Roger Kaplan

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

Ladies First

 

For a set and a half, there was no doubt who was going to win the afternoon’s first match on court six at Roland Garros stadium. The tall lithe girl with the breathtaking combination of power and shot-making accuracy was a cinch. Whenever she needed a point, she set up a sequence wherein she got […]

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Kids Look Good, Fail to Make Cut

 

Paris At the end of their matches, the kids were tired, frustrated, mumbling and yelling at themselves. One kid even threw his towel on the ground in frustration. He had the crowd with him — a French kid, in France, against an Argentine — but he got so mad it was not sure he had […]

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A Frenchman by Any Other Name

 

France will have a new president by the beginning of next week, following a dignified ceremony at the Elysée Palace in central Paris, as retiring President François Hollande formally hands over the office (and the house) to his ex-Minister of the Economy, Emmanuel Macron. The Republican Guard will be there in resplendent outfits and the […]

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Macron Elected President of France

 

The French voted yesterday and, one hopes, got over the collective frisson they engaged in for much of the past six months, combining it with a national exercise of you-stink-I-hate-you group therapy. They needed to get it done before having a real break down, and get on with being French. And so they did, giving […]

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The Double Dime, Wild Cards, Wild Talk

 

A ten-time winner at any tournament is rare; to pull it off at two tournaments in a fortnight is almost certainly — you can look it up — unprecedented. But Rafael Nadal — the 30-year-old tennis genius from Manacor, Spain — pulled it off yesterday, when he swept past Dominic Thiem of Lichtenworth, Austria, to […]

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The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo

 

Sunday evening, and it appears the “marcronie” — the non-left non-right political vehicle, formally named En Marche (Haul Ass), to support the presidential candidacy of Emmanuel Macron, won the most votes on Sunday, and the National Front won the second most votes. Under the rules, the two candidates of these tendencies will face off in […]

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After Champs-Elysées Attack: Short Guide to French Election

 

Who profits from the terrorism that, once again, claimed a policeman’s life in France? Will the outrage influence Sunday’s presidential election? If French security authorities confirm that the AK-47-armed gunman who shot up a police squad on the Champs-Elysées Friday was indeed directed, or at least inspired by, an Islamist terror movement, you can score […]

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The Man Who Does Not Blink

 

The situation right after the Tomahawks destroyed the Syrian air force on the ground appears to be that the Soviets, excuse me, the Russians, made a perfunctory naval maneuver in the eastern Mediterranean to demonstrate they are not wimps and then contented themselves with a stiff protest and a warning, seconded by the Persian mullahcrats, […]

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Roger the Great

 

A gorgeous crosscourt backhand that caught the other man by surprise, then a breathtaking inside out forehand down the line that downright shocked him: that was the match that was, except for a final service winner, as Roger Federer triumphed at the Miami Open, decisively beating his old friend and rival, Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4. […]

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Keeping One’s Head

 

I am not the type of person who says I told you so, but as it happens, I told you so. My view at the time of the Inauguration was counter-conventional, in that I wrote, against the conventional wisdom that a new administration has to hit the ground running and get its big policy proposals […]

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