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Immortal Wins: India Defeats Fortress Australia

Friday, 22 January 2021, 5:04 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was never meant to be like this. After the Indian cricketing team met misery and disaster in the first test match at Adelaide, registering a paltry 36 in its second innings, little hope was had for the touring side. Australia threatened rout ... More >>

Sunk Before Service: Australia’s Disastrous Submarine Project

Thursday, 21 January 2021, 1:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

One only gets into the submarine procurement business to spite government treasurers and economic managers. Efficiency and effectuality are bonus additions, but hardly necessary. Witness the evolving disaster that is Australia’s SEA 1000 Future Submarine ... More >>

Reading The COVID Fine Print: The Undoing Of The Australian Open

Monday, 18 January 2021, 2:56 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The decision to go ahead with the Australian Open, the first of the grand slams of the tennis calendar, was always going to be fraught with problems. Players journeying from designated “hot spots” of novel coronavirus outbreaks; large entourages ... More >>

Trigger Finger For Armageddon: Trump And The Thermonuclear Monarchy

Sunday, 17 January 2021, 4:14 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It is the sort of breezy, skimpy and careless reasoning that is laying the ground for the Biden Republic. A person, kicked off a social media babbling platform and having the means to incinerate the human race multiple times over, seen as corollaries ... More >>

Encircling China And Praising India: The US Strategic Framework For The Indo-Pacific

Friday, 15 January 2021, 2:18 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The feeling from Rory Medcalf of the Australian National University was one of breathless wonder. “The US government,” he wrote in The Strategist , “has just classified one of its most secretive national security documents - its 2018 strategic framework ... More >>

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks And Australia’s Complicity

Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 3:24 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Australia’s Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, said little in the statement from her department , which was a good thing, as it might have been dangerously useful. The finding of a UK court on whether Julian Assange would be extradited to the United ... More >>

Twitter Nukes Trump

Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 3:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

This was Twitter Safety’s January 8 post , full of noble concern: “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them - specifically how they are being received and interpreted off Twitter - we ... More >>

Trump, Insurrections And The 25th Amendment

Saturday, 9 January 2021, 4:28 pm | Binoy Kampmark

How strange it must have seemed for US lawmakers to be suddenly facing what was described as a “mob”, not so much storming as striding into the Capitol with angry purpose. A terrified security force proved understaffed and overwhelmed. Members ... More >>

Proxy Jailor: Denying Assange Bail

Friday, 8 January 2021, 10:59 am | Binoy Kampmark

History, while not always a telling guide, can be useful. But in moments of flushed confidence, it is not consulted and Cleo is forgotten. A crisp new dawn can negate a glance to the past. Having received the unexpected news that Julian Assange’s ... More >>

In Diversity We Trust: Joe Biden’s Cabinet Choices

Wednesday, 6 January 2021, 4:10 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Perfumed and tailored for a certain brand of folksy, identity politics, Pete Buttigieg hoped to blast his way to the White House having run a community of 102,000 constituents in South Bend, Indiana. Mayor Pete was hoping for the best, though his effort did ... More >>

'It’s Not As Bad As Iwo Jima, I Suppose': The Julian Assange Extradition Verdict

Tuesday, 5 January 2021, 5:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The barrister-brewed humour of Edward Fitzgerald QC, one of the solid and stout figures defending a certain Julian Assange of WikiLeaks at the Old Bailey in London, was understandable. Time had worn and wearied the parties, none more so than his ... More >>

Environmental Capitalism And Climate Change Wars: Australia In 2000

Sunday, 3 January 2021, 3:26 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Australian was convinced . “Australia could have avoided two decades of climate change wars had the Howard government pushed ahead with its majority view of an emissions trading scheme (ETS), newly released documents reveal.” Historian Chris Wallace ... More >>

Tinkering With National Anthems: Australia’s Patriotic Song For Children

Saturday, 2 January 2021, 3:45 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was a New Year gimmick that would have warmed advertising executives across the country. For the first time since it was proclaimed as Australia’s national anthem on April 19, 1984, Advance Australia Fair has been tinkered with. The jarring words ... More >>

Same Procedure As Every Year: The Story Of Dinner For One

Friday, 1 January 2021, 6:34 am | Binoy Kampmark

Memories are thick of this: the respectful, even reverential German introduction of a comedy sketch; the scratchy string orchestral music that adds a layering of anticipation. Black-and-white film. Dining room, white tablecloth, silver chandeliers. ... More >>

The Julian Assange Pardon Drive

Wednesday, 30 December 2020, 4:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The odds are stacked against Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks publisher who faces the grimmest of prospects come January 4. On that day, the unsympathetic judicial head of District Judge Vanessa Baraitser will reveal her decision on the Old Bailey proceedings ... More >>

The NDAA, Trump And Vetoing The Military Industrial Complex

Wednesday, 30 December 2020, 6:01 am | Binoy Kampmark

For decades, the National Defense Authorization Act has been the lifeblood of the US imperium, guaranteeing a flow of money across the military. A better term for such a bill would use the word offence in it, but lawmakers and industry lobbyists ... More >>

Never Belonging: George Blake’s Spy Exploits

Monday, 28 December 2020, 2:52 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Filling the espionage ranks with legions of the non-belonging comes with its share of risk. The process is counter-intuitive, putting stock in skill and aptitude above the potential compromise of loyalty and divergence. Eventually, such a recruit might ... More >>

Endings For Beginnings: Reaching A Brexit Deal

Saturday, 26 December 2020, 4:41 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was a hurried dash and came just before the end of the transition period. The UK and the European Union have reached an agreement on the torturously long road of Brexit. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson can take the deal back to his constituents ... More >>

Trump’s Pardons For The Festive Season

Thursday, 24 December 2020, 5:08 pm | Binoy Kampmark

A flurry of them has been expected, and just prior to Christmas, US President Donald Trump waved his wand of pardon with vigour. On December 22, the president issued fifteen pardons and five commutations. The choices so far have been, to put it mildly, ... More >>

The Gold Comes Off: A COVID-19 Outbreak In Sydney

Wednesday, 23 December 2020, 6:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Australia has various advantages as an island continent. It is monumental and only accessible in the most impractical ways. It is discouragingly far and almost impossible to invade without a huge investment of personnel and material. The decision to place ... More >>