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Top Gun: Maverick: The Pentagon Recruitment Drive

Thursday, 23 June 2022, 12:52 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Hollywood, like the US press, has not been spared the influential hand of government. Under the mask of various projects, the defence establishment has sought to influence the narrative of Freedom Land’s pursuits, buying a stake in the way exploits are ... More >>

Deadly Games: The Labour Casualties Of Qatar’s World Cup

Tuesday, 21 June 2022, 12:40 pm | Binoy Kampmark

A sordid enterprise, nasty, crude and needless. But the World Cup 2022 will be, should anyone bother watching it, stained by one of the highest casualty rates amongst workers in its history, marked by corruption and stained by a pharisee quality. The ... More >>

Predictable Monstrosities: Priti Patel Approves Assange’s Extradition

Saturday, 18 June 2022, 4:59 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The only shock about the UK Home Secretary’s decision regarding Julian Assange was that it did not come sooner. In April, Chief Magistrate Senior District Judge Paul Goldspring expressed the view that he was “duty-bound” to send the case ... More >>

Julian Assange In Ithaka

Wednesday, 15 June 2022, 5:54 am | Binoy Kampmark

“Keep Ithaka always in your mind. Arriving there is where you’re destined for.” C. P. Cavafy, trans. Edmund Keeley John Shipton, despite his size, glides with insect-like grace across surfaces. He moves with a hovering sense, a holy man with message and ... More >>

Weapons Of Faith: The Arming Of American Schools

Monday, 13 June 2022, 11:52 am | Binoy Kampmark

The United States remains a country of tenacious faith. The nature of that faith stretches from the digital pulpits of Silicon Valley, where cool technology occupies the seat of majesty, to the hot Bible Belt of spiritual endurance and suffering, ... More >>

A Spanish Court Calls: Mike Pompeo, We Want You

Wednesday, 8 June 2022, 5:06 pm | Binoy Kampmark

On June 3, Judge Santiago Pedraz of Spain’s national court, the Audienca Nacional, issued a summons for former CIA director and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to testify in an ongoing investigation into the conduct of private security firm UC ... More >>

Dear Times And Costly Cricket: Australia’s Sri Lankan Tour

Tuesday, 7 June 2022, 3:44 pm | Binoy Kampmark

For a country experiencing its worst economic crisis since gaining independence in 1948, the picture of a touring team pampered and fussed over might cause consternation. But the Australian cricket tour to Sri Lanka has only been met by praise from the ... More >>

Platinum Jubilees And Republican Questions

Sunday, 5 June 2022, 6:05 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The platinum jubilee will bore and cause some to yawn. It might certainly agitate the republican spleen in the fourteen countries where Queen Elizabeth II remains a constitutional head of state. But the question remains: How does the institution ... More >>

New Brooms, Old Stories: The Australian Labor Party And Julian Assange

Friday, 3 June 2022, 3:54 pm | Binoy Kampmark

After having a few lunches with Australia’s then opposition leader, Anthony Albanese, John Shipton felt reason to be confident. Albanese had promised Assange’s father that he would do whatever he could, should he win office, to bring the matter to ... More >>

Turkey Spoils The Big NATO Party

Thursday, 2 June 2022, 12:45 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Complacency has been the hallmark of NATO expansion. Over time, it has even become a form of derision, notably directed against Russia. As with many historical matters, records ignored can be records revisited, the second time around sometimes nastier ... More >>

Election Gambit: Australia, Sri Lanka And Politicising Asylum

Tuesday, 31 May 2022, 2:17 pm | Binoy Kampmark

When it comes to the tawdry, hideous business of politicising the right to asylum, and the refugees who arise from it, no country does it better than Australia. A country proud of being a pioneer in women’s rights, the secret ballot, good pay conditions ... More >>

Reactionary Succession: Peter Dutton, Australia’s New Opposition Leader

Monday, 30 May 2022, 2:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The devastation wrought on Australia’s Coalition government on May 21 by the electorate had a stunning, cleansing effect. Previously inconceivable scenarios were played out in safe, Liberal-held seats that had, for decades, seen few, if any challenges, ... More >>

George W Bush, Freudian Confessions And Foiled Assassinations

Sunday, 29 May 2022, 5:37 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Death, remarked Gore Vidal about Truman Capote’s passing, was a good career move. The novelist Saki also considered the good qualities of shuffling off the mortal coil. “Waldo,” he writes in “The Feast of Nemesis”, “is one of those people ... More >>

The Economy Of Tolerable Massacres: The Uvalde Shootings

Thursday, 26 May 2022, 2:17 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Societies generate their own economies of tolerable cruelties and injustices. Poverty, for instance, will be allowed, as long a sufficient number of individuals are profiting. To an extent, crime and violence can be allowed to thrive. In the United States, ... More >>

Biden In Tokyo: Killing Strategic Ambiguity

Wednesday, 25 May 2022, 3:26 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Could it have been just another case of bumbling poor judgment, the mind softened as the mouth opened? A question was put to US President Joe Biden, visiting Tokyo and standing beside Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida: “You didn’t want ... More >>

The Great Teal Tsunami: Arise Australia’s Independents

Sunday, 22 May 2022, 5:38 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Rarely in Australian history has a governing party suffered such loss in the face of an opponent unable to claim complete victory. It said much about the disillusionment, and plain disgust, from that nebulous centre of the country’s politics. That centre ... More >>

Australian Disinformation Wonderland: The Federal Election 2022

Saturday, 21 May 2022, 1:30 pm | Binoy Kampmark

All elections are filled with the half-truths, mistruths and full-fledged lies. Victory is rarely bought on a platform of complete honesty. But the road to the current Australian federal election has been potholed by more deception than most. This is ... More >>

COVID Brain Fade At The Australian Elections

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 1:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It’s the last week of an election between the uninspiring and the unspeakable. Australia’s conservative incumbents – the unspeakable ones – are even desperate enough to concede to a lack of popularity. Dislike us, but for heaven’s sake, vote ... More >>

Peter Dutton’s Defamation Defeat

Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 3:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The occasions when an activist, writer or commentator triumph over defamation lawsuits launched by a thin-skinned politician are rare in Australia. When it comes to matters regarding the law of reputation, Australia remains a place where parliamentarians, ... More >>

The British Art Of Black Propaganda

Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 2:04 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Never underestimate the potency, and deceptive malice, of the British political mind. In responding to the threat posed by Imperial Germany during the First World War, the British propaganda campaign made much of the atrocity tale, the nun raping ... More >>