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Beautiful Plots: Israel Sabotages The Natanz Nuclear Facility

Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 3:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Over the weekend, Iran marked National Nuclear Technology Day. The stars of the show were going to be new advanced centrifuges at the Natanz uranium enrichment plant. Unfortunately, the stars did not shine and President Hassan Rouhani and his officials ... More >>

Nimble Failure: The Australian COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Monday, 12 April 2021, 1:03 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“I am not going to be talking about numbers today,” Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly told Australia’s Radio National on April 12. This echoed suggestions from the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, who had adopted the position ... More >>

When Prince Philip Became A Monument

Saturday, 10 April 2021, 4:57 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The student from Ghana was insistent. “I want to meet him.” The stubborn, well-attired fool, groomed and keen to make a good impression, was attending the Senate House ceremony in Cambridge for honorary awardees. He was not the only one. In attendance ... More >>

Fatuous Defence: Australia’s Guided Missile Plans

Thursday, 8 April 2021, 1:27 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Even in times of pandemic crises, some things never change. While Australia gurgles and bumbles slowly with its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, there are other priorities at stake. Threat inflators are receiving much interest in defence, and the media ... More >>

The Future Of Australian Universities: Bogans Of The Pacific

Monday, 5 April 2021, 4:14 pm | Binoy Kampmark

When Nobel Laureates open their mouths in despair and anger, their observations tend to be worth noting. Immunologist Professor Peter Doherty was willingly doing so last week, and found himself indignant at the merciless cuts to courses and subjects ... More >>

Priti Patel And The Death Of Asylum

Sunday, 4 April 2021, 5:02 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Nothing makes better sense to the political classes than small time demagoguery when matters turn sour. True, the United Kingdom might well be speeding ahead with vaccination numbers, and getting ever big-headed about it, but there is still good ... More >>

The Adani Business Formula: Dealing With Myanmar’s Military

Thursday, 1 April 2021, 2:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Corporate morality can be a flexible thing. Some companies see tantalising dollar signs afloat in the spilt blood of civilians and dissidents. Military governments, however trigger crazed, offer ideal opportunities; potentially, corners can be cut, ... More >>

Cancelling Art, Dark Mofo And The Offended Classes

Monday, 29 March 2021, 3:02 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Last week, Australians found themselves delighting in another fit of cancel culture, this time in the art world. Tasmania’s Dark Mofo art festival prides itself on being gritty but the mood was very much about removing any grit to begin with. Interest ... More >>

Increasing Nukes And Trimming The Military: Global Britain’s Skewed Vision

Thursday, 25 March 2021, 5:12 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Campaigners for the abolition of nuclear weapons had every reason to clink glasses with the coming into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in January. Nuclear weapon states and their allies still persisted in calling the document ... More >>

Confused In Afghanistan: The Biden Administration’s Latest Trick

Wednesday, 24 March 2021, 3:38 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Biden administration continues to engage in that favourite activity White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki can only describe as “circling back”. And much circling is taking place in the context of Afghanistan. The cupboard of calamities is well ... More >>

Coming To The Playing Field: Biden Puts Australia First

Monday, 22 March 2021, 4:30 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It has gotten tongues wagging in the diplomatic corps of Beijing, Washington and distant Canberra. The opening session of the two-day summit between China and the United States in Anchorage, Alaska was ill-tempered. “We do not seek conflict,” ... More >>

Biden And The Pot Heads: The Return Of The Drug Moralists

Sunday, 21 March 2021, 5:36 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Promises are very much made to be broken, and the Biden administration is proving to be no exception. In a moral fit, the Biden White House has gone through the ranks of staffers with a keen eye on past marijuana use and wielded the axe and cudgel. ... More >>

Green Passes And Dark Inequalities: The Push For COVID Immunity Passports

Friday, 19 March 2021, 2:28 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Sensible, ideal, wonderful – if you happen to be in the European Union. This is the air of confidence surrounding the March 17 proposal for a digital COVID immunity passport, or what is officially being called the Digital Green Certificate. The Digital ... More >>

A Climate Change Vandal Goes To Paris: Mathias Cormann And The OECD

Tuesday, 16 March 2021, 3:56 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The hallmark of any institution is the ability to withstand ironic dysfunction. The United States under the stewardship of that unintentional comic George W. Bush made John Bolton ambassador to the United Nations. Bolton had loathed the body, wishing ... More >>

The University Deception: Rankings And Academic Freedom

Monday, 15 March 2021, 4:12 pm | Binoy Kampmark

  Forget the global university rankings of any list. The global university promotion exercise is filled with snake oil and perfumed refuse, an effort to corrupt the unknowing and steal from the gullible. The aim here is to convince parents, potential ... More >>

Matters Of Communication: Handelsblatting The Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine

Saturday, 13 March 2021, 5:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is fast becoming a subject of notoriety. First, will States obtain it? Second, will they use it? The first answer has generally been affirmative, given the vaccine’s ease of storage and relative cheapness. The ... More >>

Eyes On China: The Quad Takes Scattered Aim

Thursday, 11 March 2021, 3:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue has had its fits and starts, but nothing encourages such chats than threats, actual or perceived. In 2017, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono felt that it was time that a strategic dialogue between Japan, the United ... More >>

Boring Revelations And Fanciful Victimhood: The Harry-Meghan-Oprah Show

Tuesday, 9 March 2021, 4:45 pm | Binoy Kampmark

This is the sort of stuff barnacles clinging on the antiquated raft known as British Royalty were waiting for. One of the royal couples makes a dash for it, shirking and then shedding their subsidised duties. They get in touch with that great squeeze ... More >>

COVID-19 Vaccines, Access And The Intellectual Property Wars

Monday, 8 March 2021, 3:17 pm | Binoy Kampmark

By now, anybody speaking about vaccine equality and equity of access must surely be coming across as slightly deranged. In the field of COVID-19, traditional proprietorial instincts remain. Add to this the disparity in terms of manufacture, bureaucracy ... More >>

Brawling Over Vaccines: Export Bans And The EU’s Bungled Rollout

Sunday, 7 March 2021, 5:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The European Union has been keeping up appearances in encouraging the equitable distribution of vaccines to combat SARS-CoV-2 and its disease, COVID-19. Numerous statements speak to the need to back the COVAX scheme, to ensure equity and that ... More >>