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Assassination in Kosovo: The Killing of Oliver Ivanović

Monday, 29 January 2018, 11:08 am | Binoy Kampmark

“I won’t even start with the old rule that when there’s a contract killing, it’s usually the killer who first offers their condolences.” Nenad Čanak, Radio Free Europe, Jan 22, 2018 More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Djokovic, Tennis and Player’s Unions

Thursday, 25 January 2018, 5:03 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Novak Djokovic, on returning to competitive tennis at the Australian Open, caused something of a stir that a revolt in the game was brewing. Was it about ball boys or girls, or his smooth unblemished victory against the unfortunate Donald Young? ... More >>

One Year of Trump: The Defenders of Fictional Democracy

Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 10:16 am | Binoy Kampmark

It seemed so much busier, much more manic and crowded than the one year that had passed. Since his inauguration, President Donald Trump continues to excite the same headlines and explosions that began even before he made it to the White House. More >>

Kurdish Frictions: Turkey’s Campaign in Afrin

Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 9:50 am | Binoy Kampmark

It’s a cruel saga, and one that promises no immediate end. Turkey, considered one of the more potent of powers within the NATO alliance, has manoeuvred itself into a play that Washington will find hard to avoid. For Ankara, one thing must not happen ... More >>

Olympic Diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula

Saturday, 20 January 2018, 12:19 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The more overtures, sudden but entirely appropriate, being made by North Korea to their South Korean counterparts, the more concern seems to emanate from quarters in Washington and Tokyo. A recurring streak in these engagements is the fear that ... More >>

War on Plastic: Attenborough, Britain and Environment

Friday, 19 January 2018, 1:54 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Few documentaries have had quite this impact, so much so that it has ushered in the unfortunate combination of war and plastic, two terms that sit uneasily together, if at all. Tears were recorded; anxiety levels were propelled as Sir David Attenborough ... More >>

The Carillion Collapse: Corporate Sickness in May’s Britain

Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 11:01 am | Binoy Kampmark

Britain is ill, and even as the opportunists and populists scramble before the hardened negotiators of the European Union over imminent exit, revising optimistic forecasts and notions of sovereign greatness has begun. Within Theresa May’s decaying state ... More >>

Macron in China

Tuesday, 16 January 2018, 10:39 am | Binoy Kampmark

Since coming to power, Macron has given the impression of forging ahead with new agendas and ideas crafted from a novel perspective. This has been far from the case. True, the man’s novelty has shone through in doing what seemed to be the undoable: ... More >>

Fuming in the White House: The Bannon-Trump Implosion

Friday, 12 January 2018, 12:04 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Michael Wolff is laughing, if not gloating, all his way to the bank. Money bags are singing; bank accounts are being filled. Doubts about the free publicity his work on the Trump White House would receive would have abated with the tweeting complex ... More >>

Orthodox Christmas, Oaks and Casual Cruelties

Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 11:54 am | Binoy Kampmark

The man, gristle and all, perched on his stick, a statue lost in a mess of dirt ridden clothes, his face obscured by the casting shadow of the sheltering building in the southern Serbian town of Bujanovac. An eye half-shut, the other suspiciously attentive, ... More >>

Parallel Worlds: Trump, Nuclear Buttons and Korean Diplomacy

Saturday, 6 January 2018, 10:49 am | Binoy Kampmark

It has been said that what is required in dealing with the Trump administration is less an army of diplomats than keen and attentive psychiatrists. Those psychiatrists would have had dreams of splendour contemplating how a statement about having access ... More >>

Gangs, Race and Melbourne

Wednesday, 3 January 2018, 9:13 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Two’s a company; three’s a crowd. More? This issue is preoccupying political and policing figures in the city considered by the Economist Intelligence Unit the most liveable in the world, bettering a whole host of other seemingly more appropriate ... More >>

Ilya and Emilia Kababov at the Tate Modern

Tuesday, 2 January 2018, 10:07 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Installation art deserves its reputation in many quarters as trumped up and pretentious, an exaggeration dressed up as a profound truth. History is ignored, and all is deemed modern and defiant. It also seems, often, to be a terrible misuse of gallery space. More >>

Trump versus the FBI

Monday, 1 January 2018, 1:06 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The attempt to tease, weave and develop a narrative against President Donald J. Trump over a Russian connection began almost immediately after his victory in November last year. This was meant to be institutional oversight and probing, but in another ... More >>

Cost and Indulgence: Gloating over New Year’s Celebrations

Friday, 29 December 2017, 3:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The gloating over the forthcoming New Year celebrations has already commenced. The first big city to feature on the roundups in each news segment as the year is ushered in tends to be Sydney, self-proclaimed global city in the antipodes, ever keen to ... More >>

Extraterrestrial Fascinations: The Pentagon and UFOs

Wednesday, 27 December 2017, 4:25 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Conspiracies in the extraterrestrial department have always constituted the residue of superstition in a secular age. Chase away a Christ figure, or ward off God, and the mind still wanders, hoping to be bewitched. If something cannot be explained, ... More >>

The Politics of Manus Island

Tuesday, 26 December 2017, 2:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In what has been a nightmare at Christmas, the plight of refugees relocated to other sites on Manus Island after the closure of the facility at Lombrum Naval Base has worsened. The latest scenes at East Lorengau Transit Centre, where 300 men have been ... More >>

Sanctions Fever: The Trump Administration and Human Rights

Sunday, 24 December 2017, 11:13 am | Binoy Kampmark

It’s the season to be jolly, and the Trump administration has been busy doling out gifts. Sanctions seem to be top of the pile, derived from that trove of options outlined in the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. The law, initially ... More >>

Normalising Uber: The CJEU Ruling

Friday, 22 December 2017, 9:14 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was something of a clanger for the ride hailing service that has made authorities across the globe sceptical and stroppy. Uber has lobbied, cajoled, and bullied its way into the transport markets of the globe, while still claiming to be a humble, ... More >>

Journeying to the DMZ

Thursday, 21 December 2017, 7:28 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Atrocity tourism and what might be termed the tourism of divisive obstacles (fences, barbed wire, mine fields) can be great money earners. Former concentration and extermination camps in Europe bring in currency even as visitors shake with stunned grief and moral ... More >>



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