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Russian Connections in Albion: The ISC Report

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 9:07 am | Binoy Kampmark

The UK election campaign has kicked off, and merrily confused are the major candidates. The chaotic scene was made a touch more interesting with the refusal on the part of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to clear the release of a report by the intelligence ... More >>

Walls in the Head: Ostalgia and the Berlin Wall

Sunday, 10 November 2019, 3:40 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Walls have always served a dual purpose: they keep people in, and others out. The mentality of the wall is one of imprisonment and exclusion. Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, we see such infrastructure, both symbolically and in actuality, ... More >>

Charter for Conservatism: The ALP Campaign Review

Saturday, 9 November 2019, 3:51 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Reports on electoral strategies are often written in order to be avoided. They are scripted for the express purpose of gathering dust on shelves, or decaying in digital files rarely to be consulted except by historians. But the review of the reasons ... More >>

Corporate Mammon: Amazon and the Seattle Council Elections

Friday, 8 November 2019, 3:16 pm | Binoy Kampmark

An enduring US political tradition was in evidence in Seattle recently. Amazon had decided that the city council elections would be too important to leave alone. Seattle was their city after all. The aim of the company was much in keeping with the manor ... More >>

Curfew Panda

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 4:12 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It seems a tall, ambitious and very authoritarian order: imposing bans on persons under the age of 18 from playing online games between 22:00 and 08:00; rationing gaming on weekdays to 90 minutes and three hours on holidays and weekends. This is ... More >>

The Hillary Clinton Resentment Machine

Monday, 4 November 2019, 4:24 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Only a sadomasochist would consider it a genuine prospect. A failed presidential candidate, the louse in the locks of the Democratic Party, keen to make yet another vain tilt at the White House. But in the rogues’ gallery of the defective and disturbed, ... More >>

Crushing Anti-Mining Protest in Australia

Saturday, 2 November 2019, 2:34 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Prime Minister of Australia is fuming. Having made his mark on Australian politics by being the mining sector’s most avid defender, Scott Morrison was disturbed by the week’s events in Melbourne that saw clashes between police and protesters outside ... More >>

Tethering Pegasus: WhatsApp takes NSO Group to Court

Friday, 1 November 2019, 2:51 pm | Binoy Kampmark

A lawsuit filed in a US federal court in San Francisco on Tuesday threw up a few interesting, and disturbing considerations. In it, the Facebook-owned platform WhatsApp advanced an allegation that now seems commonplace: that the Israeli spyware Pegasus ... More >>

Boris Johnson Against Parliament

Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 12:04 pm | Binoy Kampmark

A pretty odd thing, this. The prime minister of Britain, supposedly of the conservative creed, making an almost violent dash against both parliament and the courts of law. While his presence is barely a patch on Margaret Thatcher, there is something about ... More >>

A Touch of Plagiarism: The Nazari Precedent

Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 10:13 am | Binoy Kampmark

The academy is filled with wonder. There are professors who cannot teach. There are associate professors who cannot write. There are tenured academics who have been promoted on the basis of being able to be the fourth author on all their papers, ... More >>

Unlevelled Fields: Brexit, Workers’ Rights & the Environment

Sunday, 27 October 2019, 9:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The smorgasbord of Brexit terms has been further plated up with the latest acronym: the WAB or Withdrawal Agreement Bill . It comes in at 115 pages, with an added bonus of 126 pages of explanatory notes. For something seemingly so significant, not much ... More >>

Libra and Calibra: Mark Zuckerberg appears before Congress

Friday, 25 October 2019, 3:45 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was never going to be pretty. The Facebook CEO knew in appearing before the House Financial Services Committee to answer questions on the company’s proposed cryptocurrency that a few sizeable bumps would appear. As it turned out, much of the questioning ... More >>

Julian Assange, Political Offences and Surveillance

Thursday, 24 October 2019, 3:19 pm | Binoy Kampmark

While Australian journalists bonded and broke break in condemning national security legislation that some of them had previously supported, one figure was barely mentioned. Julian Assange was making his first public appearance since April for a case management ... More >>

Brand Trudeau Wins a Second Term

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 2:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Few politicians come across more as products of hashtag committee management than Justin Trudeau. His image has been doctored, massaged and spruced, and even then, the Instagram-Twitter committee did not quite see those corrupt influences that are ... More >>

Equine Hypocrisies: Race Horses for the Knackery

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 5:35 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was always a probable fact: the dark consequences of having what is termed in Australia a “racing” industry, where breeds do battle on the track, sponsored and watered by the money of an industry that sees no sign of contracting. Curiously, ... More >>

Celebrity Protesters and Extinction Rebellion

Sunday, 20 October 2019, 6:36 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Benedict Cumberbatch. Olivia Colman. Fine actors. They believe in Extinction Rebellion, or perhaps, rebelling against the prospect of extinction. The environment thing, humanity as a damnably scandalous, ecologically damaging species. But they also believe ... More >>

The Decent Protester: A Down Under Creation

Friday, 18 October 2019, 4:28 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Decent Protester, appropriately capitalised and revered is, from the outset, one who does not protest. It is an important point: to protest in the visage of such a person is an urge best left to inner fantasy and feeling. You come late to the ... More >>

Piggish Problems: African Swine Fever Does Its Worst

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 9:45 am | Binoy Kampmark

You cannot get away from it, at least in print or in Google land. African swine fever is doing its rounds, cutting through the swine population of Asia with remorseless dedication. Since its deadly debut in China last year, it has done away with some ... More >>

A Coalition of Support: Parliamentarians for Julian Assange

Monday, 14 October 2019, 5:16 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Australian politicians, and the consular staff of the country, are rarely that engaged on the subject of protecting their citizens. In a couple of notorious cases, Australian authorities demonstrated, not only an indifference, but a consciously venal approach ... More >>

University Woes: The Managerial Class Gets Uppity

Sunday, 13 October 2019, 1:05 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The university, in a global sense, is passing into a managerial oblivion. There are a few valiant holdouts, but they have the luxury of history, time, and learning. Cambridge and Oxford, for instance, still boast traditional academics, soaking erudition, ... More >>



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