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Creepy Clowns and Clownish Creeps: A Global Craze

Saturday, 22 October 2016, 8:27 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“We live in a country where the Hamburglar can freely walk down the street, but Ronald McDonald can’t.” Twitter post by ‘BH’, Oct 12, 2016. More >>

Trump on rigging - Binoy Kampmark

Friday, 21 October 2016, 3:12 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Hideousness is only one word that covers the third and last presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. But prior to that, as a warm up of mischief, Trump was insisting that he would find accepting a public vote for Clinton hard to stomach ... More >>

Nauru, Refugees and the Torture Complex - Binoy Kampmark

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 5:08 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Two items of interest have tickled the airwaves and triggered some commentary over the last few days. The first was an ABC Four Corners program covering the fate of refugees in the detention facility on Nauru, known euphemistically as a “processing ... More >>

Neither War Nor Peace: Shimon Peres, Israel and History

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 4:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“We learned from the British,” explained the late Shimon Peres in The Guardian in 2011, “what democracy means, and how it behaves in times of danger, war and terror. We thank Britain for introducing freedom and respect of human rights both ... More >>

Demonising Wind Energy in Australia - Binoy Kampmark

Monday, 17 October 2016, 4:21 pm | Binoy Kampmark

From the time when energy became a state ambition and the central, almost paranoid platform of security, its messiness became apparent. Energy reserves needed to be controlled; corrupt regimes with access to such resources needed to be placated, ... More >>

Covering, and Exposing, Atrocity - Binoy Kampmark

Monday, 17 October 2016, 1:58 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Kevin Frost, a special forces sergeant in the Australian Army, has done something unusual. He wishes, even demands, to be tried for his role behind the summary execution of an Afghan prisoner in his captivity during a tour of the country. More >>

No-Fly Zone Madness: Catastrophe and Conflict in Aleppo

Saturday, 15 October 2016, 10:46 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Tuesday’s House of Commons debate in Britain was filled with the hollow anguish of impotence, fresh with statements about Russian war criminality tossed about like freshly made blinis. Ever easy to point to, Russian support for a regime which Western ... More >>

Risk, Danger and Cricket: The Death of Phillip Hughes

Saturday, 15 October 2016, 10:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“It is abundantly clear that once the tragic accident had occurred, there was nothing that could have been done to prevent Phillip’s [Hughes’] death.” Kristina Stern SC, ABC News, Oct 14, 2016 More >>

Normalising the Brutal - Binoy Kampmark

Friday, 14 October 2016, 3:27 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There is no getting away from the degradation that is taking place, on colossal scale, in US presidential politics. The sense of two dysfunctional candidates beating each other over the remains of the US republic as it suffers the last paroxysm of what ... More >>

The Despotism of British Sterling - Binoy Kampmark

Thursday, 13 October 2016, 3:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

While British Prime Minister, Theresa May, keeps insisting that Brexit pathway will be a smooth, relatively painless process filled without dramatic compromise to lifestyle and outlook, the traders, stockbrokers and wolves of the City have gone about their ... More >>

Searching for a Mender: Guterres as UN Secretary General

Friday, 7 October 2016, 4:46 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Millions of people need its sanctuary and protection. History will frown on those who do not build.” Editorial, The Guardian , Aug 15, 2011 More >>

Droning Julian Assange: The Clinton Formula - Binoy Kampmark

Wednesday, 5 October 2016, 2:44 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“We believe in what we are doing… If you are pushed you push back.” Julian Assange More >>

The Curse of the Honorary Doctorate: The John Howard Case

Tuesday, 4 October 2016, 2:28 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The honorary degree system at universities tends to be a rotten business, though Stephen Edward Epler, in his Honorary Degrees: A Survey of Their Use and Abuse (1943), regarded them as “perhaps the most important honorific in the nation.” More >>

The Debates of Loathing: Trump and Clinton at Hofstra

Friday, 30 September 2016, 5:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“It’s all words, it’s all soundbites.” Donald Trump, Hofstra University, Sep 26, 2016 More >>

MH17 and the Joint Investigation Team - Binoy Kampmark

Friday, 30 September 2016, 11:46 am | Binoy Kampmark

The investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over two years ago always had the flavour of pre-emption, caked with assumptions of premature adjudication. Neither side, be it the assembled Joint Investigation Team, nor those on the Russian ... More >>

Re-electing Jeremy Corbyn: The Triumph of Momentum

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 4:44 pm | Binoy Kampmark

He has proven to be one of the most stubborn of creatures in a political sense. Unlike the dinosaur of political thinking he has been accused of being, British Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn continues to survive the meteorites, and more nuanced weapons, directed ... More >>

Punishing the Punished: Chelsea Manning’s Fate

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 4:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was not sufficient for US military authorities to sentence whistleblower Chelsea Manning to the onerous, disproportionate sentence of 35 years imprisonment for conniving with WikiLeaks in releasing classified material. (People have gotten less for gruesome, ... More >>

Controlling Bodies: Italy’s Fertility Campaign

Sunday, 25 September 2016, 12:28 am | Binoy Kampmark

Demography is destiny, and the destiny of aging Europeans is long run death. How the demographic strategists have dealt with this varies, but the tendency in various countries is either to accept refugees en masse (the now questioned Merkel solution ... More >>

Bartering on Refugees: The Costa Rica Solution

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 4:55 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“We will also participate in a US-led program to re-settle Central American refugees currently in a resettlement centre in Costa Rica.” Malcolm Turnbull, Australian PM, Sep 21, 2016 More >>

Binoy Kampmark: The Washington Post and Edward Snowden

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 4:48 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The tensions between those engaged in the dangerous and compromising pursuit of whistleblowing, and those who use the fruit of such efforts has been all too coarsely revealed in the Washington Post stance on Edward Snowden . More >>



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