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Foiled At Toronto: The Tiger Squad’s Canadian Outing

Sunday, 9 August 2020, 5:11 am | Binoy Kampmark

Silencing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul was a feat of primeval brutality that sent a shudder through even the most hardened officials. The House of Saud, and in particular certain members of it, had gotten a taste for blood. Soon after ... More >>

Death From The Sky: Hiroshima And Normalised Atrocities

Friday, 7 August 2020, 4:18 pm | Binoy Kampmark

When US President Harry S. Truman made the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, followed by another on Nagasaki a few days later, he was not acting as an agent untethered from history. In the wheels of his wearied mind lay the battered ... More >>

Big Tech Antics: The Data Robber Barons Appear Before Congress

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 3:17 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Silicon Valley continues to sprawl in influence, and its modern robber barons bestride the globe with a confidence verging on contempt. The technology giants that mark that region of California are praised as “virtuosos of ingenuity,” to use Steve ... More >>

Mealy-Mouthed Universities: Academic Freedom And The Pavlou Problem Down Under

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 2:48 pm | Binoy Kampmark

A sorry state of affairs has descended upon Australian academic institutions like a suffocating cloak. Vice-Chancellors and their overly remunerated toadies are getting human relations departments to scribble their apologias for sins against thought. ... More >>

State Of Pandemic Disaster: Melbourne Moves To Stage Four

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 3:51 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Being in control of a sinking ship is not enviable. Regulations previously passed have a museum feel to them, distinctly obsolete. Directions, once dictated with confidence, lack timbre. Coronavirus is serving as that most wily and cheeky of agents, with ... More >>

Crossing The Creepy Line: Google, Deception And The ACCC

Monday, 3 August 2020, 3:41 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Belief in Google’s promises is much like believing in virgin births. For a company so proud of its pursuit of a transparent information environment, it has remained committedly opaque about informing customers on the way it gathers user data. Statements ... More >>

Staying On Message: Australia, The US And The AUSMIN Talks

Monday, 3 August 2020, 3:57 am | Binoy Kampmark

The Satrap Chronicles of the US imperium will have, near the top of their various ingratiating themes, such Australian politicians as Senators Linda Reynolds and Marise Payne. They resemble Siamese consuls, hard to tell apart (robust build, similar of ... More >>

Pulling Out Of Germany: Trump Adjusts The Military Furniture

Saturday, 1 August 2020, 3:38 pm | Binoy Kampmark

One noisy theme in the Donald Trump Disruption Show in an otherwise chaotic assemblage of messages has remained fairly constant: winding back US troop commitments. The US has fought its complement of wars, bloodied and bloodying. Time to up stakes and ... More >>

Coronavirus Criminality: Bolsonaro And The International Criminal Court

Thursday, 30 July 2020, 12:49 pm | Binoy Kampmark

This could be the stuff of fiction. But then again, many legal principles began, at some point or rather, in the sludge of speculation before hardening into legal briefs and prosecutorial documents. Holding heads of state to account for crimes ... More >>

Julian Assange’s Political Indictment: Old Wine In Older Bottles

Wednesday, 29 July 2020, 2:47 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The book of hours on Julian Assange is now being written. But the scribes are far from original. Repeated rituals of administrative hearings that have no common purpose other than to string things out before the axe are being enacted. Of late, the man ... More >>

Mephistopheles Of Wall Street: Goldman Sachs, 1MDB And The Malaysian Settlement

Monday, 27 July 2020, 3:12 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Malaysia’s politicians were crowing. “We are confident that we are securing more money from Goldman Sachs compared to previous attempts, which were far below expectations,” <a href="" ... More >>

Revisions On China: Abandoning The Nixon Legacy

Saturday, 25 July 2020, 6:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There is little doubt about it. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is the puffed-up hawk of the Trump administration, talons at the ready, beak protruding. While the president coos at the prospect of seeing, or admiring, the next strongman of international ... More >>

Climate Change Litigation: The Australian Government Gets Sued

Friday, 24 July 2020, 1:55 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“It’s time the government told the public about the impact climate change will have on our future and the economy.” Katta O’Donnell, The Guardian , Jul 24, 2020 While coronavirus ravages life, dominates policy and clouds debate, that other ... More >>

Russia, Bountiful Hoaxes And The New York Times

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 1:06 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There is a delicious irony in the Russia Bounty scandal. The Russians, funding the very entity that was financed, at least in a previous incarnation, by the Central Intelligence Agency, to supposedly kill the warriors of a country that had funded ... More >>

Zombie Seizures: The Hacking Of Twitter

Wednesday, 22 July 2020, 1:15 pm | Binoy Kampmark

July 15, 2020. It was a day that will be remembered in the history of social media giant, Twitter. In what is becoming an increasingly quotidian occurrence with such companies, Twitter faced a hack described as “catastrophic”. The company’s ... More >>

All About Me: The Kanye West Campaign Rally

Tuesday, 21 July 2020, 4:52 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In many ways, rapper and footwear mogul Kanye West fits the mould. That mould – the star or celebrity running for high office – had already been made by the actor-cum-amnesiac Ronald Reagan, who, with his dabbling in astrology and conveniently re-imagined reminiscences, ... More >>

Constitutional Umbilical Cords: The Palace Letters And Royal Secrecy

Monday, 20 July 2020, 5:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

On July 14, Jenny Hocking was breathless. “Forty-five years after they were written,” the political scientist penned with excitement in The Conversation , “hundreds of previously secret letters between the queen and the governor-general of Australia, ... More >>

Total Masking: Victoria’s Coronavirus Response

Monday, 20 July 2020, 3:53 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Victorian Premier turned up for his weekend delivery of coronavirus infections, gruffly delivering the news. It has become grim if compelling viewing: the announcement about the next spike in coronavirus infections, the next gruesome statistical spread ... More >>

A Matter Of Citizenship: Shamima Begum, Islamic State And Natural Justice

Sunday, 19 July 2020, 8:18 am | Binoy Kampmark

Rarely do terms such as “Islamic State” and “natural justice” keep company. Both seem alien, uncomfortable, fundamentally ill-suited. For one, Islamic State’s own approach to natural justice, archaic and stone-age obscurantist, has tended to ... More >>

A Shamrock Victory: Apple And Avoiding Tax In Ireland

Thursday, 16 July 2020, 4:28 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The corporate spin machine was working with typical aggression. “This case was not about how much tax we pay,” claimed Apple in a statement. “We’re proud to be the largest taxpayer in the world, as we know the important role tax payments ... More >>