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Thomas Friedman: Turning back a stampede of black elephants

timesunion.com — A black elephant, explained the London-based investor and environmentalist Adam Sweidan, is a cross between "a black swan" (an unlikely, unexpected event with enormous ramifications) and the "elephant in the room" (a problem that is visible to everyone, yet no one wants to address it) even though we know that one day it will have vast, black-swan-like consequences.

Stampeding Black Elephants

nytimes.com — SYDNEY, Australia - I PARTICIPATED in the World Parks Congress in Sydney last week and learned a new phrase: "a black elephant."

Thomas Friedman: Middle East change starts with Arabs

timesunion.com — Where there is already order and decency â€" Morocco, Jordan, Lebanon, Kurdistan and the United Arab Emirates â€" do everything to amplify it, so it becomes more consensual and sustainable. When change starts or depends on our staying power, it is not self-sustaining â€" the most important value in international relations.

Thomas L. Friedman: Containment and amplification in Mideast

sacbee.com — After series of failed U.S. policies across the region, maybe these principles are the best hope for something that will work.

It�s Up to Iraqis Now. Good Luck.

nytimes.com — Of all the pictures I saw from the Iraqi elections last weekend, my favorite was on nytimes.com: an Iraqi expatriate mother, voting in Michigan, holding up her son to let him stuff her ballot into the box. I loved that picture.

Did Dubai Do It?

nytimes.com — DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - 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 election of the Muslim Brotherhood; it failed.

Friedman: Did Dubai do it?Dubai becomes model government of Middle East

chron.com — Where there is already order and decency - Morocco, Jordan, Lebanon, Kurdistan and the United Arab Emirates - do everything to amplify it, so it becomes more consensual and sustainable. When change starts or depends on our staying power, it is not self-sustaining - the most important value in international relations.

Thomas Friedman | www.palmbeachpost.com

mypalmbeachpost.com — By Thomas Friedman 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, and by America's failed invasion of Iraq.

Friedman: Who are we?

chron.com — DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -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. Why?

Thomas Friedman: Muslims again begin to ask: Who are we?

timesunion.com — 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.
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