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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A sage speaks

Daniel Pipes offers some advice to the US about the Israel/Palestine conflict:

“I will present to you the case for the Palestinians giving up. That is in fact American policy as it should be. How do we get the Palestinians to give up?”

A solution to the quagmire has been found! Of course, the Palestinian won’t give up, and nor should they. Latest figures suggest profound Jewish racism towards Arabs and an increasing divide between the two peoples. Of course, many refuse to accept Jews are racist towards anyone. The West condemns racism between black and white, and rightly so, but Jewish racism against Arabs is both accepted and condoned.

17 comments ↪
  • orang

    Even littler is known about jewish (European) racism towards the darker skinned jews from the Middle East. According to the writer Naeim Giladi – an Iraqi jew, in his book "The scandals of Ben Gurion", racial prejudice was a serious problem in Israel.

  • Chris

    Earliest figures suggest profound Arab racism towards Jews and an increasing divide between the two peoples. Of course, many refuse to accept Arabs are racist towards anyone. The West condemns racism between black and white, and rightly so, but Arab racism against Jews is both accepted and condoned.

    My oh my. How funny that it works both ways but you never seem to mention it

  • orang

    That's the trouble with these self hating bloggs, too many posters are critical of the good guys and never criticize the evil bad guys. If you really need a morale boosting feel good dose of how rotten the evil bad guys are, go to the other easy to find sites more to your tastes. But since you are the designated minder for the Loewenstein site, here you are.

  • Comical_Ali

    <code>Latest figures suggest profound Jewish racism towards Arabs and an increasing divide between the two peoples. Of course, many refuse to accept Jews are racist towards anyone</code>

    profound Jewish racism toward Arabs? Such as the constant ranting by Jewish leaders on Israeli television suggesting that "Arabs are the sons of apes, pigs and monkeys?" or calling their faithful to "kill an Arab wherever you find them" – "Oh look there is an Arab behind a tree, behind a rock – go kill him."

    but Jewish racism against Arabs is both accepted and condoned.

    substitute "Jewish racism" for "Arab racism against Jews" and then add the word "by" your own name after "condoned."

    Not one peep from you about blatant Arab racism which seems to be acceptable. After all, you can't fault them, can you?

  • orang

    Well Comical, in a perfect world the Palis would all be Christians. Not like the bigW eye for an eye, fire and brimstone type, but the turning the other cheek and loving their neighbours Christians. Or maybe Hindus – the Mahatma Ghandi type. Instead you got your Arabs. You really know you've pissed someone off when you invade and occupy the Arabs. They really do hate you for it. Is it a different sense of humour perhaps?

  • edward squire

    orang Mar 23rd, 2006 at 8:32 pm

    Instead you got your Arabs. You really know you’ve pissed someone off when you invade and occupy the Arabs. They really do hate you for it. Is it a different sense of humour perhaps?

    Perhaps the Israeli state should be thankful the Palestinians aren't Irish Roman Catholics. I hear they can get pretty stroppy about occupation too.

  • JohD

    By 'give up', I suppose that Pipepy means 'surrender'. But I can't see it. I can't see how Israel can accept any Palestinian surrender either. What exactly does surrender entail?

    I cannot for the life of me understand what Israel want's the Palestinians to do. Accepting Israel's 'right to exist' is a form of surrender, but it does nothing to change the situation.

    One cannot accept an absurdity such as the 'right' of any country to exist. No country has that right, and it is only through might that it will exist for a time. Inevitably, the composition of every country eventually changes, and new entities emerge.

    The Palestinians can 'give up'. but it does not change a thing.

  • Chris

    I would assume Israel wants the Palestinians to change their attitude. The acceptance of Israel's 'right' to exist has nothing to do with your concept of 'right'.

    At the moment, I'm sure that Israel wants the Palestinians to give up any hope of residency in Israel. And to give up any hope of destroying Israel. And to give up hope of another genocide of the Jewish people. It may be hard for them to give up their dreams, but…

  • Addamo

    The acceptance of Israel’s ‘right’ to exist has nothing to do with your concept of ‘right’.

    No but it does beg the question, what is Israel prepared to give in return or is this just a one way street?

    What about Israel wanting Pelstinians to give up hopes of retuning to their homes in the occupied terriroties?

  • Chris

    Israel has laid its cards on the table many times.

    At the moment, I’m sure that Israel wants the Palestinians to give up any hope of residency in Israel. That includes all territory that will be inside Israels declared borders.

  • edward squire

    Chris Mar 24th, 2006 at 4:14 am

    Israel has laid its cards on the table many times.

    There is one card they have never played – and it's the only card anyone wants them to play: the Leaving The Occupied Territories Card.

  • orang

    Snap!

  • Chris

    When Syria comes to the table with out conditions, then the occupied Golan can be discussed, but that has nothing to do with the Palestinians.

    Crackle! (I wonder why Orang is discussing breakfast cereals)

  • edward squire

    Chris Mar 25th, 2006 at 1:08 am

    When Syria comes to the table with out conditions

    Huh? So the Syrians have conditions on Israel simply leaving.

    Israeli official: Screw you guys, we're goin' home. This is just plain boring now.

    Syrian official: No, no, no! We refuse to allow you to stop occupying us. We like it! If you leave us alone we promise to rain down the Incomprehensibly Terrifying Fires of Everlasting Hell* upon you.

    ____________

    *Standard Syrian-speak for "some guy with a bomb who will probably be shot as he approaches Israel".

  • Chris

    Yes, the Syrians have pre-conditions before they will talk. They keep forgetting that they are the losing side.

  • edward squire

    Chris Mar 25th, 2006 at 4:37 pm

    Yes, the Syrians have pre-conditions before they will talk.

    No need for talk. All Israel has to do is exit the land which they are squatting on by virtue of war. It's not difficult to "negotiate". All it requires is a hand-written note saying, "We're outta here. See ya round like a Rubens."

  • Chris

    Sorry, but the loser pays, not the victor. There is no need to leave the Golan without a peace treaty. The Syrians aren't going to do anythinmg about it anyway. They are not that stupid… anymore.