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Posts Tagged ‘Binoy Kampmark’

Back to Realpolitik: Trump in Saudi Arabia

AP photo   By Binoy Kampmark   “You are a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible.” President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to President Donald Trump, New York Times, May 21, 2017

Coral Sea Mythology: Malcolm Turnbull’s Fictions

AFP photo   By Binoy Kampmark The sea and bodies of water are as good as any in creating myths. Out of the water come creation myths: the heaving gorgeousness of Venus, emerging from raised foam, vitality captured in the enduring painting by Sandro Botticelli.

Greater Albania and the Balkan Problem

AFP photo   By Binoy Kampmark The Balkans has always been cursed by a recurring theme: that each entity within it can, at some point, become greater and more consuming in territory than the next neighbour. Each nation has, and in some instances continues, to nurse dreams of enlargement, pecking away at borders and assuming […]

The Trade Dreams of Boris Johnson

Reuters photo   By Binoy Kampmark   “My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive.” Boris Johnson, UK Foreign Secretary

Fleeing the RatPac: James Packer, Gambling and Hollywood

AFP photo   By Binoy Kampmark To tabloid filled US audiences, Australia’s billionaire and casino mogul, James Packer, has tended to be associated more with having a hand on Mariah Carey’s voluptuousness than decent deals and sound business prowess.

Sebastian Gorka: Dreams of Fighting Jihad

FB photo   By Binoy Kampmark Counter-terrorism has been a pop field for some decades. As vague as what it purports to counter, it has generated a pundocracy of sorts, guns and mouths for hire across the US imperium and its associate powers.

The Electronics Ban and Lessons in Futility

Reuters photo   By Binoy Kampmark Security measures are often exercises in futility. Resembling placebos, they are the reassurance authorities make as acts of intrusive inconvenience. Queues are increased at airports in the vain hope that an elusive gel carrier will be nabbed before the next detonating device is activated on a flight. Shoes are […]

Cyclone Watch in Australia

EPA photo   By Binoy Kampmark The curious, sweaty mammals of North Queensland in Australia are bracing themselves for yet another cyclone with an anodyne name. Cyclone Debbie might have impressed you as a person who turns up at the door asking for donations for the Red Cross Appeal. But cyclones are rarely disposed to […]

The Murky World of Deradicalisation

AP photo   By Binoy Kampmark It has attracted money and the implementation of programs, another standard diversionary tactic common in many societies. It is all touted as a good bit of social engineering, a form of anger management by other means. The basis of that problematic term “deradicalisation” entails the erroneous idea that telling […]

Poaching in Europe’s Suburbs

Reuters photo   By Binoy Kampmark   “There has never been a case like this in a zoo in Europe, an assault of such violence, evidently for this stupid trafficking of rhinoceros horns.” Thierry Duguet, head of Parc Zoologique de Thoiry.

One Nation Train

AAP photo   By Binoy Kampmark The global populist fever is catching. Put the nation first before all else, patria before sense. Make America Great Again. One Nation before any other. Australia has been a fairly non-responsive patient to that effect, keeping its symptoms to the rural fringes of the country, or the more bitter […]

Trump’s Military Industrial Complex

AFP photo   By Binoy Kampmark     “This budget will be a public safety and national security budget.” President Donald J. Trump, Feb 27, 2017  

Warring in the Oncology Ward

By Binoy Kampmark   Townsville General Hospital

Cancer as Demonology and Defeat

Eraxion   By Binoy Kampmark   “No one needs to be told what their attitude to illness should be – least of all by advertising agencies.” Margaret McCartney, BMJ, Aug 15, 2014

From Rights to Repentance: Norma McCorvey and Roe v Wade

J Scott Applewhite/AP   By Binoy Kampmark   “I wasn’t the wrong person to become Jane Roe. I wasn’t the right person to become Jane Roe. I was just the person who became Jane Roe, of Roe v Wade.” Norma McCorvey with Andy Meisler, I am Roe: My Life, Roe v Wade (1994)

Fears at Munich: The Mattis Pitch on NATO

EPA photo   By Binoy Kampmark   “Ladies and gentlemen, the Transatlantic bond remains our strongest bulwark against instability and Russia.” US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, Feb 17, 2017

Between Message and Martyrdom: The World Press Photo of the Year

AP photo   By Binoy Kampmark   “Photographs really are experience captured, and the camera is the ideal arm of consciousness in its acquisitive mood.” Susan Sontag, On Photography (1977)