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Day-Dreams of Millions of Losers: The Bikie Legacy in Waco

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 11:33 am | Binoy Kampmark

“The streets of every city are thronged with men who would pay all their money they could get their hands on to be transformed – even for a day – into hairy, hard-fisted brutes who walk over cops, extort free drinks from terrified bar tenders ... More >>

US Bombers to Australia

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 11:06 am | Binoy Kampmark

The language never reflects the actual conduct. Deploying weapons to a region in greater numbers is not seen as provocative, even if placing such items in a theatre of operations is bound to get neighbours nervous. This is particularly the case about ... More >>

“In the Coming Days”: Mother’s Day and Teenage Terrorism

Wednesday, 13 May 2015, 1:42 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It doesn’t matter if it happens or not. It does not matter how probable the eventuality is. We are working in the higher realm of probabilities, designated as such by the police authorities who found, first, the possibility that there would be terrorist ... More >>

Surveillance Britain: Toryland and Police Prying

Monday, 11 May 2015, 9:16 am | Binoy Kampmark

We know what the election victory for the Tories in the United Kingdom signifies. Britain, festooned in the confetti of democratic freedoms, is heading for a further trimming, a pruning that will privilege surveillance powers over that of privacy. ... More >>

The Scottish National Party and the British Elections

Tuesday, 5 May 2015, 4:10 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“I’m just facing up to reality. A minority government can’t govern without support from other parties. Either Ed Miliband will accept that or he won’t.” More >>

Refusing to Host the Olympics: The Deceptive IOC Brand

Monday, 4 May 2015, 1:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The merchants of the Olympic brand are running out of ideas. For decades, the deception of common humanity and the broader interests of building peace before the terror of war supposedly immunised the Olympics from slander and critique. Olympism was ... More >>

Illusions in the British Election Campaign

Friday, 1 May 2015, 9:33 am | Binoy Kampmark

Election watching in Britain usually takes various forms. This time, the challenging nutters have been said to be getting the runs on the board, and the voters are having the most interesting, if confusing spread, in years. This terrifies the incumbents, ... More >>

The Failings of Capital Punishment: Indonesia Executes

Thursday, 30 April 2015, 2:46 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Jokowi. Myuran Sukumaran. Kerobokan Prison. Bali. 23/01/2015. People can change.” Inscription by Myuran Sukumaran of a portrait of Joko Widodo, Indonesian President. More >>

Hobbling Democracy: TPPA and The Covenant of Secrecy

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 10:16 am | Binoy Kampmark

The TTIP and TPPA, both sounding like ominous injections of political disaster, continue their march towards belittling, and corroding the democratic content of its participating countries. The holder of the needle remains US President Barack Obama, while the ... More >>

Sealing Borders: Fortress Europe’s War on Refugees

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 9:57 am | Binoy Kampmark

“Rescue boats? I’d use gunships to stop migrants.” And so, the fantastically venal contributor to Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun Katie Hopkins adds her bit to the migration debate in Europe. “Make no mistake, these migrants are like cockroaches. ... More >>

Fearing the loss of Hegemony: The Concept of US Retreat

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 9:50 am | Binoy Kampmark

Nothing upsets those drunk on imperialist virtue than the fact it might end. Such romances with power do have a use-by-date, going off like old fruit. Eventually, the crippling contradictions will win through in the end. The days of the US empire ... More >>

The War against The Lancet: When Medicine and Politics Mix

Sunday, 26 April 2015, 11:56 am | Binoy Kampmark

Hate, disgrace, and pitiful editorial standards. Are these the terms to be ascribed to The Lancet , which, bar a few blemishes has shown a distinguished pedigree in the world of medical research? Stroppy academics have made an argument than an open ... More >>

Climate Change Politics in Australia: The Lomborg Factor

Friday, 24 April 2015, 2:41 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Eager to cut, savage and wind back constructive projects in the realm of medicine, science and education, Australia’s government has made its latest head-shaking announcement on budgetary issues. The veteran climate change sceptic Bjørn Lomborg ... More >>

Security Cocktails: Mixing Anzac and Terror

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 5:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

State inspired killing, which tends to be commemorated in disingenuous fashion at military parades, is a dirty thing. But it is revered, stuffed to the brim with hagiographic accounts and the justification of largesse for the war machine. Callow youths with ... More >>

Deterrence by Celluloid: Film Propaganda to Scare Refugees

Monday, 13 April 2015, 9:44 am | Binoy Kampmark

It is right out of the top drawer of the Reich minister for propaganda and enlightenment, Joseph Goebbels. The impact of televisual images on potential refugees is designed to improve their wretched lot – through the use of fear that hopefully immobilizes ... More >>

The Black Spider Memos: Prince Charles, Secrecy UK Govt.

Monday, 13 April 2015, 9:38 am | Binoy Kampmark

Over this month, British officials, with enormous reluctance, will relinquish the contents of 27 letters by Prince Charles to the press termed the “black spider memos” spanning the period between September 2004 and April 2005. A better view ... More >>

Obituary: Richie Benaud and Cricket’s Broadcasting Life

Monday, 13 April 2015, 9:35 am | Binoy Kampmark

The game speaks of eternal beginnings – and even never endings. Cricket, by its very creation, suggests time aplenty, with kept fields, ponderous sessions and tea breaks. For very much that reason, it is the sport of the talented broadcaster, the ... More >>

Drones and Protests: Policing and the Machine Imperative

Monday, 13 April 2015, 9:27 am | Binoy Kampmark

Innovation, Edmund Burke reminds us in “A Letter to a Noble Lord,” does not necessarily imply reform. While the peaceful uses of drones are often treated as the benign effects of the security industrial complex, the spill over into more violent deployments ... More >>

At ASIO’s Advice: Refugees in Indefinite Detention

Monday, 13 April 2015, 9:15 am | Binoy Kampmark

Daniel Flitton, senior correspondent for The Age , sees the lack of interest in Australia’s novel approach to indefinite detention for refugees as unfathomable. Concerns about metadata retention, and the elasticity of surveillance powers, may have been registered ... More >>

At ASIO’s Advice: Refugees in Indefinite Detention

Wednesday, 8 April 2015, 7:21 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Australia is holding more than 30 people in indefinite detention for undisclosed reasons. These people are recognised refugees who cannot return home due to the dangers they face there.” More >>



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