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Cultures of Death: Pope Francis, Apology and Child Abuse

Thursday, 23 August 2018, 12:49 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was long overdue, but Pope Francis’s letter of condemnation and apology regarding the abuse of children by Catholic priests did sent a few ripples of comfort and reckoning. He conceded that the Church “showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them”. ... More >>

Prime Ministerial Chaos: Turnbull’s Last Days

Wednesday, 22 August 2018, 4:24 pm | Binoy Kampmark

No one is in charge in Australia. Monday’s leadership challenge by Home Affairs minister, the potato-headed former police officer Peter Dutton, was cutting enough to leave Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull a wounded animal. The 48 to 35 margin of ... More >>

Charisma and Banality: Kofi Annan and the UN

Tuesday, 21 August 2018, 1:40 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Being the head of a creature essentially without spine, and, even more to the point, with vague form, must be something of a challenge. Part of the failing of the United Nations probably lies in its disparate existence, a scattered composition of bureaucratic ... More >>

Readying Knives: The Mortality of Australian Prime Ministers

Monday, 20 August 2018, 2:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The opinion poll prime ministership is a modern Australian disease. Not only does it suggest an ailing in the Westminster system, but a profound contempt for the democratic sensibility on the part of party representatives, hacks and the industry that supports ... More >>

Genoa’s Morandi Bridge Disaster

Monday, 20 August 2018, 11:11 am | Binoy Kampmark

Bridges are the great symbols of human connection. They suggest a certain animal pride in the human race, a technological capacity to trick, and even subordinate nature. Across ravines, rivers and bodies of space, the bridge suggests the raising ... More >>

Warring against Encryption: Australian proposals

Friday, 17 August 2018, 4:56 pm | Binoy Kampmark

What is it with Australia’s law enforcement authorities? Their uncontrollable appetite for encrypted data – primarily the data of private users – is so voracious it has become a parody of itself. There seems to be little that will restrain such politicians ... More >>

Great Barrier Reef Politics

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 12:06 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Australia’s environment has been in precarious hands since European settlement found its lengthy and persistent way to the continent. It has been mined, mauled, drained, farmed, deforested and despoiled at a rate that was only restrained by the ... More >>

Meaningless Titles and Liveable Cities

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 2:12 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has gone about its annual business of releasing its World’s Most Liveable City index, the sort of flotsam that matters less to urban planners than hedge-fund managers. The previous seven time winner had been ... More >>

Using the Burka: Boris Johnson’s Bid for Popularity

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 1:25 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Comedy, Boris Johnson, and the Tories – these three share a certain comforting, if chaotic affinity, lobbed together in some nightmarish union that risks consuming itself. But times are serious – profoundly so, we are told: Brexit exercises the ... More >>

Authoritarian Revocations: Australia, Terrorism and Citizens

Sunday, 12 August 2018, 4:07 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Contrary to any popular perceptions of Australia’s legal system, a dislike of rights reigns with pious conviction on both sides of the political aisle. Rights are the stuff of nonsense and nuisance, revocable for those deemed undesirable. The Australian ... More >>

Trump versus Journalism: The Travails of Fourth Estate

Saturday, 11 August 2018, 2:51 pm | Binoy Kampmark

You have to give it to him: President Donald Trump loathes the Fourth Estate with a dedication verging on caricature. He splutters at the members and rails at their observations with adolescent rage. He sees some of its members, not without a few ... More >>

Banning Alex Jones and Infowars

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 4:31 pm | Binoy Kampmark

He is treated as the bogeyman of conspiracy entertainment, and Alex Jones has become a prominent figure for advancing a host of unsavoury views. High on his list of incendiaries is the claim that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting never took place and was ... More >>

The Non-University and the Manager

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 2:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

We have been seeing over the last few decades the birth of the non-university, an institution hollowed out of its seminal functions: teaching and scholarship. Such an institution emphasises the functions of commerce and branding not dissimilar to ... More >>

The Lasting Condition: Drought in Australia

Monday, 6 August 2018, 2:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Humans are a funny species. They create settlements along fault lines that, on moving, can create catastrophe, killing thousands. They construct homes facing rivers that will, at some point, break their banks, carrying of their precious property. Importantly, ... More >>

Trillion Dollar Companies: The Apple Empire

Sunday, 5 August 2018, 4:39 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It seems a distant reality, or nightmare now: a company that was near defunct in 1996, now finding itself at the imperial pinnacle of the corporate ladder. Then, publications were mournful and reflective about the corporation that gave us the ... More >>

Fought to the Table: Talks with the Taliban

Saturday, 4 August 2018, 6:59 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Attempting to control rural areas in Afghanistan always eventually ends up boiling down to personal survival.” Evan McAllister, former Marine staff sergeant, New York Times , July 28, 2018 More >>

Thriving on Dark Web: The My Health Record and Data

Friday, 3 August 2018, 4:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Data is rarely inert. It moves, finds itself diverting, adjusting and adapting to users and distributors. Ultimately, as unspectacular and banal as it might be, data sells, pushing the price in various markets whoever wishes to access it. Medical ... More >>

The Death of the Investigative Journalist

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 2:40 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Yes Minister series portraying the skulduggery of Whitehall during the Thatcher years throws up a salient reminder how certain things do not mix. Should the art portfolio be slotted alongside television? Probably not, but politics is politics. ... More >>

Findings and Non-Findings: The MH370 Report

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 4:18 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It does little to allay the grief of relatives and friends, but the MH370 report on the doomed, and ever spectral Malaysian passenger liner merely added smidgens of further speculation. The report from Malaysian authorities into the disappearance ... More >>

Plans for Attack: US Plans for Striking Iran

Monday, 30 July 2018, 3:51 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The world of the terrifying hypothetical is programmatically standard in the Trump White House. Periods of tense calm are followed by careless flights of fury, digs and remonstrations. Mortal enemies become amenable comrades; reliable allies turn ... More >>

   

 

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