NY Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning author of Lexus and the Olive Tree and From Beirut to Jerusalem.

Putin and the Pope

nytimes.com — Reading the papers these days I find that the two world leaders who stir the most passion in me are Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia. One is everything you'd want in a leader, the other everything you wouldn't want. One holds sway over 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, the other over nine time zones.

Friedman: Is new cold war playing out at the pump?

mypalmbeachpost.com — Is it just my imagination or is there a global oil war underway pitting the United States and Saudi Arabia against Russia and Iran?

A global oil war is raging

mysanantonio.com — Global crude oil prices have been falling for weeks, now resting around $88 â€" after a long stretch at $105 to $110 a barrel. Neither Moscow nor Tehran will collapse tomorrow. [...] if oil prices fall below $70 you will see a drop in U.S.

Friedman: Islamic State as Invasive Species

mypalmbeachpost.com — When the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, took over Mosul in the summer, the Sunni jihadist fighters in ISIS, many of whom were foreigners, went house to house. On the homes of Christians they marked "Nassarah," an archaic Arabic term for Christians.

A Pump War? - NYTimes.com

nytimes.com — Is it just my imagination or is there a global oil war underway pitting the United States and Saudi Arabia on one side against Russia and Iran on the other?

I.S. = Invasive Species

nytimes.com — AN Iraqi official recently told me this story: When the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, took over Mosul in the summer, the Sunni jihadist fighters in ISIS, many of whom were foreigners, went house to house. On the homes of Christians they marked "Nassarah," an archaic Arabic term for Christians.

The Secret Service’s problems trickle down from above

seattletimes.com — Originally published Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 4:03 PM Getting elected and raising money to get re-elected seems to be all that too many of our national politicians are interested in anymore, writes syndicated columnist Thomas L. Friedman.

Friedman: Secret Service's lapses shouldn't surprise us

chron.com — Thomas Friedman says the recent breakdowns in presidential security are just indicative of Washington's pervasive 'punch the clock' attitude. According to PolitiFact, Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine called it 'the second-earliest recess before a midterm since 1960.'

The Secret Service and the Political Class

nytimes.com — I'm sure there are many technical explanations for the recent breakdowns in Secret Service protection that allowed an armed intruder to run right through the front door of the White House and an armed felon to ride on an elevator with President Obama. But I'd also put some blame on the nation's political class.

The Islamic State, Boko Haram and Batman

mysanantonio.com — Alfred Pennyworth: Well, because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. Where there is order plus decency â€" think Jordan, Morocco, Kurdistan, the United Arab Emirates â€" try to make it more consensual and effective, again to make it more sustainable.
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