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Embers and Death at the Victoria Park Hotel

Saturday, 16 June 2018, 12:16 pm | Binoy Kampmark

We came across a skeleton of a building bristling with warnings: Asbestos, Stay Out; Danger, Do Not Enter. The sense was that entering this site of history in Townsville, North Queensland, would kill you. And damn well it would have, sending you keeling ... More >>

Dark Precedents: Matteo Salvini, the MV Tampa and Refugees

Friday, 15 June 2018, 2:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In August 2001, Australia’s dour Prime Minister John Howard demonstrated to the world what his country’s elite soldiers could do. Desperate, close to starvation and having been rescued at sea from the Palapa I in the Indian Ocean, refugees and ... More >>

Pushing Huawei Out

Thursday, 14 June 2018, 2:24 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Be wary of the Chinese technological behemoth, goes the current cry from many circles in Australia’s parliament. Cybersecurity issues are at stake, and the eyes of Beijing are getting beadier by the day. More >>

Meeting on the Island of Death From Behind

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 2:28 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Everything about this summit is in the showy warm-up run. “I am on my way to Singapore,” tweets US President Donald J. Trump, “where we have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World.” Such descriptions from America’s ... More >>

Australian University Funding and Western Civilisation

Monday, 11 June 2018, 3:13 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There is a lot of tattle going on about why the Australian National University rebuffed, after a series of talks, the offer for the establishment of a specific bachelors degree that would feature Western Civilisation as its content. It would have been ... More >>

Elite Atrocities: Australia’s Special Forces in Afghanistan

Sunday, 10 June 2018, 1:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Further into the Afghanistan mission, after multiple deployments, soldiers began to refer to members going ‘up the Congo’.” Chris Masters, The Sydney Morning Herald , Jun 9, 2018 More >>

The Food of Movement: Anthony Bourdain’s Universal Eater

Saturday, 9 June 2018, 5:21 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Food of Movement: Anthony Bourdain’s Universal Eater Bruce Chatwin considered movement the indispensable feature of the human species. Sedentary natures killed through asphyxiation; a refusal to move suggested an acceptance of death. Walking ... More >>

Dazzled by Tech: Universities, Googlification and Microsoft

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 1:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The mechanical, robotic striving of university politburos and their jack boot managers have always been interesting when it comes to one particular topic: the role of technology and its adoption. For it is in technology that the mediocre paper clip shuffler can ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: The Power of Self-Pardon

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 1:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“If a president was dumb enough to pardon himself that would be such an arrogant statement of power that the House would probably impeach him in a week and the Senate would convict him.” Newt Gingrich , Jun 5, 2018 More >>

Twats and Tweets: Roseanne Barr and the Issue of Proportion

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 12:37 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Can anything be said that doesn’t warrant an empaneled jury of twitting twats to determine the fate of an individual? It is evident that branding, marketing and selling can only be done in a context of controlled hypocrisy. Companies long happy to use ... More >>

A Literary Vice: Me Too Enthusiasm and Junot Díaz

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 10:31 am | Binoy Kampmark

It all happened at break neck speed. Before the dust settled, Junot Díaz was on plane from Sydney back to the United States. The Sydney Writers’ Festival had received a severe spiking of flavour from another Me Too, stop that and what to do skirmish. More >>

Universities, Branding and Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 3:28 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The modern university is a tertiary colonising institution. Like the old mercantilist bodies – the Dutch East India Company and its equivalents – the educational world is there to be acquired by bureaucrats, teachers and, it is hoped, suitable recruits. More >>

Cover Ups and Confessions: Pope Francis and Child Abuse

Monday, 28 May 2018, 2:58 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It is the season for exposures and exposes, and the Catholic Church has been making regular ripples of the wrong and undeniably crude sort. Globally, the church is finding itself being picked bare in terms of institutional malfeasance, not merely on the ... More >>

Donald Trump, Summits and Cancellations

Sunday, 27 May 2018, 1:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was the sort of party you would be reluctant to turn up to, and its cancellation would have caused a sigh of relief. But when the US president replicates the feigned hurt of a guest who has been impugned, the puzzlement deepens. A mix of crankiness ... More >>

States of Cruelty: The Dead Refugees of Manus

Friday, 25 May 2018, 12:44 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In those seemingly interminable refugee debates being held in various countries, cruelty is pure theatre. It is directed, stage managed, the victims treated as mere marionettes in a play of putrid public policy and indifferent public officials. Barriers ... More >>

Eternal Disappearance: MH370 and the Hangar Gossipers

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 3:40 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It has fuelled enough speculation to fill libraries and populate databases at catchy speed. The disappearance of MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, one of two Malaysian Airlines flights to perish that year, continues to ... More >>

Australia’s China Syndrome

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 1:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Syndromes can make for cringe worthy, nervous laughter. To see the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, struggle with reconciling China the bully of influence with China the resource hungry friend supplied the press with one such spectacle ... More >>

Tom Wolfe the Parajournalist

Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 3:14 pm | Binoy Kampmark

As is the nature of his creepy totality, President Donald Trump has a habit of suffusing the obituaries of the famous and pampered. Tom Wolfe, it is said by such figures as Maggie Haberman in The New York Times , conceived of Trump as a formidable figure ... More >>

Unsettling the Summits: John Bolton’s Libya Solution

Monday, 21 May 2018, 4:39 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The inevitable stop, start and stuttering of the Korean peace process was bound to manifest itself soon after the hugs, expansive smiles and sympathetic back rubs. Dates have been set – the Kim-Trump summit is slated to take place in Singapore ... More >>

A Very Republican Sickness: Loving Royal Weddings

Sunday, 20 May 2018, 2:31 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Thinking that you actually know a public figure – in the intimate, best-friend kind of way – is not healthy.” Katie Stow, Harper’s Bazaar , Oct 17, 2017. More >>

 

 

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