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Donald Trump and the History of an Alliance

Friday, 20 January 2017, 3:04 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It should be a point of some delicious reflection for peace activists who have fought for decades against the nature of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. It brought the US deep into West European affairs, turning European states into garrisons. It ... More >>

Scoundrels of Patriotism: The Freeing of Chelsea Manning

Friday, 20 January 2017, 2:12 pm | Binoy Kampmark

He might have had a sharp attack of conscience, but President Barack Obama decided, in the flickering days of his administration, to do good by Chelsea Manning, forever linked to WikiLeaks and the disclosure of US military war logs and 250,000 state ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Health Fears Ahead of Trump’s Inauguration

Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 4:51 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Ain’t going to let no ego maniac turn me around, turn me around, keep on walking, keep on talking going to build ourselves a brand-new world.” Joan Baez, San Francisco, Jan 15, 2016 More >>

Zygmunt Bauman and the Rootless Condition

Friday, 13 January 2017, 1:02 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Modernity, as the late Zygmunt Bauman noted in his magisterially provocative Modernity and the Holocaust (1989) has not necessarily entailed enlightenment, the liberation from immaturity. Since the cave dweller existence, humanity has retained traditional ... More >>

Squeeze and Wiggle: Transport Chaos in London

Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 9:01 am | Binoy Kampmark

It has the air of being a well minted yet distinctly first world problem: inconvenienced commuters in one of the world’s first true megalopolises, gnashing their teeth as they are pushed and grounded together during the rush hour. All because of a strike ... More >>

Pollution, Dementia and the Modern Condition

Monday, 9 January 2017, 9:11 am | Binoy Kampmark

London. The journey from Tooting to the British Library tends to be a crowded affair at the best of times. More >>

Tony Abbott, Israel and Australian Foreign Policy

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 12:00 pm | Binoy Kampmark

He is one of Australia’s truly singular politicians, relentlessly zealous, hewn from the granite of an older fanaticism. Despise him, loathe him, but consider him for one fundamental point: he has escaped the management artists, the curbing focus ... More >>

The Trouble with Mary: The Fourth Series of Sherlock

Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 9:26 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There was much fanfare for the first episode of series 4 of the BBC’s Sherlock , which graced British television screens on New Year’s Day with its fair share of shock and delivery. It promises to be the first of three episodes, dangling the ... More >>

Carrie Fisher: Hollywood In-Breeding & the Velocity of Being

Thursday, 29 December 2016, 12:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There was always going to be a good deal of thick drama around Carrie Fisher, by her own confession, a product of Hollywood in-breeding. Her parents, Debbie Reynolds and the crooner Eddie Fisher, provided ample material for the gossip columns in a ... More >>

Cities of Death: History, Pollution and China’s Smog

Wednesday, 28 December 2016, 2:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Cities are the monsters of civilization, the accrual of various factors of organisation that stress development and advancement. The latter two terms are often impossible to gauge except by comparison with other cities or States. We are left with the consequences ... More >>

Invalidating the Snoopers’ Charter - Binoy Kampmark

Wednesday, 28 December 2016, 2:25 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Deemed by the Home Office an exemplar of legislation balancing security and freedoms, the UK Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA), otherwise known as the Snoopers’ Charter, did not impress the EU Court of Justice. The case had been brought ... More >>

Drama in UN Security Council: Israel’s Illegal Settlements

Wednesday, 28 December 2016, 11:38 am | Binoy Kampmark

Christians following the Gregorian calendar are getting busy to celebrate Christmas, but the business of diplomacy continued in the United Nations. In the Security Council, anticipation about a particular resolution was greater than usual. More >>

Steve Biko at 70 - Binoy Kampmark

Friday, 23 December 2016, 3:31 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Commemorating birthdays in the aftermath of a person’s death tends to be a false exercise. At best, it reminds us about an era that will have, almost certainly, vanished. This goes for whatever that era entailed – brutality, or peace; tranquillity or ... More >>

The Berlin Truck Attack and the Refugee Question

Thursday, 22 December 2016, 4:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The hard-nosed neo-cons were certainly showing little interest in linking arguments, examining evidence, or even considering elementary logic in the aftermath of the Berlin truck attack near the Gedächtniskirche. With the bodies fresh in the morgue, ... More >>

The Hack of all Hacks: Yahoo and Information Security

Tuesday, 20 December 2016, 4:51 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It took place in August 2013. It was a hack of unprecedented scale, impetuous, audacious, and, if we are to believe Yahoo, undetected at the time. The result of that effort across 1 billion accounts was a profitable use of material to spammers and cyber ... More >>

From White to Black: The Colours of Brexit - Binoy Kampmark

Monday, 19 December 2016, 10:27 am | Binoy Kampmark

While the shattering Brexit vote of June had a deservedly chilling impact in Brussels and other European capitals, the grey suits have been busy pushing various lines on the consequences Britain faces for leaving the European Union. The technocrats ... More >>

The CIA, Presidential Elections, and the Russian Connection

Monday, 19 December 2016, 10:18 am | Binoy Kampmark

Intent and causation are important features in the course of history. The former envisages motive and hope, irrespective of outcome; the latter envisages consequence. Often, these get muddled in the jumbled process of reasoning. An intervention in ... More >>

Trump, Waste and the Military Industrial Complex

Thursday, 15 December 2016, 4:09 pm | Binoy Kampmark

That particular fighter never had good press. Even before Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strategic Fighter attracted the ire of Donald Trump via his usual, belching medium, Twitter, the project was flailing in a swamp to the value of $400 billion. More >>

Passing of a Sharp Tongue: The Glorious Hatchet of AA Gill

Thursday, 15 December 2016, 4:03 pm | Binoy Kampmark

AA Gill held sway with hatchet and prose in several areas where sensibilities can often be wounded: that of television, the restaurant and fashion scenes, and travel. In time, he became the critic of choice for the Sunday Times , assuming the voice ... More >>

Monitoring the Miners: Rio Tinto, Drones and Surveillance

Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 2:38 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In of itself, technological development is benign. But behind every use is a human agent, and behind that agent is a motive, an inspiration, an agenda. Monitoring one’s employees has become the great mainstay of what companies claim is a productive exercise. ... More >>



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