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Cooking Books and Limiting Responsibility: Goldman Sachs

Wednesday, 26 December 2018, 5:21 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Managing a bank will always be a more lucrative criminal enterprise than raiding one but this Brechtian styled analysis only goes so far. A closer look at the extraordinary nature of Goldman Sachs and its operations reveals not merely a bank but a flesh-eating ... More >>

The Misuses of History: The Christmas 1914 Truce

Monday, 24 December 2018, 10:45 am | Binoy Kampmark

All memorialised events, when passing into mythology, must be seen critically. In some cases, there should be more than a hint of suspicion. The Christmas Truce of 1914 remains one sentimentalised occasion, remembered less to scold the mad mechanised ... More >>

Orbán’s Latest Dance

Saturday, 22 December 2018, 8:58 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Viktor Orbán of Hungary is not to be hectored to. Arching with fury at the EU’s September motion to sanction Hungary for bad behaviour under the Article 7 process, he was resolved to ratchet things up. The motion, while getting 448 votes concerned ... More >>

Leaving Syria: President Trump’s Withdrawal

Friday, 21 December 2018, 8:53 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“The President announced an apparently impulsive decision that shook the world, showed little sign of nuanced consideration, confounded top advisers and by the end of the day left Washington in chaos and confusion.” So goes a typical contribution ... More >>

Agreed Rules, COP24 and Climate Change Protest

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 4:24 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“If children can get headlines all over the world just by not going to school, then imagine what we can all do together if we really wanted to.” Greta Thunberg at COP24, Dec. 2018 More >>

Tumblr and the Cult of the Safe

Tuesday, 18 December 2018, 1:27 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Be aware of the titty. Or pudenda. Or anything else suggesting a copulative angle familiar to most adults with a decent constituency of desire. The world of Tumblr, home of the expressive identity and sexual subculture, has shrunk before the pressings ... More >>

May Days in Britain

Monday, 17 December 2018, 4:25 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It is hard to envisage sympathy for a person who made a name as a home secretary (prisons, detentions, security and such) taking the mast and banner of her country before hopeless odds, but inadequate opponents will do that to you. Vicious, venal ... More >>

Having it All Ways: Scott Morrison’s Jerusalem “Compromise”

Monday, 17 December 2018, 9:17 am | Binoy Kampmark

The pieces were already put in place during the Wentworth federal by-election, a hopeless, needless gambit that reduced the Coalition government’s majority whilst giving the outgoing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull a crack at some vengeance. His ... More >>

The Kosovo Blunder: Moves Towards a Standing Army

Sunday, 16 December 2018, 1:46 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There never is a time not to worry in the Balkans. The next conflict always seems to be peering around the corner with a malicious enthusiasm, eager to spring at points of demagogic advantage and personal suffering. The centrepieces of future disaster ... More >>

Be Offensive and Be Damned

Thursday, 13 December 2018, 4:21 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It has been an ordinary year for universities in Australia. While the National Tertiary Education Union pats itself on the back for supposedly advancing the rights and pay of academics, several face removal and castigation at the hands of university management. ... More >>

William Blum: Anti-Imperial Advocate

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 1:11 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In the incessant self-praise of the US imperial project, kept safe in a state of permanently enforced amnesia, occasional writings prod and puncture. Mark Twain expressed an ashamed horror at the treatment of the Philippines; Ulysses Grant, despite being ... More >>

Charters and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 10:46 am | Binoy Kampmark

It was a gathering of activists masquerading as deep thinkers. Ostensibly, it was to celebrate seven decades of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one devised in the aftermath of a traumatised world and easier to do so for that fact. But this ... More >>

Exhuming Franco: Spain’s Immemorial Divisions

Monday, 10 December 2018, 4:16 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Of course there’s one Spain. If there was another, we’d all be in that one.” Joke on Franco’s Spain, in London Review of Books , 37, July, 2015 More >>

The Security Derangement Complex

Friday, 7 December 2018, 2:39 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Australia is being seen as a test case. How does a liberal democracy affirm the destruction of private, encrypted communications? In 2015, China demonstrated what could be done to technology companies, equipping other states with an inspiration: encryption keys, ... More >>

Julian Assange, Manafort and The Guardian

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 4:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“This is going to be one of the most infamous news disasters since Stern published the ‘Hitler Diaries.’” WikiLeaks, Twitter , Nov 27, 2018 More >>

In Contempt of Parliament: The Legal Advice of Brexit

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 1:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It is attrition, suffocation and contortion. While Theresa May’s Brexit program, weak, compromising and cobbled as it is, endures that bit longer, her opponents from within and without government have been essentially undercutting her on various fronts. More >>

Lying About Age: The Legal Efforts of Emile Ratelband

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 10:12 am | Binoy Kampmark

Oscar Wilde famously warned that one should never trust a woman who revealed her true age; anyone so inclined to do so was bound to tell you anything. He also, in his characteristic stab at modern manners, suggested that no woman should be quite ... More >>

George H.W. Bush: Cold War Ends and New World Orders

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 9:11 am | Binoy Kampmark

The death of certain political figures, notably those of a vast imperium, is bound to provoke less criticism or critical insight than soul searching pursuits. With the US in the mauling clutches of Donald J. Trump, the nightmare that was supposedly ... More >>

Journey into Obsolescence: The Adani Carmichael Project

Sunday, 2 December 2018, 4:10 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Carmichael mine being pursued in the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland is a dinosaur before its creation. On paper, it is hefty – to be some five times the size of Sydney harbour, the largest in Australia and one of the largest on the planet. ... More >>

Mutual Decline: The Failings of Student Evaluations

Friday, 30 November 2018, 2:54 pm | Binoy Kampmark

That time of the year. Student evaluations are being gathered by the data crunchers. Participation rates are being noted. Attitudes and responses are mapped. The vulnerable, insecure instructor, fearing an execution squad via email, looks apprehensively at ... More >>

   

 

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