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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 | 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,…

by | Jan 28, 2019

Naomi Osaka held her nerve, shook the frustration of blowing match points, and beat Petra Kvitova in three sets to win the Australian Open. Both played hard-hitting baseline tennis that stretched their physical and mental stamina. It was exhausting —…

by | Jan 15, 2019

Roger Federer holds his first serve against Milos Raonic, who held his own first game rather more handily. It is the second set of the Stuttgart Open final, the surface is grass. The top player of the century is back…

by | Jan 15, 2019

Emmanuel Macron addressed a letter today to the French people, inviting them to participate over the next couple months in a national debate on broad themes of public policy. The first-term president, under pressure from a tax revolt that has…

by | Jan 9, 2019

In the thick of a demonstration in Paris protesting the unfairness of it all, a French professional boxer assaulted a cop and sent him to the hospital and thence on a fortnight’s sick leave. Demonstrations by men and women wearing…

by | Jan 9, 2019

In the thick of a demonstration in Paris protesting the unfairness of it all, a French professional boxer assaulted a cop and sent him to the hospital and thence on a fortnight’s sick leave. Demonstrations by men and women wearing…

by | Jan 1, 2019

As Americans ponder the lessons of the year gone by, worry about why their clothes don’t fit, weigh the virtues of fresh water vs. rye whiskey, and compare the benefits of tiddlywinks and free-style swimming, it dawns upon large swathes…

by | Dec 25, 2018

Christmas is a time of gifts, and they may be great gifts or small gifts. But it’s the thought that counts. But, the golden rule is, give, think not of getting, and you will get in the Lord’s good time….

by | Dec 14, 2018

“They had to shoot back.” Laconically, the Interior Ministry reported why the life of Cheriff Chekatt, 29, ended Tuesday night on a street in Neudorf, a Strasbourg neighborhood not far from the Cathedral Square where a day earlier three people…

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