Stories By Thomas Friedman

  • Friedman: Will 2020’s election be the end of our democracy? Distrust about mail-in voting would be the end of American democracy as we know it.
  • Thomas Friedman: We have no choice but to impeach Impeaching a president is the most consequential thing our Congress can do — other than declaring war. So, after great consideration, I say: President Donald Trump not only should be impeached, he must be impeached if America's democracy is...
  • Thomas Friedman: President, Zuckerberg eroding U.S. If America's worst enemies had spent years designing a plan to erode our greatest strengths, they could not have done better than what some of our fellow citizens are doing to the country every day for short-term financial or political gain....
  • Thomas Friedman: How Israeli peace plan became farce Last week's ugly mess involving the abortive visit to Israel of two Democratic congresswomen was useful for only one reason: It exposed how much the Palestinian-Israeli peace process has become a pathetic festival of magical thinking, performance...
  • Thomas Friedman: Complexity goes beyond left or right The American body politic has experienced two big — and enormously revealing — shocks in the past month. The first was political, administered by the Democrats' first debates, which revealed a party whose leading presidential candidates were...
  • Thomas Friedman: Now's not the time for a revolution I'm struck at how many people have come up to me recently and said, "Trump's going to get reelected, isn't he?" And in each case, when I drilled down to ask why, I bumped into the Democratic presidential debates in June. I think a lot of...
  • Thomas Friedman: Who is a bigger threat to his democracy, Bibi or Trump? On Sept. 17, Israel will hold its second national election in less than six months. It looks like just a rerun of the election on April 9, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu narrowly won — but was unable to put together a ruling coalition...
  • Commentary: Different goals in Iran and China The president has engaged America in a grand struggle to reshape the modern behavior of two of the world's oldest civilizations — Persia and China — at the same time. Pressing both to change is not crazy. What's crazy is the decision to...
  • Thomas Friedman: Connect the dots to see an ugly picture Just when you think you've seen and heard it all from Donald Trump, he sinks to a new low that leaves you speechless and wondering: Is he crazy, is he evil, is he maniacally committed to unwinding every good thing Barack Obama did, or is he just...
  • Thomas Friedman: Careful, or we'll break the economy If I had one wish it would be that the leaders and trade negotiators of the U.S. and China would go on a weekend retreat together — I'd suggest Singapore — with a facilitator — I'd suggest Singapore's prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong — with no...
  • Thomas Friedman: As trade wars go, this is the big one A U.S. businessman friend of mine who works in China remarked to me recently that Donald Trump is not the American president America deserves, but he sure is the American president China deserves. Trump's instinct that America needs to...
  • Thomas Friedman: Small town, big lesson for America Willmar, Minn. In 1949 my aunt and uncle moved from Minneapolis to this town in west-central Minnesota, where they started a small steel distribution company. I visited them regularly for 50 years. About 40 years ago, my aunt whispered to me...
  • Thomas Friedman: How to defeat Trump and save America Growing up, I was always fascinated with the magician-psychic Uri Geller, who was famous for bending spoons with his supposed supernatural powers. How did he do that? I wondered. I've been thinking about him lately as I've watched an even more...
  • Thomas Friedman: U.S. foreign policy luck runs out The year 2019 will be remembered for a lot of things, but in foreign policy it may well be remembered as the year our luck ran out. How so? The period after World War II was one of those incredibly plastic moments in history, and we were...
  • Thomas Friedman: Tiger Woods and game of life analogy Although my day job is writing the foreign affairs column for The New York Times — more Persian Gulf than fairway golf — thinking about golf and playing as often as I can is my all-consuming hobby. So like millions of others, I was awed by Tiger...
  • Thomas Friedman: We need a 'Green Real Deal' — stat Here's some news you may have missed. Southeastern Africa got hit in March with a cyclone that United Nations officials say was one of the worst weather disasters to ever strike the Southern Hemisphere. "Ever" is a long time. The storm swept...
  • Thomas Friedman: The United Kingdom has gone mad Politico reported the other day that the French European affairs minister, Nathalie Loiseau, had named her cat "Brexit." Loiseau told the Journal du Dimanche that she chose the name because "he wakes me up every morning meowing to death because...
  • Thomas Friedman: America risks loving Israel to death Jerusalem Amos Yadlin, the former head of military intelligence in Israel, likes to say that Israel as a Jewish-majority democracy faces two existential threats: a nuclear-armed Iran and turning itself into a binational state by permanently...
  • Thomas Friedman: Who to elect for a foreign policy crisis at 3 a.m.? As the 2020 campaign gets under way, we've heard about a Green New Deal, Medicare for all, breaking up Amazon and universal basic income — to name but a few of the ideas raised by Democratic presidential hopefuls. But one issue has been largely...
  • Thomas Friedman: The robots still need us — for now Fifteen years ago, I came to Bangalore, India's Silicon Valley, to do a documentary on outsourcing. One of our first stops was a company called 24/7 whose main business was answering customer service calls and selling products, like credit cards,...