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The Perils of Certainty: Obama and the Assad Regime

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 12:00 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In Kuala Lumpur, the US president continued the line that Bashar al-Assad had to go. His approach, one that has failed on all fronts thus far, has been to marginalise Assad while supplying a fictional grouping of regime opponents conveniently designated ... More >>

Animals in Conflict

Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 4:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

When it was realised that a police Belgian Shepherd by the name of Diesel had perished at the end of a last act of defiance in St. Denis by suspected ISIS militants, social media, allied to the sentimental industrial complex, took over. Extensive coverage ... More >>

Closing the Door: US Politics and the Refugee Debate

Monday, 23 November 2015, 10:51 am | Binoy Kampmark

“If I err, it will be on the side of not having another Paris, France.” Tennessee State Rep. Glen Casada, Nov 19, 2015 More >>

Convenient Blame: Edward Snowden and the Paris Bombings

Wednesday, 18 November 2015, 11:12 am | Binoy Kampmark

When intelligence services fail their calling; when institutions armed to the teeth with surveillance capacities and anti-terrorism laws falter in preventing what was their purpose to prevent, the cult of blame is bound to surface. Given his role in ... More >>

The Paris Aftermath: Global Manhunts; Halting Refugees

Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 10:20 am | Binoy Kampmark

On this Monday morning, the CNN network is scrolling features about a “global manhunt” for those said to have been involved in the Paris attacks on Friday. Attackers are “at large”. The imaginary of global terror feasts yet again on the body of reason. ... More >>

Collusion and Control: Europe Pays Africa to Keep Refugees

Monday, 16 November 2015, 9:35 am | Binoy Kampmark

Things are getting their populist worst in Europe, with proposals of payment to various regimes to control the flow of refugees assuming grand proportions. Various African governments (Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia) have been offered in the order of 1.8 billion ... More >>

Paris, the Terrorists’ Magnet

Monday, 16 November 2015, 9:20 am | Binoy Kampmark

Twenty-four hour news cycles have made adolescents of us. Captivated by the brutality, the horror, and the disgust of it all, we venture into the world of around the clock news with blindness that finds everything exceptional, without precedent. In the ... More >>

David Cameron’s Gimmick: Negotiating with Brussels

Thursday, 12 November 2015, 10:35 am | Binoy Kampmark

It’s a bit like threatening to walk out of a marriage of four decades because your husband doesn’t put the top on the toothpaste tube.” Mark Leonard, European Council on Foreign Relations Director, New York Times, Nov 10, 2015 More >>

The Privilege of Exclusive Blame

Wednesday, 11 November 2015, 1:28 pm | Binoy Kampmark

When the International Olympic Committee gets judgmental about a country, we know the moral ride ahead is going to be an odd one. Strange sight, indeed, to have such remarks that Russia deserves special sanction in allegations of mass doping violations ... More >>

Means of Execution

Monday, 9 November 2015, 12:07 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Nitrogen is often associated with soils and crop-talk. “If nitrogen taken up early by the crop is sufficient for yield,” goes a piece from the Sidney Herald (MT) from May 5, 2012, “then it will get redistributed to help produce grain protein. ... More >>

The Fakery of the Fake

Monday, 9 November 2015, 11:13 am | Binoy Kampmark

The vacuity of television, it has been said, says nothing about it as a medium and everything about its users. “Television,” claimed Malcolm Muggeridge, “was not invented to make human beings vacuous, but is an emanation of their vacuity.” ... More >>

A Trade Deal of Denial: Omissions and Sins in the TPP

Friday, 6 November 2015, 1:35 pm | Binoy Kampmark

After five years of secret negotiations, the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement has finally come up to open air.1 Kept secret, watched over carefully by delegates all too distant from their own constituencies, the TPP did not disappoint ... More >>

“Homelessness: Love Airbnb”: San Francisco

Thursday, 5 November 2015, 10:48 am | Binoy Kampmark

It was brewing for some time. Airbnb’s specialised style of accommodation – allowing users resident in a city to effectively let their premises outside the usual hotel-rent nexus – was bound to put urban planners, some citizens and authorities out of joint. More >>

Elements of Chance: Nikola Tesla in Belgrade

Tuesday, 3 November 2015, 10:01 am | Binoy Kampmark

What is the Tesla factor? It might be deemed a mixture of chance and selflessness, that inventive genius which works towards broader, holistic goals; a genius with the selflessness of a shaman and the morality of an ascetic. Wherever one places ... More >>

Paying the Problem

Monday, 2 November 2015, 10:22 am | Binoy Kampmark

“All of the available evidence points to Australian officials having committed a transnational crime by, in effect, directing a people-smuggling operation, paying a boat crew and then instructing them on exactly what to do and where to land in ... More >>

David Cameron and the Slavery Question

Wednesday, 28 October 2015, 2:17 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There are few more intrinsically brutal facts than slavery’s role in the building of European, and then subsequently, its various settler empires. As a system, it became the peculiar institution, as it was euphemistically termed, in the American ... More >>

Portugal’s Coup Against Anti-Austerity

Tuesday, 27 October 2015, 12:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Meanwhile in Portugal we are witnessing the makings of a genuine coup with the unwillingness of the establishment there to accept the outcome of an election and the support won by parties who oppose EU austerity.” More >>

Hacking the CIA Director: What John Brennan’s Emails Reveal

Tuesday, 27 October 2015, 12:19 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The CIA director’s position can prove hazardous. General David Petraeus found that out personally when he had to resign after falling on the sword of mixing classified information with private pleasure. The consequences of such a breach were never grave ... More >>

Quagmires and Permanent Occupations

Wednesday, 21 October 2015, 11:19 am | Binoy Kampmark

“If the invaders lost the war in Afghanistan with the presence of hundreds of thousands of troops, their hopes of reversing the tide with five thousand troops are also misguided.” More >>

Using Refugees: Merkel’s Turkish Gambit

Tuesday, 20 October 2015, 4:33 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The frontline in Europe’s refugee movement is shifting. In some cases, there is more of the same: the Hungarian approach entailing closures, followed by a brief easing and more closures. Closing the border with Croatia saw an inevitable movement ... More >>



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