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The Scottish National Party and the British Elections

Tuesday, 5 May 2015, 4:10 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“I’m just facing up to reality. A minority government can’t govern without support from other parties. Either Ed Miliband will accept that or he won’t.” More >>

Refusing to Host the Olympics: The Deceptive IOC Brand

Monday, 4 May 2015, 1:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The merchants of the Olympic brand are running out of ideas. For decades, the deception of common humanity and the broader interests of building peace before the terror of war supposedly immunised the Olympics from slander and critique. Olympism was ... More >>

Illusions in the British Election Campaign

Friday, 1 May 2015, 9:33 am | Binoy Kampmark

Election watching in Britain usually takes various forms. This time, the challenging nutters have been said to be getting the runs on the board, and the voters are having the most interesting, if confusing spread, in years. This terrifies the incumbents, ... More >>

The Failings of Capital Punishment: Indonesia Executes

Thursday, 30 April 2015, 2:46 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Jokowi. Myuran Sukumaran. Kerobokan Prison. Bali. 23/01/2015. People can change.” Inscription by Myuran Sukumaran of a portrait of Joko Widodo, Indonesian President. More >>

Hobbling Democracy: TPPA and The Covenant of Secrecy

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 10:16 am | Binoy Kampmark

The TTIP and TPPA, both sounding like ominous injections of political disaster, continue their march towards belittling, and corroding the democratic content of its participating countries. The holder of the needle remains US President Barack Obama, while the ... More >>

Sealing Borders: Fortress Europe’s War on Refugees

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 9:57 am | Binoy Kampmark

“Rescue boats? I’d use gunships to stop migrants.” And so, the fantastically venal contributor to Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun Katie Hopkins adds her bit to the migration debate in Europe. “Make no mistake, these migrants are like cockroaches. ... More >>

Fearing the loss of Hegemony: The Concept of US Retreat

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 9:50 am | Binoy Kampmark

Nothing upsets those drunk on imperialist virtue than the fact it might end. Such romances with power do have a use-by-date, going off like old fruit. Eventually, the crippling contradictions will win through in the end. The days of the US empire ... More >>

The War against The Lancet: When Medicine and Politics Mix

Sunday, 26 April 2015, 11:56 am | Binoy Kampmark

Hate, disgrace, and pitiful editorial standards. Are these the terms to be ascribed to The Lancet , which, bar a few blemishes has shown a distinguished pedigree in the world of medical research? Stroppy academics have made an argument than an open ... More >>

Climate Change Politics in Australia: The Lomborg Factor

Friday, 24 April 2015, 2:41 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Eager to cut, savage and wind back constructive projects in the realm of medicine, science and education, Australia’s government has made its latest head-shaking announcement on budgetary issues. The veteran climate change sceptic Bjørn Lomborg ... More >>

Security Cocktails: Mixing Anzac and Terror

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 5:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

State inspired killing, which tends to be commemorated in disingenuous fashion at military parades, is a dirty thing. But it is revered, stuffed to the brim with hagiographic accounts and the justification of largesse for the war machine. Callow youths with ... More >>

Deterrence by Celluloid: Film Propaganda to Scare Refugees

Monday, 13 April 2015, 9:44 am | Binoy Kampmark

It is right out of the top drawer of the Reich minister for propaganda and enlightenment, Joseph Goebbels. The impact of televisual images on potential refugees is designed to improve their wretched lot – through the use of fear that hopefully immobilizes ... More >>

The Black Spider Memos: Prince Charles, Secrecy UK Govt.

Monday, 13 April 2015, 9:38 am | Binoy Kampmark

Over this month, British officials, with enormous reluctance, will relinquish the contents of 27 letters by Prince Charles to the press termed the “black spider memos” spanning the period between September 2004 and April 2005. A better view ... More >>

Obituary: Richie Benaud and Cricket’s Broadcasting Life

Monday, 13 April 2015, 9:35 am | Binoy Kampmark

The game speaks of eternal beginnings – and even never endings. Cricket, by its very creation, suggests time aplenty, with kept fields, ponderous sessions and tea breaks. For very much that reason, it is the sport of the talented broadcaster, the ... More >>

Drones and Protests: Policing and the Machine Imperative

Monday, 13 April 2015, 9:27 am | Binoy Kampmark

Innovation, Edmund Burke reminds us in “A Letter to a Noble Lord,” does not necessarily imply reform. While the peaceful uses of drones are often treated as the benign effects of the security industrial complex, the spill over into more violent deployments ... More >>

At ASIO’s Advice: Refugees in Indefinite Detention

Monday, 13 April 2015, 9:15 am | Binoy Kampmark

Daniel Flitton, senior correspondent for The Age , sees the lack of interest in Australia’s novel approach to indefinite detention for refugees as unfathomable. Concerns about metadata retention, and the elasticity of surveillance powers, may have been registered ... More >>

At ASIO’s Advice: Refugees in Indefinite Detention

Wednesday, 8 April 2015, 7:21 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Australia is holding more than 30 people in indefinite detention for undisclosed reasons. These people are recognised refugees who cannot return home due to the dangers they face there.” More >>

Re-Opening The Investigation: CIA Black Sites

Tuesday, 7 April 2015, 9:47 am | Binoy Kampmark

They certainly sought to please in those initial dark days when a position at the NATO table was at stake. This was something of a new world order – the attacks after September 11, 2001 did certainly allow Washington to make that spurious case. ... More >>

Doing the Nuclear Dance: The Iran Joint Comprehensive Plan

Sunday, 5 April 2015, 5:56 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“We will have just enough centrifuges to make carrot juice.” Alireza Mataji, Twitter, Apr 3, 2015 More >>

Militia Woes in Iraq: The Consequences of Repelling ISIS

Thursday, 2 April 2015, 4:35 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Well it might be that successes are being registered against the menace that is ISIS, but today’s militia victor is the next agent of revenge and instability. Sectarianism remains a self-sustaining cycle. At Amerli in August 2014, Sunni Iraqis saw the lifting ... More >>

Fractured Britain: The Election Campaign of 2015

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 3:21 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The main British parties could be in more than spot of bother. Parliament has been dissolved, and what promises to be a rather tart, occasionally vicious campaign is in the offing. If we are to take the figures seriously, a current crop of 40 percent ... More >>

 

 

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