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When is Free Speech Unfree?

Saturday, 27 June 2015, 10:19 am | Binoy Kampmark

Let’s get a few things straight. Australia, thin-lipped conformist society that it is, possesses minimal freedoms on that marked concept of liberal democracy called freedom of speech. For those who laud the Racial Discrimination Act, free speech ... More >>

The Pope’s Message for Climate Change Deniers

Monday, 22 June 2015, 6:10 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“It was their Waterloo,” claimed Kert Davies, executive director of the Climate Investigations Centre. “They wanted the encyclical not to happen. And it happened.” Pope Francis’ papal document on climate change was already in gestation from March ... More >>

Eight Hundred Years of Forgetting: The Magna Carta

Tuesday, 16 June 2015, 9:37 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Governments and the illiberal cherish Magna Carta not despite its lack of legal significance, but because of it.” More >>

Tony Abbott and the ISIS Phenomenon

Saturday, 13 June 2015, 10:56 am | Binoy Kampmark

The terrorist imaginary necessarily requires mutual enforcement. It begins with the idea of a red under the bed, or the monster in the woods. The work for such a monster is essentially done by the fantasist victim, the individual who fears what he or ... More >>

The Deceptions of Freedom: Reviving the Patriot Act

Thursday, 4 June 2015, 4:58 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Even as talk about the expiry of various parts of the USA Patriot Act was taking place, the background was never going to move that much. Assumptions of security – or its other side, paralytic insecurity – are so entrenched in the complex ... More >>

The Public Speaking Racket: Tony Blair and the Silver Tongue

Thursday, 4 June 2015, 4:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“The eye-watering fee works out at £275 a second for the proposed 20-minute speech.” Daily Mail , Jun 1, 2015 More >>

Attracted to Calamity: Hollywood and the Uses of Disaster

Friday, 29 May 2015, 1:15 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Where there is a natural disaster of epic proportion, Hollywood is bound to be around the corner seeking to lap it up. Salivating stars are propelled to misery, and big black holes become sites of opportunity for incandescent hope. More >>

Australia’s response to the Rohingya Asylum Seekers

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 11:28 am | Binoy Kampmark

“I’m sorry. If you want to start a new life, you come through the front door, not through the back door.” Tony Abbott, Australian Prime Minister, May 21, 2015 More >>

The Return of History: The Morsi Death Sentence

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 11:53 am | Binoy Kampmark

“The crackdown against the opposition is only intensifying and the judiciary is very much at the forefront of this crackdown.” Shadi Hamid, Brookings Centre for Middle East Policy, YNet, May 23, 2015 More >>

Day-Dreams of Millions of Losers: The Bikie Legacy in Waco

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 11:33 am | Binoy Kampmark

“The streets of every city are thronged with men who would pay all their money they could get their hands on to be transformed – even for a day – into hairy, hard-fisted brutes who walk over cops, extort free drinks from terrified bar tenders ... More >>

US Bombers to Australia

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 11:06 am | Binoy Kampmark

The language never reflects the actual conduct. Deploying weapons to a region in greater numbers is not seen as provocative, even if placing such items in a theatre of operations is bound to get neighbours nervous. This is particularly the case about ... More >>

“In the Coming Days”: Mother’s Day and Teenage Terrorism

Wednesday, 13 May 2015, 1:42 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It doesn’t matter if it happens or not. It does not matter how probable the eventuality is. We are working in the higher realm of probabilities, designated as such by the police authorities who found, first, the possibility that there would be terrorist ... More >>

Surveillance Britain: Toryland and Police Prying

Monday, 11 May 2015, 9:16 am | Binoy Kampmark

We know what the election victory for the Tories in the United Kingdom signifies. Britain, festooned in the confetti of democratic freedoms, is heading for a further trimming, a pruning that will privilege surveillance powers over that of privacy. ... More >>

The Scottish National Party and the British Elections

Tuesday, 5 May 2015, 4:10 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“I’m just facing up to reality. A minority government can’t govern without support from other parties. Either Ed Miliband will accept that or he won’t.” More >>

Refusing to Host the Olympics: The Deceptive IOC Brand

Monday, 4 May 2015, 1:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The merchants of the Olympic brand are running out of ideas. For decades, the deception of common humanity and the broader interests of building peace before the terror of war supposedly immunised the Olympics from slander and critique. Olympism was ... More >>

Illusions in the British Election Campaign

Friday, 1 May 2015, 9:33 am | Binoy Kampmark

Election watching in Britain usually takes various forms. This time, the challenging nutters have been said to be getting the runs on the board, and the voters are having the most interesting, if confusing spread, in years. This terrifies the incumbents, ... More >>

The Failings of Capital Punishment: Indonesia Executes

Thursday, 30 April 2015, 2:46 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Jokowi. Myuran Sukumaran. Kerobokan Prison. Bali. 23/01/2015. People can change.” Inscription by Myuran Sukumaran of a portrait of Joko Widodo, Indonesian President. More >>

Hobbling Democracy: TPPA and The Covenant of Secrecy

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 10:16 am | Binoy Kampmark

The TTIP and TPPA, both sounding like ominous injections of political disaster, continue their march towards belittling, and corroding the democratic content of its participating countries. The holder of the needle remains US President Barack Obama, while the ... More >>

Sealing Borders: Fortress Europe’s War on Refugees

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 9:57 am | Binoy Kampmark

“Rescue boats? I’d use gunships to stop migrants.” And so, the fantastically venal contributor to Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun Katie Hopkins adds her bit to the migration debate in Europe. “Make no mistake, these migrants are like cockroaches. ... More >>

Fearing the loss of Hegemony: The Concept of US Retreat

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 9:50 am | Binoy Kampmark

Nothing upsets those drunk on imperialist virtue than the fact it might end. Such romances with power do have a use-by-date, going off like old fruit. Eventually, the crippling contradictions will win through in the end. The days of the US empire ... More >>

 

 

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