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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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Talking is a good start

While Israel’s Foreign Minster – the “leader in waiting” with roots in her country’s terrorist past – tells Tony Blair that the Jewish state has no intention of punishing the Palestinian people, South Africa, along with Russia, are determined to at least talk with Hamas.

Meanwhile, Israeli leaders are spinning a new “axil of evil” in the Middle East. But who is listening? Such hyperbole has been heard so many times in the past, one wonders why the Jewish state even bothers. Clearly possessing the world’s fourth most powerful army isn’t enough to repel this “evil.”

28 comments ↪
  • Chris

    I'm glad that you understand that have a large military force is not enough. At best, it provides deterence against a telegraphed frontal assault.

  • captain

    Of course it must be hyperbole to refer to despotic regimes as evil where there is no freedom of speech, no freedom of press and strong terrorist proxy behaviour. Who is listening? Everyone. Cartoon madness helped everyone appreciate about the threat of islamofascism.

    Most countries are just begining to realise exactly the extent of the madness that Israel has been subject to over the past few decades. When the majority of any group vote for bigots who strap bomb belts to their children other countries are taking notice. There is little difference between the Hamas regime and Nazis.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Mmm, I'm confused. I thought Saddam was like Hitler. Or was that Arafat? No wait, Iran's leader is like a Nazi. So much evil, so little time…

  • Addamo

    And Israel elected a war criminal, and it's generals are wanted in other countries for war crimes. There plenty of evil to go around.

  • Chris

    Sarcasm aside, many of the Arab states have despotic governments. Many have a population steeped in poverty and ignorance. They do what they think neccessary, as supported by their beliefs, to control those populations. It appears that, for many, rattling sabers towards Israel is enough. But one day mere rattling will not suffice.

    It would not serve Israel's citizens for its government to wait, until that time arrives, to prepare or do anything about it.

  • Addamo

    it si true that many Arab countries have despot governments and nearly all fo them are supported by the US. israel finds itself yet again, in very dubious company.

    Recent fgures put the poverty in Israel at 25%. Not a great track record for a thriing democracy.

    Sabre rattling is almost a cultural by product of the Middle East. it strikes me as being about as significant and dutch corage.

  • Chris

    Was there any comparison made to what costitutes poverty in Israel as compared to poverty in other nations in the region? I believe in Israel, the poverty rate is set at about 1K/mo in disposable income. I think that is a lot of money to be considered in poverty.

    In the meantime, I don't know that you should be the standard by which all or any are to judge significance.

  • Addamo

    1K/mo is pretty meaningless in theabsence of metrics which determine const of living. For example, in a city like NY, that would be well and truly regarded as poverty.

    Your opinion as to the validity of my opnion is noted, but no more significant.

  • captain

    Ant, I am glad you can joke about the evil intentions of those who wish to destroy you.

  • JohD

    It is revealing that Zionist always crack remarks like Arab coubtries are 'steeped in poverty', as if poverty is a social disease or something. Actually, if you take the time, and travel to those countries (yes, they do admit Jewish People, a religious declaration is not a requirement for a visa), you will fibd much less poverty than you imagine. Yes, People are generally less materialistically well off, but few are hopelessly poverty stricken as are many in the west. There is almost an absense of poverty related crime, and the crime rate in Teheran is infinitely superior to that of New York, or Sydney for that matter.

    So we have to assume that the 'steeped in poverty' remark is merely a reflexive reaction of a racist supremacist.

  • Addamo

    Indeed,

    I have heard from friend who have traveled to Israel. They describe how the Israelis warn travelers to stay away from Palestinian neighborhoods because they are filthy.

    What I have been told is quite the reverse. The Palestinian neighborhoods, while less affluent, are very clean and most of Israel is filthy.

    I remember RhRoss posting an account of a similar experience.

    So it seems your comment abtou racist cupremacy Joh, is close the money.

  • Chris

    Crack remarks? You meant state facts. Is poverty a social desease? Or is poverty in most Arab nations enforced by the ruling class?

    It appears your assumptions are based on your own racism.

  • Chris

    I did not mean to say racist. Your assimptions are based on your ignorance. Nothing you have said could be construed as racism, just ignorance.

  • Addamo

    Who do you suspect I am biggoted towards Chris? Muslims? Arabs? Jews? Israelis?

    So my taking offnce at racism is evidence of biggotry? Hmmm, you sure you know what biggotry means?

    Who exactly is in serach of redeeming values in Islam here? I regard them as self evident. Evidently you do not.

    As Joh so eloquently put it, your posts indeed wreak of racist Zionist discourse and betray an underlying supremacist mindset. In fact, it smacks of biggotry.

  • Chris

    In case you are wondering, and I even addressed it in the beginning of my previous post, I am ignoring your posts to concentrate on johd’s uneloquently expressed bigotry.

    Other than to express dismay at your failur to read johd’s post as written, I will continue to ignore you until this thread with johd is completed.

  • JohD

    Why not leave it that I am a Racist? Nothing else you say is grounded on fact, why start now? I should have said; "is being poor a social disease?" Still, your assumptions about Muslims being poor is hardly grounded on fact, but mere assumption. There are plenty of rich Muslims who are not part of the 'ruling class'. Just as Muslim societies have a sizable middle class. Just like other folk, actually.

    So yes, your remarks about Muslim societies betrays a profound prejudice, laced with an extreme racist outlook and worldview. I seriously doubt it is the product of an unconscious ignorance, but rather a wilfull and determined hatred. Perhaps you can demonstrate that I am mistaken, and provide us with at least ONE redeeming Islamic characteristic?

    JohD

  • Addamo

    There's no denying that poverty exists in every society, and that each society has any number for factors which cause it. I suspect that poverty in most Arab nations is a combination of enforcement by the ruling class (ie. Saudi Arabia) and the results of limited economic activity.

    In the US, there is no explanation for poverty outside of conditions imposed by the elite.

    I myself am indeed ignorant of the issues at play in Israel, gaining what I know from second hand accounts.

    I agree that it is quite possible that poverty in Israel is probably due to growing pains.
    I read recently that Israeli banks are actively lending money to overseas investors, which is very promising for Israel.

    Thus, I think it is inappropriate to superficially attribute every in any country to lack of education, political backwardness or social inadequacy.

  • Chris

    It is a fact that your complaints are based on ignorance. No one 'cracked' remarks. No one acted as if poverty were a social desease. No one said anything about Muslims being poor. In fact, no one said anything about Muslim societies.

    You are just ignorant and making things up. Seems like my opinion is based on the observable facts of your actual postings.

    What are islamic characteristics? That you believe there are islamic characteristics may show that along with being ignorant, you're also a bigot.

  • Addamo

    Chris,

    You have a poor aptitude for communication. You addressed Orang and myself, and made no direction to JohD, so spare us the melodramatic dismay.

  • JohD

    bigotry = Your opponents opinions.

  • Addamo

    Facts? Your post is full of opinion, but no facts, and certainly no links to suggest any.

    Where did I use the term "cracked"? You seem have mistaken me for someone else.

    You seem to be confused between making things up and expressing an opinion. Are you objecting to my right to do so? You don’t; seem to be a particularly big fan of freedom of expression.

    Nor did I recall making any reference to "Islamic characteristics".

    Evidently you have misquoted me. How does your comment qualify as "observable facts of your actual postings", when nothing you have quoted came from me? You really do live in a bubble don't you Chris?

    Why are you creating straw men Chris? Is there a point to your post, or are you stuck in one of your rhetorical loops where the word of the day happens to be "ignorance"?

  • JohD

    "Sarcasm aside, many of the Arab states have despotic governments. Many have a population steeped in poverty and ignorance." – Chris

    Sarcasm aside, these cracks about the "ignorance" and "poverty" of Arab societies are characteristic of racist Zionist discourse and betray an underlying supremacist mindset. Certainly many Leaders of Arab countries are Authoritarian, but 'despotic' is a term that is a tad overused.

    Let us put it aside, and accept that I am a bigot, what redeeming characteristics does Islam have, or if you prefer, what redeeming qualities do Arab societies have, if any, according to you, since I have never seen you mention any?

  • JohD

    Also, can you explain what constitutes 'ignorance' in your abovementioned passage. What is 'Ignorant' about Arab societies? Do they not understand politics? Do they kill their infant offspring? They can't read & write? What?

  • Addamo

    Well put Joh,

    Let's also be reminded that these authoritarian leaders are often in positions of power becasue they are protected by Washington, who has repeatedly exhibited an intorenace fo self determination and real democracy.

  • orang

    "Do they not understand politics?"

    Aha! Therein lies the problem. "We", think the ME arabs are just as stupid as we are when it comes to politics/government. Precisely because of their history, there is innate skepticism on the street. Do the arabs believe the Iraqi invasion was for the good of Iraqi's for instance? …Put more lipstick on that pig before you try flying it..

  • Chris

    Addamo andd Orang, please accept my apologies for ignoring your posts. This is not written with either of you in mind.

    Again, no 'cracks' were made. Perhaps your bigotry makes you imagine things. Your statements about racist behavior just deeper ingrains the understanding that you are the bigot.

    That you are upset over the number of times a term is used is rather ridiculous. I can't believe you even mentioned it other than to have some irrelevant thing to whine about.

    Again, your quest for redeeming value in Islam is just a readmission of bigotry.

    The only claim of any ignorance was directed at your knowledge level based on your post. It appears that you post out of ignorance.

  • Chris

    Sorry for yopur confusion, but I will continue to address johd’s obvious bigotry without worry about your petty insults.

    Johd,

    Again, no ‘cracks’ were made. Perhaps your bigotry makes you imagine things. Your statements about racist behavior just deeper ingrains the understanding that you are the bigot.

    That you are upset over the number of times a term is used is rather ridiculous. I can’t believe you even mentioned it other than to have some irrelevant thing to whine about.

    Again, your querry for redeeming value in Islam is just a readmission of bigotry.

    The only claim of any ignorance was directed at your knowledge level based on your post. It appears that you post out of ignorance.

  • Chris

    Johd, rereading your last post, it appears that you are stating that orang's and addamo's comments equal bigotry. How did you come to that conclusion?