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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.

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Camels of mass destruction

Really.

26 comments ↪
  • Addamo

    Well, why not. In lieu of dolphins, sea lions, and such, a camel will do. Oh, how about shoving a war head up Hitchen's butt and send him staggering. I got it! Let's bring back the carrier pidgeon! Elephants just won't do, been there and all that. How about a volkswagon? Gotta have some way to deploy this giant pile of stuff leftover from the loads sent over by the U.S. back in the day. Oh, yeah, forgot – THERE ISN'T ANY.

  • smiths

    you can just picture the war games at the pentagon,
    they dispatch their insect reconaissance thingies to russia and china and iran, but those clever foreigners have got flying robot fish that eat the insects and head to america where they are beaten back by laser guided dolphins and sharks, ridiculous,
    anyway you dont need to load up camels with anything, they already have toxic spit, you just need to teach them to spit on command

  • Chris

    The Palestinians use donkeys to bomb civilians (and PETA then protests the donkey's death). commondreams.org

    From LGF:

    Determined to make Hampton Roads look like a breeding ground for wackos to the rest of the world, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk this week fired off a fax to Yasser Arafat.

    She began the letter with a polite salutation: “Your Excellency.”

    I can think of lots of titles for Arafat. Excellency isn't among them.

    But I digress.

    “. . . We have received many calls and letters from people shocked at the bombing . . . in which a live donkey, laden with explosives, was intentionally blown up.

    “All nations behave abominably in many ways when they are fighting their enemies, and animals are always caught in the crossfire. The U.S. Army abandoned thousands of loyal service dogs in Vietnam. (Odd. No mention of our dead soldiers, MIAs, POWs or even loyal South Vietnamese allies who were left behind, but again, I digress.)

    “Al-Qaeda and the British government have both used animals in hideously cruel biological weaponry tests.”

    Brace yourselves. It gets worse.

    “We watched on television as stray cats in your own compound fled as best they could from Israeli bulldozers”

    Fleeing cats! PETA confronts the horror of war.

    UPDATE: I forgot, I need to label things like this. This is not a joke.

  • Addamo

    Adn the US used dolphins during WWII, sent a monkey into space and is considering using sharks also. The point it that 4 legged creatures are not WMD.

  • Progressive_Atheist

    PETA President Ingrid Newkirk this week fired off a fax to Yasser Arafat.

    Newsflash: Arafat is dead.

  • captain

    Arafat is dead, but the terrorists live on.

  • Chris

    History. You were supposed to learn it in school.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    So many terrorists, so little time. Perhaps we should just nuke the whole Middle East. But, then, that leaves so many more terrorists in Asia, Africa and Australia. Maybe we could forcibly transfer them to Antartica. No to TERRORISTS!

  • Addamo

    Arafat is dead, but the terrorists live on.

    As do murderers, war criminals and the criminal elite.

    OT Here, but last night I went to see the new film V for Vendetta. Don't knwo if it's playing in OIz yet, but it was a hertwarming hoot. Compltely unrealistic Hollywood ending but one can see why the right winders are up in arms over the film.

  • edward squire

    Chris Mar 27th, 2006 at 2:47 pm

    The Palestinians use donkeys to bomb civilians

    Bloody donkeys. Is there no end to their murdereous reign?

  • captain

    John you are dead wrong. I and all of the Israelis I know are more than happy to live and let live. Israel would be far better off with a happy palestinian population as a neighbour. And most Israelis would agree with this. The problem is that there is no reciprocity in this view. Even today Hamas plays games with its call to have a dialogue with the international community, bit not Israel. Its called splitting and like Iran, it represents a delaying tactic.

  • captain

    I wonder how Edward would feel about people making jokes about killing palestinians.

  • Chris

    Do you really care?

  • John Ryan

    thats about the point Chris Captain And Ali you dont care care, kill the Palestinians or better still make them serfs then you will be happy.

  • Chris

    That, I'm sure, all of us care about. You, on the otherhand, are not worth caring about.

    Why won't Antony comment on the Palestinian's use of suicide donkeys? Is that where Saddam got the idea?

  • edward squire

    captain Mar 27th, 2006 at 10:15 pm

    I wonder how Edward would feel about people making jokes about killing palestinians.

    About the same. I don't discriminate.

  • Addamo

    Captain,

    It is refreshing to hear that this sentiment exists, but it get's back to the matter of what such a Palestinia state would look like. Would it be the series of disconnected enclaved that presently exist or woud it include eh West Bank and parts of Jerusalem? If not, then how can you expect reciprocity?

    Furthermore, while I believe too that Israeli's themselves want a solutino, I do not believ that israel's leaders want the same thing. This is probabyl why Hamas wants to engage the international community, but not Israel.

    If hams is indeed emplying delaying tactics, then they are futile. Delaying tactics are suiting the Israelis far more than the Palestinians.

  • Chris

    John,

    Cap is correct. Israel prospers with a happy peaceful palestinian neighbor. But, it appears nothing short of genocide will make the Palestinians happy. That is why they voted for Hamas.

  • Addamo

    Chris,

    If you lrealyl want this discussion to move forward, then you might want to consider dropping the bumper sticker slogans. Israel hardly vote for a saintly figure when electing Sharon.

    hamas has called for contructive disciussions. If you insist that israel want a positive outcome, then let's see whether Hamas is serious about the same thing, raher than dismiss them outrighte as bloodthirsty genocidal maniacs.

  • Chris

    Israel did not elect a terrorist organization whose platform includes genocide. There has been no calls for constructive discussion from Hamas.

    You see whether or not Hamas wants peace, Israel already knows they do not.

  • Addamo

    You see whether or not Hamas wants peace, Israel already knows they do not.

    That's so convenient isn't it, with Israel drawing it;s own borders and all? Forget that Hamas is talking about negotiations, we knwo that they don;lt mean it and we have no choice but to steal this land.

    Israel to the Palkestinians, "Sorry folks, we dont; wanna do this. Really, honest to god, this is going to hurt us more than it hurt you, but what choice do we have?"

  • Chris

    Yes, it is convenient. Now that the Palestinians have proven once and for all that they are not interested in peace, it is time to draw the borders and finish the fence.

  • edward squire

    Chris Mar 29th, 2006 at 12:44 pm

    Now that the Palestinians have proven once and for all that they are not interested in peace

    When "peace" means "slow dispossession and death", why would they be? Notice how they never say they want "peace" – they always say they want a 'JUST peace". It's the "just" part the Israeli government seems to have the most problems with.

  • Chris

    They certainly are interested in the death of Jews, slow or otherwise. That seems to be part of their definition of a 'just peace'.

    All humans should have a problem with that.

  • edward squire

    Chris Mar 31st, 2006 at 7:27 am

    They certainly are interested in the death of Jews, slow or otherwise. That seems to be part of their definition of a ‘just peace’.

    No, that's the response to being occupied, dispossessed and oppressed for 30 years.

  • Chris

    Since they were certainly interested in the death of Jews, slow or otherwise, for the last 100 years, it has nothing to do with your thoughts.

    Arab xenophobia is well known.