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The Morrison Government’s Refugee Problem

Friday, 15 February 2019, 12:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The passage of amendments to the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) by the Australian House of Representatives and the Senate this week was less a case of celebration than necessitous deliverance. The mental wellbeing of asylum-seekers on Manus Island and Nauru, or ... More >>

Means of Control: Russia’s Attempt to Hive Off the Internet

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 10:02 am | Binoy Kampmark

Such measures were always going to come on the heels, and heavily so, of the utopians. Where there is Internet Utopia, Dystopia follows with dedicated cynicism. Where there are untrammelled means of searching, there will be efforts to erect signposts, usually ... More >>

Football, Refugee Rights and Hakeem al-Araibi

Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 12:56 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Al-Araibi’s case has become a crucial test of world football’s commitment to human rights.” So observed the director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights at Monash University, Sarah Joseph, in a piece last month. “Is this commitment ... More >>

Unity and Exceptionalism: Trump’s State of Union Flurries

Monday, 11 February 2019, 2:11 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Trump is hated by everyone,” comes one unnamed former official in an account to Vanity Fair , one supposedly sourced after the President’s State of the Union Address. Another claimed that all was wretched in the White House: “It’s total ... More >>

Sharp Manias: Knife Crime in London

Wednesday, 6 February 2019, 11:20 am | Binoy Kampmark

A bleak London assailed by daily news about Brexit negotiation, prospects of food shortages and higher prices in the event of a no-deal with the European Union, provides the perfect apocalyptic backdrop for headlines. The city is ailing; the residents ... More >>

The Monitoring Game: China’s Artificial Intelligence Push

Sunday, 3 February 2019, 5:30 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It’s all keen and mean on the artificial intelligence (AI) front in China, which is now vying with the United States as the top dog in the field. US companies can still boast the big cheese operators, but China is making strides in other areas. ... More >>

Censorship Tendencies in Social Media

Wednesday, 30 January 2019, 9:40 am | Binoy Kampmark

It is all a rather sorry tale. Molly Russell, another teenager gorged on social media content, sharing and darkly revelling, took her own life in 2017 supposedly after viewing what the BBC described as “disturbing content about suicide on social media.” ... More >>

Everybody Else’s Business: Coup Fever in Venezuela

Sunday, 27 January 2019, 12:13 pm | Binoy Kampmark

This could have been seen as audacious. Instead, it had the smell of a not so well concealed sponsorship, the backing of a meaty foreign hand. Venezuelan opposition leader and President of the National Assembly Juan Guaidó decided to take a quick ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Shutting Down in Trumpland

Friday, 25 January 2019, 1:48 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It is a political idiosyncrasy that most political systems avoid: the state, as if suffering a stroke, operating at only partial capacity, incapable of paying certain employees and incapable of fronting certain services. And so it is in the United ... More >>

Eyeing the White House: The Democratic Field

Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 12:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Not so much hunting season as declaratory season in US politics. The US presidential candidates from the Democratic side are making promises spiced with forced excitement in anticipation of the 2020 elections. This early morning of the public holiday of ... More >>

Spy Theories and the White House: Donald Trump and Russia

Saturday, 19 January 2019, 11:15 am | Binoy Kampmark

The level of absurdity in US politics has now reached such vertigo inducing levels as to render all manner of things permissible. Contact with the unwashed implies collaboration; discussion with the enemy implies assent. To go to a dinner party ... More >>

No-Confidence Survivor: Theresa May and Brexit

Friday, 18 January 2019, 11:08 am | Binoy Kampmark

Theresa May’s prime ministership remains one of torment, drawn out, and weakened daily. But does it really matter? If it is true to claim that people deserve the government they elect, then there is something madly representative of the debacle ... More >>

Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion

Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 3:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It’s a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath were registered through the Washington establishment. Members of the military industrial ... More >>

Ice Matters: A Meditation on Snow

Monday, 14 January 2019, 10:44 am | Binoy Kampmark

Most speak of floods in the age of climate change, when the cooked and the roasted take precedence over the snowed in and the freezing, and the parliaments of lost islands shall be convened in the sea. Comparatively cruel fates should never be entertained, ... More >>

Dances of Disinformation

Monday, 14 January 2019, 9:12 am | Binoy Kampmark

Is there such a plane of blissful, balanced information, deliberated and debated upon? No. Governments mangle; corporations distort. Interest groups tinker. Wars must be sold; deception must be perpetrated. Inconsistencies must be removed. There ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Donald Trump, Mexico and the Democrats

Thursday, 10 January 2019, 3:54 pm | Binoy Kampmark

New year occasions, given the pleasant fiction it entails, are times to change. Resolutions are made by that delightful species Homo sapiens, hope packaged for quick delivery to those who promise change. The weak will become stronger; the strong will show ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Oaked Christmas in Serbia

Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 2:58 pm | Binoy Kampmark

They set out early in the morning, men with axes, boys in tow and, for some, the odd girl champing at the bit. The woods are some way from Bujanovac, but these columns of individuals resembled statues who have moved off their plinths, heading to the ... More >>

Suspending Choice: The Patrick Melrose Series

Monday, 31 December 2018, 11:12 am | Binoy Kampmark

Ashes, even when washed way, can haunt the living. A cracked Patrick Melrose has come to retrieve the cremated remains of this late father. He is addicted, indulgent, outrageous. He drinks and doses to excess; his moments of brief sobriety are nothing ... More >>

The Hand that Won’t Sign the Paper: Adani’s Stalling Project

Saturday, 29 December 2018, 1:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It should be a sign for this Indian giant, a company that has done much to illustrate the ethical and moral bankruptcy in Australia’s political classes. Despite support stretching from Canberra to rural Queensland, lifted by the fantasy of job creation, ... More >>

Cooking Books and Limiting Responsibility: Goldman Sachs

Wednesday, 26 December 2018, 5:21 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Managing a bank will always be a more lucrative criminal enterprise than raiding one but this Brechtian styled analysis only goes so far. A closer look at the extraordinary nature of Goldman Sachs and its operations reveals not merely a bank but a flesh-eating ... More >>

 

 

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