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Roger Cohen



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The truths of a French village

A few weeks ago I was in France, where I've owned a village house for almost 20 years that I am now planning to sell...

None emerged better off in the Gaza war

Oppressed people will rise up. Israel's anaemic embrace of a two-state objective is the best possible cover for the evisceration of that aim. Still, the question arises: Was this mini-war necessary?...

The Socialist World Cup

Money talks in global soccer, as it does everywhere else, perhaps more so. The sport is big business. The likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are international brands...

Iraq crisis demands use of diplomacy of force

Maliki is a Nixonian figure who sees enemies everywhere. Like Nixon, he was elected democratically. But Obama should never have allowed Maliki to indulge his worst, petulant instincts...

That France has turned right is undeniable

French bile must find political expression. It has in the rightist, anti-immigrant National Front of Marine Le Pen, victorious in European Parliament elections, her gaze now set on a greater prize...

American dreams in Communist Vietnam

For wealthy Vietnamese, the goal at the end of this educational push is access for their children to American colleges or, failing that, schools in Australia or Canada or Britain...

The unlikely road to war

Neighbouring countries have gained their independence and dignity after Soviet occupation. Why, he asks, should Ukraine not be able to do the same? ...

The quest to belong...

Isaac Michel, and his decision to leave northern Lithuania and head south from Russian pogroms toward the sun, the ostrich feathers, the gold and the promise of South Africa....

A dangerous interregnum in international order

When an exhausted Britain in imperial decline passed the mantle of global power to the US, it was a relatively seamless transition. Today America's travails inspire 'schadenfreude' but nobody wants the keys to the kingdom...

France ill at ease with US policy shift in M-E

The overall feeling in France observing US actions in the Middle East is of a troubling uncertainty, a retreat that tends to leave a vacuum, a new American determination to work with a 'light footprint' that can give the impression of disinterest...

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