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Binoy Kampmark - Boastful Pay Cuts: The Coronavirus Incentive

Saturday, 4 April 2020, 4:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It has become a source of pride. Highly salaried executives – often, it should be said, receiving pay very much disconnected from the value of their work – making voluntary pay cuts and telling everybody else about it. In sport, celebrated figures ... More >>

Dangerous Gifts: Coronavirus And Trump’s Sanctions Regime

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 5:08 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The global effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic has been one of stutters and staggers. There are go-it-alone instances of severity, and cases of blasé indifference. State ministers and leaders have not escaped the chance to demonise and point accusing ... More >>

Signing In And Dropping Out: Coronavirus And The Virtual University

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 12:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was made with little thought but a good deal of high-minded urgency: Evacuate your office, take what you can, and prepare for the virtual world. Fill in a form, tell us if you actually pinched the office computer. This was the message that was ... More >>

The Swedish Alternative: Coronavirus As A Grand Gamble

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 3:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

As draconian lockdowns, punitive regimes and surveillance become the norm of the coronavirus world, Sweden has treaded more softly in the field. This is certainly in contrast to its Scandinavian cousins, Denmark and Norway. The rudiments of a life ... More >>

An Inglorious Opportunity: Coronavirus And Emergency Powers

Monday, 30 March 2020, 3:36 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There has been a hurried spate of cancellations and suspensions of elections across the globe because of the risk posed by COVID-19. The trend is unsurprising. In the age of post-democratic process, suspending the procedure should only induce a cough ... More >>

Barbaric Decisions: Coronavirus, Refusing Bail And Julian Assange

Saturday, 28 March 2020, 3:51 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“To expose another human being to serious illness, and to the threat of losing their life, is grotesque and quite unnecessary. This is not justice, it is a barbaric decision.” Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, March 26, 2020 Social ... More >>

Goodbye Gabbard

Thursday, 26 March 2020, 4:24 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Democratic establishment is deriving some delusionary cheer from it. The line of candidates for the presidential nomination has thinned, many falling out and proceeding, suicidally, to endorse former Vice President Joe Biden. The case of Hawaii Representative ... More >>

Coronavirus And The Prison Industrial Complex

Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 1:40 pm | Binoy Kampmark

  The legacy of the coronavirus pandemic, at least in so far as responses are concerned, is thickening by the day. Behavioural changes are being urged, language is rapidly evolving (spot the “covidiot” amongst you) and the policy of health ... More >>

Business As Usual: Coronavirus, Iran And US Sanctions

Monday, 23 March 2020, 4:48 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Never discount the importance of venality in international relations. While pandemics should provide the glue for a unified front in response – we keep being told of fighting this horrendous “invisible enemy” – it’s business as usual in other ... More >>

The Pandemic Surveillance State

Sunday, 22 March 2020, 5:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In anticipation of the post-COVID-19 world, bold statements are being made on how we will, as a race, be wiser, even kinder; cautious, and reflective. If history is ever a lesson on anything, such statements are bound to be the fatuous utterances ... More >>

Moralising Hoarding, Panic Buying And Coronavirus

Saturday, 21 March 2020, 5:34 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Hoarding as moral aberration and ethical breach: the term has recently become the subject of scorn in coronavirus chatter. In terms of mental disorders, it is “characterized by persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions”, though the Coronavirus ... More >>

Viral Reactions: The Smugness Of Celebrity Self-Isolation

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 1:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The rush to elevate self-isolation to Olympian heights as a way to combat the spread of COVID-19 has gotten to the celebrities. Sports figures are proudly tweeting and taking pictures from hotel rooms (Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton being a case ... More >>

Britannic Herd Immunity And Coronavirus

Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 4:11 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Epidemiologist William Hanage was more than perplexed by the plan. “When I heard about Britain’s ‘herd immunity’ coronavirus plan,” he reflected in The Guardian , “I thought it was satire.” Much public policy, foolishly considered and expertly ... More >>

The Taliban Scores A Coup

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 1:00 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It threatened to disappear under the viral haze of COVID-19, but February 29 saw representatives from the US and Taliban, loftily acknowledged as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, sign the “Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan”. After ... More >>

The Release Of Chelsea Manning

Monday, 16 March 2020, 1:47 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Chelsea Manning’s release last Thursday by order of Virginia District Court judge Anthony Trenga had an air of oddness to it. “The court finds Ms. Manning’s appearance before the Grand Jury is no longer needed, in light of which her detention no longer ... More >>

For Heaven’s Sake Sanitise! Coronavirus As A Way Of Life

Saturday, 14 March 2020, 4:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Anything we say in advance of a pandemic happening is alarmist; anything we say afterwards is inadequate.” Michael Leavitt, US Health and Human Services Secretary, March 30, 2006 A crew of gathered customers were busying themselves this Friday evening ... More >>

Resisting Interpretation: The Perpetrator And Domestic Violence In Australia

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 4:16 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Resisting Interpretation: The Perpetrator and Domestic Violence in Australia A parliament of tears, or at the very least, a chamber of parliamentarians keen to shed tears. It all seemed that a feeling of genuine empathy was streaming forth in Australia’s ... More >>

Golden Anniversaries For Flawed Treaties: The NPT Turns Fifty

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 5:09 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In an era where agreements have been abandoned as “bad”, to use that favourite word of US President Donald Trump, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons continues to feature on the books of diplomacy. But age seems to be wearying ... More >>

Coronavirus Offerings And Job Losses: University Reliance On China Bites

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 1:12 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was predicted, warned against and is happening. Universities fattened by the Chinese student market are now in a state of financial shock, cutting losses, trimming courses and doing what over managed institutions do best: remove working productive ... More >>

Crimes In Afghanistan: Fatou Bensouda’s Investigative Mission

Sunday, 8 March 2020, 4:52 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It seemed an unlikely prospect. The International Criminal Court has tended to find itself accused of chasing up the inhumane rogues of Africa rather than those from any other continent. It has also been accused of having an overly burdensome machinery ... More >>

 

 

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