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La Repubblica - Italy | 04/11/2014

IS terrorism has driven away journalists

The terrorist militia Islamic State (IS) has apparently brought the Jahar gas field near Homs under its control again after months of fighting. The group published several photos in online networks, showing among other things the IS flag flying above the gas field. Such reports should be taken with a pinch of sale, Thomas L. Friedman writes in the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: "The Islamic State … has accompanied its brutal takeover of large swaths of Iraq and Syria with the kidnapping and beheading of journalists. Any Western journalists who would dare to venture into ISIS territory today would be risking their lives every second. ... What are we missing by not having reporters permanently present inside IS territory? A lot. ... ISIS is telling us what it wants us to know through Twitter and Facebook, and keeping from us anything it doesn't want us to know. So be wary of what anyone tells you about this war - good, bad or indifferent. Without independent reporting on the ground, we're in for some surprises. If you don't go, you don't know."

La Repubblica - Italy | 12/09/2013

Hitler in the Middle East and no Churchill in sight

The Syria crisis can only be resolved by an external force outside the country, New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman explains in an article published in the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: "The only problem is that it is impossible to imagine a solution to the conflict in Syria without some outside force putting boots on the ground. When you get the degree of state and social breakdown that you have in such a multitribal and multisectarian society as Syria, there is no trust with which to govern and rotate power. Therefore, you need either a midwife or a Mandela or a trusted military (à la Egypt) to referee the transition to a new order. And since Syria has no Mandela and no trusted military, it is going to need an external midwife. I understand why there are no volunteers, but the United Nations Security Council will eventually have to address this reality, otherwise Syria will become Afghanistan on the Mediterranean. So give Obama credit for standing up for an important principle in a chaotic region. But also give the American people some credit. They're telling our leaders something important: It's hard to keep facing down Middle East Hitlers when there are no Churchills on the other side."

La Repubblica - Italy | 12/06/2012

Thomas L. Friedman on the limits of the Egyptian Facebook revolution

The presidential run-off vote in Egypt, in which a Muslim Brother and a representative of the Mubarak regime will compete for the office, will take place on June 16 and 17. A sobering moment for activists of the Facebook revolution, writes the US journalist Thomas L. Friedman in a commentary for the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: "What happened to the 'Facebook Revolution'? ... No doubt Facebook helped a certain educated class of Egyptians to spread the word about the Tahrir Revolution. ... But, at the end of the day, politics always comes down to two very old things: leadership and the ability to get stuff done. And when it came to those, both the Egyptian Army and the Muslim Brotherhood, two old 'brick and mortar' movements, were much more adept than the Facebook generation. To be sure, Facebook, Twitter and blogging are truly revolutionary tools of communication and expression that have brought so many new and compelling voices to light. At their best, they're changing the nature of political communication and news. But, at their worst, they can become addictive substitutes for real action."

La Repubblica - Italy | 05/05/2011

Thomas Friedman on the end of al-Qaida ideology

The ideology of the al-Qaida network could dissolve following the death of Osama bin Laden, writes the US journalist Thomas L. Friedman in the daily La Repubblica, noting that the Arab Spring is patently a counter-movement to the ideology of terror. This Bin Ladenism "emerged from a devil's bargain between oil-consuming countries and Arab dictators. We all - Europe, America, India, China - treated the Arab world as a collection of big gas stations, and all of us sent the same basic message to the petro-dictators: Keep the oil flowing, the prices low and don't bother Israel too much and you can treat your people however you like, out back, where we won't look. Bin Laden and his followers were a product of all the pathologies that were allowed to grow in the dark out back - crippling deficits of freedom, women's empowerment and education across the Arab world. These deficits nurtured a profound sense of humiliation among Arabs at how far behind they had fallen, a profound hunger to control their own futures and a pervasive sense of injustice in their daily lives. That is what is most striking about the Arab uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia in particular. They were almost apolitical. They were not about any ideology. They were propelled by the most basic human longings for dignity, justice and to control one's own life."

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