Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein trav­els across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, Greece, and Australia to witness the reality of disaster capitalism. He discovers how companies such as G4S, Serco, and Halliburton cash in on or­ganized misery in a hidden world of privatized detention centers, militarized private security, aid profiteering, and destructive mining.

Disaster has become big business. Talking to immigrants stuck in limbo in Britain or visiting immigration centers in America, Loewenstein maps the secret networks formed to help cor­porations bleed what profits they can from economic crisis. He debates with Western contractors in Afghanistan, meets the locals in post-earthquake Haiti, and in Greece finds a country at the mercy of vulture profiteers. In Papua New Guinea, he sees a local commu­nity forced to rebel against predatory resource companies and NGOs.

What emerges through Loewenstein’s re­porting is a dark history of multinational corpo­rations that, with the aid of media and political elites, have grown more powerful than national governments. In the twenty-first century, the vulnerable have become the world’s most valu­able commodity. Disaster Capitalism is published by Verso in 2015 and in paperback in January 2017.

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The other side of the fence

Global Voices provides an overview of the Palestinian blogosphere.

This story is disturbing:

“Israeli media sources reported on Saturday that Israel recently received 300 well-trained anti-terrorism dogs from the United States and might use them against Palestinian activists in the West Bank.

“The Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronot said the dogs were brought from the United States on a special Israeli plane, adding that the Israeli army would use these imported dogs in their raids on Palestinian towns.

“Palestinians said the Israeli army has recently stepped up their use of sniffing dogs in arresting wanted Palestinians, adding that these dogs are fierce and aggressive and can cause severe physical and psychological damage.”

An American Zionist organisation donated the dogs to “fight Palestinian terrorism.”

The dehumanisation of the Palestinian people continues.

13 comments ↪
  • Pete's Blog

    One must say that the intent of this story is somewhat specyist.Is not man a more dangerous animal than dog?Just imagine if one substituted this these sniffer dogs with a battalion of GIs? Why the results would be equally horrifying.Three hundred sweaty American soldiers, nose to the ground, bum up, calling in napalm strikes and the odd Merkava pot shot at mosques.All in all you can rap the dogs on the snout. Or pepper can deter dog but not man.

  • Shabadoo

    Credulity, thy name is Anty.

  • Iqbal Khaldun

    Ah the incredulous now speak of credibility. Always easy to be skeptical of suffering when it relates to someone else.Re dogs – Palestinians, and Arabs in general, are quite fearful of dogs. It looks like a pretty deliberate tactic sending dogs.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Indeed. Not unlike Abu Ghraib, the message is clear…

  • anthony

    The dehumanisation of the Palestinian people continues.Bloody hell… you enter an airport and get sniffed all the time (mostly by dogs), it's not Custom's way of 'dehumanising' Australians, and it's not the Israeli's.I can understand the cultural opposition to dogs (or rather accept it), but there is nothing at all wrong with using sniffer dogs to hunt wanted Palestinians, or sniff out explosives.Not using dogs for such a purpose would be nothing short of criminal.

  • Ibrahamav

    What is truly disturbing is your source. It was not "The Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronot" it was a Chinese Internet site stating such a source, but none was provided by them either.Shoddy journalism, wot?

  • Shabadoo

    Sorry, and I know I'll just get called a culturally insensitive bigot here, but any religion that has a problem with dawgs just ain't right.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Shabadoo said… "Sorry, and I know I'll just get called a culturally insensitive bigot here, but any religion that has a problem with dawgs just ain't right."Not culturally insenstive – just taxonomically challenged. Iqbal Khaldun IN FACT said… Palestinians, and Arabs in general, are quite fearful of dogs.Note the lack of any reference to Islam. Indonesian Muslims are not fearful of dogs at all. They even have dog shows for gawdsake.Some Indonesian Christians in Sumatra on the other hand eat dogs. (Apparently it is an interesting sensation – it makes you feel very warm inside. And no, I don't know whether it takes like chicken.)

  • Ibrahamav

    Funny how edward can't find anything to comment on the shear falseness of the article.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav said… "Funny how edward can't find anything to comment on the shear falseness of the article."I was only correcting Shabadoo's ignorant statement. Surely you're not opposed to correcting ignorance?

  • Ibrahamav

    Shabadoo was merely referring to the Arabic religion, which must not be Islam, which I heard was a religion of Peace.But if the Arab religion promotes fear of dogs, who are we to question their morality?

  • Wombat

    Ibrahamav,I doubt fear of dogs is a doctrine. I remember I used to walk my ex-wifes 2 miniature poodles in Rose Bay and often came across othodox Jewwish (partcularly women) people who would freak out and jump tpt he side of the walkway.The other day, I was walking my very big Akita (dog) and some orthodox Jewish men paid him a compliment.Go figure.

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