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Trump and the Polls of Loathing

Friday, 27 May 2016, 2:53 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Caught between a cynical Clinton machine and a shape-changing reality television show, US politics has featured its latest twist in the saga of surges and poll ratings. Now, we are being told that Donald Trump does have a chance against Hillary Clinton, ... More >>

Turkey as Terror: Ankara's role in the Brexit Referendum

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 3:08 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Either we influence Europe, or it influences us.” David Cameron, The Telegraph , May 8, 2016 More >>

Leakers Down Under: The Australian Federal Police Raids

Monday, 23 May 2016, 11:34 am | Binoy Kampmark

It is election time in Australia, and the electioneering took a remarkable turn Thursday night with announcements that the Australian Federal Police had raided the offices of the opposition Australian Labor Party, including that of a senior frontbencher ... More >>

The Triumph of Establishment Politics

Thursday, 19 May 2016, 4:17 pm | Binoy Kampmark

How to find the voice of a people? Electoral systems are the stuff of political nightmare and experiment, all attempting the same goal: how best to capture an appropriately, accurate choice. Australia’s preferential election system is regarded as better ... More >>

Boris Johnson’s Hitler Comparison

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 3:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Hitler’s main aim was to create an empire in the east and violently subjugate Europeans. Any connection between that and the EU is simply laughable.” Lord Bramal, The Guardian , May 16, 2016 More >>

Killing Carp in Australia: Genocidal Fantasies Down Under

Monday, 16 May 2016, 3:05 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Trying to decide whether I side with the carp or Barnaby Joyce.” Jeff Sparrow, Twitter, May 1, 2016 More >>

Ugly London: The Mayoral Race

Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 3:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

What a disaster for the conservatives, though hardly a glory for British Labour either. Sadiq Khan, a Labour technocrat rinsed in the chummy spinelessness of the Blairite spin machine, won the London Mayoral election after a campaign that could only be ... More >>

The Leicester City Miracle: Playing Against the Statistics

Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 3:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“The biggest sporting shock of my lifetime, and it’s only my team.” Gary Lineker, May 8, 2016 More >>

Twenty-Four Hour Banality

Monday, 9 May 2016, 3:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Big fan of LBJ, me mum,” said Chris Uhlmann, journalist for the ABC’s Twenty-Four hour television news network. And that, perhaps, was the only thing of any interest in what must be regarded as one of the most boring exhibitions of television in decades. ... More >>

Fiasco in Lebanon: 60 Minutes, Privilege and Exploitation

Monday, 9 May 2016, 11:34 am | Binoy Kampmark

“The actions of a desperate mother are one thing; the extraordinary lapse in judgment and ethics of a crew of seasoned journalists getting involved in an international kidnapping scheme is another entirely.” Ruby Hamad, The Age, Apr 17, 2016 More >>

Gagarin in Space: The Politics of Cosmic Discovery

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 2:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Aristotle thought notions of humanity as a supreme species atopos – absurd. In contrast, the Romans had a very defined term that distinguished humans as humans, impressive relative to other species: humanitas. Hannah Arendt, in considering these ... More >>

Australia’s French Connection: The Submarine Saga

Monday, 2 May 2016, 2:14 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was all a funny business, but it is very clear that the Australian relationship with France, at least when it comes to matters of defence, has changed over the years. From being belligerents keen to pursue nuclear testing in the Pacific, to being “cheese ... More >>

The Failed Cruz-Kasich Pact: Trump and GOP Desperation

Monday, 2 May 2016, 2:10 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Having Trump as a candidate for the GOP presidential run may look bad. Having a pact against him within the Republican movement designed to quash his chances to get the nomination looks even worse. It reeks of backroom deals, frustrated officials and ... More >>

Meddlesome Empire: Obama and Client Britain’s EU Referendum

Tuesday, 26 April 2016, 12:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Good to see that history, if it does not possess historical cunning, as Hegel rather foolishly observed, has, at the very least, some humour. US President Barack Obama has been busy making it his business to make sure that Britain remains in the European ... More >>

Anzac Day Memories: The Sullen Child of History

Saturday, 23 April 2016, 1:52 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Periodic vigilance will protect us against new generations of lords and masters who exploit national myths to lure us into enterprises born in timidity and corrosive mateship.” Andrew Hamilton, Eureka Street , May 6, 2015 More >>

Mild Punishment And Exoneration: the Killing of Reza Barati

Wednesday, 20 April 2016, 4:00 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“I wish those people could also have been charged, but sometimes some countries are very powerful and they can protect their own people from being charged.” Benham Satah, Manus Island detainee, ABC News, Apr 19, 2016 More >>

Grant Hackett, Troubled Waters and the Sporting Dilemma

Monday, 18 April 2016, 3:11 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“New safety briefing tells passengers to familiarise themselves with their nearest Grant Hackett, remembering it may be behind them.” The Shovel , Apr. 18, 2016 More >>

Nauru, Suicide and Punishment

Monday, 18 April 2016, 3:02 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It sounds tedious, but the point is no less awful. Nauru has ceased being a country, a state of any worth. It has assumed value as only one thing: a (non)processing centre for asylum seekers and refugees Australia does not want. A camp designed for criminalising ... More >>

Investigating the Banksters: The Australian Banking Industry

Tuesday, 12 April 2016, 4:02 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“I know it’s completely wrong but fuck it, I might as well. I thought fuck it. We’ve got so much money on it, we just had to do it.” Colin Roden, Westpac managing director group treasury, ABC, Apr 6, 2016 More >>

Keeping Torture Fashionable: The US Presidential Elections

Monday, 11 April 2016, 3:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It never goes away: a state’s imperative to torture. What seems to matter is the degree of honesty officials have in terms of whether its deployment is secretive, incidental or central to the policy of obtaining information. Under the Obama administration, ... More >>

 

 

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