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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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Would you like gravy with that?

Torture arrives in American lounge-rooms:

“Two former Iraqi detainees tell ABC News in an exclusive interview that they were repeatedly tortured by U.S. forces seeking information about Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction.

“Thahee Sabbar and Sherzad Khalid are two of eight men who, with help from the American Civil Liberties Union and the group Human Rights First, are suing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The men claim they were tortured for months, in violation of the U.S. Constitution and international law.

“Khalid told ABC News that U.S. soldiers at one point threatened him with live lions.

‘They took us to a cage – an animal cage that had lions in it within the Republican Palace,’ he said. ‘And they threatened us that if we did not confess, they would put us inside the cage with the lions in it. It scared me a lot when they got me close to the cage, and they threatened me. And they opened the door and they threatened that if I did not confess, that they were going to throw me inside the cage. And as the lion was coming closer, they would pull me back out and shut the door, and tell me, ‘We will give you one more chance to confess.’ And I would say, ‘Confess to what?”

15 comments ↪
  • Shabadoo

    Is it just me, or does this remind anyone else of the scene in Goodfellas when they go down to Florida to collect a debt and threaten to throw a guy to the lions at the zoo?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    That's your empire in action, spreading freedom and democracy everywhere it goes.Blowback has a new name.

  • Ibrahamav

    Funny how Antony believes anything that gives the USA a bad name.It is only antisemitism when you believe anything that gives Israel a bad name.

  • Wombat

    These practices has been pretty much confirmed by former members of the US military.

  • Ibrahamav

    Pretty much? What does that mean? Either it has been proven true or not.So far it has not been proven true.So your pretty much fibbing?We know what Khalid's reason to lie could be. What's yours?Anybody?

  • Wombat

    Proof, always necessaru when someone disagrees wih you Ibraham. Nver required when you make a baseless suggestion, but then Khalid's just an underserving Arab right?Here is an interview with former U.S. Army interrogator Specialist Tony Lagouranis. He talks about his own involvement with abusing detainees in Iraq and torture carried out by the Navy Seals.Listen or read it. http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/11/15/1632233he speaks of how seals would toture detainees with extreme hypothermia and use a rectal thermometer to check if the detainee was dead or not. It's pretty sickening.

  • EvilPundit

    Lions, seals — what is this, animal crackers?You guys and your crazy stories.

  • Ibrahamav

    Nothing about lions. mmmmm.

  • Wombat

    I should have been more clear that lions are hard to come by in Iraq these days, but that the toruter practices are much more widespread than we have been led to believe.

  • Ibrahamav

    Yes, you should have made that clear. No one doubts that Navy Seals are guilty of persuading people of giving up information that they don't want to. They are trained for it.And the usual method of determining time of death and to ensure a thermometer is not broken via rigor mortis or deliberate biting is by using it anally.

  • Wombat

    Firtly, torture very rarely works. As this source reveals in the intereview, most of the detainees were innocents and approximately 10 of the 300 people he enterrogated had any useful information to give.According to these revelations, the anal probe was to measure how far to take the torture without killing the detainee. Why would you need to establish time of death when you are in the process of killing the suspect? It's not like the Seals are issuing death certificates to the families of the deceased in order to cash in on the life insurance now is it?Furthermore, the way to determine time of death is to measure the temperature of the liver.

  • Ibrahamav

    Seals do not need to be that acurate. The ass will do just fine.This is not cool calculated torture in a prison cell with tons of time to spare.And torture doesn't work in confessions.

  • Ibrahamav

    But it does work some other times. Not that I'm condoning it. But I'd be awfully tempted to torture a failed suicide bomber to get every bit of information out of him. Awfully tempted.

  • Wombat

    I would actually agree with that. A suicide bomber has already shown disregard for their own life, as well as the lives of others, so the huan rights issue is pretty irrelevant.The scary bit involves how do you pre-empt these activites? To determine who is and who is not a potential suicide bomber. As Israeli intelligence has stated, it's pretty much impossible to profile them.

  • Ibrahamav

    Now you go down the slippery slope of deciding just who has already shown disregard for their own life, as well as the lives of others.And who determines just what that deed was.