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.

Profits_of_doom_cover_350Vulture capitalism has seen the corporation become more powerful than the state, and yet its work is often done by stealth, supported by political and media elites. The result is privatised wars and outsourced detention centres, mining companies pillaging precious land in developing countries and struggling nations invaded by NGOs and the corporate dollar. Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein travels to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea and across Australia to witness the reality of this largely hidden world of privatised detention centres, outsourced aid, destructive resource wars and militarized private security. Who is involved and why? Can it be stopped? What are the alternatives in a globalised world? Profits of Doom, published in 2013 and released in an updated edition in 2014, challenges the fundamentals of our unsustainable way of life and the money-making imperatives driving it. It is released in an updated edition in 2014.
forgodssakecover Four Australian thinkers come together to ask and answer the big questions, such as: What is the nature of the universe? Doesn't religion cause most of the conflict in the world? And Where do we find hope?   We are introduced to different belief systems – Judaism, Christianity, Islam – and to the argument that atheism, like organised religion, has its own compelling logic. And we gain insight into the life events that led each author to their current position.   Jane Caro flirted briefly with spiritual belief, inspired by 19th century literary heroines such as Elizabeth Gaskell and the Bronte sisters. Antony Loewenstein is proudly culturally, yet unconventionally, Jewish. Simon Smart is firmly and resolutely a Christian, but one who has had some of his most profound spiritual moments while surfing. Rachel Woodlock grew up in the alternative embrace of Baha'i belief but became entranced by its older parent religion, Islam.   Provocative, informative and passionately argued, For God's Sakepublished in 2013, encourages us to accept religious differences, but to also challenge more vigorously the beliefs that create discord.  
After Zionism, published in 2012 and 2013 with co-editor Ahmed Moor, brings together some of the world s leading thinkers on the Middle East question to dissect the century-long conflict between Zionism and the Palestinians, and to explore possible forms of a one-state solution. Time has run out for the two-state solution because of the unending and permanent Jewish colonization of Palestinian land. Although deep mistrust exists on both sides of the conflict, growing numbers of Palestinians and Israelis, Jews and Arabs are working together to forge a different, unified future. Progressive and realist ideas are at last gaining a foothold in the discourse, while those influenced by the colonial era have been discredited or abandoned. Whatever the political solution may be, Palestinian and Israeli lives are intertwined, enmeshed, irrevocably. This daring and timely collection includes essays by Omar Barghouti, Jonathan Cook, Joseph Dana, Jeremiah Haber, Jeff Halper, Ghada Karmi, Antony Loewenstein, Saree Makdisi, John Mearsheimer, Ahmed Moor, Ilan Pappe, Sara Roy and Phil Weiss.
The 2008 financial crisis opened the door for a bold, progressive social movement. But despite widespread revulsion at economic inequity and political opportunism, after the crash very little has changed. Has the Left failed? What agenda should progressives pursue? And what alternatives do they dare to imagine? Left Turn, published by Melbourne University Press in 2012 and co-edited with Jeff Sparrow, is aimed at the many Australians disillusioned with the political process. It includes passionate and challenging contributions by a diverse range of writers, thinkers and politicians, from Larissa Berendht and Christos Tsiolkas to Guy Rundle and Lee Rhiannon. These essays offer perspectives largely excluded from the mainstream. They offer possibilities for resistance and for a renewed struggle for change.
The Blogging Revolution, released by Melbourne University Press in 2008, is a colourful and revelatory account of bloggers around the globe why live and write under repressive regimes - many of them risking their lives in doing so. Antony Loewenstein's travels take him to private parties in Iran and Egypt, internet cafes in Saudi Arabia and Damascus, to the homes of Cuban dissidents and into newspaper offices in Beijing, where he discovers the ways in which the internet is threatening the ruld of governments. Through first-hand investigations, he reveals the complicity of Western multinationals in assisting the restriction of information in these countries and how bloggers are leading the charge for change. The blogging revolution is a superb examination about the nature of repression in the twenty-first century and the power of brave individuals to overcome it. It was released in an updated edition in 2011, post the Arab revolutions, and an updated Indian print version in 2011.
The best-selling book on the Israel/Palestine conflict, My Israel Question - on Jewish identity, the Zionist lobby, reporting from Palestine and future Middle East directions - was released by Melbourne University Press in 2006. A new, updated edition was released in 2007 (and reprinted again in 2008). The book was short-listed for the 2007 NSW Premier's Literary Award. Another fully updated, third edition was published in 2009. It was released in all e-book formats in 2011. An updated and translated edition was published in Arabic in 2012.

Talking some sense

After the hysterical response to a recent US report on the influence of the Zionist lobby on US foreign policy, a calm and measured response from – of all places – the Financial Times:

Freedom of academic debate, political polemic, populist prejudice, outlandish exaggeration and even mildly slanderous innuendo about anything from Britney Spears to the president is axiomatic in the US, is it not? Well, perhaps not altogether.

Reflexes that ordinarily spring automatically to the defence of open debate and free inquiry shut down – at least among much of America’s political elite – once the subject turns to Israel, and above all the pro-Israel lobby’s role in shaping US foreign policy. Even though policy towards the Middle East is arguably the single biggest determinant of America’s reputation in the world, any attempt to rethink this from first principles is politically risky.

Doctrinal orthodoxy was flouted last month in a paper on the Israel lobby by two of America’s leading political scientists, Stephen Walt from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and John Mearsheimer from the University of Chicago. They argue powerfully that extraordinarily effective lobbying in Washington has led to a political consensus that American and Israeli interests are inseparable and identical. Only a British publication, the London Review of Books, was prepared to carry their critique. Moral blackmail – the fear that any criticism of Israeli policy and US support for it will lead to charges of anti-Semitism – is a powerful disincentive to publish dissenting views. It is also leading to the silencing of policy debate on American university campuses, partly as the result of targeted campaigns against the dissenters. Judgment of the precise value of the Walt-Mearsheimer paper has been swept aside by a wave of condemnation. Their scholarship has been derided and their motives impugned.

On various counts, this is a shame and a self-inflicted wound no society built on freedom should allow…Bullying Americans into a consensus on Israeli policy is bad for Israel and makes it impossible for America to articulate its own national interest.

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  • Chris

    Palestinian Child Abuse

    Palestinian boy (15) carrying explosive belt arrested at Hawara crossing

    A terrorist attack was thwarted when a Palestinian youth, around the age of 15, was arrested at the Hawara crossing, south of Nablus, in possession of a bag containing an explosive belt…

    February 3, 2005

    Another Palestinian Teen Suicide Recruit Promised Heaven, Arrested

    Tamer Khawireh, 15, ran home on Sunday and buried his head in his mother's arms.

    “They tricked me, they tricked me,” he sobbed repeatedly.

    Israelis Stop Teen Wearing Bomb Vest

    Child Martyrdom promotion clip returns to PA TV after year's absence

    Background Articles

    Children of the Middle East

    Take-a-Pen calls for action to give the children of the Middle East a vision for a future of which they have been sadly deprived.

    Israeli children – Victims of Palestinian Terrorism

    Gaza's Killing School – Sky Report

    The Faces of Child Sacrifice

    A Special Photo Essay on Palestinian exploitation of children for armed conflict

    “We teach our children to reach Shahada”

    Editorials and Reader's Letters

    Palestinians Still Train Their Children to Hate and to Murder

    Palestinian "Education"

    The Palestinian Authority to their children: " Ask for Death" – video

    Director of Palestinian Children’s Aid Association: “We teach our children to reach Shahada”

  • Addamo

    Your right Addammo – yes the Arabs might have their vast amounts of oil & exercise their influence by passing UN resolutions,

    Ah yes that;s right. Fuck with human rights and international law and then balme the arabs when you are caught robbing the bank. Typical.

    getting crucial political buissness deals through the white house (port deal is one example)

    Didn't happen.

    & EU countries, & buying into universities influential academic boards world-wide… but the Jews prevail with their demonic magic powers.

    The proof is in the pudding Comical. How many US Coingressmen and women flew to Saudi Arabia last year? How many US Congressmen speak at Arab conventions like the AIPC circus, where the line up to outdo one another in the arse kissing fest we saw the other week?

  • Addamo

    Ringworm and Radiation
    By Barry Chamish August 19, 2004

    On August 14, at 9 PM, Israel's Channel Ten television screened a documentary film which exposes the ugliest secret of Israel's Labor party founders: the deliberate mass radiation poisoning of nearly all Sephardi youths of a generation.

    "The Ringworm Children" (translated in Hebrew as "100,000 Rays"), directed by David Belhassen and Asher Hemias, recently won the prize for "best documentary" at the Haifa International film festival, and in the past year has made the rounds of Jewish and Israeli film festivals around the world. But it had yet to come to Israeli television screens. The subject is the mass irradiation of hundreds of thousands of young Israeli immigrants from Middle Eastern countries — Sephardim, as they are called today. The story goes like this:

    In 1951, the director general of the Israeli Health Ministry, Dr. Chaim Sheba, flew to America and returned with seven x-ray machines, supplied to him by the American army.

    They were to be used in a mass atomic experiment with an entire generation of Sephardi youths to be used as guinea pigs. Every Sephardi child was to be given 35,000 times the maximum dose of x-rays through his head. For doing so, the American government paid the Israeli government 300 million Israeli liras a year. The entire Health budget was 60 million liras. The money paid by the Americans is equivalent to billions of dollars today.

    To fool the parents of the victims, the children were taken away on "school trips" and their parents were later told the x-rays were a treatment for the scourge of scalpal ringworm. 6,000 of the children died shortly after their doses were given, while many of the rest developed cancers that killed thousands over time and are still killing them now. While living, the victims suffered from disorders such as epilepsy, amnesia, Alzheimer's disease, chronic headaches and psychosis.

    That is the subject of the documentary in cold terms. It is another matter to see the victims on the screen.

    To watch the Moroccan lady describe what getting 35,000 times the dose of allowable x-rays in her head feels like. "I screamed make the headache go away. Make the headache go away. Make the headache go away. But it never went away."

    To watch the bearded man walk hunched down the street. "I'm in my fifties and everyone thinks I'm in my seventies. I have to stoop when I walk so I won't fall over. They took my youth away with those x-rays."

    To watch the old lady who administered the doses to thousands of children: "They brought them in lines. First their heads were shaved and smeared in burning gel. Then a ball was put between their legs and the children were ordered not to drop it, so they wouldn't move. The children weren't protected over the rest of their bodies. There were no lead vests for them. I was told I was doing good by helping to remove ringworm. If I knew what dangers the children were facing, I would never have cooperated. Never!"

    Because the whole body was exposed to the rays, the genetic makeup of the children was often altered, affecting the next generation. We watch the woman with the distorted face explain, "All three of my children have the same cancers my family suffered. Are you going to tell me that's a coincidence?"

    The majority of the victims were Moroccan because they were the most numerous of the Sephardi immigrants. The generation that was poisoned became the country's perpetual poor and criminal class. It didn't make sense. The Moroccans who fled to France became prosperous and highly educated. The common explanation was that France got the rich, thus smart ones. The real explanation is that every French Moroccan child didn't have his brain cells fried with gamma rays.

    The film made it perfectly plain that this operation was no accident. The dangers of x-rays had been known for over forty years. We read the official guidelines for x-ray treatment in 1952. The maximum dose to be given a child in Israel was .5 rad. There was no mistake made. The children were deliberately poisoned.

    David Deri makes the point that only Sephardi children received the x-rays: "I was in class and the men came to take us on a tour. They asked our names. The Ashkenazi children were told to return to their seats. The dark children were put on the bus."

    The film presents a historian who first gives a potted history of the eugenics movement. In a later sound bite, he declares that the ringworm operation was a eugenics program aimed at weeding out the perceived weak strains of society. The Moroccan lady is back on the screen. "It was a Holocaust, a Sephardi Holocaust. And what I want to know is why no one stood up to stop it."

    David Deri, on film and then as a panel member, relates the frustration he encountered when trying to find his childhood medical records. "All I wanted to know was what they did to me. I wanted to know who authorized it. I wanted to trace the chain of command. But the Health Ministry told me my records were missing." Boaz Lev, the Health Ministry's spokesman chimes in: "Almost all the records were burned in a fire."

    We are told that a US law in the late '40s put a stop to the human radiation experiments conducted on prisoners, the mentally feeble and the like. The American atomic program needed a new source of human lab rats and the Israeli government supplied it. Here was the government cabinet at the time of the ringworm atrocities:

    Prime Minister – David Ben Gurion; Finance Minister – Eliezer Kaplan; Settlement Minister – Levi Eshkol; Foreign Minister – Moshe Sharrett; Health Minister – Yosef Burg;
    Labor Minister – Golda Meir; Police Minister – Amos Ben Gurion.

    The highest ranking non-cabinet post belonged to the Director General of the Defence Ministry, Shimon Peres.

    That a program involving the equivalent of billions of dollars of American government funds should be unknown to the Prime Minister of cash-strapped Israel is ridiculous. Ben Gurion had to have been in on the horrors and undoubtedly chose his son to be Police Minister in case anyone interfered with them.

    Finance Minister Eliezer Kaplan was rewarded for eternity with a hospital named after him near Rehovot. But he's not alone in this honor. Chaim Sheba, who ran Ringworm Incorporated, had a whole medical complex named after him. Needless to say, if there is an ounce of decency in the local medical profession, those hospital names will have to change.

    After the film ended, there was a panel discussion which included a Moroccan singer, David Edri, head of the Compensation Committee for Ringworm X-Ray Victims, and Boaz Lev, a spokesman for the Ministry Of Health.

    TV host Dan Margalit tried to put a better face on what he'd witnessed. He explained meekly that "the state was poor. It was a matter of day to day survival." Then he stopped. He knew there was no excusing the atrocities which the Sephardi children endured.

    But it was the Moroccan singer who summed up the experience best. "It's going to hurt, but the truth has to be told. If not, the wounds will never heal."

    There is one person alive who knows the truth: Shimon Peres. The only way to get to the truth and start the healing is to investigate him for his role in the mass poisoning of over 100,000 Sephardi children and youth.

    But here is why that won't happen. The film was aired at the same time as the highest-rated TV show of the year, the finale of Israel's talent-hunt show: "A Star Is Born." The next day, the newly-born star's photo took up half the front pages. There was not a word about "The Ringworm Children" in any paper, nor on the Internet. Until now.

  • Addamo

    The utilization of children in armed conflicts has been increasingly condemned by the international community. It is barred by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recent UN Security Council Resolution 1261, which specifically described the use of children as soldiers as a ‘violation of international law’.”

    What abotu UNSC Resolutino 242 which has been ignored dince 1967? What about Article 49 of the Geneva Conventions? Why does Israel continue to ignore all of these along with dozen of other UN resolutions?

  • Chris

    It is in quotations. No plagerizing. Stop lying.

    242 is ignored by many Arab parties required to adhere to it.

  • Chris

    "Shortly after the 6 day war, the U.N. passed resolution 242, which calls for a withdrawl of Israeli troops from territories occupied during the war, and for all countries in the middle east to drop all claims of belligerency and all countries to recognize each other's right to exist. Israel has been strongly criticized by many for being in violation of this resolution (as well as many other resolutions) since Israel has not withdrawn from all territories it occupied in the 1967 war. But is Israel really in violation of this resolution?

    This resolution never called on Israel to withdraw from ALL the lands it occupied. It never uses the word "the". In 1979 Israel withdrew from the Siani as part of a peace deal with Egypt. Israel is currently in the process of withdrawing from the Gaza strip. So Israel did withdraw from TERRITORIES it occupied in the 6 day war, in compliances with the resolution. Now lets take a look at the second part of that resolution, which many of these accusers tend to ignore for some reason. The second part of the resolution calls for "Termination of all claims of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgement of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every state in the area". This would mean the Arab countries recognizing Israel.

    To this day all Arab countries (except Egypt and Jordan) are in violation of this resolution. The Arab countries have NOT dropped their claims of belligerance against Israel, the Arabs have NOT respected and acknowledged the sovereignty of Israel, and they have NOT recognized Israel's right to exist in peace within secured and recognized boundries. As for the West Bank, Jordan relinquished all claims to the West Bank "in favor of the Palestinians", and the Palestinians have not recognized Israel's right to exist, nor have they made peace with Israel (as the resolution requests of them), so Israel has no one to return the occupied West Bank to. So as we can see, Israel is in compliance with resolution 242, since they withdrew from territories they occupied, and the Arabs (except Jordan and Egypt) are the ones in violation of this resolution for failing to recognize and respect Israel's right to exist."

  • Addamo

    Occuppied terriroties are occupied terriroties. In the absence of "the" it implies ALL occupied terriroties.

  • Addamo

    Absence of "the" implies all occupied terriroties, for there is no qay to distinguish from one occupied territiory and another.

    israel remains in contraventino of 242 along with dozens of UN resolutinos and article 49 of the Geneva Conventions. Israel is a war crime state.

  • Chris

    Absence of 'the' implies not all. Your funny when you act stupid. It is an act? Isn't it?

  • Addamo

    If that were the case it woudl state that you moron.

  • viva peace

    addamo

    We have been over this before. The framers of 242 DELIBERATELY omitted "all" or even "the." 242 is a Chapter Six Resolution. Chapter Six Resolutions are orders ot NEGOTIATE; something none of the other parties, to whom 242 was directed, did until Sadat in 1977 and Jordan in the late 1980s and 1994. It is only Chapter Seven Resolutions (such as the one that Saddam got sanctions over) that can make unilateral demands.

  • Ros: "If some of the commenters on this site thought of those that they constantly condemn, as individuals who happen to be Jews, rather than elements of a Jewish cabal, other thoughts might occur as an explanation for the proposition that people of the Jewish faith have influence incommensurate with their numbers. Eg elevated IQ of ashke-Nazi Jews".

    Declared patronising disinfo-blabbermouth without having elementary decency to divulge a propos aristocratic Jew conglomerate roots. When a deeper analysis of the dilemma as such to attest that it's wrong to lump all the Jews together with the fanaticism, that supremacist Zionism has come to represent. It insults our sane raised Jews and deflects vital debate from the real issues in question. Whilst indoctrinated Zionist zealots are eager always to slur the opposing-opinion-holders with the anti-Semitic racial mania.

    Versus those brave enough to speak-out, amongst the Jew dissidents. Who condemn so painfully obvious hegemony and zionazi crimes committed against the humanity. Just as devious Zionists, veiled under revolving aliases cast on antony-loewenstein-blogsite, evidently having a great stake in blurring so radically span disparity between the Jews on socio-ideological grounds. How else would they use otherwise Jew lesser brethren embodiment? Scapegoated as the human shield to deflect focus from the actual plague!

  • viva peace

    The fact that so many here and the endless copy-cat blogs around the globe is a REAL worry. Anybody with even the slightest experience of good quality university education could tell this was an abomination of "scholarship." I still refuse to believe that Walt wrote this himself. Much of it is plagiarized and written in the language of a middling sophomore student.

    The wrticle does not show any evidence of a person with a Ph.D, let alone a senior Kennedy School academic! It is conceptually juvenile, totally ignores the hundreds and thousands of articles, books, etc. that have been devoted to this issue over the past 20 years. Its main source is journalists rather than scholars.

    It's a disgrace. One thing that really worries me increasingly is that those, like most here, who claim to be so passionate about the plight of the Palestinians are the ones most gullible to sham "scholarshhip" like this appalling report, which I doubt anyone here has even read. For too many of you, "The Guardian" and "Ha'aretz" are the pinnacles of thought and analysis. Tragic.

  • Addamo

    Viva,

    Anybody with even the slightest experience of good quality university education could tell this was an abomination of “scholarship.”

    Viva, with all due respect, your posts are often so full of self aggrandizement, it’s painful to read.

    I still refuse to believe that Walt wrote this himself. Much of it is plagiarized and written in the language of a middling sophomore student.

    Yes I agree that the language did strike me as was rather elementary and juvenile at times.

    It is conceptually juvenile, totally ignores the hundreds and thousands of articles, books, etc. that have been devoted to this issue over the past 20 years. Its main source is journalists rather than scholars.

    Yet in spite of these weaknesses, so few have actually bothered to tackle the content and preferred to resort to hysterical hyperbole. I’m sad to say, you appear to be one of then.

    Dershowitz proved yet again what an inept thinker and linguist he was.
    It’s a disgrace. One thing that really worries me increasingly is that those, like most here, who claim to be so passionate about the plight of the Palestinians are the ones most gullible to sham “scholarshhip” like this appalling report, which I doubt anyone here has even read.

    Well I have read it, and while the piece was less that elegant, it raised nothing particularly surprising or controversial.

    For too many of you, “The Guardian” and “Ha’aretz” are the pinnacles of thought and analysis. Tragic.

    One wonders how you are able to bring yourself to post here. Evidently it is quote a chore for you to come down from your perch to share the pearls fo your wisdom.

    And what would you recommend as suitabel reading material? One of Mr Murdoch’s publications?

    It hasn’t one un-noticed that you only post when the subject of Israel comes up. Should we take that as evidence that your curiosity is limited to this specific topic alone? And if that were the case, does it not insinuate an inherent bias on the subject?

    I am still racking my head over your inflammatory response to Fisk’s article about Holocaust denial. It was so out of character for you Viva and right out of the pages of a Dershowitz or Horowitz maniacal rant – ignoring the very content of the piece, and instead using the occasion to roll out what appeared to be a pre-prepared condemnation that you were itching to share, irrespetcive of the article.

    Perhaps you should take a look in the mirror.

  • Addamo

    Viva,

    The framers of 242 DELIBERATELY omitted “all” or even “the.” 242 is a Chapter Six Resolution. Chapter Six Resolutions are orders ot NEGOTIATE

    Like all matters of international law, it appears that the interpretation is not set in stone.

    Palestinian advocates interpret the omission of “all” or even “the” as irrelevant. The US chose to interpret it as allowing for minor border adjustments. As one would expect, the Israeli government interpreted "minor border adjustments’ to mean whatever it decided it meant.

    Like Oslo, this is a sham.

  • viva peace

    addamo

    As 242 was not framed for the Palestinians, it does not really matter what they think. Besides 242 has LONG been reundant. It's 40 years on. Time to catch up.

  • Addamo

    Do UN resolutinos have a statute of limitations?

    Seeing as 242 is the only cornerstone for a negotiated settlement, it must surely be significant, even now. The land that wa taken by force still exists as do the disputed over the ownership of such lands. Israel's contructions on those territories does not legitimise them.

  • viva peace

    Resolution 383 superseded 242 and the Oslo/Camp David and "Road Map" processes have superseded them both. While these latter processes incorporate some of the spirit of 383, they do trump 383.

  • viva peace

    Also if you wanted to rely on 242 the Palestinians would be screwed. After all, the palestinians did not have any legal or political recognition under 242.

  • orang

    Resolution 242, and you would appreciate the beauty of the elimination of "the" from the English text "Withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from (the) territories occupied in the recent conflict."
    Only twisted logic would say it is therefore "legal" for Israel to keep captured territories. What a bunch of cheap crooks, petty thieves.

  • edward squire

    Ros Apr 4th, 2006 at 10:06 am

    other thoughts might occur as an explanation for the proposition that people of the Jewish faith have influence incommensurate with their numbers. Eg

    Elevated IQ of Ashkenazi Jews

    or

    Nobel Prize facts

    Ros, I'm not sure what this is supposed to show.

    For a start there seems to be some confusion about the term "Jewish". You refer to "people of the Jewish faith" – which includes, of course, Shepardic Jews and excludes atheistic and agnostic Jews, but you then turn to "Elevated IQ of Ashkenazi Jews", which excludes Shepardic Jews and includes atheistic and agnostic Jews. The categories don't seem to be stable at all, so I'm not sure who you're talking about when you use the word "Jewish". Second, it's not clear what IQ scores even mean in the everyday world. The most basic issue is whether IQ scores actually measure intelligence at all, or merely some arbitrary cognitive attributes (and the weighting of them in accordance with what is regarded as "interesting" by test designers). This is not me talking – it is a standard issue among the specialists themselves. As for Nobel Prizes, at least in the case of economics, these are partly political choices within a limited Western cultural framework – language being one of the most important features. E.g., I have no idea what Japanese economists are working on right now. Why? I can't read Japanese. Further, I can afford to not care because the academic environment in which I work does not require that I know. …But it is English speakers reading English language journals in English speaking countries who dish out the "Nobels" for economics. Given this, one can hardly say that no Japanese "Econ Nobel Prize" winners is evidence of anything other than cultural barriers. In any case, looking at this in a broader historical context, we see cultural influences still more clearly. E.g. if we take the period from the 8th century to the 11th century, anyone living in that time would have come to the conclusion that the Arabs were the most intelligent and cultured "race" – proved by their hundreds of years of intellectual domination. Their philosophical, theological and scientific works eclipsed everything by the Europeans to the North (regarded by the Arabs as pathetic, primative barbarians) and by the Jewish diasporia in their midst (regarded as quaint and and mildly interesting little communities – but certainly not yet producers of anything that could be regarded as intellectually challenging … this did begin a little, under Muslim protection and intellectual influence, in Cordoba especially). Indeed, if you read some of the material from that time – say, Abu al-Hasan al-Mawardi's work – it still puts to shame, by its intellectual depth and rigor (not to mention its rhetoric), anything, say, Alan Dershowitz has ever produced (and is likely to ever produce). If they were handing out Nobel Prizes back then, they would all be going to Arabs. Would this have proved that Arabs are somehow "special" or "better" than anyone else? Of course not. It tells us that there is a tendential link between intellectual and political dominance, but that's about it.

  • Addamo

    Viva,

    Also if you wanted to rely on 242 the Palestinians would be screwed. After all, the palestinians did not have any legal or political recognition under 242.

    It seems that the Palestinians are screwed regardless. Israel never has and never wil be held to accoutn for it'c crimes, it's negation fo international law and it's human rights violations.

    Jewsih exceptioalism is alive and well.

  • Chris

    The intentional omission of the word 'all' and 'the' was deliberate and indicated that israel would be keeping some of the captured territory, especially that captured from Jordan.

    You will recall Israel begging the Jordanians not to come and get their assess kicked out of the territories they had illegally occupied and annexed.

  • Addamo

    Yes Chris,

    I am now aware of that subtlety in the wording of 242. Thanks for pointing it out to me, thoguh it must be said that there was a disparity in consensus as to the significance of that omission. That Arab sympathisers still insist that the resolution implied all the territoris,a dn teh US/Israel camp insist otherwise.

    I would assum that the US woudl have veto'd or lobbied against the resolutino has this subtle wording not been included.

  • Chris

    Addamo is now aware. Falser words have not been seen on this blog. Except others that he has posted. When you discover that the buffoon that you're arguing with hasn't even the basic knowledge required, it is best to leave that argument.

    Adios addamo. Fare winds and following seas.

  • Addamo

    Quite the poet Chris,

    Sorry to inform you I am not goign anywhere, but I do await your explanatoion of how "real peoepl admire israel" and "do not adrmire Palkestinains".

    You will never live that one down Signor Buffoon who sit's on God's lap.

  • viva peace

    Addamo

    It does not matter one bit what "Arab sympathisers" think.

  • Chris

    Absolutely correct Viva. They have no say in the matter.

  • Addamo

    It does not matter one bit what “Arab sympathisers” think.

    You forgot to add, nor does it matter what Arabs themselves think. The outcome wan never goign to be decided by them anyway.

    As I said before, the desision makers are always those with the biggest guns and fattest wallets.

  • Ros: "First consider what the story is claiming, that 6 years after the end of WW2 the Jews who had 6 million of their own (Jew lesser brethren) murdered (a third of the Jews in the world, a huge number of whom were children), were such morally abhorrent people that after just 6 years they would murder 6000 of their (Jew lesser brethren) children. That makes them a people simply evil beyond belief, but you chose to believe it"…"You need to exercise some judgement when you read sites such as this".

    Declared condescending disinfo-blabbermouth without having elementary decency to divulge about the aristocratic Jew conglomerate roots. Masqueraded by elitist Jews "morality" virtues versus a long history of the born to rule, supremacist Jews violence as the only tradition they ever had. In reflection on the merciless Jew Kapo crimes and Frankenstein monstrosity perpetrated in diabolical concentration camps by the Nazi veiled Jew Medicos. Outperformed solely by the Nazi proxies within WWII committed atrocities. strong>Where instead of Zionism being the hope of the Jews … the collateral blood of Jew lesser brethren was the political salvation of diabolical Zionism.

    Depicted by world's Jewry acclaimed witnesses to Auschwitz atrocities and Buchenwald horrors. In reflection on the born to rule, supremacist Jews bestiality within the evilly spiced and many millenniums old, the internecine Jew violence. Which afflicted our Jew race splinter group, when even the children of our patriarchs quarrelled so incessantly. Was it merely an accident that Cain and Abel, the first two brothers of the Bible were murderer and victim?

    Asked (Zionist zealot's revered) Elie Wiesel, as he wrote that his ability to deny the supremacist Jews evil unleashed against the Jew lesser brethren, ended with the Altalena incident. As it never occurred to him to know that the elitist Jew perpetrators might be capable of spilling Jew blood. More so waging a war by the supremacist Jew renegades on the other Jews … and surely not on Jews … who refused to fight back.

    Such was a case of Altalena, so incomprehensible tragedy of the ship loaded with nearing a thousand of WWII refugees. So many ghetto survivors on board Altalena, which approached Tel Aviv shore under a rival in zionazi Irgun command. Whilst an infant Israeli Hagana junta containing young zionazi officers included a shy as he was, yet staunch Yitzhak Rabin. Who surely carried out the zionazi Ben Gurion's orders to fire on ghetto survivors, so utterly defenceless men, women and children.

    Sinking thus Altalena with a massive loss of the innocent Jew lives. Just because of a ship to carry also some arms, donated by French ruling Jewry to zionazi Irgun terrorists. Thus rendering an utterly diabolical, zionazi bestiality act, compounded immensely by the prolonged agony. Unleashed on Jew lesser brethren, who having a glimpse of an ultimate hope to face some joy of life, thanks to the vastly spun notion of the safe haven in the eretz Israel.

    Instead so much pulsing with a hope of life bodies were mercilessly reduced into lifeless, fragmented remains. Just of bones and torn flesh consequences. Perpetrated in a cold blood by dehumanised zionazi cohorts on those to survive demonic WWII horrors. Ensuing Zionist instigated brute resolve in the first place. Known as a final solution (masterplan) versus obstinate to their roots, assimilationist Jew lesser brethren of Europe. Destined for unconditional deportation to populate Palestine (within the evolved demography changes for a greater eretz Israel).

    So where reigns zionazi fascism (which not stopped), it cannot evaporate but to grow. Perpetually filling even the vacuum cells via professed supremacist rule motto: Should anyone be ever absent from us … He will be then against us! Thus having aristocratic Elders of Zion echelon masters throughout the millenniums firmly to place their bets each way, they always to score cuckoo-nest incubated Jew winners world-wide. Impersonating an exclusive tyrant entity breed of the limitless significance. Assuring thus global apartheid via fait-accompli elimination regimes.

    Starting right from a kindergarten via compulsory schooling and cultivated universities buffers, it to yield an ample of disposable Zionist puppets. Accompanied over the years with connived referees issued clandestine dossiers as norm. No wonder the imbeciles lot to be nurtured with a carte blanche, whilst incorruptible souls of the moral citizens to endure devious wrath. Still so many of ill informed minds failed even to realise what hit them indeed. Without expecting in the wildest dream to face such a nightmare of the utterly insidious act to be unleashed on us!

  • Addamo: The subject is the mass irradiation of hundreds of thousands of young Israeli immigrants from Middle Eastern countries – Sephardim, as they are called today. So despite constant Zionist claims that Israel is a thriving multicultural democracy, the precise subject of this unique documentary, about the supremacist Zionists radiated in a cold blood hundreds of thousands Sephardi Jew children "for their own good" in reflection to such a prior ordeal carried-out by zionazi counterpart medicos in concentration camps, exposed obscured popularity of the racist eugenics — practised with the impunity in a "safe haven" for the Jews escaping persecution in the Galuth (wicked world outside Israel).

    Now surely to most of the moral people, it would appear anomalous such a deliberate mass scale extermination of the Sephardi Jews by the Zionist zealots. Not to the fascist WZO, which has been thriving over dead bodies. Whilst white suburban Jews were essentially brainwashed over the years. So it is very hard coming to grips with the horrific reality. When you wake up one day to realise that you've been fed nothing trustworthy by the Zionist clutches, but the concocted lies and ample of trash propaganda. Programmed to carry on the Zionist meme and spread it like a viral infection.

    Still some massively impenetrable minds fail to grasp that the Zionist clique which forever invokes the horror of their spun holocaust tragedy, should have collaborated actively with the vicious Nazi enemy, ever faced by Jews. Yet authentic history reveals however, not merely the common interests, but a deep Zion – Nazi ideological affinity. Rooted in the extreme chauvinism, which they actually shared. In spite of the fact that Nazi chauvinists rejected Jews as not of Germanic blut. So for all their grandiose intellectual pretensions, their völkisch Zionism was seemingly an imitation of the Nazi nationalist ideology. Or wasn't it actually, vice versa?

    What only brings us closer into the focus on loads of thousands in the abducted Yemenite Jew infants. In accordance with the systematically carried-out ethnic cleansing in the eretz of milk-n-honey (peaking during 1948-1954). Yet only recently in 1997 was established a wishy-washy kind of investigating committee at Beit Agron. Where testified first hand witnesses against the Women's International Zionist Organization, particularly WIZO Child Care Center in Tel Aviv. Called "The Institute for Care of Mother and Child".

    If not for the fact of being just a sleazy racketeering joint in babies, also known as "Adoption Center". One wonder how many ended-up as Zionist combatants? Transplanted into Arabia! Besides escalation in child prostitution ranks to satisfy debauched Yidd aberrations. So much for the promo on the Zionist kind of care takers, when in reality the ashke-Nazi abhorred ethnic Jew babies — were regularly stolen from their loving Sephardi Jew parents. Ultimately to be disposed-off through the convenient act of selling abroad via devious chain of transactions. Classified as kosher adoption practices, courtesy of thriving multicultural eretz Israel on the American payroll.