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Troubled Waters: Trump, Taiwan and Beijing - Binoy Kampmark

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 2:46 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There was much tittering in the US-China fraternity over the casual, yet infuriating engagement US President elect Donald Trump had with Taiwan’s President, Tsai Ing-wen. A reading of the reactions suggested meltdown, a terrifying, imminent apocalypse. ... More >>

Exploiting Down Syndrome - By Binoy Kampmark

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 1:06 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In February this year, Cosmopolitan reported on the efforts of nine former models to sue their former agencies for damages in a range of instances, among them wage theft, breach of contract and minimum wage violations. The case interested New York ... More >>

Democracy, Refugees & Australia’s Parliament -Binoy Kampmark

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 12:56 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There is no greater single human rights dilemma facing the Australian parliament at the moment: refugees, declining, mouldering, decaying in detention centres in carceral conditions, being shifted, carted, moved from one base to another, from ... More >>

Plucking the Foreign Goose: Australia’s Tax on Backpackers

Monday, 5 December 2016, 4:36 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The morning news on the ABC network featured blondes, and more blondes, riding a derelict van along a non-descript street in sunny Australia. It did not matter who they were, or even where they were. They were simply “backpackers”, the sort ... More >>

Nigel Farage, Bombast and the US-British Relationship

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 4:40 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Never accuse the former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) of being shy. In recent days, Nigel Farage has been reiterating to followers and press outlets that his party was instrumental in electing Donald Trump as US president. More >>

Australia, the US and Trumpism - Binoy Kampmark

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 3:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Politics can be a deliciously self-defeating field. For the US-Australian alliance, one born out of desperate insecurity on the part of Canberra, a dramatic change in the White House was always going to cause a shudder. A Clinton presidency was presumed ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: The Reality of Fake News

Friday, 25 November 2016, 5:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Fake news as reality; the inability to navigate the waters in which it swims; a weakness in succumbing to material best treated with a huge pinch of salt. That, we are told, is the new condition of the global information environment. More >>

Climate Change in the Shadow of Denial - Binoy Kampmark

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 4:09 pm | Binoy Kampmark

While it was all but obscured in the course of the US presidential excitement, negotiators at the climate change conference in Marrakech were busy attempting to hammer out the means to implement the Paris Climate Agreement. More >>

Bodies as Propaganda: The US-Australia Refugee Agreement

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 2:59 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It all has a hurried sense to it. With the offshore detention system running into troubles, the Australian government has had to find ways to get rid of the human residents it has promised never to settle in the country. This highly dubious policy, ... More >>

Baggy Green Woes: The Crisis of Australian Cricket

Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 2:55 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Get the game back in the dressingroom and in time, like those before them, the elite of Australian cricket will be capable of a high performance in a purer sense.” Mike Coward, Fox Sports, Nov 17, 2016 More >>

Bottling the Demon of Free Trade: Trumpism and Protectionism

Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 2:48 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The election of Donald J. Trump on Tuesday, November 8 terrified many who consider themselves notionally progressive or traditional republicans. It also terrified free trade ideologues, and those who believe that opening borders to boundless consumer ... More >>

Trump’s Card on Illegal Immigrants - Binoy Kampmark

Friday, 18 November 2016, 3:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Throughout the campaign for the White House, Donald Trump sensationalised one of the great sores of US political and social life: the issue of immigrants, notably the undocumented, and what his presidency would do to them. More >>

Continued Misreadings of Donald Trump - Binoy Kampmark

Wednesday, 16 November 2016, 3:52 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In an age where many pundits and pollsters ought to be put out to an ignoble pasture, predictions and astrology gazing on the US election continues. While he did have a better sense of this election than most, actually predicting the result, Michael ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Janet Reno- Bill Clinton’s Attorney General

Monday, 14 November 2016, 4:05 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Outspoken, outrageous and absolutely indifferent to others’ opinions, Janet Reno was truly one of a kind.” Paul Anderson More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Waking up in Trumpland

Friday, 11 November 2016, 3:46 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Jake was at the polling station at A La Turca restaurant on Geary Street answering questions and shepherding voters to their respective booths. “I need to speak to you a hundred feet from the polling station.” Expressing overt political opinions, ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Voting American Style

Wednesday, 9 November 2016, 10:28 am | Binoy Kampmark

Propositions, Measures and the Presidency: Voting American Style By Binoy Kampmark San Francisco 8.11.16 More >>

Brexit Stumbling: High Court, British Parliament, Article 50

Tuesday, 8 November 2016, 3:02 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Parliamentary supremacy in British law and politics is akin to the fetish of the union in the United States. Challenge it at your peril; question it to your misfortune. The point was tested, with rumbling consequences, by the May government in its latest ... More >>

On the Eve of the Vote: Trump Values, Islam and Militias

Tuesday, 8 November 2016, 9:18 am | Binoy Kampmark

The chugging train of fear continues to drone away on the eve of what has been considered one of the most important elections in generations. Mind you, this was the sort of stuff spouted during the campaigns of 2008, when a disgusted electorate washed a ... More >>

Pirate Parties & Transparent Politics: Iceland’s Experiment

Thursday, 3 November 2016, 4:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Getting transparency advocates into parliament and assemblies has proven to be a great challenge in modern politics. Iceland has led on that point, giving the world political punditry much to discuss in the good fortunes of the four-year old Pirate ... More >>

Having a Flutter: The Melbourne Cup & the Australian Gambler

Thursday, 3 November 2016, 4:16 pm | Binoy Kampmark

An inspection of the hungry, jostling crowds gathering at the gates of the Flemington Race Course, Melbourne, gives a false sense of colour, order and, dare one venture it, glamour. It is another first Tuesday of the week of November, and the State is ... More >>

 

 

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