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The Espionage Act and Julian Assange

Friday, 24 May 2019, 1:55 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It seemed flimsy from the start, but the US Department of Justice is keen to get their man. What has certainly transpired of late is that Mike Pompeo was being unusually faithful to the truth when director of the CIA: every means would be found to prosecute ... More >>

Monsanto, Scientific Deception and Cancer

Thursday, 23 May 2019, 3:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Money may not be able to buy the purest love, but it can buy the best, life-ending cancer. For Monsanto, giant of rule and misrule in matters of genetically modified crops, known for bullying practices towards farmers, things have not been so rosy ... More >>

Challenging Orthodoxies: Alabama’s Anti-Abortion Law

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 3:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It seems like a grand ploy of massive distraction. On the surface, the move by Alabama to place the most onerous restrictions on the granting of an abortion has become a lighting-rod of conviction for Democrat agitators. And not just them. More >>

The Victory of Small Visions

Monday, 20 May 2019, 3:12 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Australian politics since the 1990s has been marked by a dedicated loathing of the “vision thing”. For those keen to see policies lasting beyond the life of the May fly, disappointment lies. Federal governments, at best, have shelf lives of three ... More >>

Bob Hawke: Misunderstood in Memoriam

Friday, 17 May 2019, 2:10 pm | Binoy Kampmark

What a cheeky way of going. Death is rarely a matter of good timing but it can be part of a good career move or, as Robert J. Hawke’s passing might prove, the perfect conclusion to his political party’s attempt to reclaim office. Having shuffled ... More >>

The Christchurch Pledge and a Regulated Internet

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 2:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It had to come. A massacre, broadcast in real time and then shared with viral automatism; the inevitable shock, and the counter from the authorities. The Christchurch shootings, inflicting fifty-one deaths upon worshippers at two mosques in quiet New Zealand ... More >>

Modern Merchants of Death: The NSO Group, Spyware and Rights

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 3:13 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Arms manufacturers of old, and many of the current stable, did not care much where their products went. The profit incentive often came before the patriotic one, and led to such dark suspicions as those voiced by the Nye Committee in the 1930s. Known ... More >>

Maximum Pressure in the Strait of Hormuz

Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 3:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Hegemons are never going to sound too sensible when they lock horns or joust in spats of childish anger. Power corrupts, not merely in terms of perspective but language, and making sense about the next move, the next statement, is bound to be challenging. ... More >>

Cleaning out the Nutters

Monday, 13 May 2019, 2:44 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Inimitable to a fault, former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating had been fairly quiet on his party’s policies till an impromptu press intervention last week. Catching two journalists of the ABC off-guard, Keating took little time to land a few blows ... More >>

A Great Flushing Out: Social Media Footprints

Sunday, 12 May 2019, 3:58 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It has been an uninspiring election, punctuated by occasional moments of madness on the part of various candidates. Their sin was to be incautious in their previous use of social media, a form of communication that reveals everything and nothing ... More >>

The Democrats and Muellerisation

Friday, 10 May 2019, 1:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The psychic problems facing the Democrats continue to bite, and with their foiled efforts to see the full, unredacted report of the Mueller Report, they look distracted, confused and bitter. In politics, the sense of vengeance and retribution has a place, ... More >>

The Shaman of Football: Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool FC

Thursday, 9 May 2019, 2:10 pm | Binoy Kampmark

You cannot bottle him, export him or use him as a precedent for anything. His calm, even tempered disposition is the stuff of bafflement and bemusement, and yet, after his tenure at one of Europe’s most known football clubs, Jürgen Klopp, football’s ... More >>

Lowering Standards and Student Cash Cows

Wednesday, 8 May 2019, 12:36 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There are no protests on the streets and no effigies of university officials being burned by protesting students today. There are no protests outside the officers of the over-remunerated Vice Chancellors and their various henchpersons. It is business ... More >>

Equinor and drilling the Great Australian Bight

Tuesday, 7 May 2019, 3:02 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Such companies advertise themselves as slick and professional, the best in the business, all things to men, women and everyone in between. They insist that we can all have that vast cake of wealth and eat it too. Equinor, a Norwegian multinational beast ... More >>

Disproportionate Sentences: Julian Assange

Saturday, 4 May 2019, 6:17 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Should journalism ever have a deity worth His, Her or Its salt, looking down upon the recent proceedings against Julian Assange will provide endless choking fits of confusion and dismay. The prosecution continues in the twisted logic that engaging ... More >>

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Witch Doctors of Terrorism

Thursday, 2 May 2019, 12:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Nothing turns on the charlatan class of terrorism expertise than a video from an elusive, unknown destination, adjusted, modified and giving all the speculative trimmings. In reading, E.B. White suggested the presence of two participants: the author as ... More >>

Doubts at the NSA: Shelving a Mass Surveillance Program

Tuesday, 30 April 2019, 3:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Earlier this year, Luke Murry, national security adviser for Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, revealed that the National Security Agency had been averse over the last six months to using the phone surveillance program that hoovers information ... More >>

Corporate Joe: Biden Enters the Presidential Race

Saturday, 27 April 2019, 3:42 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Values, values and more values. Another dreary dish added to the smorgasbord of Democratic hopefuls for the White House. This one is a bit cured and worn, smoked by history. Biden, having performed the role of Vice President for Barack Obama and senator for ... More >>

Continued Detentions: The Intended Role for Chelsea Manning

Thursday, 25 April 2019, 5:49 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The noose is tightening around the WikiLeaks world, yet another dedicated attempt to strangle the channels of information that might cast light over the dastardly deeds of state. Connections are being targeted; associates are being brought in. ... More >>

Volodymyr Zelenskiy as Actor President

Wednesday, 24 April 2019, 2:09 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The world is not so much a stage as a simulacrum for those who think it so. And if the stage goes bad, it is fitting that those who get thrown onto it change it in the most daring and provocative way. Politics is now as much a director’s production ... More >>

 

 

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