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Gagarin in Space: The Politics of Cosmic Discovery

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 2:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Aristotle thought notions of humanity as a supreme species atopos – absurd. In contrast, the Romans had a very defined term that distinguished humans as humans, impressive relative to other species: humanitas. Hannah Arendt, in considering these ... More >>

Australia’s French Connection: The Submarine Saga

Monday, 2 May 2016, 2:14 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was all a funny business, but it is very clear that the Australian relationship with France, at least when it comes to matters of defence, has changed over the years. From being belligerents keen to pursue nuclear testing in the Pacific, to being “cheese ... More >>

The Failed Cruz-Kasich Pact: Trump and GOP Desperation

Monday, 2 May 2016, 2:10 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Having Trump as a candidate for the GOP presidential run may look bad. Having a pact against him within the Republican movement designed to quash his chances to get the nomination looks even worse. It reeks of backroom deals, frustrated officials and ... More >>

Meddlesome Empire: Obama and Client Britain’s EU Referendum

Tuesday, 26 April 2016, 12:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Good to see that history, if it does not possess historical cunning, as Hegel rather foolishly observed, has, at the very least, some humour. US President Barack Obama has been busy making it his business to make sure that Britain remains in the European ... More >>

Anzac Day Memories: The Sullen Child of History

Saturday, 23 April 2016, 1:52 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Periodic vigilance will protect us against new generations of lords and masters who exploit national myths to lure us into enterprises born in timidity and corrosive mateship.” Andrew Hamilton, Eureka Street , May 6, 2015 More >>

Mild Punishment And Exoneration: the Killing of Reza Barati

Wednesday, 20 April 2016, 4:00 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“I wish those people could also have been charged, but sometimes some countries are very powerful and they can protect their own people from being charged.” Benham Satah, Manus Island detainee, ABC News, Apr 19, 2016 More >>

Grant Hackett, Troubled Waters and the Sporting Dilemma

Monday, 18 April 2016, 3:11 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“New safety briefing tells passengers to familiarise themselves with their nearest Grant Hackett, remembering it may be behind them.” The Shovel , Apr. 18, 2016 More >>

Nauru, Suicide and Punishment

Monday, 18 April 2016, 3:02 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It sounds tedious, but the point is no less awful. Nauru has ceased being a country, a state of any worth. It has assumed value as only one thing: a (non)processing centre for asylum seekers and refugees Australia does not want. A camp designed for criminalising ... More >>

Investigating the Banksters: The Australian Banking Industry

Tuesday, 12 April 2016, 4:02 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“I know it’s completely wrong but fuck it, I might as well. I thought fuck it. We’ve got so much money on it, we just had to do it.” Colin Roden, Westpac managing director group treasury, ABC, Apr 6, 2016 More >>

Keeping Torture Fashionable: The US Presidential Elections

Monday, 11 April 2016, 3:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It never goes away: a state’s imperative to torture. What seems to matter is the degree of honesty officials have in terms of whether its deployment is secretive, incidental or central to the policy of obtaining information. Under the Obama administration, ... More >>

The IMF, the European Commission and Greek Debt

Friday, 8 April 2016, 3:13 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The International Monetary Fund has been at odds with other partners in the Greek bailout saga. Its economists have wondered whether strangling a state with the noose of austerity is a decent way of either eliminating debt, let alone stimulating growth. ... More >>

Repulsion By Film: Anti-Refugee Propaganda in The Journey

Friday, 8 April 2016, 3:12 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Danish government is doing it – as are others. The Australian government, however, may count itself as one of the first ones to take the concerted step to repel potential asylum seekers who arrive to Australian shores by boat with threatening films. There ... More >>

Misusing Privacy: Mossack Fonseca and the Panama Papers Leak

Tuesday, 5 April 2016, 3:24 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Privacy is a fundamental human right that is being eroded more and more in the modern world. Each person has a right to privacy, whether they are a king or a beggar.” Few could disagree with the essence of this statement by Panamanian lawyer Ramon ... More >>

Weapons of Mass Distraction

Tuesday, 5 April 2016, 10:54 am | Binoy Kampmark

“When you can give AK-47s to a group of guys and they slaughter a group of people on the streets of Paris, why would you really care about something like transporting radiological material?” Andrei Baklitsky, Sputnik , Mar 31, 2016 More >>

War and Incitement: The Acquittal of Vojislav Šešelj

Friday, 1 April 2016, 3:42 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“[H]istory is past politics, and politics is present history.” Edward A. Freeman (Nov 18, 1880) More >>

Saudi Arabia, Arms and Embargoes

Friday, 1 April 2016, 3:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It is the great moral message these days amongst the righteous Western participants in Middle Eastern crusades: restrict tyranny and despotism, fight theocracies, embrace values of openness. Such a mission is seemingly imperilled by the workings of the ... More >>

The Sugar Wars and Nanny’s Demands

Wednesday, 30 March 2016, 2:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Superficially rational, there are in truth few instincts more fundamentally illiberal than the drive towards preventative policymaking.” Henry Hill, CapX , Mar 21, 2016 More >>

Bernie Sanders, The Democrats and The Superdelegate Problem

Tuesday, 29 March 2016, 4:18 pm | Binoy Kampmark

He finds them problematic. In his exact words to CBS’s Face the Nation, Bernie Sanders suggested that, “The whole concept of superdelegates is problematic.” Such an alignment of interests again shows how peculiarly undemocratic aspects of ... More >>

Finalising Cruelty: The EU-Turkey Agreement

Tuesday, 29 March 2016, 4:02 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It seemed a foregone conclusion, but here it was, a ghastly cuddling show between Turkish officials and Donald Tusk, President of the European Council. Both political forces had united behind a refugee containment system that is compromised from start ... More >>

Terms of Terror: What the Brussels Attacks Mean

Thursday, 24 March 2016, 3:19 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“I do believe we are not addressing right the issue of terrorism today.” Dominique de Villepin, CNBC, Mar 22, 2016 More >>



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