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Roger Kaplan
Roger Kaplan
Roger Kaplan, a Washington-based writer, covers the Middle East and Africa (and tennis) for The American Spectator.
by | Jun 12, 2019

Energy, intellectual property, guns and jet fighters: when you get right down to it, the elements needed to keep the Iron Curtain from shredding, bringing on another great European war, are quite similar to those that obtained when the line…

by | Jun 10, 2019

Serving at 0-30 and down 0-40, the young challenger hits two aces and a perfect forehand winner on the next serve-plus-one to even the score. He goes on to hold; then the rout begins. In less time than it takes…

by | Jun 3, 2019

As Stan Wawrinka and Stefanos Tsitsipas approached the fifth hour of their round of 16 matches at the French Open in the Suzanne Lenglen Stadium of Paris’s storied Roland-Garros, it was like this: who’s going to blink? They play a…

by | May 28, 2019

In the European Parliament elections, held last week, parties critical of the direction of the European Union made substantial, but not decisive, gains. For the first time since 1979, when direct election of deputies by party lists was introduced, neither…

by | May 27, 2019

The program on Memorial Day ought to be — well, it ought to be whatever you want it to be, after all, this is a free country and the whole idea is that we are remembering those who gave all…

by | May 21, 2019

Rafael Nadal won his ninth Italian Open, commonly called the Rome Masters, on Sunday, with a convincing demolition of Novak Djokovic. Demolition may sound inflationary, with even a whiff of hype, but the fact is that despite conceding the second…

by | Apr 19, 2019

Shep Smith, a popular announcer on Fox News, had Philippe Karsenty, a French businessman and politician who is known as a media critic somewhat in the way of Reed Irvine, on his show the other day, on the subject of…

by | Apr 12, 2019

The Sudanese uniforms must have noticed when Algeria’s army boss, Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah, pushed his president out the door, politely as these things go, a couple weeks ago, because they lost little time fomenting the same fate for their…

by | Apr 3, 2019

Frederik Chopin was a Polish pianist whose passionate compositions continue to stir the soul. His music is associated with the doomed 1830 uprising against Imperial Russian rule, foreshadowing the fights for freedom against Nazis and Communists in the 20th century. Franz…

by | Apr 2, 2019

Algeria’s army chief, General Ahmed Gaid Salah, is playing two roles — still one less than Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove — namely, good cop and bad cop. It may be working. The living — or dying — representative figure…

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