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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 >>

Biden, Afghanistan And Forever Wars

Friday, 5 March 2021, 6:40 am | Binoy Kampmark

The papers are full of suggestions on what US President Joe Biden should do about his country’s seemingly perennial involvement in Afghanistan. None are particularly useful, in that they ignore the central premise that a nation state long mauled, ... More >>

Delusions Of Self-Defense: Biden Bombs Syria

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 3:14 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Every power worth its portion of salt in the Levant these days seems to be doing it. On February 25, President Joe Biden ordered airstrikes against Syria. The premise for the attacks was implausible. “These strikes were authorized in response to ... More >>

Breaching Digital Rights: India’s Platform And Media Ethics Code

Monday, 1 March 2021, 5:09 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Having made something of a splash last month with the fuss over Australia’s News Media Bargaining code, Facebook, and the digital giants, are facing another stormy front in India. The move here has nothing to do with revenue so much as alleged bad ... More >>

Culpability And Recalibration: MBS And The Killing Of Jamal Khashoggi

Saturday, 27 February 2021, 3:24 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was a brutal way to go, and it had the paw prints of the highest authorities. On October 2, 2018, Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Arabian insider turned outsider, was murdered by a squad of 15 men from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He was dismembered ... More >>

War Mongering For Artificial Intelligence

Friday, 26 February 2021, 12:42 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The ghost of Edward Teller must have been doing the rounds between members of the National Commission on Artificial Intelligence. The father of the hydrogen bomb was never one too bothered by the ethical niggles that came with inventing murderous ... More >>

Refriended In Defeat: Australia Strikes A Deal With Facebook

Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 3:19 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Australian Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, was unconvincing in his efforts to summon up courage. The Australian government had been left reeling in the wake of Facebook’s decision to scrap and block Australians from sharing and posting news items on hosted ... More >>