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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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Odd partners

While Middle Eastern countries resist US and Israeli suggestions to isolate and punish the Palestinian people and Iran offers a hand of friendship to Hamas, Israel has acquired some new friends:

A new group in the United States, Christians United for Israel, will serve as an umbrella organization for Christian congregations that support Israel, and will lobby for Israel.

Some 400 Christian community leaders met in San Antonio, Texas, two weeks ago to establish the group, which Christians United officials said represents about 30 million Americans.

The organization’s main goal is to create a rapid-response network “targeted to reach every senator and congressman” in the United States. It is led by evangelical leaders Dr. John C. Hagee and George Morrison; fundamentalist Baptist minister Jerry Falwell; and Gary Bauer, president of the American Values organization aimed at protecting marriage, family and faith.

This relationship is a dangerous one, though the Israeli Ambassador to the US doesn’t seem to understand. “We see Christians in the United States as true friends and important supporters on the basis of shared values, and we welcome their efforts to strengthen the ties between Israel and the U.S”, he says. “Shared values”? Perhaps he didn’t read the fine print. One of the group’s key aims is to express a “debt of gratitude to the Jewish people for their contribution to Christianity.”

  • Chris C

    I have always loved the irony in Christian fundamentalists getting together with Zionists.

    Of course, the two groups do share one goal: Jewish hegemony in biblical Israel.

    But what is never spoken between these two bosom buddies is that while this goal is the end-goal for the Zionists, it is only an intermediate step for the Christians; only a pre-requisite to the return of their Messiah (who the Zionists missed first time round – no problem, he's coming back for a second round!).

    And what happens then? Well, then the Christians get front row seats at the Rapture, where their erstwhile Zionist buddies get thrown into the flames of hell, along with all the other apostates.

    You can just see it now, almost like a South Park episode:

    Zion 1: "Damn Christians, you fooled us again!"

    Zion 2: "Those bastards!"

    Meanwhile, while these Christian and Zionist nutters control the Governments of two nuclear-armed states, the US and Israel respectively, we are all getting worked up about Iran getting nukes?!!

    I feel like Im taking crazy pills!

  • Addamo

    Maybe some common sense it beginnign to take hold, and reality is starting to displace unjustified and unsubstantiated histeria.

    Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Wednesday that Hamas is not a strategic threat to the Jewish state, even as the Islamic militant group struck a deal to receive financing from Iran.


  • Antony Loewenstein

    I'm still pretty surprised by Olmert's comment. It's common sense – of course Hamas is no true strategic threat – but it'll continue being used by many for years…

  • Chris C

    Oh this article on Olmert's comment is too good not to quote in full:

    Olmert: Hamas is not a threat to Israel

    – By AP

    Jerusalem, Feb. 22: Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Wednesday that Hamas is not a strategic threat to the Jewish state, even as the Islamic militant group struck a deal to receive financing from Iran.

    [Really saying: Heck, maybe now that they are in "power", they may push us out of the West Bank like they did in Gaza and Lebanon]

    Israel considers Iran its staunchest enemy and promptly warned the Palestinians against aligning themselves with an international "pariah." But Olmert’s comments signalled that Israel will refrain from military action, even as it presses forward with its efforts to isolate Hamas diplomatically.

    [Because there was such a wide-ranging and helpful dialogue before, as opposed to ultimata and pre-conditions for any discussions which were always abandoned if any bullets were fired between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River?]

    After sweeping Palestinian parliamentary elections last month, Hamas is working to cobble together a coalition government. Israel says it won’t deal with Hamas until it disarms and renounces violence.

    [Ha! Imagine if Hamas made the same demand of Israel]

    Hamas, which has killed scores of Israelis in suicide bombings, has rejected international calls to moderate — despite Israel’s efforts to isolate the group internationally and Western threats to cut off vital financial aid.

    [The one time the US intervenes in Palestine during the Bush administration, it is to once again embrace the Butcher of Shatila and his henchmen – would rather they just resumed their previous isolationism, rather than once again help Goliath take on David (in an ironic reworking of the biblical tale.]

    Earlier this week, Israel froze the transfer of about $50 million in tax money it collects for the Palestinians each month, its first response to the inauguration of the new Hamas-led Parliament on last Saturday.

    [By stealing the Palestinians' taxation revenue – demonstrating once again that Israel, particularly Dov W. is a "partner for peace"]

    Mr Olmert signalled that Israel will continue to squeeze the Palestinians through diplomatic action.

    [So whats news – diplomatic, military, economic strangulation by Israel. The Boers coined a word for it – apartheid]

  • orang

    Israel, the US and even the EU are financially squeezing the Palestinians over voting for Hamas. Now they will be punished because they chose terrorism over peace. So where do our mental giants think they're going for finance? Iran. Iran? Iran!!!
    Oooh fancy that, that took us by surprise. Our SPYOPS and ASIO never warned us about this! And we'll get some great hate messages from Howard and Downer and and and pretty soon we'll blow the shit out of the Palestinians and we will cheer because it's the only way to fight hate and terror.

  • orang

    Apartheid eh? "Separate but Equal".. Hahhaaaaaaaa!!!
    They of course had Whites, Coloureds (Asians and mixed), and Blick. Er, Black.
    But on special occasions also had Honorary Whites. Usually a temporary category bestowed on Maori players with visiting New Zealand rugby teams.

    So we'll have Jews,-full citizens, and Non-Jews. Will there be Honorary Jews?