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The Last British Empire Paedophile Artist - Donald Friend

Monday, 30 October 2017, 8:45 am | Binoy Kampmark

Righteousness is never pretty, and it tends to often respond after the fact. The fallen hero, or at least the figure shrouded in mystery, is suddenly found to be a creature of ill repute, tarnished, and therefore, in need of emotional and psychic ... More >>

Strafing Parliament: Australia’s Citizenship Ruling

Sunday, 29 October 2017, 1:09 pm | Binoy Kampmark

And they fell like ninepins. Weeks of predictions, optimistic readings, and hopeful signs were dashed as the members of the highest court of Australia laid waste to members of Parliament. Citing a section in the Australian constitution that has become ... More >>

Pirating into the Czech Elections

Thursday, 26 October 2017, 5:08 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Pirate Party are buccaneering their way into European politics, having found a foothold in the testy soil of Central Europe after colonising, in small measure, various hamlets in Sweden, Germany and Iceland. The Czech Pirates (PPCZ), a term ... More >>

Corker and Flake Take Aim: GOP Rumblings Against Trump

Thursday, 26 October 2017, 4:15 pm | Binoy Kampmark

GOP members were fuming. Republican Senator Bob Corker of the Foreign Relations Committee was incandescent; Senator Jeff Flake oozed regret and despondency. Both spoke with the freedom of those not seeking re-election, a chance, in other words, to ponder ... More >>

US Soldiers in Niger: A Hidden Global Mission

Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 10:08 am | Binoy Kampmark

Empires of scale are often spread thinly across fields of operations. Vast, often opaque functions on the ground are not necessarily conveyed with accuracy to the metropolitan centre. Command structures, for all the sophistication of instant modern ... More >>

Environmental Protest: Bob Brown wins in Australia

Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 10:07 am | Binoy Kampmark

Environment activists and watchers will be detaching themselves briefly from their various points of resistance to observe the implications of a High Court decision in Australia that was handed down last week. The decision found that various anti-protest ... More >>

When Conspiracies Meet: Donald Trump & the JFK Files

Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 9:27 am | Binoy Kampmark

It seems the perfect recipe, a union of minds and fates. A case, long disputed, deliberated over, conspired over, meets a modern US president who favours the notion of birther theories, rigged systems, corrupt elites and corrosive establishments. As President ... More >>

A Matter of Fifty Degrees: Climate Change in Australia

Sunday, 22 October 2017, 10:32 am | Binoy Kampmark

A country baked to the core, its citizens roasted, an electricity grid battered to its limits. Capital cities trapping scorching heat, toasting its citizens and assaulting the young, the elderly, the infirm with temperature fluctuations. This is the vision ... More >>

The Trans-Tasman Spat Show: NZ-Aust Tensions

Friday, 20 October 2017, 1:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was an awkward moment for Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop. News had arrived that a New Zealand government had been formed after a lengthy period of deliberation. (The election took place on September 23.) More >>

Vengeful in Defeat: Hillary Fantasises about WikiLeaks

Friday, 20 October 2017, 12:08 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Hillary Clinton mope tour, which should have reached a high water mark, has gone global. It entails drumming up her credentials (immaculate, we are told, but unnoticed), and pouring upon the man who beat her to the White house (a danger to the world). ... More >>

Australia’s Citizenship Bill Fails

Friday, 20 October 2017, 12:02 pm | Binoy Kampmark

This is a government that takes pride in its hard headedness and faux populism. Knowing it would have to brave a sceptical, even baffled Senate, Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, resembling a bit dictator struggling for traction, decided to ignore ... More >>

Trump’s Iran Deal

Monday, 16 October 2017, 6:34 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Bad deals. Very bad – unless, of course, they are minted in the United States, with Make America Great Again credentials. Hardly the stuff of presidential clout and oratorical flair, but the US president is making good his word to rain on the ... More >>

Climate Change Insurgent: Tony Abbott’s Crusade

Saturday, 14 October 2017, 6:55 pm | Binoy Kampmark

He is the inimitable, true political ugliness, the bad boy with a mistimed punch. While not quite professorial in his lunacy (that honour will have to go to Pauline Hanson of One Nation, whose sincere bigotry remains pungent), he aspires to it with ... More >>

Big Batteries: Elon Musk and Powering South Australia

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 1:49 pm | Binoy Kampmark

At the end of last month, Tesla boss Elon Musk held a party in South Australia’s mid-north. It seemed premature, but Musk was typically confident. Construction on what will be the world’s most powerful lithium ion battery was going well. More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Signals from the Adult Day Care Center

Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 5:27 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him.” Senator Bob Corker on Donald Trump, New York Times , Oct 8, 2017 More >>

Protesting Against Adani: The National Day of Action

Monday, 9 October 2017, 4:09 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Be careful, you might get run over.” So squawks an administrator from the local RMIT University as she dashes towards Princess Park, Melbourne. The need for this jet propulsion enthusiasm is clear: a gathering is being organised in the park, amongst ... More >>

Nuclear Weapons, ICAN, and the Nobel Prize

Monday, 9 October 2017, 11:08 am | Binoy Kampmark

“There are no right hands for the wrong weapons”- Beatrice Fihn, ICAN Executive Director, Oct 6, 2017. More >>

The Face of Surveillance: Turnbull’s Recognition Database

Friday, 6 October 2017, 6:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Never miss an opportunity in the security business. A massacre in Las Vegas has sent its tremors through the establishments, and made its way across the Pacific into the corridors of Canberra and the Prime Minister’s office. Australia’s Malcolm ... More >>

Boris Johnson goes Caracas

Friday, 6 October 2017, 4:45 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Shame people with no knowledge or understanding of Libya want to play politics with the appallingly dangerous reality in Sirte.” Boris Johnson, Twitter, Oct 3, 2017 More >>

A Cuban Mystery: The US Embassy in Havana

Wednesday, 4 October 2017, 9:38 am | Binoy Kampmark

Cuba has, for decades, been a form of political pathology for US political consciousness. Fidel Castro loomed in his indestructible guise, tormenting a succession of American presidents with his seeming indestructibility. Efforts at deposing and assassination ... More >>

   

 

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