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Prejudicial Bans: Congress Tosses Over TikTok

Thursday, 14 March 2024, 1:18 pm | Binoy Kampmark

How delicious is political hypocrisy. Abundant and rich, it manifests in the corridors of power with regularity. Of late, there is much of it in the US Congress, evident over debates on whether the platform TikTok should be banned in the United States. ... More >>

Matters Of Revenue: Meta Abandons Australia’s Media Stable

Tuesday, 12 March 2024, 12:55 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was praised to the heavens as a work of negotiated and practical genius when it was struck. The then Australian treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, had finally gotten those titans of Big Tech into line on how revenue would be shared with media outlets ... More >>

The Campaign to Free Assange: Reflections on Night Falls

Sunday, 10 March 2024, 6:18 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The town hall meeting is the last throbbing reminder of the authentic demos. People gather; debates held. Views converge; others diverge. Speakers are invited to stir the invitees, provoke the grey cells. Till artificial intelligence banishes such ... More >>

Aiding Those We Kill: US Humanitarianism In Gaza

Thursday, 7 March 2024, 12:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The spectacle, if it did not say it all, said much of it. Planes dropping humanitarian aid to a starving, famine-threatened populace of Gaza (the United Nations warns that 576,000 are “one step from famine”), with parachuted packages veering off course, ... More >>

A Wishful Gamble: Rugby League In Las Vegas

Wednesday, 6 March 2024, 2:42 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The history of such experiments is not promising. Why would those in the US like the game of rugby league, when an established code of superficial similarity already exists? Fundamental differences, for one thing, abound. The US NFL Superbowl tries ... More >>

Wary Of Sinophobia: Anwar Ibrahim At The ASEAN Summit

Tuesday, 5 March 2024, 1:46 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It can take much bruising, much ridicule, and much castigation to eventually reach the plateau of wisdom. Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, who took office in November 2022, is one such character. Like a hero anointed by the gods for grand ... More >>

Mistakes, Misfiring And Trident: Britain’s Flawed Nuclear Deterrence

Monday, 4 March 2024, 4:36 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Nuclear weapons are considered the strategic silverware of nation states. Occasionally, they are given a cleaning and polishing. From time to time, they go missing, fail to work, and suffer misplacement. Of late, the UK Royal Navy has not been doing so ... More >>

Conscious And Unconscionable: The Starving Of Gaza

Friday, 1 March 2024, 1:36 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The starvation regime continues unabated as Israel continues its campaign in the Gaza Strip. One of the six provisional measures ordered by the International Court Justice entailed taking “immediate and effective measures” to protect the Palestinian ... More >>

Trussonomics At CPAC

Wednesday, 28 February 2024, 1:41 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The silly will make print and leave bursts of digital traces; the idiots will make history, if only in small print. One such figure is the shortest serving UK Prime Minister in living memory, the woeful, joke-packed figure of Liz Truss who lasted ... More >>

Old Problems With The New: Reforming The UN Security Council

Tuesday, 27 February 2024, 2:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The end of the Second World War was a calamitous catalyst, laying the bricks and mortar for institutions that were always going to look weary, almost comically so, after some decades. The United Nations was meant to be the umbrella international ... More >>

A Copper’s Skewed Logic: Politicising Palestinian Visas

Monday, 26 February 2024, 5:45 pm | Binoy Kampmark

If only we could say that Peter Dutton, Australia’s federal opposition leader and curator of bigoted leanings, was unusual in assuming that granting humanitarian visas to Palestinians might be problematic. But both he, and his skew-eyed spokesman ... More >>

Imperial Venality Defends Itself: Day Two Of Julian Assange’s High Court Appeal

Friday, 23 February 2024, 2:19 pm | Binoy Kampmark

On February 21, the Royal Courts of Justice hosted a second day of carnivalesque mockery regarding the appeal by lawyers representing an ill Julian Assange, whose publishing efforts are being impugned by the United States as having compromised ... More >>

Identifying Imperial Venality: Day One Of Julian Assange’s High Court Appeal

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 7:10 pm | Binoy Kampmark

On February 20, it was clear that things were not going to be made easy for Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who infuriated the US imperium, the national security establishment, and a stable of journalists upset that he had cut their ill-tended ... More >>

Swiftie Nonsense Down Under

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 6:13 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Gaza. Palestinians. Israel. Genocide. Taylor Swift? This odd cobbling of words is the extent celebrities make a mockery of serious conversation, even in such middle-brow outlets as Australia’s Radio National. Admittedly, it was breakfast, and the presenter ... More >>

Joe Biden: The Damnation Of Age

Monday, 19 February 2024, 12:07 pm | Binoy Kampmark

He was sweet and well meaning, but he was old. He was hazy. His memory was poor. Doddering, confused, the self-proclaimed leader of the Free World seemed ready to check into a retirement village. That, at least, is the thick insinuation of the ... More >>

Here Come The Steroid Games

Saturday, 17 February 2024, 6:34 pm | Binoy Kampmark

To attribute weighty moral codes to athletes has always been a silly pastime of the judging classes and flesh admiring voyeurs. But sporting bodies, in a manner similar to the clergy, demand something called the level playing field. Fairness ... More >>

When Courts Intervene: Halting The Transfer Of F-35 Parts To Israel

Wednesday, 14 February 2024, 1:06 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Legal challenges regarding the Israel-Gaza War are starting to bulk lawyers’ briefs and courtroom proceedings. South Africa got matters underway with its December application before the International Court of Justice accusing Israel of genocide in its campaign ... More >>

Feathery Infiltrators: The Case Of The Pigeon Spy

Tuesday, 13 February 2024, 12:14 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Animals have, at times, been given the same dismissively nasty treatment humans love giving themselves. Be it detention, torture, trial, and execution, the unwitting creatures can be found in the oddest situations, anthropomorphised with all the characteristics ... More >>

Absence Of Evidence: Israel’s Case Against UNRWA

Sunday, 11 February 2024, 7:31 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Statistics are often given lanky legs that take their user far. But how they are used, and how they are received, is striking. The current figure of 27,500 dead is a blighting, grotesque fact. But as they are Palestinians, the issue is less significant ... More >>

When Times Were Better: Victoria’s Ties With Israel’s Defence Industry

Friday, 9 February 2024, 12:12 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Times were supposedly better in 2022. That is, if you were a lawmaker in the Australian state of Victoria, a busy Israeli arms manufacturer, or cash counting corporate middleman keen to make a stash along the way between the two. That view is premised on the ... More >>

   

 
 
 
 
 

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