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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 | Mar 30, 2020

Pursuing my explanation to P, in Paris with his American lit seminar despite le confinement, Huck Finn rejects Aunt Sally’s civilizing mission and runs away, toward freedom: his own (“ahead of the rest,” he says) and Jim’s. Civilization comes with…

by | Mar 26, 2020

P, my Paris correspondent, asks me how we are holding up, I tell him we as a society will be fine if we stay true to our own selves and our customs. I approve giving his students Hawthorne to read…

by | Mar 24, 2020

My friend P in Paris, an occasional American Spectator contributor, notes that no one was celebrating or even remembering the day on Monday. Mouvement du 22 mars! The day it started! Ha, I say, that was when the jeunesse went wild in the…

by | Mar 23, 2020

Editor’s Note: The coronavirus pandemic has many of us shut up in our homes for now. That can be isolating and frustrating. But it can also be a chance to catch up on things we let fall away during busier…

by | Mar 18, 2020

Amid the national conversation — a silly, fashionable term except it sounds like the yak-yaks it mostly is — I am reminded of how national leaders used to speak in times of stress. War and total economic ruin, mind, not…

by | Mar 9, 2020

The Hollywood Left and its acolytes having played the old-white-man card and laid an egg, they’re trying the Marie Antoinette card. They will only deepen their misery. They are attacking our Republic’s lovely and gracious First Lady for improving the…

by | Mar 7, 2020

I see where Hollywood types — but not Clint! not Chuck! not Dwayne! — are complaining the Dems are down to two old white guys competing for the party nod to go mano a mano against the prez. Same time,…

by | Feb 24, 2020

The chances of Bernie Sanders getting the Democratic nomination are decidedly better than the other declared candidates’, but that is not saying very much, according to the experts, who believe no candidate will win outright on the first ballot at…

by | Feb 12, 2020

What would you do if a preacher threatened a harmless 16-year-old girl because she was potty-mouthed? What began as a brutal — if virtual — dustup on social media between a French teenager with an aversion for religion in general…

by | Feb 6, 2020

President Emmanuel Macron traveled to Poland this week to assure his hosts that France will not let the Russians do anything bad to them. At the Jagiellonian University of Krakow, alma mater and home town of his host, President Andrzej…

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