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Using the Burka: Boris Johnson’s Bid for Popularity

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 1:25 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Comedy, Boris Johnson, and the Tories – these three share a certain comforting, if chaotic affinity, lobbed together in some nightmarish union that risks consuming itself. But times are serious – profoundly so, we are told: Brexit exercises the ... More >>

Authoritarian Revocations: Australia, Terrorism and Citizens

Sunday, 12 August 2018, 4:07 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Contrary to any popular perceptions of Australia’s legal system, a dislike of rights reigns with pious conviction on both sides of the political aisle. Rights are the stuff of nonsense and nuisance, revocable for those deemed undesirable. The Australian ... More >>

Trump versus Journalism: The Travails of Fourth Estate

Saturday, 11 August 2018, 2:51 pm | Binoy Kampmark

You have to give it to him: President Donald Trump loathes the Fourth Estate with a dedication verging on caricature. He splutters at the members and rails at their observations with adolescent rage. He sees some of its members, not without a few ... More >>

Banning Alex Jones and Infowars

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 4:31 pm | Binoy Kampmark

He is treated as the bogeyman of conspiracy entertainment, and Alex Jones has become a prominent figure for advancing a host of unsavoury views. High on his list of incendiaries is the claim that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting never took place and was ... More >>

The Non-University and the Manager

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 2:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

We have been seeing over the last few decades the birth of the non-university, an institution hollowed out of its seminal functions: teaching and scholarship. Such an institution emphasises the functions of commerce and branding not dissimilar to ... More >>

The Lasting Condition: Drought in Australia

Monday, 6 August 2018, 2:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Humans are a funny species. They create settlements along fault lines that, on moving, can create catastrophe, killing thousands. They construct homes facing rivers that will, at some point, break their banks, carrying of their precious property. Importantly, ... More >>

Trillion Dollar Companies: The Apple Empire

Sunday, 5 August 2018, 4:39 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It seems a distant reality, or nightmare now: a company that was near defunct in 1996, now finding itself at the imperial pinnacle of the corporate ladder. Then, publications were mournful and reflective about the corporation that gave us the ... More >>

Fought to the Table: Talks with the Taliban

Saturday, 4 August 2018, 6:59 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Attempting to control rural areas in Afghanistan always eventually ends up boiling down to personal survival.” Evan McAllister, former Marine staff sergeant, New York Times , July 28, 2018 More >>

Thriving on Dark Web: The My Health Record and Data

Friday, 3 August 2018, 4:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Data is rarely inert. It moves, finds itself diverting, adjusting and adapting to users and distributors. Ultimately, as unspectacular and banal as it might be, data sells, pushing the price in various markets whoever wishes to access it. Medical ... More >>

The Death of the Investigative Journalist

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 2:40 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Yes Minister series portraying the skulduggery of Whitehall during the Thatcher years throws up a salient reminder how certain things do not mix. Should the art portfolio be slotted alongside television? Probably not, but politics is politics. ... More >>

Findings and Non-Findings: The MH370 Report

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 4:18 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It does little to allay the grief of relatives and friends, but the MH370 report on the doomed, and ever spectral Malaysian passenger liner merely added smidgens of further speculation. The report from Malaysian authorities into the disappearance ... More >>

Plans for Attack: US Plans for Striking Iran

Monday, 30 July 2018, 3:51 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The world of the terrifying hypothetical is programmatically standard in the Trump White House. Periods of tense calm are followed by careless flights of fury, digs and remonstrations. Mortal enemies become amenable comrades; reliable allies turn ... More >>

Embellishing Crime: Melbourne’s “African Gang” Problem

Sunday, 29 July 2018, 11:26 am | Binoy Kampmark

Always trust the handy anecdote to overwhelm reality with force and false persuasiveness. The taxi driver irate at the latest opportunistic scribble in a Rupert Murdoch rag is bound to regale you with a story as you speed to the airport: “Those bloody ... More >>

Electing the Cornered Tiger: Khan in Pakistani Politics

Friday, 27 July 2018, 4:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Tariq Ali, whilst having a lunch in Knightsbridge with the Pakistani cricket colossus, Imran Khan, suggested that retirement should not be too problematic for him. (Khan had seemed gloomy, deep in thought about post-retirement prospects at the age of ... More >>

The Middle Man: The Jurisprudence of Justice Anthony Kennedy

Friday, 27 July 2018, 9:14 am | Binoy Kampmark

“At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.” This near-kitsch description comes from Justice Anthony Kennedy, US Supreme Court justice whose resignation ... More >>

Conferencing, Extortion and IPSA 2018

Wednesday, 25 July 2018, 2:15 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Conferencing, Extortion and IPSA 2018: The Meat Market of the World Congress It may well go down as one of the most appalling conferences in the history of the International Political Science Association. The World Congress is one of those hot air events ... More >>

Ecuador’s Agenda: Squeezing and Surrendering Assange

Saturday, 21 July 2018, 5:58 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It is perhaps typical in a time where a star of the fleshy celluloid wonder Baywatch , heavy in bust and known for her sexual adventures, should feature as a political voice. Pamela Anderson’s views are treated with judicious seriousness – at least ... More >>

Shaking Establishments: The Ocasio-Cortez Effect

Friday, 20 July 2018, 4:47 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Dana Milbank wrote it off as a victory of demographics, a minor, inconsequential point which left the “down-the-line liberal” Rep. Joe Crowley in its wake, a simple ploy that avoids any hard headed analysis of the Democrats themselves. “The ... More >>

Helsinki Theatrics: Trump meets Putin

Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 2:00 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The first official meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his counterpart Donald Trump was a fairly casual, unpeopled affair, absent bureaucrats and note takers. This was what both wanted in Helsinki, men who believe in the gold weighting authority ... More >>

Putin’s Football Gambit: How the World Cup Paid Off

Monday, 16 July 2018, 3:26 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Even before the single ball was kicked at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, there were threats, promises and suggestions from various governments about how best to cope with Vladimir Putin and his designated fiendish circle of authoritarians. In March, ... More >>

 

 

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