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Arming Against China: The US Global Posture Review

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 10:22 am | Binoy Kampmark

Get the Marines ready. Store the supplies. Marshal the allies. The United States is getting ready for war (the preferable term in Washington is policing) in the Indo-Pacific region, and is hoping to do so with a range of expanded bases across client states, ... More >>

Project UATX: New Universities, Old Problems

Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 4:05 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Among the motivations behind establishing a university is a desire to leave old ones. Old in tooth, depraved, decayed, the assumption is that a new institution will return to original purposes on the pretext that these are truly radical. This, on ... More >>

Foreseeable Risk: Omicron Makes Its Viral Debut

Saturday, 27 November 2021, 5:57 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It has been written about more times than any care to remember. Pliny the Elder, that old cheek, told us that Africa always tended to bring forth something new: Semper aliquid novi Africam adferre . The suggestion was directed to hybrid animals, but ... More >>

Off To The Solomon Islands: Australia’s Civilizers Get Busy

Friday, 26 November 2021, 3:21 pm | Binoy Kampmark

A small riot. Unrest. Risk of collapse. All given a ballooning effect and inflated for policy makers across the ocean. Before much time elapses, Australian security forces are skirting off to restore order in their vast watery neighbourhood. It is ... More >>

The Taiwan Foreign Policy Fetish

Thursday, 25 November 2021, 12:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Australian foreign policy towards Taiwan, as things stand, is a distant fantasy in floating mist. There is little to connect them, but Australia’s political classes have a habit of fabricating relations with those it cares little for, nor understands, ... More >>

Totalitarian Cyber-Creep: Mark Zuckerberg In The Metaverse

Tuesday, 23 November 2021, 1:12 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Never leave matters of maturity to the Peter Panners of Silicon Valley. At their most benign, they are easily dismissed as potty and keyboard mad. At their worst, their fantasies assume the noxious, demonic forms that reduce all users of their ... More >>

Electric Car Delusions

Sunday, 21 November 2021, 3:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Fresh from attending COP26 in Glasgow, Prime Minister Scott Morrison was keen to impress the Australian public that he was willing to make good his word about the role technology would play in combating climate change. An important component of ... More >>

Britain’s Two Job Politicians

Thursday, 18 November 2021, 3:54 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The role of the parliamentarian, historically, is one of service. The desire to hold two jobs, or more, suggests that such service is severely qualified. In the quotient of democracy and representation, the MP who is ready to tend to the affairs ... More >>

Manufactured Cruelties: Belarus, Poland And The Refugee Crisis

Tuesday, 16 November 2021, 7:19 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Refugee crises are often manufactured by governments. They can be done at the source: war, famine, rapacious institutions. They can also be manufactured by the refusal of governments to accept those seeking asylum, sanctuary and refuge. The latter is ... More >>

Gasbagging In Glasgow: COP26 And Phasing Down Coal

Monday, 15 November 2021, 3:08 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Words can provide sharp traps, fettering language and caging definitions. They can also speak to freedom of action and permissiveness. At COP26, that permissiveness was all the more present in the haggling ahead of what would become the Glasgow Climate ... More >>

Lying In Public Life: The Scott Morrison Formula

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

He has some gall. Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, a person who finds the truth a creature best beaten, shunned and ignored, is now moving into what looks like campaign mode. At COP26 in Glasgow, he sold the world a climate change model ... More >>

Ning-Nong Diplomacy, China And Paul Keating

Saturday, 13 November 2021, 7:03 am | Binoy Kampmark

Former Australian prime ministers tend to be less conspicuous in public life than their counterparts in other countries. Occasionally, they make an appearance at political functions and events to remind us that they are still alive, their estate still breathing, ... More >>

FW De Klerk: A Negotiator Before Defeat

Friday, 12 November 2021, 5:16 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Rarely is the pragmatist admired. Be it in policy or politics, such a figure induces suspicion, a concern that principles will have to be subordinated to broader goals. True dreamers and visionaries, for all their glaring faults, can take the accolades; ... More >>

Blacklisting The Merchants Of Spyware

Monday, 8 November 2021, 12:56 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In a modest effort to disrupt the global spyware market, the United States announced last week that four entities had been added to its blacklist. On November 3, the US Department of Commerce revealed that it would be adding Israel-based companies ... More >>

Hypersonic Panic And Competitive Terror

Saturday, 6 November 2021, 9:02 pm | Binoy Kampmark

During his eventful time in office, US President Donald Trump took much delight in reflecting about the lethal toys of his country’s military, actual or hypothetical. These included a hypersonic capability which, his military advisors had warned, was ... More >>

Cleo Smith And The Lost Child Syndrome

Thursday, 4 November 2021, 3:18 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In the twenty-four-hour news cycle, scraps of information become flecks of distracting gold. Information sifters go through coverage with anorak enthusiasm. Instead of good copy and measured consideration, journalists are encouraged to become manufacturers ... More >>

Lies, Lies And Nuclear Submarines

Wednesday, 3 November 2021, 12:56 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It looked like something of an ambush, but a coterie of Australian journalists had their man where they wanted him. Between sessions at the G20 Summit in Rome, and French President Emmanuel Macron found himself blunter than usual. The sundering ... More >>

The CIA, Empty Assurances And Assange’s Defence

Friday, 29 October 2021, 4:02 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The second day of appellate proceedings by the United States against Julian Assange saw the defence make their case against the overturning of District Court Judge Vanessa Baraitser’s January ruling . Any extradition to the US, she concluded, would be ... More >>

Crystal Ball Jurisprudence: The US Appeal Against Assange Opens

Thursday, 28 October 2021, 3:15 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It’s time to ready yourself for ghoulishly bad behaviour. Shred your bill of rights or whatever charter of liberties you have handy. Flatulent, dangerous and fatuous, the US prosecution of Julian Assange took to the UK High Court on October 27, opening ... More >>

Congress, Skulduggery And The Assange Case

Wednesday, 27 October 2021, 1:59 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Is the imperium showing suspicions about its intended quarry? It is hard to believe it, but the US House Intelligence Committee is on a mission of discovery. Its subject: a Yahoo News report disclosing much material that was already in the public domain ... More >>