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Wentworth Blues: Another Nail in the Scomo Coffin

Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 9:19 am | Binoy Kampmark

A sign of desperation before the firing squad is jitteriness and the desperate sense that history needs revision. You were not the one responsible for the debacles and the cockups; everybody and everything else was. You knew who was guilty, and needed ... More >>

Wentworth Blues: Another Nail in the Scomo Coffin

Monday, 22 October 2018, 6:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Wentworth Blues: Another Nail in the Scomo Coffin A sign of desperation before the firing squad is jitteriness and the desperate sense that history needs revision. You were not the one responsible for the debacles and the cockups; everybody and ... More >>

ASIO, Jakarta, and Australia’s Jerusalem Problem

Saturday, 20 October 2018, 4:24 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Politics can, after a time, becomes a myopic exercise of expedient measures and desperate hope. Politics, raw and crude, is at its best at points where survival matters. Conversely, it can illustrate human vices in raw fashion, low points of idiocy and the disaster ... More >>

Vanquishing the Republic: Harry and Meghan in Australia

Friday, 19 October 2018, 3:42 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“The establishment of a republic… means insurrectionary war, it means the desolation of a thousand households. When the question shall arise, it will be determined… by balls from cannon and from musket, by grape and shrapnel, by bayonet and by the ... More >>

Embassy Disappearances: Jamal Khashoggi

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 7:36 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Do this outside. You will put me into trouble.” Mohammad al-Otaibi, Saudi consul, to Saudi agents, Istanbul, October 2, 2018 More >>

DNA in Trumpland: Elizabeth Warren’s Native American Dance

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 2:56 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) made a fundamental error in chasing the coattails of DNA provenance as a response to the jibes of US President Donald J. Trump. She had been derided by the president as an ordinary “Pocahontas”, and promised at ... More >>

The Tyranny of Fashion: Shredding Banksy

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 1:27 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The modern art world is filled with pranks and pranksters, the clowns who have decided that play counts for art. Brattish artists foist a range of projects and conceptual themes upon art galleries who, foolishly, see emperors decked in the finest wear. ... More >>

Agents of Chaos: Trump, the Federal Reserve and Jackson

Monday, 15 October 2018, 4:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes.” President Andrew Jackson, Washington, July 10, 1832 More >>

Evacuating Nauru: Médecins Sans Frontières

Saturday, 13 October 2018, 5:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It is an organisation not without its problems. Conceived in the heat of idealism, and promoted as the vanguard of medical rescue and human rights advocacy, Médecins Sans Frontières has had its faults. Its co-founder Bernard Kouchner went a bit awry ... More >>

Universities and the Casual Work Force

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 12:49 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Universities have become bastions of sessional torment, feeding grounds for despair. The term “sessional” is merely a euphemised way of describing an academic employee who has no ongoing employment other than what is offered, a person ever at the mercy ... More >>

Orson Welles, Broadcasts and Fake News

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 11:26 am | Binoy Kampmark

Orson Welles’ spectral return to the screen, ingeniously in posthumous mode, should have come as a comfort to the magicians skilled in the arts of trickery. Beyond the grave, he seems to be exerting a continuing influence, with his film, The Other Side ... More >>

Barely Breathing: May’s Gasping Premiership

Monday, 8 October 2018, 3:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Boris Johnson storm, beating away at the British Prime Minister’s doors with an ancient fury, has been stayed for the moment in the wake of the Conservative Party Conference held at Birmingham last week. While the potential usurper batters away ... More >>

Australian Complicity: Nauru and Silencing Journalism

Saturday, 6 October 2018, 6:35 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Journalism is getting something of a battering in Australia. At the parliamentary level, laws have passed that would be inimical to any tradition versed in the bill of rights. (Australia, not having such a restraining instrument on political zeal, ... More >>

Limiting Israel: Russia’s Deploys the S-300 to Syria

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 12:33 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Relations between Russia and Israel have been those of an estranged couple punctuated by occasional breakouts of tense understanding. As with other such couples, a public row does not necessarily reflect the more placid, if stern discussion that might ... More >>

Tortured Solutions: Ecuador, UK and Julian Assange’s Fate

Saturday, 29 September 2018, 7:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The pulse of negotiations, a flurry of communications, and the person central to this is one who threatens to go nowhere – for the moment. But go somewhere these parties would wish Julian Assange to do. For six years, cramped within a space in ... More >>

Augmenting Brains: Google Turns Twenty

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 7:28 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Eventually you’ll have the implant, where if you think about a fact, it will just tell you an answer.” Larry Page, co-founder of Google More >>

Feeding Militarism: The US Imperial Consensus

Monday, 24 September 2018, 1:56 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The US military industrial complex reigns like a ravenous ruler in search of new funding prospects. It has done well this year, with the Trump administration pushing the sale that the imperium needs more ruddy cash and indulgent expenditure to cope ... More >>

Parasitic and Irrelevant: The University Vice Chancellor

Sunday, 23 September 2018, 12:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

They are some of the most remunerated officials of one of Australia’s most importantly lucrative sectors, drawing huge “packages”, as they are termed, for little more than ribbon cutting, attending meetings and overseeing policies that, if implemented, ... More >>

Casting Kavanaugh: The Trump Supreme Court Drama

Friday, 21 September 2018, 6:09 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Stage set Washington. Object: adulterating power. The arm of government: the judiciary. That particular group of high ranking paladins remains up in the air as US Supreme Court appointee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh floats around in a stage of grinding limbo, ... More >>

The Pathology of Mass Surveillance

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 1:41 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Pathology of Mass Surveillance: The UK, Bulk Interception and the European Court of Human Rights More >>

 

 

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