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Unwanted Images: The Nauru Incident Reports

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 4:40 pm | Binoy Kampmark

When the first reports came through about the unfolding Holocaust during the Second World War, audiences were incredulous. Surely no industrialised society could quite go so far? Killings, yes; butcheries, certainly. But a mass-scale industrialised ... More >>

Labouring Hours: Sweden’s Six-Hour Working Day

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 5:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“The establishment of a normal working-day is the result of struggle between capitalist and labour.” Karl Marx, Das Kapital , Ch 10 More >>

The Sri Lankan Abyss: Australia’s Crushing Defeat

Friday, 19 August 2016, 4:48 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Everything that seemed to unravel in a side that had enjoyed top ranking status before coming to Sri Lanka did on this most abysmal of tours. But any cricket commentary directed against Australia’s performances should also account for what was a memorably ... More >>

The Hypocrisies of Commemoration: Dispute at Long Tan

Friday, 19 August 2016, 3:45 pm | Binoy Kampmark

One of the stranger sights in international relations is that of a defeated State seeking to commemorate its fallen in a country whose affairs it sought to disrupt. Australia is particularly adept at this, having obtained near exclusive entitlements ... More >>

Fingers on the Button: “First Use” and US Nuclear Weapons

Wednesday, 17 August 2016, 5:15 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Do you wait till the prospect of obliteration is upon you? Or initiate, blithely, a nuclear holocaust upon your enemy as a matter of what is termed “first use” by the nuclear weapon high priests? Neither prospect is particularly attractive, ... More >>

Triggers, Morals and Drones in the Sky

Tuesday, 16 August 2016, 4:03 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Never tell a soldier that he does not know the cost of war.” Lt. Gen. Frank Benson (Alan Rickman), Eye in the Sky (2015) More >>

Donald Trump and the ISIS Factor

Tuesday, 16 August 2016, 3:58 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Ever straddling that fine line between the absurd and the puncturing revelation, Donald J. Trump’s “ISIS” remarks about the Obama administration and the Democrat presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, were vintage. “[Obama] was the founder of ... More >>

The Flagging TPPA: The US Election and Free Trade Politics

Friday, 12 August 2016, 4:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Being savaged by Donald J. Trump on one side of the electoral aisle, and modestly beaten by the Democratic presumptive candidate, Hillary Clinton, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is lying somewhere between near death and miraculous survival. ... More >>

Detained for Terror: Proposed Indefinite Detention Laws

Tuesday, 9 August 2016, 3:36 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The reactive dimension of global politics – at least at the level of many states – is a broader statement about how far things have rotted. Nothing is more reactive than a State’s response to terrorism, actual or perceived. The pure evidentiary ... More >>

The Washington Vaccination Ploy

Thursday, 4 August 2016, 12:28 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Should you fear receiving the needle from a stranger? Yes. Should you fear receiving it from a person you know all too well as a historical abuser? Even more so. Empires do it, states do it, and even local agencies do it. Let’s all, as it were, vaccinate ... More >>

Rubbishing Pauline Hanson: the Campaign Continues

Tuesday, 2 August 2016, 3:38 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“I blame Tony Abbott [and] John Howard for my imprisonment and no one will ever change my opinion about that.” Pauline Hanson More >>

Olympic Chaos: The Rio Games

Tuesday, 2 August 2016, 3:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Wounds have opened; recriminations are all around. The Rio Olympic Games, even before the first act, has already shown how it will be one of the more interesting ones for all the wrong reasons. (Eventually, such wrong reasons tend to seem right.) More >>

Humanising Hillary Clinton: The DNC

Monday, 1 August 2016, 3:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“He [Bill Clinton] wanted people to know the real Hillary.” John Podesta, Jul 28, 2016 More >>

Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Monday, 1 August 2016, 3:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Friday, 29 July 2016, 5:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood ... More >>

Cults of Security and Terror in Rio

Friday, 29 July 2016, 12:06 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Olympics remains a black hole of needless expenditure, sucking services into it with impending and merciless doom. Unused stadia, tracks left to moulder, services supposedly linked to urban renewal turned into dilapidated wonders. That is the Olympic ... More >>

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 >>

 

 

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