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The Inhumanity of Brexit

Friday, 24 June 2016, 10:51 am | Binoy Kampmark

While the Brexit debate has become a matter of colliding blocs of speculators and crystal ball gazers, a glaring aspect has come to the fore. Virtually nothing has been said about the role played by human rights, Britain’s role in building it ... More >>

Dreams about Terrorists: Wolves, Wolf Packs and Resources

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 11:04 am | Binoy Kampmark

Terrorists provide alibis for hungry security establishments in search of themselves. Their physical effect is always small relative to the psychic disturbances they cause. Know thyself, urges the Delphic maxim, but self-knowledge implies an acceptance of ... More >>

The Politics of Boxing: Muhammad Ali and Ring Activism

Monday, 13 June 2016, 4:11 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Boxing lends itself to political expression. There is the theatre, the anticipation, the blood of primeval sacrifice. Sometimes, even histrionics. Off the ring, dramas linger. Sometimes boxers enter political office. Philippine boxing celebrity Manny ... More >>

Gutting the Scientific Establishment

Monday, 13 June 2016, 4:10 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There is something so fundamentally wrong about equating the joy and genius of scientific discovery with profit and markets. Initial discoveries in quantum physics had nothing to do with the idea of pursuing a remorseless “bottom line” or some specious ... More >>

Modi in America

Monday, 13 June 2016, 3:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“I have travelled coast-to-coast, covering more than 25 states of America. I realised the real strength of the nation lies in the dreams of its people.” Narendra Modi, Address to US Congress, Jun 8, 2016 More >>

Sham Declarations: The Media and Clinton

Wednesday, 8 June 2016, 5:03 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It has the air of legacy about it. The Clinton campaign has now moved forth with confidence to claim a victory over Bernie Sanders, who persists in an admirably tenacious campaign. The Clintonites were given, on Monday, a nugget of value in the form of ... More >>

Defining Art: Pranks at the SFMOMA

Tuesday, 7 June 2016, 5:34 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Never underestimate the power of the puncturing prank. It acts as subversion, and before you know it, that April Fool’s joke becomes the order of the day, the next gospel, the affirmed orthodoxy. Consider, for instance, a pair of glasses left on ... More >>

Hunting Sharks: Unnatural Justice and Human Revenge

Tuesday, 7 June 2016, 3:02 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Every so often, when a human wades in absurd company with a majestic shark, a predictable spectacle unfolds. The shark, interest piqued, attacks human. The human can be fatally wounded, though not always. Shark is thereby hunted – this, deemed the automatic ... More >>

Trump University and Selling Images

Saturday, 4 June 2016, 7:17 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The problem with the critics of Trump University is that they only provide a veneer for a collective tendency in US political life. Image counts and those with stellar university educations (consider the current President, of constitutional law fame) ... More >>

Colluding in Lies: The Brexit Debate

Wednesday, 1 June 2016, 1:48 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Brexit argument (whether Britain should remain or otherwise in the European Union), has become hysterically hyperbolic. That was the view of former Tory MP Gyles Brandreth, expressed with usual alacrity on the news quiz show Have I Got News For You. More >>

Trump and the Polls of Loathing

Friday, 27 May 2016, 2:53 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Caught between a cynical Clinton machine and a shape-changing reality television show, US politics has featured its latest twist in the saga of surges and poll ratings. Now, we are being told that Donald Trump does have a chance against Hillary Clinton, ... More >>

Turkey as Terror: Ankara's role in the Brexit Referendum

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 3:08 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Either we influence Europe, or it influences us.” David Cameron, The Telegraph , May 8, 2016 More >>

Leakers Down Under: The Australian Federal Police Raids

Monday, 23 May 2016, 11:34 am | Binoy Kampmark

It is election time in Australia, and the electioneering took a remarkable turn Thursday night with announcements that the Australian Federal Police had raided the offices of the opposition Australian Labor Party, including that of a senior frontbencher ... More >>

The Triumph of Establishment Politics

Thursday, 19 May 2016, 4:17 pm | Binoy Kampmark

How to find the voice of a people? Electoral systems are the stuff of political nightmare and experiment, all attempting the same goal: how best to capture an appropriately, accurate choice. Australia’s preferential election system is regarded as better ... More >>

Boris Johnson’s Hitler Comparison

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 3:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Hitler’s main aim was to create an empire in the east and violently subjugate Europeans. Any connection between that and the EU is simply laughable.” Lord Bramal, The Guardian , May 16, 2016 More >>

Killing Carp in Australia: Genocidal Fantasies Down Under

Monday, 16 May 2016, 3:05 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Trying to decide whether I side with the carp or Barnaby Joyce.” Jeff Sparrow, Twitter, May 1, 2016 More >>

Ugly London: The Mayoral Race

Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 3:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

What a disaster for the conservatives, though hardly a glory for British Labour either. Sadiq Khan, a Labour technocrat rinsed in the chummy spinelessness of the Blairite spin machine, won the London Mayoral election after a campaign that could only be ... More >>

The Leicester City Miracle: Playing Against the Statistics

Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 3:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“The biggest sporting shock of my lifetime, and it’s only my team.” Gary Lineker, May 8, 2016 More >>

Twenty-Four Hour Banality

Monday, 9 May 2016, 3:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Big fan of LBJ, me mum,” said Chris Uhlmann, journalist for the ABC’s Twenty-Four hour television news network. And that, perhaps, was the only thing of any interest in what must be regarded as one of the most boring exhibitions of television in decades. ... More >>

Fiasco in Lebanon: 60 Minutes, Privilege and Exploitation

Monday, 9 May 2016, 11:34 am | Binoy Kampmark

“The actions of a desperate mother are one thing; the extraordinary lapse in judgment and ethics of a crew of seasoned journalists getting involved in an international kidnapping scheme is another entirely.” Ruby Hamad, The Age, Apr 17, 2016 More >>

 

 

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