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John McCain: Cancer as Combatant

Monday, 24 July 2017, 3:26 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Mortality can either make you bookish, or drive you into the arms of the spiritual. But in a more distinct sense, it can render you prone to attribute to nature mysterious powers of a human quality. To do so is seen as the first step on the road to defeating ... More >>

From Spicy to the Mooch: A Farewell to Sean Spicer

Saturday, 22 July 2017, 3:08 pm | Binoy Kampmark

What will entertainers do in his absence? White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was more than grist to the mill of celluloid delights, becoming, by the admission of the US President, a “tv hit” smoking the ratings. When a press secretary’s ... More >>

Archaic Obstacles: Australia, Parliament and Dual Citizens

Saturday, 22 July 2017, 3:07 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Dusting away the must on a constitutional text may be a rare thing, but it should be a point of order for the elected officials of a country. Often, these contain laws that are irretrievably archaic, and resist change by virtue of being embedded ... More >>

Curbing Participation: The US Congress and Yemen

Friday, 21 July 2017, 3:17 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In recent times, there hasn’t been much cheery in the power circles of Washington. The US is gradually finding itself unmoored and floating from international agreements at a dizzying rate. Its president is cool-mad distant, self-serving and occasionally ... More >>

Threatening Mergers: The Turnbull Home Affairs Plan

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 2:04 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Among the many objects which a wise and free people find it necessary to direct their attention, that of providing for their safety seems to be first.” John Jay, The Federalist Papers , No. 3 More >>

Uhlmann’s Trump Problem

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 1:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It’s all well and good to huff at the current President of the United States, who has managed to get under more irritated skin than an army of dedicated leaches. The immersion of the White House into the reality television show of Trumpland has set ... More >>

Militarising Civilian Life

Monday, 17 July 2017, 1:11 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It is far from unusual in recent times: a spate of terrorist activity, followed by police seemingly agog, then the call for cavalry, usually in the form of military forces to guard vital installations and furnish the public with a reassuring presence. ... More >>

A Question of Accountability: Cardinal Pell

Friday, 14 July 2017, 4:13 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Catholic Church, much in the manner of a modern corporation, is a sprawling edifice of operations and functions. To hold part of it accountable for abuses – against human, bank account, or country – has presented a formidable legal obstacle. More >>

Patriotism, Witch Hunts, and Donald Trump Jr

Thursday, 13 July 2017, 4:12 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The momentum against the Trump administration is building, and it should come as no surprise that it comes via the least original of avenues: the Russians did it, and someone must pay. For decades, the feared Russian has played a vital role in ... More >>

Exaggerated Victories: The Mosul Effect

Wednesday, 12 July 2017, 10:22 am | Binoy Kampmark

The need to tick off the tactical and strategic boxes in the interminable war against Islamic State is so pressing it acquires the quality of ham acting, where generals and leaders become thespians of exaggerated promise before the camera. More >>

Tensions in Hamburg: The G20 Fractures

Sunday, 9 July 2017, 11:20 am | Binoy Kampmark

“I think it’s very clear that we could not reach consensus, but the differences were not papered over, they were clearly stated.” Angela Merkel, BBC News, Jul 8, 2017 More >>

Trump and North Korea’s Missile Program

Friday, 7 July 2017, 10:43 am | Binoy Kampmark

It’s all fine while it remains on the stage, a matter of contained, almost camp displays of grunting and strutting. The diplomats can still have some say; the foreign ministries retain some hold over the military instinct. But the longer the Korean ... More >>

Rise and Fall: Boxing, Horn and Pacquiao

Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 4:47 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Every round on the bag, hold the dream. Don’t lose sight of what we set out to do 10 years ago. Hold the dream.” Glenn Rushton to Jeff Horn, The Australian Magazine , Jan 27, 2017 More >>

Costly Representation: The Georgia Congressional Election

Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 3:00 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Tom Price’s vacating of a Georgia congressional seat set the scene for exactly what is darkly wrong with US politics. In the sprawling kleptomanic entity known as USA Inc., with its distancing between the concept of representation and the money ... More >>

Hillsborough: Holding the Police to Account

Thursday, 29 June 2017, 9:05 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“It is also a story of deceit and lies, of institutional defensiveness defeating truth and justice. It is evidence of a culture of denial within South Yorkshire Police.” Anne Burkett, BBC, Apr 27, 2016 More >>

The European Commission, Google and Anti-Competition

Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 12:07 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Google’s practices have deprived millions of European consumers of the full benefits of competition, genuine choice and innovation.” More >>

Binoy Kampmark - Pride in San Francisco

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 10:45 am | Binoy Kampmark

The security guard grinned at the bag with rheumy eyes. It had already begun to ache, the shoulder strap held down by writing material and a bottle of water. “Thank you, sir!”, came the emphatic note of approval. The bag had passed the test, as ... More >>

Twitter Building: Tech Incubators and Altering Perceptions

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 10:42 am | Binoy Kampmark

The Twitter Building on Market Street, San Francisco, sounds like an aviary bustling with activity. With its bright open spaces and chirping entrepreneurs hatching the next project, it might as well be. Several floors are dedicated to what can only ... More >>

Escalations in Syria

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:42 pm | Binoy Kampmark

To become enmeshed in a war of incalculable variables; to be at bloody bruised loggerheads – this is the Syrian nightmare, where there are more punters than odds. Savagely, Syria as a state is being ravaged and mauled to the point of non-recognition. It ... More >>

Puppet of History: Panama’s Manuel Noriega

Monday, 19 June 2017, 4:28 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Bush appeared on television to praise the invading troops and to say his cowardly vision – all that a wimp with an inferiority complex could be capable of.” Manuel Noriega on George H. W. Bush More >>

 

 

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