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Normal Intrusions: Globalising AI Surveillance

Monday, 23 September 2019, 2:53 pm | Binoy Kampmark

They all do it: corporations, regimes, authorities. They all have the same reasons: efficiency, serviceability, profitability, all under the umbrella term of “security”. Call it surveillance, or call it monitoring the global citizenry; it all comes down ... More >>

Rotten in Tunisia: The Corrupt Rule of Ben Ali

Saturday, 21 September 2019, 6:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

He was the prototypical strong man softened by tactical reforms, blissfully ignorant before the fall, blown off in the violent winds of the Arab Spring. Having come to power in 1987 on the back of a coup against the 84-year-old Habib Bourguiba, whom ... More >>

Extinction Rebellion: Leaving it to the Students

Friday, 20 September 2019, 4:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The protestor of school age sported a placard featuring a distorted caricature of Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison: “Scomo was liking it hot”. A glorious spring day, and a gathering was already fussing and buzzing outside the Victorian ... More >>

Strong Men in Europe: Tony Abbott Visits Hungary

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 7:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“I extend a special welcome to Australia’s former prime minister. It is in part due to his tough policy that we regard Australia as a model country. We especially respect it for the brave, direct and Anglo-Saxon consistency which it has shown on ... More >>

Lotteries and Rights in the Sporting Life

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 3:26 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The pigeon flapped in desperation, moving across Melbourne’s lavish Capitol Theatre in fits and starts. It was more alarmed than anything else at the address being given by former Australian football (soccer to some) player Craig Foster. Foster has been ... More >>

Fake Arguments on Fake News

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 2:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The constipated tedium that follows each call, denial and condemnation after another round of fake news and its giddying effects has become daily fare. Entire episodes with the sanctimonious and the solemn are being created to show up the citizen journalist, ... More >>

Oiling for War: The Houthi Attack on Abqaiq

Monday, 16 September 2019, 3:09 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The attack on the world’s largest oil processing facility at Abqaiq in Saudi Arabia southwest of Aramco’s headquarters in Dhahran had a few predictable responses. Given that the facility has a daily output of some 5.7 million barrels, damaging ... More >>

Doctored Admissions: The US University Admissions Scandal

Saturday, 14 September 2019, 4:05 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Not so much a Desperate House Wife as a desperate mother, a contrite Felicity Huffman, known for playing Lynette Scavo, has been convicted for her role in the university admissions scandal in the United States. The scene is set for another dramatization, ... More >>

Improper Purposes: Boris Johnson’s Suspension of Parliament

Friday, 13 September 2019, 4:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There was something richly amusing in the move: three judges, sitting in Scotland’s highest court of appeal, had little time for the notion that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s suspension, or proroguing, of parliament till October 14, had been lawful. ... More >>

Farewelling Dr No: The Sacking of John Bolton

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 11:02 am | Binoy Kampmark

“Every time the president, or Pompeo, or anyone in the [Trump] administration came up with an idea, they had to face Dr No.” More >>

Spikes of Violence: Protest in West Papua

Monday, 9 September 2019, 12:51 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Like Timor-Leste, West Papua, commonly subsuming both Papua and West Papua, remains a separate ethnic entity, acknowledged as such by previous colonial powers. Its Dutch colonial masters, in preparing to leave the region in the 1950s, left the ground ... More >>

Boris Trips: Duvets, Toothbrushes and the House of Lords

Monday, 9 September 2019, 8:39 am | Binoy Kampmark

In 2017, MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Tory creature trapped in cold storage, suggested that the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union was tantamount to fighting the battles of Agincourt, Waterloo and Trafalgar, a true statement of British strength. ... More >>

Robert Mugabe’s Legacy: Revolution, Amity and Decline

Sunday, 8 September 2019, 11:46 am | Binoy Kampmark

Robert Mugabe is the sort of figure that always caused discomfort. He was a permanent revolutionary, becoming, in time, the despotic ruler who frittered away revolutionary gain. He played multiple roles in international political consciousness. As Zimbabwe’s ... More >>

The Courage of Saying No: Children, Rebellion and Greta

Friday, 6 September 2019, 1:15 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There is something to be said of wariness when it comes to revolutionary voices. As Albert Camus argued in that beautiful tract of illumination and contradiction, The Rebel , “All modern revolutions have ended in the reinforcement of the power ... More >>

Inevitable Withdrawal: The US-Taliban Deal

Wednesday, 4 September 2019, 3:11 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It took gallons and flagons of blood, but it eventuated, a squeeze of history into a parchment of possibility: the Taliban eventually pushed the sole superpower on this expiring earth to a deal of some consequence. (The stress is on the some - the ... More >>

Tradition, Marketing and Blacked Cognac

Monday, 2 September 2019, 2:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The moment the liquid hits the mark, lips on the balloon rim, the hand having swirled the mellow colouring to life, the throat anticipates. It is tenderising, the gentle burn finding its way down to the belly. Most cultures have their tribute of firewater, ... More >>

Unhinged before the Fall: Boris Johnson, Parliament and Brex

Friday, 30 August 2019, 3:16 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Brexit no deal prospect is engendering an element of lunacy fast seeping into every pore of the British political establishment. As with all steeped in such thinking, some of it made sense. Prime Minister Boris Johnson had been inspired by a mild dictatorial ... More >>

Polishing Turds: Lord Bell’s Public Relations Revolution

Wednesday, 28 August 2019, 3:45 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Morality is a job for priests. Not P.R. men.” Tim Bell, New York Times , Feb 4, 2018 More >>

Justifications for Inequality: The Neuroses of Kochland

Tuesday, 27 August 2019, 3:04 pm | Binoy Kampmark

One of the brothers Koch, David, has shuffled off this mortal coil, and the pious few looking at his passing may well think he is making it tough for camels passing through needles. As part of the Brothers Koch, he presided over a corporate empire ... More >>

The Stupidity of Smart Devices and Smart Cities

Monday, 26 August 2019, 2:27 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Insentience cannot have intelligence, but the modern public relations revolution would have you think otherwise. Smart phones, smart bombs, and, it follows, Smart Cities (capitalising such terms implies false authority), do not exist in that sense, ... More >>

 

 

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