing traffic congestion in Stockholm. Well it is, and therein lies a story.

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Sorry Thomas Friedman, The World Is Round

In an excerpt from the new book, Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, Stephen Marshall takes on liberals like Friedman, who would have you believe that our capitalist system is inherently just and self-regulating when, in reality, it is anything but.

By Stephen Marshall

Published in: on July 5, 2007 at 8:33 pm  Comments (1)  

Dog Paddling in the Tigris

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

July 1, 2007

London

It’s too early to pronounce the U.S. military’s surge in Iraq a failure. It’s not too early to say, though, that there’s no sign that it’s succeeding — that it’s making Iraqi politics or security better in any appreciable, self-sustaining way. At best, the surge is keeping Iraq from descending into full-scale civil war. At best we are dog paddling in the Tigris. Which means at least we should start to think about what happens if we have to get out of the water.

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A Boycott Built on Bias

by Thomas L. Friedman
June 17, 2007

Two weeks ago I took part in commencement for this year’s doctoral candidates at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The ceremony was held in the amphitheater on Mount Scopus, which faces out onto the Dead Sea and the Mountains of Moab. The setting sun framed the graduate students in a reddish-orange glow against a spectacular biblical backdrop.

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Between Dust and Deliverance

I’m sitting in Ramallah at The Yasir Arafat Foundation listening to Nasser al-Kidwa, the thoughtful former Palestinian foreign minister, talk about Palestinian society “disintegrating” around him.

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

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Israel Discovers Oil

June 10, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

BEERSHEBA, Israel

Lucien Bronicki is one of Israel’s foremost experts in geothermal power, but when I ran into him last week at Ben Gurion University, in Israel’s Negev Desert, all he wanted to talk about was oil wells. Israel, he told me, had discovered oil.
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What a Mess

June 6, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

RAMALLAH, West Bank

The Middle East has gotten itself tied into such an impossible knot that Biblical references or Shakespearian quotations simply don’t suffice anymore to describe how impossibly tangled politics has become here. Shira Wolosky, a Hebrew University English scholar, suggested to me that maybe Dr. Seuss, in “The Cat in the Hat,” offered the best way to sum up the Middle East today.
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Our Green Bubble

June 3, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Surely the most glaring contrast in American political life today is the amount of words, speeches and magazine covers devoted to the necessity of “going green,” “combating climate change” and gaining “energy security,” and the actual solutions being offered by our leaders to do any of these things. You could very comfortably drive a Hummer through the gap between our words and deeds. (more…)

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The Quiet Americans

May 27, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Since my daughter is graduating from college today, I am thinking a lot about the class of 2007 and the world they are about to enter. I’m not sure what they call this generation. (more…)

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Laughing and Crying

May 23, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

First I had to laugh. Then I had to cry.

I took part in commencement this year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, one of America’s great science and engineering schools, so I had a front-row seat as the first grads to receive their diplomas came on stage, all of them Ph.D. students. One by one the announcer read their names and each was handed their doctorate — in biotechnology, computing, physics and engineering — by the school’s president, Shirley Ann Jackson. (more…)

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Playing the Hand We’ve Dealt

May 20, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Last week, President Bush appointed a “war czar,” Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, to oversee everything we’re doing in Iraq and Afghanistan — which raises the question: Who was doing this job up to now? The answer, amazingly, is no one. We’re like a fine restaurant that has decided five years after it’s opened — and has lost most of its customers — that it might be good to hire a head chef. Better late than never. General Lute comes advertised as smart and tough. Good. I hope his first memo to the president starts like this:
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Failing by Example

May 16, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

If you want to know why we are losing in Iraq, go back and read this story that ran on the front page of The Times on Saturday. It began like this: (more…)

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Only Halfway There

May 13, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

I’m glad Democrats are keeping the pressure on President Bush for a withdrawal date from Iraq. It’s the only way to keep him and Iraqis focused on the endgame. But if Democrats really want to be taken seriously on foreign affairs, they need to recognize that they have only half a policy on Iraq. And it’s the easy half. (more…)

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The Arab Commission

May 9, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, made a remarkable statement last week. He praised Israel for conducting an inquiry into last year’s war with Hezbollah — an inquiry that accused Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of “serious failure in exercising judgment, responsibility and prudence.” (more…)

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The Aussie ‘Big Dry’

May 4, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

SYDNEY, Australia

Almost everywhere you travel these days, people are talking about their weather — and how it has changed. Nowhere have I found this more true, though, than in Australia, where “the big dry,” a six-year record drought, has parched the Aussie breadbasket so severely that on April 19, Prime Minister John Howard actually asked the whole country to pray for rain. “I told people you have to pray for rain,” Mr. Howard remarked to me, adding, “I said it without a hint of irony.” (more…)

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The Hail Mary Pass

May 2, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

On Thursday there will be a regional conference in Egypt to discuss stabilizing Iraq, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will represent the U.S. President Bush should go instead and give this speech:

I want to take this opportunity to speak to the Arab and Muslim nations gathered here today and to the world at large. I begin with a simple message: I’m sorry. I’m sorry that I rushed into the invasion of Iraq. I honestly believed that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. I was wrong, and I now realize that in unilaterally launching the war the way I did, you all feel that I breached a bond of trust between America and the world. Not only did that alienate you from us, it made us less effective in Iraq. We had too few allies and too little legitimacy. I apologize — sincerely. (more…)

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China Needs an Einstein. So Do We.

April 27, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

I’ve been thinking about China as I read Walter Isaacson’s new biography of Albert Einstein. China isn’t even mentioned in the book — “Einstein: His Life and Universe” — but Mr. Isaacson’s stimulating and provocative retelling of Einstein’s career plays into two very hot debates about China.

First, what does Einstein’s life tell us about the relationship between freedom and creativity? Or to put it bluntly: Can China become as innovative as America, can it dominate the 21st century, as many predict, when China censors Google and maintains tight political controls while establishing its market economy? (more…)

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Turning the Election Green

April 25, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

O.K. class, it’s time for another news quiz. I’ll give you the question and you tell me who asked it and why it was significant. Ready? Here goes:

“Mr. President, how would you rate yourself as an environmentalist? What specifically has your administration done to improve the condition of our nation’s air and water supply?” You’ll never get it. … The questioner was James Hubb, a member of the audience at the second presidential debate between George W. Bush and John Kerry at Washington University in St. Louis on Oct. 8, 2004.
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‘Patient’ Capital for an Africa That Can’t Wait

April 20, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Last week, I was touring northern Tanzania when our car passed the small town of Karatu and we suddenly came upon an open field splashed with colors so bright and varied it looked from afar as if someone had painted a 30-color rainbow on the landscape.

As we got closer, I discovered that it was Karatu’s huge clothing market. Merchants had laid out blankets piled with multicolored shirts, pants and dresses, much of it used clothing from Europe, and were hawking their goods. (more…)

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Upsetting the Balance

April 11, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Masai Mara, Kenya

Surely of all God’s creations, none is more beautiful than the sunrise on the Masai Mara grassland, Kenya’s spectacular nature reserve and a backdrop for the movie “Out of Africa.” The sun’s ascent here is like a curtain going up on one of Mother Nature’s richest ecosystems. Through the day you can be greeted by a bull elephant in hot pursuit of a cow, serenaded by tropical boubou birds, intimidated by two lionesses devouring a warthog, amused by the cattle egrets riding on the backs of African buffalos and impressed by how each small cluster of topi antelope “assigns” one topi to stand on a small hill and keep watch for predators while the others graze. Everything seems in perfect balance.
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Cellphones, Maxi-Pads and Other Life-Changing Tools

April 6, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

NAIROBI, Kenya

For decades, the world has asked: How do we free Africa from its yoke of poverty, disease and misgovernance? In asking Kenyans that question, I’ve been struck at the simple, common-sense solutions they offer. Four in particular stand out: transparency, telephones, Tergat and Kotex. (more…)

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The African Connection

April 4, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

NAIROBI, Kenya

Was anybody out there checking out jobs with the U.S. post office in 2005? Do you remember when you called that 800 number to get details? Sure you do. Do you remember how the voice on the other end of the line helping you had this soft British accent with a slight African lilt? Do you know why? Because you were routed to a call center in Kenya. (more…)

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Many Plans, No News

March 30, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

In the Middle East today, home of the invention of algebra, a new math seems to have taken over. It is subtraction by addition. It goes like this: Add more trips to the region by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — who doesn’t seem to have any coherent strategy — to an emotionally stale, restated Saudi peace overture to Israel, and combine it with a cynical Hamas-Fatah cease-fire accord and an Israeli prime minister so unpopular his poll ratings are now lower than the margin of error, and you’ll find that we’re actually going backward — way back, back to the pre-Oslo era. (more…)

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How Many Scientists?

March 28, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Sometimes you read something about this administration that is just so shameful it takes your breath away. For me, that was the March 20 article in this paper detailing how a House committee had just released documents showing “hundreds of instances in which a White House official who was previously an oil industry lobbyist edited government climate reports to play up uncertainty of a human role in global warming or play down evidence of such a role.” (more…)

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Abdullah’s Chance

March 23, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Is Saudi Arabia becoming the new Egypt?

That’s a question you hear more and more these days in Arab circles, as Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah becomes more diplomatically active and Egypt, the traditional leader of the Arab world, becomes more diplomatically passive.
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The Troika and the Surge

March 21, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

President Bush’s Iraq surge policy is about a month old now, and there is only one thing you can say about it for certain: no matter what anyone in Congress, the military or the public has to say, it’s going ahead. The president has the authority to do it and the veto power to prevent anyone from stopping him. Therefore, there’s only one position to have on the surge anymore: hope that it works. (more…)

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Marching With a Mouse

March 16, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

There aren’t a lot of environmental groups with their own investment bank consultants, so when you hear that Environmental Defense has just hired the boutique Wall Street firm Perella Weinberg Partners, you know that we’re in a new world. Every college activist should study this story, because it is the future. In the old days, when activists wanted something done, they held a sit-in or organized a protest march. Now they hire an investment bank.
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Don’t Ask, Don’t Know, Don’t Help

March 7, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

I haven’t kept count, but it seems to me that the number of times I’ve seen President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney give speeches about the Iraq war using smiling soldiers as their backdrops have been, well, countless. You’d think that an administration that has been so quick to exploit soldiers as props — whether it was to declare “Mission Accomplished” on a naval vessel or to silence critics by saying their words might endanger soldiers in battle — would have been equally quick to spare no expense in caring for those injured in the fight. (more…)

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Not Their Parents’ Russia

February 9, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

MOSCOW

Russia today is a country that takes three hands to describe.
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The Oil-Addicted Ayatollahs

February 2, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

MOSCOW

There may be only one thing dumber than getting addicted to consuming oil as a country — and that is getting addicted to selling it. Because getting addicted to selling oil can make your country really stupid, and if the price of oil suddenly drops, it can make your people really revolutionary. That’s the real story of the rise and fall of the Soviet Union — it overdosed on oil — and it could end up being the real story of Iran, if we’re smart.
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Not-So-Strange Bedfellow

January 31, 2007
Op-Ed Contributor
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Here’s a little foreign policy test. I am going to describe two countries — “Country A” and “Country B” — and you tell me which one is America’s ally and which one is not.
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Running on Empty

January 26, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Sorry to repeat myself, but I have the same reaction to this year’s energy proposals in the State of the Union that I had to last year’s. President Bush had the opportunity to launch America on a transformative new path for clean, efficient power. He had a chance for a “Nixon to China” moment — as the Texas oilman who leads us into a greener future. Instead, he gave us “Nixon to New Mexico” — right direction, but not nearly far enough.
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Martin Luther Al-King?

January 24, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

It’s hard to know what’s more disturbing: the barbaric sectarian murders by Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq, or the deafening silence with which these mass murders are received in the Muslim world. How could it be that Danish cartoons of Muhammad led to mass violent protests, while unspeakable violence by Muslims against Muslims in Iraq every day evokes about as much reaction in the Arab-Muslim world as the weather report? Where is the Muslim Martin Luther King? Where is the “Million Muslim March” under the banner: “No Shiites, No Sunnis: We are all children of the Prophet Muhammad.” (more…)

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A Warning From the Garden

January 19, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Well, so much for our daffodils! They all bloomed in our front yard last week. They now form a nice bright yellow cluster at the bottom of our driveway. Temperatures of 65 degrees in Washington in January will do that. Frankly, daffodils in January do brighten up the lawn. Maybe next year we’ll try for roses in February.
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Make Them Fight All of Us

January 12, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

I’ve heard the president’s surge speech, and I have a reaction, an observation and some advice.

My reaction to the president’s speech was to recall a line from Bill Maher’s book about the war against terrorists: “Make them fight all of us.” (more…)

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My Favorite Green Lump

January 10, 2007
Editorial
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Colstrip, Montana

All environmentalists have their favorite “green” energy source that they think will break our addiction to oil and slow down climate change. I’ve come out to Montana to see mine. It’s called coal. (more…)

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The First Energy President

January 5, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Now that President Gerald Ford has been buried with all the honors he deserved, it is time to discuss a proper memorial. I would suggest the Gerald Ford Energy Independence Act.
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A Hanging and a Funeral

January 3, 2007

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Last Saturday was a strange day. It started with the hanging of Saddam Hussein. The more I read about the hasty, quasi-legal maneuvers used by Iraq’s Shiite leaders to rush Saddam to the gallows on a Muslim holiday, Id al-Adha, and the more I watched the grainy cellphone video of the event, in which a guard is heard taunting Saddam with chants of “Moktada! Moktada!” — the Shiite cleric whose death squads have killed hundreds of Sunnis — and the more I read of the insults Saddam spat back, the more it resembled a tribal revenge ritual rather than the culmination of a constitutional process in which America should be proud to have participated.
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Announcing the P.U.-litzer Prizes for 2006

Many can plausibly lay claim to stinky media performances, but only a few can win a P.U.-litzer.

By Norman Solomon and Jeff Cohen, AlterNet.

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Whichever Way the Wind Blows

December 15, 2006
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Midland, Tex.

Time for another news quiz: Which American state produces more wind-generated electricity than any other? Answer: Texas. Next question — this one you’ll never get: Which politician launched the Texas wind industry? Answer: Former Gov., now President, George W. Bush.
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Learning to Keep Learning

Tom Friedman

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China’s Sunshine Boys

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

So here’s a little news quiz: Guess who’s the seventh-richest man in China today, with a fortune estimated by Forbes magazine at $1.43 billion?

Answer: Shi Zhengrong. Now guess what he does. Real estate? No. Banking? No. Manufacturing for Wal-Mart? No. Construction? No.

Mr. Shi is China’s leading maker of silicon photovoltaic solar cells, which convert sunlight into electricity. Yes, the seventh-richest man in China is a green entrepreneur! It should only happen in America.
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The Tom Friedman disease

…consumes Establishment Washington
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