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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Polishing those skills

For a crash-course in the intricacies of Islam, these articles are essential reading.

Yehya Mousa, a Hamas legislator from Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip, writes:

Islam is not merely the enactment of laws but is preceded by a large-scale process of mobilization and education. Furthermore, sharia, or Islamic, law cannot be realized unless an independent and sovereign state is established, which is not the case at present. Therefore, we in Hamas are first concerned with completing the liberation of Palestinian land.

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  • Chris

    So they will be at a standstill for several years? I assue Israel will declare its borders well before Hamas gets moving.

  • edwin

    So after the UN declared the borders of Israel in 1948, Israel will declare it's borders in – oh whenever it is convenient, but first we need to expand our territory – for security reasons of course. Got to protect ourselves from all those evil Arabs who are violating international law.

    Three years ago, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported the former Italian prime minister, Massimo D'Alema, as telling dinner guests at a Jerusalem hotel that, on a visit to Rome a few years earlier, Sharon had told him that the bantustan model was the most appropriate solution to the conflict with the Palestinians. When one of the guests suggested to D'Alema that he was interpreting, not repeating, Sharon's words, the former prime minister said not. "No, sir, that is not interpretation. That is a precise quotation of your prime minister,"

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1704036,00….

  • Chris

    While your reason are probably not the official ones, Israel will declare its borders. Of course, they will be very different from what the UN envisions, but so many things are done in so many places far from what the UN envisions.

    Perhaps the Italian Prime Minister had too much of his country's claim to fame. When one has too much wine, one begins to imagine precise quotes.

  • edward squire

    Chris Mar 11th, 2006 at 4:35 am

    Perhaps the Italian Prime Minister had too much of his country’s claim to fame. When one has too much wine, one begins to imagine precise quotes.

    And perhaps the Italian Prime Minister's statement of what Sharon proposed – which by an incredible miracle just happened to be what Sharon has done – was in fact accurate.

    Your 'explaining away' of the Prime Minister's comments as a drunken fantasy could only be topped by seriously suggesting that the PM had the idea implanted by space-aliens.

  • Chris

    Perhaps not. Perhaps it was very inaccurate. There are many possible explanations for the third hand report, hardly any better or worse than any other.

    There are many quotes that are taken out of context and some reported on this blog that were no better than drunken fantasy.

  • captain

    That was a very nice version of Islam. Pity he doesn't mention the bigottry, suicide bombings, paranoia and 'the protocols'.

    Oh, and it was a very compelling argument about women's rights. They are just treated so well by fundamentalist Islam. And don't forget that gays like orang would not be well tolerated there.

  • First liberation, then sharia. That makes sense…

    So after the UN declared the borders of Israel in 1948, Israel will declare it’s borders in – oh whenever it is convenient, but first we need to expand our territory – for security reasons of course.

    If only Israel hadn't decided, on the day it announced independence, to launch an attack to push Jordan into the Euphrates.

  • edward squire

    Chris Mar 11th, 2006 at 6:59 am

    Perhaps not. Perhaps it was very inaccurate.

    Perhaps you're right. Perhaps the Loch Ness monster was doing some ventriloquist work on the side, and it was in fact she (or it is a he) who said it all.

  • edwin

    Israel has established in the Occupied Territories a separation cum discrimination regime, in which it maintains two systems of laws, and a person’s rights are based on his or her national origin. This regime is the only of its kind in the world, and brings to mind dark regimes of the past, such as the Apartheid regime in South Africa. http://www.btselem.org/english/settlements/index….

    No – we seriously need to consider that perhaps B'tselem, AI, and Human Rights Watch are all just a bunch of Jew haters and holocaust revisionists. Italian prime ministers are drunks and hallucinate conversations. And the thousands of Jews in the SHIT list – you know we are just so superior to those Arabs – why there are hardly any Palestinians who support Israel.

    Thirdly you confuse religious elitism (which every religion has) with racism (which some religions, other than Judaism have.)

    Jared Taylor wants to know: Can't Jews and neo-Nazis just get along?

    Well, no. At least, that's the conclusion you have to reach after reading this fascinating piece by Jonathan Tilove in the Forward about Jews who choose to participate in the annual American Renaissance gathering in Herndon, Va., and what happens to them:

    http://dneiwert.blogspot.com/2006/03/bringing-naz

  • Chris

    As the quote has the same level of credibility as a David Irving history of the Holocaust, it might as well have been ventriloquist work credited to the Loch Ness monster.

  • John Ryan

    Or about the same amount of creditibility as you and Captian in your defence of the Israeli thieving of the Palestinian Land and the introduction of an Apartheid society some what on the lines of the Germans and the Jews, with the introduction of the race laws in the 1930s.
    Shows how well you learned

  • captain

    One can only imagine what would have happened to the land under dispute had the arabs, including local arabs, not declared war on Israel and tried to commit genocide from the day Israel was declared a state.

    One can only imagine too, what the world would have been like if the British mandate had of been carved up as it was intended. But no! It didn't suit the arabs then and it doesn't now. The goal was Jewish genocide.

    John Ryan has obviously never stepped foot in the middle east to make a claim that Israel is an apartheid regime. It sounds more like the product of a soviet style sociology lecture. It also showed how well you learned to point the finger at the Jews just as the Neurenberg Nazis did. Funny how you are all singing the same tune, but the justifications have merely changed. Judenrein, Jewish conspiracy, Jewish theiving. Right out of Nazi Germany.

  • edward squire

    captain Mar 12th, 2006 at 8:06 pm

    One can only imagine what would have happened to the land under dispute had the arabs, including local arabs, not declared war on Israel and tried to commit genocide from the day Israel was declared a state.

    Yep – exactly the same defence was made of the Apartheid State of South Africa. God – imagine what would happen in the blecks were given equal rights and their terrorist leaders let out of prison: it would be an absolute blood-bath. In the interests of humanity, we must thus maintain the Apartheid State.

    Isn't it curious that those who deny there is apartheid use apartheid-supporters' arguments.

  • captain

    Edward, have you even been to Israel? If so, please tell me where you observed this apartheid. My guess is that you are just relying on propaganda to support your racist jew hating beliefs.

  • Chris

    Squire, you took cap's staement and rather than just change the parties, you changed the actual outcome. There was no longer any comparison between the two.

    Just a mistake in context?

  • edward squire

    captain Mar 12th, 2006 at 10:56 pm

    Edward, have you even been to Israel?

    Captain, have you ever been to the moon? Really? No? Well, I certainly hope you'll make no claims whatsoever about it.

    Where do these highschool kids come from?

  • Addamo

    Goo point Edward,

    Next you'll be asked if you speak Hebrew along with the implication that not knowing the language means you have no valid opinion on the Israeli/Palestinain conflict.

  • captain

    As addamo so eloquently says "goo point".

    Neither of us write about the moon to any significant extent that I am aware of. Poor Edward merely relies on the internet for his sources about this debate? Mate, I have been there, I do speak the language, I have wined and dined with both arabs and Jews. I have engaged in commerce with both. I have studied both. I have relatives there. I have Israel and arab friends here. Your comments are so remote to what is going on that they are laughable. They are merely an urbane pretext to your Jew hatred.

    Oh Goo point!