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What Cost Liberty? Civilians in the “Liberation” of Mosul

Thursday, 30 March 2017, 4:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Bombs do not have a conscience, however named, blessed or created. They go, at least in a rough sense, where directed, and if the deliverer is ill disposed, confused or simply incompetent, disaster follows. More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Disaster As Joy - Cyclone Debbie Strikes

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 5:46 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“If the building starts to break up, protect yourself w[sic] mattresses, rugs etc under strong table or hold onto solid fixture.” Queensland Ambulance, Twitter, Mar 28, 2017 More >>

The Electronics Ban and Lessons in Futility - Binoy Kampmark

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 12:24 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Security measures are often exercises in futility. Resembling placebos, they are the reassurance authorities make as acts of intrusive inconvenience. Queues are increased at airports in the vain hope that an elusive gel carrier will be nabbed before the ... More >>

The Demon Drink and Cricket Sponsorship - Binoy Kampmark

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 12:16 pm | Binoy Kampmark

A strong tone of temperance has characterised discussions about Australian cricket of late. The tone got somewhat more excited with the announcement that Cricket Australia, after two decades, would end its relationship with Carlton and United Breweries, ... More >>

Cyclone Watch in Australia - Binoy Kampmark

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 12:11 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The curious, sweaty mammals of North Queensland in Australia are bracing themselves for yet another cyclone with an anodyne name. Cyclone Debbie might have impressed you as a person who turns up at the door asking for donations for the Red Cross Appeal. ... More >>

Grief and Losing Father - Binoy Kampmark

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 11:01 am | Binoy Kampmark

Grief can be motivator and inhibitor. It buffers, even repels realities, supplanting them with flowing tears and shaking hale storms. But it can also be acutely penetrating, insightfully unfurling truths as battle banners for veracity. More >>

Romancing Coal: The Adani Obsession - Binoy Kampmark

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 12:55 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The rain pours with torrential fury in north Queensland, opening up with ominous welcome as it slices through layers of stifling humidity. But the fury is also being registered in the rag like bleating sheet known to locals as the Bullie, that beacon ... More >>

Free Speech Confusions: Australia’s Q&A Program

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 3:53 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Monday’s discussion on Australia’s Q&A program , an open forum supposedly designed to bring voices to an open stage of feted experts and pundits, turned on a few confusing points on free speech. The discussion demonstrated a sharp divorce ... More >>

The Murky World of Deradicalisation - Binoy Kampmark

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 10:56 am | Binoy Kampmark

It has attracted money and the implementation of programs, another standard diversionary tactic common in many societies. It is all touted as a good bit of social engineering, a form of anger management by other means. The basis of that problematic term “deradicalisation” ... More >>

Brexit Ping Pong - Binoy Kampmark

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 2:26 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The administrative ping pong of Brexit continues, an exercise that merely prolongs both pain and uncertainly. Confused, parliamentarians await the next twist before the inevitable surrender. The last round of votes touched on two House of Lords amendments ... More >>

Russia, Ukraine, and the ICJ: Opening Arguments at The Hague

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 10:16 am | Binoy Kampmark

Matters have been far from plain sailing for the parties in the Ukrainian conflict, and Kiev was determined to remind international audiences about matters in taking Russia to the International Court of Justice. More >>

Poaching in Europe’s Suburbs - Binoy Kampmark

Monday, 13 March 2017, 11:31 am | Binoy Kampmark

“There has never been a case like this in a zoo in Europe, an assault of such violence, evidently for this stupid trafficking of rhinoceros horns.” Thierry Duguet, head of Parc Zoologique de Thoiry More >>

WikiLeaks, “Year Zero” and the CIA Hacking Files

Friday, 10 March 2017, 1:59 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“It is now up to the device and OS manufacturers, like Apple, Google, or Samsung, to fix their volcanoes back into mountains.” Telegram Statement, Mar 8, 2017 More >>

Electoral Interference as Reality: A Brief History

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 4:52 pm | Binoy Kampmark

We should not forget the encouragement: hack those emails, extolled Donald J. Trump during the presidential campaign in 2016. It was the first public evocation of its sort, an invitation to a foreign power, in this case Russia, to indulge in cyber ... More >>

Trump, Twitter and the Ban Debate - Binoy Kampmark

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 4:04 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It is said that Twitter has been responsible for stirring nascent revolutions in the Middle East, going beyond its initial description as the Seinfeld platform of social media. It has also been targeted by authorities for stirring the pot, lighting ... More >>

Beguiling the Hosts: India’s Fall to Spin Bowling

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 3:54 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It defies the belief of recent memory. Not even the Sheikh of Tweak, Shane Warne, managed such feats on the dry, square-turning pitches on the subcontinent. India, of whom little poor has been said of in recent months, were meant to exert their ... More >>

The Reality Show Comes to Congress: Trump’s Joint Address

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 4:42 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Let us tear through these Trumpland evocations, the business pitches of this show and publicity act that was the first address by the President to a joint sitting of the US Congress. There were the common themes; there were the contradictory messages; ... More >>

One Nation Train - Binoy Kampmark

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 4:36 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The global populist fever is catching. Put the nation first before all else, patria before sense. Make America Great Again. One Nation before any other. Australia has been a fairly non-responsive patient to that effect, keeping its symptoms to the ... More >>

The Extradition Saga of Kim Dotcom - Binoy Kampmark

Friday, 24 February 2017, 5:33 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The hunger with which US officials pursue copyright or general intellectual property violations is insatiably manic. The degree of that hunger is expressed by the now suspended, and most likely defunct Trans-Pacific Partnership, an attempt to further ... More >>

From Rights to Repentance: Norma McCorvey and Roe v Wade

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 5:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The late Norma McCorvey changed US legal and political history as the plaintiff “Jane Roe” in the 1973 US Supreme Court decision Roe v Wade . More >>

 

 

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