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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 | 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…

by | Mar 28, 2019

The issue in Algeria now appears to be whether the incumbent president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, will go quietly when his term expires today, or whether the constitutional court (their Supremes) will ask the parliament (their House) to produce a two-thirds majority…

by | Mar 22, 2019

In announcing the army will be mobilized in anticipation of yet another demonstration in Paris by yellow-vested protesters — a regular weekend occurrence since November — French president Emmanuel Macron appears to be playing double or nothing. If the strategy…

by | Mar 12, 2019

Algerian street demonstrators got a big win with the announcement, either by himself or his medico-ventriloquist, that incumbent president Abdelaziz Bouteflika would not stand for a fifth term, after all. Since February 22, the “Arab street” in all the cities…

by | Mar 4, 2019

Demonstrations across Algeria suggest another “Arab Spring” may be on the way. It would have to be called an Arabo-Berber Spring to be demographically accurate, and it may have to go the patient route, starting with the symbolic step of…

by | Feb 28, 2019

While “yellow-vest” protests continue in France, receiving wide and attention, rolling demos in Algeria are scarcely noticed. Yet as different sectors of society mobilize through social media for turns in the streets of Algiers, the stakes are no less dramatic….

by | Feb 18, 2019

The French government last week reported that anti-Semitic acts rose sharply last year, confirming a trend that has been noticeable at least since the early 1990s. You still hear the old Yiddish proverb, men ist azoy wie Gott in Frankreichor,…

by | Feb 6, 2019

The French scholar Patrice Gueniffey, a specialist in the French Revolution and the leading contemporary authority on the Napoleonic era, refers to Walter Bagehot on the two essential requirements of any regime, dignity and efficiency. Without an aura of dignity,…

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