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Deviant Diva: Schapelle Corby Returns to Australia

Tuesday, 30 May 2017, 2:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In his work on celebrity, Daniel Boorstin drew a firm line under a field that has since become the mirror of its own study, in industry within media studies. The modern celebrity, he surmised, is “well-known for their own well-knownness”. More >>

Barging Through NATO: Donald Trump in Europe

Monday, 29 May 2017, 1:13 pm | Binoy Kampmark

From his big white bird did the President descend upon his dreading European hosts, looking much like natives waiting to be slaughtered or ravished. As Donald Trump pushed his way through NATO members (the Montenegrin prime minister, for one, felt ... More >>

The Merry Life of Dragnet Surveillance - Binoy Kampmark

Monday, 29 May 2017, 12:09 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In the aftermath of Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013, a grudging acceptance was made by the Obama administration that something had to be done about a roguish surveillance complex unhinged from its foundations. The National Security Agency ... More >>

Roger Moore in Bondage - Binoy Kampmark

Friday, 26 May 2017, 3:04 pm | Binoy Kampmark

What are we to make of Bond, that slightly leering brute who does all for Queen and country, always at the ready with quip, car and gadget? Certainly, when one of its own, the acting fraternity of which a certain number of Bonds can be counted, passes ... More >>

Twenty-Seven Hours: Donald Trump in Israel

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 4:19 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was time to do the Zionist boogie within a mere period of 27 hours, and anyone wishing to see two muggers of history enjoying each other’s company found themselves peering at Donald Trump of the United States, and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, ... More >>

Back to Realpolitik: Trump in Saudi Arabia - Binoy Kampmark

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 12:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The business of making money on property, badly, has shifted to the business of making money, greatly, for the US industrial arms complex. This is the technique of President Donald Trump, who has been making various gestures, sword and wallet in hand, to ... More >>

Julian Assange, Sweden, and Continuing Battles

Monday, 22 May 2017, 12:45 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It had been, from the start, a cruel wait and see game. Lacking logic and consistency, the Swedish effort to extradite Julian Assange from the United Kingdom, not for formal charges but the pretext of questioning him over sexual assault and rape, collapsed ... More >>

The Release of Chelsea Manning - Binoy Kampmark

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 3:59 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was one of the brighter acts in a darkening turmoil in the last parts of the Obama presidency, but the decision to commute Chelsea Manning’s sentence added a zest of enlightenment. Manning had already found herself on the slippery slope to doom, ... More >>

Trump Slip Ups in the Oval Office - Binoy Kampmark

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 3:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It has the air of a hunting party, and the quarry, on this occasion, was a lumbering US President with a loose tongue. The individual aiming the rifle in this case was The Washington Post , assisted by the murmurings and breathless whispers of various ... More >>

Fantasies of Worth: Macron’s French Mission - Binoy Kampmark

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 3:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The outcome of the French presidential elections did not suggest a France on the verge of rapid, vigorous renewal. It suggested the opposite, a state in atrophy, the Fifth Republic in terminal decline before unleashed historical forces. More >>

The World For Ransome: The Effects of Wannacry

Monday, 15 May 2017, 2:59 pm | Binoy Kampmark

What a stealthy bugger of a problem. Malware deftly delivered, locking the system by encrypting files and making them otherwise impossible to access unless a fee is paid. A form of data hijacking that can only be admired for its ease of execution, ... More >>

Hyper-Normalising Lavrov - Binoy Kampmark

Monday, 15 May 2017, 11:45 am | Binoy Kampmark

The Kremlin would have been thrilled with the happy snaps, but these were, in the end, purely that. History is an assemblage of misguided images and false assumptions. The pictures of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact of 1939 remain rank, but brilliant for ... More >>

Jeremy Corbyn’s Electoral Vision: Labour’s Leaked Manifesto

Friday, 12 May 2017, 3:15 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It is unfortunate that policies otherwise deemed middle of the road and social democratic tend to be seen in Britain as offspring of a lunatic mother long held in indefinite detention at Her Majesty’s Pleasure. But such is the nature of the current electioneering ... More >>

Blasphemy as Weapon: Undermining Ahok - Binoy Kampmark

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 4:47 pm | Binoy Kampmark

One need not be a zealot in the human rights field to find the latest turn in Indonesian politics disconcerting. Jakarta’s governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, was always a nicely packaged target, confident and assertive, very much the beaming ... More >>

Chopping James Comey - Binoy Kampmark

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 4:33 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Any sense that Donald Trump had found some accord with James Comey of the FBI gathered from his investigative zeal regarding Hillary Clinton’s improper use of a private email server should always have been doubted. More >>

The Macron Denial - Binoy Kampmark

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 4:26 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The cheer was always going to be qualified. The bubbles would be less effervescent, more a case of relieved sighing rather than frothy exultation. After another electoral hack, and another round of threats, the French election was being played out in an ... More >>

Olympian Politics: The Australian Olympic Committee

Saturday, 6 May 2017, 9:52 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was a scrappy affair, and it resulted in a predictable result: the re-election of veteran administrator John Coates as president of the Australian Olympic Committee by 58 votes to 35. Such a process was all in all dull but for the notable lid it ... More >>

Greater Albania and the Balkan Problem - Binoy Kampmark

Friday, 5 May 2017, 3:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Balkans has always been cursed by a recurring theme: that each entity within it can, at some point, become greater and more consuming in territory than the next neighbour. Each nation has, and in some instances continues, to nurse dreams of enlargement, ... More >>

Hillary Clinton’s Lament - Binoy Kampmark

Friday, 5 May 2017, 2:11 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Predictability in these tumultuous times will get you removed from office, or render you unelectable. Such a tendency has more than just a faint stain of the establishment, however accurate this might be in fact. More >>

Empty Values: The Australian Concept of Citizenship

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 4:46 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It has been a lowering conversation, and one that Australia’s politicians have been engaging in with various degrees of discomfort. The Australian prime minister, for one, doesn’t seem to know where to place his feet on this one, showing considerable ... More >>

 

 

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