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Binoy Kampmark

Iraq’s Tragedy – Dr Binoy Kampmark

A useful way to start evaluating the disaster in Iraq, and more regionally, should begin with the late Tariq Aziz. With his death on Friday came an end to the line of formidable, if blood thirsty, Baathist rulers that characterised Saddam…

The Racket – Dr Binoy Kampmark

He may well have been one of the most insincere of political figures, but that has not stopped Tony Blair filling his money bags with heft since the days when New Labour seemed to be the only force in British politics worth looking at. It…

The Morsi Sentence – Binoy Kampmark

"The crackdown against the opposition is only intensifying and the judiciary is very much at the forefront of this crackdown.” – Shadi Hamid, Brookings Centre for Middle East Policy, YNet, May 23, 2015 It stands not merely as a stark…

The Nuclear Dance – Binoy Kampmark

It did finally arrive, though any chat about ‘framework’ is bound to require a closer look at the fillings, strength of timber and assortment of various measures of quality. It did take upwards of eighteen months and the work of Tehran with…

Demolishing Libya – Binoy Kampmark

If ever there was a brutalised poster boy for the failure of humanitarian intervention, then bloodied, wounded Libya would be it. In 2011, the morally indignant, the ethically charged, and the generally outraged powers of the UK, France and…

The Poverty Debate – Binoy Kampmark

Oxfam’s report, ‘Wealth: Having It All and Wanting More’, has done its fair share of stirring the pot of debate on global inequality. Its timing is not an accident – coming out as that grand talk fest of economic mis-managers, otherwise…

Ebola: Getting Antsy – Binoy Kampmark

Will Ebola become the next pandemic juggernaut, making its way to carefree, happily developed societies? Or will it be associated, as such diseases tend to be in the jaundiced imagination, with the collective memory of doom and structural…

The BJP landslide – Binoy Kampmark

“The Gandhi family is finished. They are no longer a force in Indian politics. India has moved past them, they are history.” Strong words from BJP chief media spokesman Srikant Sharma. Certainly, he had a point, given that Indian voters had…