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The Problem of Heartbleed: Trivial Errors and Severe Impacts

Sunday, 13 April 2014, 4:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

We truly live in fearful times. One utterance of a potentially dangerous virus – be it biological or structural – and a pall comes over the public conversation. The language used is that of climate catastrophe, ecological doom, or, in the case ... More >>

The Poverty Incentive: Making the Poor Carry the Refugee Can

Friday, 11 April 2014, 1:16 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The poorer you are, the more likely you need to shoulder more. This axiomatic rule of social intercourse, engagement and daily living is simple and brutal enough: the poor shall hold, conserve, preserve. More >>

Willy Wonka of the Kitchen: The Cooking of Heston Blumenthal

Thursday, 3 April 2014, 3:47 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Chefs are the psychological beings of the culture world. They have egos large enough to fit their restaurants and personalities as delicate as egg shells. Their recipes are matters of mythology and exaggeration; their controlling techniques over staff ... More >>

Mixed blessings of the Australian National Security Monitor

Tuesday, 25 March 2014, 4:47 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Trust any bureaucracy to make an important role dull and seemingly vacuous. “Mr Bret Walker SC was appointed by the Governor General on 21 April 2011 as the first Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (INSLM) under the Independent National ... More >>

Rotting the Slimmers: Cooking with Clarissa Dickson Wright

Thursday, 20 March 2014, 5:09 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The last half of the duo known as The Two Fat Ladies has left the cooking world. Clarissa Dickson Wright came across as the sharper one in the outfit which stormed to television culinary stardom in the 1990s. Jennifer Paterson fronted as the other ... More >>

Imperial Exit: Britain’s Departure from Afghanistan

Wednesday, 19 March 2014, 5:15 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Farewell to the British, as they leave the country that took their soldiers, and more than a sense of dignity. Forces are being withdraw (the popular term is drawn down, as if they were blinds) and it is hard to see the mission in Afghanistan as ... More >>

The Bertie Wooster of Marxism: Tony Benn’s Legacy

Monday, 17 March 2014, 3:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was a title inspired by P. G. Wodehouse and coined by the novelist Malcolm Bradbury. This was the late Tony Benn as satire, Benn as the hugely visible, orated political presence that guaranteed his status as myth that no governor can ever have. More >>

The Plane Vanishes: Scenarios behind the End of MH 370

Wednesday, 12 March 2014, 5:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The fate of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared over the South China Sea on Saturday, continues to baffle the authorities of ten countries involved in the search and rescue missions. Some 40 ships and 34 aircraft have been involved ... More >>

The European Spy Bazaar: The Snowden Testimony

Wednesday, 12 March 2014, 5:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The case of Edward Snowden is an object study about why whistleblowers have mountains to climb when it comes to revealing abuses within a system. Last Friday, Snowden detailed a series of answers to submitted questions from the European Parliament ... More >>

Bringing SOPA to the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Thursday, 6 March 2014, 5:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The machinery to dominate global intellectual property by American fiat was further tightened by the announcement of Robert Holleyman’s as deputy US trade representative. President Obama’s announcement is just another reminder what sources of inspiration ... More >>

Britain, Students and Immigration: Extending Surveillance

Wednesday, 5 March 2014, 10:41 am | Binoy Kampmark

If the government can’t do it, they get the teachers to. It’s an old trick of state regulation, and it only works if the teaching class prefers compliancy over independence. In the British sense, the latest round of co-opting teachers into monitoring ... More >>

Targeting the Muckrakers: The Surveillance of WikiLeaks

Tuesday, 25 February 2014, 12:59 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was the worst kept secret in the novella of espionage delights, but the discussion in Glenn Greewald’s the Intercept was anticipated. The article suggested its imminent newsworthiness: “Top-secret documents from the National Security Agency and its ... More >>

The Manus Breakout: The Limits of the Gulag

Wednesday, 19 February 2014, 2:14 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Australia’s Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison, is no anthropologist. Nor is his government, which prefers the philosophy of hobgoblins to constructive policy. Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s officials are finding the running of their semi-colonial ... More >>

Target Indonesia: The Schapelle Corby Campaign

Tuesday, 11 February 2014, 5:17 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Schapelle Corby – and her relationship with a very specific part of Australian opinion – has been intense. In 2004, she was arrested at Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport in possession of 4.1 kilograms of marijuana. She was found guilty of smuggling and ... More >>

Between Illegality and Incompetence: Otis Pike and the NSA

Friday, 7 February 2014, 4:02 pm | Binoy Kampmark

History is by some marvels of anti-institutional warriors. Now, the names of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden tend to find copy and coverage, leakers and soldiers against tight lipped secrecy. But last month, when former New York Congressman Otis G. Pike ... More >>

Borgen meets Goldman Sachs: Denmark’s Dong Energy Adventure

Monday, 3 February 2014, 11:41 am | Binoy Kampmark

Broody Danish politicians have been hitting the screens for some time now, becoming the subject of celluloid chic. From more familiar territory in crime novels and series, Scandinavians are now moving into parliaments as drama. More >>

Tabloid Gold: Crime, and the Lure of Amanda Knox

Saturday, 1 February 2014, 12:00 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Often, the court room is a tragic amphitheatre, featuring battles which involve loss and gain. The discussion about rights outside the courtroom becomes secondary to the discussion about fortune, favour and good, plain mannered prejudice. More >>

The Realms of Impunity: GCHQ, Privacy and Murder

Friday, 31 January 2014, 4:15 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It will only get worse, but the last few days have been interesting in the accumulating annals of massive surveillance. Britain’s equivalent of the National Security Agency, GCHQ, has been placed under the legal microscope, and found wanting. More >>

Fictitious Withdrawals: The Myth of US Disengagement

Monday, 27 January 2014, 1:40 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Nothing happens at the supposedly dazzling do at the World Economic Forum held at Davos – at least, of the constructive sort. It is a heavily catered talk bonanza on what people have already agreed to. It has a huge pretence to discuss policy. More >>

When Deals are not Deals: The German-US No-Spy Arrangement

Tuesday, 21 January 2014, 1:08 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was not bound to happen and it is unlikely to. The huffing that tends to accompany recrimination and disagreement about espionage revelations is predictable. Elected representatives need to earn their keep and stay in the good books of their electorates. More >>

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