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Totalitarian Thinking, Feminism and the Clintons

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 3:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“I can tell you that shaming me and essentially calling me misinformed and stupid is NOT the way to win my vote.” Zoe Trimboli, Feb 9, 2015 More >>

The Australian High Court and Indefinite Offshore Detention

Friday, 5 February 2016, 11:46 am | Binoy Kampmark

The High Court of Australia has done its occasional bit for refugees, though much of its legal reasoning has lead to inadvertent consequences. During the Gillard years, it sank what would have been a notorious exchange of refugees with Malaysia (the ... More >>

The Ethics of Exposure

Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 10:41 am | Binoy Kampmark

The role of the whistleblower tends to be that of scapegoat and sacrificial lamb. Someone has to take the fall for calling out the rotten state of affairs. The formula is repeated time and time again: rather than tossing out the rotten apples, the good ... More >>

In Search of Nationalism: Remembering Benedict Anderson

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 1:46 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“The modern world has shown us sufficient examples of nations that have broken up because too many of their citizens have had shrivelled hearts and dwarfish minds.” Benedict Anderson, Jakarta, 1999 More >>

Binoy Kampmark: State of Unease - The X Files

Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 3:10 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“No one is ever truly dead on ‘The X-Files’.” Chris Carter, AP, Jan 20, 2016 More >>

Trump and Visiting the UK

Wednesday, 20 January 2016, 10:30 am | Binoy Kampmark

“While I think this man is crazy, while I think this man has no valid points to make, I will not be able to silence his voice.” Tom Tugendhat, The Independent, 19 January 2016 More >>

Merkel, Refugees and the Cologne Attacks

Wednesday, 13 January 2016, 11:09 am | Binoy Kampmark

Huge pressure was already on Angela Merkel’s shoulders prior to the New Year celebrations. When it came in its waves of chaos on the eve, the security services in Cologne were found wanting. The police document from Cologne, leaked to Der Spiegel, speaks of ... More >>

Sean Penn and El Chapo: Vanity, Hollywood and Reportage

Tuesday, 12 January 2016, 12:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Leaving aside Sean Penn’s personal history with drug use, let alone alleged efforts to get a slice of celebrity in portraying a drug lord, the furore surrounding his interview with El Chapo (Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera) is instructive in a few ... More >>

North Korea and the arts of Guerrilla Partisanship

Monday, 11 January 2016, 11:47 am | Binoy Kampmark

Nuclear weapons have always had a habit of inviting games of perception. Will the state in possession of a nuclear option make use of it? Obviously, there is always precedent that any state with an option will, at some point, make do with it. The ... More >>

The Bosnian Problem: Milorad Dodik and Republika Srpska

Monday, 11 January 2016, 11:43 am | Binoy Kampmark

“I do not think we will have another war. Why would someone go to war? Thousands died, and are their descendants living better now?” Milorad Dodik, Feb 19, 2015 More >>

North Korea and the arts of Guerrilla Partisanship

Monday, 11 January 2016, 11:41 am | Binoy Kampmark

Nuclear weapons have always had a habit of inviting games of perception. Will the state in possession of a nuclear option make use of it? Obviously, there is always precedent that any state with an option will, at some point, make do with it. The ... More >>

The Point of the Spear: Oregon’s Militia Movement

Thursday, 7 January 2016, 4:11 pm | Binoy Kampmark

President Abraham Lincoln rendered the Union marble from rather haphazardly made brick. It took the most vicious of civil wars on US soil to make a mystique of it. But the tensions between the central government and fractious peripheries within ... More >>

The UK, Saudi Arabia and the UN Human Rights Council

Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 9:48 am | Binoy Kampmark

Bribery over Humanity: The UK, Saudi Arabia and the UN Human Rights Council Binoy Kampmark More >>

Riyadh’s Sectarian Move: Executing Sheik Nimr al-Nimr

Monday, 4 January 2016, 9:41 am | Binoy Kampmark

Riyadh has stoked the sectarian fires at the start of 2016 with its decision, and carrying out, of the executions of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and various members of the Shiite community. All in all, 47 were dispatched in a Saudi orgy of state-sanctioned ... More >>

Hidden Browsing Histories: The Snooper’s Charter

Wednesday, 30 December 2015, 11:22 am | Binoy Kampmark

“‘Trust Me’ might be just the most manipulative thing a politician can say. It means leave me alone in secret to operate without proper challenge.” More >>

Ankara’s Great Belligerent Gamble

Tuesday, 29 December 2015, 8:42 am | Binoy Kampmark

“If you invite a bear to dance, it’s not you who decides when the dance is over.” Cengiz Çandar More >>

Extraditing Kim Dotcom

Monday, 28 December 2015, 11:42 am | Binoy Kampmark

However much of a prat he might seem to some, Kim Dotcom’s relevance goes far beyond his self generating hyperbole and excessive enthusiasm. In the legal battles of extradition and how services on the Internet matter, Dotcom, resident in New Zealand, remains ... More >>

The US Congress and the Omnibus Military Bill

Monday, 21 December 2015, 10:08 am | Binoy Kampmark

“The funding to continue the war against ISIL is an authorization of force against ISIL, albeit a quiet one, designed not to attract public attention.” Jack Goldsmith, Lawfare, Dec 17, 2015 More >>

Bloody Entanglements: Saudi Arabia, Britain and Yemen

Wednesday, 16 December 2015, 11:29 am | Binoy Kampmark

“How our ally is using British arms runs counter to our self-proclaimed role in the world, and our aid efforts.” Major General Tim Cross, Dec 14, 2015. More >>

Trump, Islam and the Rationale of Exclusion

Monday, 14 December 2015, 12:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Donald Trump has had it in for the followers Allah and the Prophet from the start of his campaign. Much of this, however, is histrionics. Adopting a salesman’s pitch, Trump changes the message depending on his audience. If one is to go back into the ... More >>

 

 

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