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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Not as bad as North Korea

While the British academic community begins its boycott against Israeli educational institutions – seen as unfair by Age commentator David Bernstein because, well, other countries are so much worse, as if that insulates Israel from criticism – civil opposition is growing:

The Ontario division of Canada’s largest union has voted to support an international campaign that is boycotting Israel over its treatment of Palestinians.

Delegates to the Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario convention in Ottawa voted overwhelmingly Saturday to support the campaign until it sees Israel recognizing the Palestinians’ right to self-determination. The Ontario group represents more than 200,000 workers.

The global campaign started last July and has been supported by many North American churches, 20 Quebec organizations, and others, Canadian Press said.

  • viva peace

    I am agnostic on the "right" of trade unions to boycott whatever they please. However, I am gobsmacked by how powerful Bernstein's exposure of the hypcrisy of the British academics union is!

    We should all be alarmed when trade unions start using their muscle to enforce irrelevant sixty year old Chapter 4 UNGA Resolutions. Thes ethings have never been intended as even demands, let alone LAW! One wonders why this trade union is boycotting the United States for its "illegal occupation" of Iraq!

  • captain

    Ah back to the good old nazi days of Jews being boycotted!

  • I repeatedly get the impression that Quebickies are stridently Left (not necessarily bad but interesting).

    Is it because French speakers loathe the fact that they live in an English speaking (conservative by association) continent?

    Genetic memories of Parisian saloons? I don't know!


  • Addamo


    Ontario is not Quebec, but adjacent to it. The attitude of Quebec seperatists has nothing to do with this descision, and even less to Parisian aspirations (Qeubequois think even less of France).

    This move is very significant because Canada's government is a true Israel whore – the badges story came out of a Canadian paper remember? But don;t tel that to Cpatain, who thnks Canada is abtou to become Nazi Germany.

  • Addamo

    Of course I know Ontario is not Quebec. What made me mention Quebec was "The global campaign started last July and has been supported by ….20 Quebec organizations".

    Thanks for your other info.

    Pete ,

  • captain

    Is that in the way that Addumbo is an islamist whore?

  • Addamo

    Sorry for misreading you Pete.

    Captain, you are indeed a Cretin.

  • viva peace


    I would say that it is "significant" because it shows an alarming leftist trend to elevate the United Nations over one's own government! And in this case this dopey trade union clearly does not even understand the UN; quite ironic that the US is blasted for implementing UNSC Resolutions, but this trade union is not blasted for thinking it is implementing UN Resolutions that simply do not exist.

  • Addamo

    No worries.


  • captain

    You're welcome addumbo. Referring to anyone as "Israel's Whore" is pretty fundamental Islamist antisemitism.

  • Addamo

    You’re welcome addumbo. Referring to anyone as “Israel’s Whore” is pretty fundamental Islamist antisemitism.

    As opposed to what other type of antisemitism? You are a joke Captain. You come up with teh most rediculous bile.

  • Addamo


    I would say that it is “significant” because it shows an alarming leftist trend to elevate the United Nations over one’s own government!

    That makes absolutely no sense. The UN clearly has a charter that allows it to intervene in matter of local goervnance in particular situations ie. Gulf War 1.

    quite ironic that the US is blasted for implementing UNSC Resolutions

    Wrong again. Actually the US was blasted for proceeding without the necessary UN resolutions. 1441 had no trigger for military intervention.

    "but this trade union is not blasted for thinking it is implementing UN Resolutions that simply do not exist."

    Ther you go again, insiting that it's OK to ignore resolutions so long as they are not Chapter 7 resolutions.

  • captain

    You come up with teh most rediculous bile.

    Did you go to school?