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The Great Barrier Reef Wars

By Dr. Binoy Kampmark To float over such an aqueous body is to find a majestic creature unparalleled in beauty and expanse, stretching at 2,300km.  There are other stunning formations on the planet, but the Great Barrier Reef has such dimension, form and cocksure brilliance as to make others shrink, not so much because of beauty as due to sheer scale and ecological variety. But the Reef’s health record has been patchy.  Each year brings a series of negative assessments about the patient. Its ticker is having palpitations; its central mineral supports in the form of coral life is being bleached. ...

Leaving Bagram Airbase: The Day the US Imperium Turned Tail

By Dr. Binoy Kampmark From the Bagram Airbase they left, leaving behind a piece of the New York World Trade Centre that collapsed with such graphic horror on September 11, 2001.  As with previous occupiers and occupants, the powers that had made this venue a residence of war operations were cutting their losses and running.  Over the years, the base, originally built by the Soviets in the 1950s and known to...

Forgetting Citizenship: Australia Suspends Flights from India

By Dr. Binoy Kampmark As India is being devastated by COVID-19 cases that have now passed a daily rate of 400,000, affluent and callous Australia has taken the decision to suspend all flights coming into the country till mid-month.  The decision was reached by the Morrison government with the blessing of the State Premiers and the Labor opposition. Not happy with banning flights from India, the Morrison government promises to be...

A Very British Case: Postmasters and Miscarriages of Justice

By Dr. Binoy Kampmark British justice is a splendidly odd animal.  Its miscarriage is one of those wonders of institutional repetition.  When textbooks are written on the subject, one will feature prominently.  On April 23 this year, the convictions of 39 former sub-postmasters were quashed by the criminal division of the Court of Appeal.  They had been accused, and convicted, for theft and dishonesty after the UK Post Office installed...

10 things to do to keep yourself occupied during quarantine.

Start a DIY project – there is a lot of time spent in quarantine and one will find themselves feeling like they are wasting their time. This is the best time to start that DIY that you have been putting till you have time. Get Artistic – there is an artistic side to everybody good or bad. This is the best time to start developing your artistic abilities may it...

10 ways to keep yourself busy during the quarantine

READ THAT BOOK YOU’VE BEEN PUTTING OFF This should be the first thing on our list. It calm the mind and that helps in these uncertain times. Choose something light and fun so that it will serve its purpose as a distraction and you won’t even feel the time pass. WATCH A DOCUMENTARY SERIES ON NETFLIX This activity is more of trap than a time pass but none the less you can...

Confused in Afghanistan: The Biden Administration’s Latest Trick

By Dr. 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 stocked, with the US facing an emboldened Taliban keen to hold Washington to its word in withdrawing the last troops by May 1.  In doing so, there is...