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Afghanistan, Failure And Second Thoughts

Tuesday, 27 July 2021, 3:15 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It is a country other powers simply cannot leave alone. Even after abandoning its Kabul post in ignominy, tail tucked between their legs, Australia is now wondering if it should return – in some form. The Department of Trade and Foreign Affairs ... More >>

Greenwashing The Tokyo Olympic Games

Saturday, 24 July 2021, 4:19 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“The gap between rhetoric and reality is a persistent one when looking at the sustainability of commitments of Olympic Games hosts”. Martin Müller, European Urban and Regional Studies , 2015 The organisers of the Olympics have always been ... More >>

Tokyo’s Pandemic Games Open

Friday, 23 July 2021, 4:14 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The auguries are not good for the Tokyo Olympic Games. Resignations have filled the ledger, including Japanese composer Keigo Oyamada, organising committee president Yoshiro Mori and the creative director Hiroshi Sasaki. Then there is the lamentable ... More >>

Pegasus Rides Again: The NSO Group, Spyware And Human Rights

Wednesday, 21 July 2021, 4:38 pm | Binoy Kampmark

They keep insisting they don’t do it. But companies such as the Israeli NSO Group are global vendors for regimes, whatever stripe or colour, for surveillance tools to spy on those they deem of interest. The 2013 revelations by Edward Snowden that ... More >>

Infectious Follies: Britain’s Freedom Day

Tuesday, 20 July 2021, 1:07 pm | Binoy Kampmark

He can scant resist a slogan, but UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s insistence on describing Britain’s exit from lockdown as Freedom Day came with its usual kitschy quality. All would be splendid as COVID-19 restrictions were lifted in the “move ... More >>

How CDN Providers Break The Internet

Monday, 19 July 2021, 1:06 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“After years of IT experts telling us that we ‘can’t break the internet’ by pressing the wrong button, it turns out we can do it by updating our settings.” Phil Coughlin, The Guardian , Jun 11, 2021 On June 8, an internet blackout was precipitated ... More >>

Branson Goes To Space

Friday, 16 July 2021, 2:42 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Profligate, vain and utterly pleased with himself, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson could boast about his latest adventure of megalomania. Unlike others of the stinking rich set, he is incapable of keeping quiet. He pretends to be the people’s ... More >>

When Football Did Not Come Home

Thursday, 15 July 2021, 1:04 pm | Binoy Kampmark

  They were in with a shot. The English team, deliriously floating on chants of Football’s Coming Home , had made it to their first major tournament final since 1966. The UEFA European Football Championship would be decided at Wembley against ... More >>

Australia’s Hermit Nation Strategy Unravels

Tuesday, 13 July 2021, 2:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Australia, like other island states, has had spells of isolationist fancy and hermit dispositions. Protected by geography, distant and vast, the country’s first bit of legislation in 1901 was the Immigration Restriction Act. This nasty little statute ... More >>

Sydney Mockdown: The Delta Variant Strikes

Sunday, 11 July 2021, 4:35 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Dear customers, if you are standing there reading this sign you are part of the problem. STAY THE **** HOME! Best, Sydney.” - Note on store front, Sydney, Twitter , July 10, 2021 It is proving to be an unfolding nightmare. For a government that ... More >>

Protecting Eden: Pornography And Age Verification Down Under

Friday, 9 July 2021, 3:42 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Sex on the screen and on the page has often incurred the wrath of Australian censors. Over the years, the opaquely functioning Office of Film and Literature Classification has been guarding Australians like the children of Eden, fearful that their sensibilities ... More >>

The US Appeals The Assange Ruling

Thursday, 8 July 2021, 3:06 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It took over half a year, but the US government’s case against Julian Assange continues its draining grind. Even the Biden administration, which claims to tolerate a free press and truthful dialogue with the fourth estate, has decided to exhaust ... More >>

Secrecy And Calamity In Australia’s Vaccine Rollout

Tuesday, 6 July 2021, 1:54 pm | Binoy Kampmark

With a lamentable, even disgraceful vaccination rate, confusion over how best to deal with the AstraZeneca supply, vague promises about the arrival of other COVID-19 vaccines, and a degree of complacency, half of Australia found itself in lockdown ... More >>

Thordarson’s Fabrications: Another Hole In The Julian Assange Prosecution

Monday, 5 July 2021, 3:37 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The tyrannical, brutal cynicism of keeping Julian Assange in Belmarsh prison remains one of the more inglorious marks of the British legal system and, it should be said, its sponsors and colluders. Having won his case against extradition to the US, if ... More >>

Leaving Bagram Airbase: The Day The US Imperium Turned Tail

Sunday, 4 July 2021, 5:15 pm | Binoy Kampmark

From the Bagram Airbase they left, leaving behind a piece of the New York World Trade Centre that collapsed with such graphic horror on September 11, 2001. As with previous occupiers and occupants, the powers that had made this venue a residence ... More >>

The Known Knowns Of Donald Rumsfeld

Friday, 2 July 2021, 4:09 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“On the morning of September 11, 2001, Donald Rumsfeld ran to the fire at the Pentagon to assist the wounded and ensure the safety of survivors,” expressed a mournful George W. Bush in a statement . “For the next five years, he was in steady ... More >>

The Known Knowns Of Donald Rumsfeld

Friday, 2 July 2021, 3:30 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“On the morning of September 11, 2001, Donald Rumsfeld ran to the fire at the Pentagon to assist the wounded and ensure the safety of survivors,” expressed a mournful George W. Bush in a statement . “For the next five years, he was in steady ... More >>

Clinching In The Breach: Matt Hancock Resigns

Wednesday, 30 June 2021, 3:40 pm | Binoy Kampmark

From his secure fortress of contented spite, Dominic Cummings, exiled from the power he once wielded at Number 10 as one of the chosen, must have felt a sense of satisfaction. Biliously, the former top aide to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had scorned the ... More >>

Let The Vandalism Begin: Adani Strikes Coal

Saturday, 26 June 2021, 3:41 pm | Binoy Kampmark

He began on RN Breakfast by claiming that he, and his company, would be open and transparent about mining operations. But Lucas Dow, chief executive of Adani’s Australian operations, soon revealed in his June 25 interview that his understanding ... More >>

The Insurgency Against Big Oil

Thursday, 24 June 2021, 1:38 pm | Binoy Kampmark

While Australian politicians languish in a world blotched by climate change scepticism and fossil fuel love-ins, global oil and gas companies have been shaken. Three titans of oil fame – Shell, ExxonMobil and Chevron – faced a range of decisions in May ... More >>