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Laura Ingraham and Trumpism

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 1:58 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Never doubt the ballistic factor of Laura Ingraham. Ingraham is never into facts, which tend to be the unwanted gate crashers of her party. What matters in that particular world view is sentiment, often tinged by viciousness. In so far as it matters, she ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Apologist in Chief - Boris Johnson

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 1:55 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It might have been seen as a form of expressive penal servitude. The UK Foreign Secretary’s position is usually one of the more prestigious ones. Even with Britain being a faded power, a historical scarecrow relative to its former meatier self, the position remains ... More >>

Banning and Banishing: The Nonsense About Muslims

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 1:59 pm | Binoy Kampmark

He was the kingpin of the whole affair by suggesting it. In December 2015, the US Republican presumptive nominee for President, Donald Trump, came up with that daft suggestion which seems so utterly devoid of informed meaning. Ban Muslims from entering ... More >>

Violence, Police Authority and Black Lives Matter

Wednesday, 13 July 2016, 10:40 am | Binoy Kampmark

“When we include, we find ourselves.” USC President Max Nikias, 2016 Annual State of the University Address More >>

Hung Parliaments and Democracy

Wednesday, 6 July 2016, 3:33 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Hung parliaments are deemed the bane of the Westminster System. It makes politicians sweat, policy makers work, and the broader system of representative government unusually representative. The latter part is particularly irksome for the majoritarians. More >>

Corbyn, British Labour and Anti-Semitism

Wednesday, 6 July 2016, 3:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In another attempt to kick the leader of the British Labour down and out, a campaign has been hatched with a now commonplace virulence. A report into anti-Semitism within Labour party circles authored by Shami Chakrabarti was to be released with little ... More >>

The Mythology behind the US-British Relationship

Friday, 1 July 2016, 11:45 am | Binoy Kampmark

To any historian buff, it should be a known fact that Britain’s “special relationship” with Washington has been a tough one, subjected to periods of bruising and disagreement. States caught in a web of imperial domination can only be special to a certain extent. More >>

Texas, Abortion and the US Supreme Court

Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 11:30 am | Binoy Kampmark

The abortion right in the United States, given full force in Roe v Wade, has never been a plain sailing affair. The language of rights is ever a prickly matter, marred by the undergrowth of burdensome reasoning and poor application. In a country where ... More >>

Headaches of Empire: Brexit’s Effect on the United States

Monday, 27 June 2016, 11:05 am | Binoy Kampmark

President Barack Obama, like other leaders who were taking the gruel of Brexit for his breakfast serving, did not react well to the referendum result. Over time, he has been unduly chiding in his manner, reproachful about the affairs of another country ... More >>

The Inhumanity of Brexit

Friday, 24 June 2016, 10:51 am | Binoy Kampmark

While the Brexit debate has become a matter of colliding blocs of speculators and crystal ball gazers, a glaring aspect has come to the fore. Virtually nothing has been said about the role played by human rights, Britain’s role in building it ... More >>

Dreams about Terrorists: Wolves, Wolf Packs and Resources

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 11:04 am | Binoy Kampmark

Terrorists provide alibis for hungry security establishments in search of themselves. Their physical effect is always small relative to the psychic disturbances they cause. Know thyself, urges the Delphic maxim, but self-knowledge implies an acceptance of ... More >>

The Politics of Boxing: Muhammad Ali and Ring Activism

Monday, 13 June 2016, 4:11 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Boxing lends itself to political expression. There is the theatre, the anticipation, the blood of primeval sacrifice. Sometimes, even histrionics. Off the ring, dramas linger. Sometimes boxers enter political office. Philippine boxing celebrity Manny ... More >>

Gutting the Scientific Establishment

Monday, 13 June 2016, 4:10 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There is something so fundamentally wrong about equating the joy and genius of scientific discovery with profit and markets. Initial discoveries in quantum physics had nothing to do with the idea of pursuing a remorseless “bottom line” or some specious ... More >>

Modi in America

Monday, 13 June 2016, 3:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“I have travelled coast-to-coast, covering more than 25 states of America. I realised the real strength of the nation lies in the dreams of its people.” Narendra Modi, Address to US Congress, Jun 8, 2016 More >>

Sham Declarations: The Media and Clinton

Wednesday, 8 June 2016, 5:03 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It has the air of legacy about it. The Clinton campaign has now moved forth with confidence to claim a victory over Bernie Sanders, who persists in an admirably tenacious campaign. The Clintonites were given, on Monday, a nugget of value in the form of ... More >>

Defining Art: Pranks at the SFMOMA

Tuesday, 7 June 2016, 5:34 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Never underestimate the power of the puncturing prank. It acts as subversion, and before you know it, that April Fool’s joke becomes the order of the day, the next gospel, the affirmed orthodoxy. Consider, for instance, a pair of glasses left on ... More >>

Hunting Sharks: Unnatural Justice and Human Revenge

Tuesday, 7 June 2016, 3:02 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Every so often, when a human wades in absurd company with a majestic shark, a predictable spectacle unfolds. The shark, interest piqued, attacks human. The human can be fatally wounded, though not always. Shark is thereby hunted – this, deemed the automatic ... More >>

Trump University and Selling Images

Saturday, 4 June 2016, 7:17 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The problem with the critics of Trump University is that they only provide a veneer for a collective tendency in US political life. Image counts and those with stellar university educations (consider the current President, of constitutional law fame) ... More >>

Colluding in Lies: The Brexit Debate

Wednesday, 1 June 2016, 1:48 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Brexit argument (whether Britain should remain or otherwise in the European Union), has become hysterically hyperbolic. That was the view of former Tory MP Gyles Brandreth, expressed with usual alacrity on the news quiz show Have I Got News For You. More >>

Trump and the Polls of Loathing

Friday, 27 May 2016, 2:53 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Caught between a cynical Clinton machine and a shape-changing reality television show, US politics has featured its latest twist in the saga of surges and poll ratings. Now, we are being told that Donald Trump does have a chance against Hillary Clinton, ... More >>

 

 

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