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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Priorities

The Australian Jewish community gets serious about a vitally important issue:

Federal senators and Jewish leaders are fuming at the Australian Broadcasting Company’s (ABC’s) continuing refusal to label groups operating against Israel as “terrorist” – despite the broadcaster’s apparent admission to that effect in a Senate Estimates Committee hearing last week.

The new controversy follows a statement issued by Liberal Senator Michael Ronaldson (pictured) following the hearing with ABC news director John Cameron and others, saying that “the ABC has finally been forced to drop its immoral double standard where terrorists were terrorists in any part of the world except Israel and the Palestinian territories”.

In a letter to ABC acting managing director Murray Green, Ronaldson went on to demand that the ABC “issue a mandatory directive to all ABC staff” that Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Hezbollah “be referred to at all times using the word ‘terrorist’ and not the previously used expression ‘militant’”.

But sources inside the ABC have told the AJN that the ABC does not intend to change its editorial policy following the hearing – nor does it acknowledge that it categorically accepted that these groups are terrorist organisations during the grilling in Canberra.

Perhaps the Jewish community would like to get excited about Israel’s racially based, Supreme Court endorsed law that bans marriages between Palestinians in the occupied territories and Israeli citizens.

No, much better to linguistically isolate Hamas.

24 comments ↪
  • captain

    Ant, show us exactly where the marriages were "banned".

  • captain

    Further it should be surprising that as a former cadet journalist with F2 Ant does not appreciate the importance of the correct use of language.

  • Addamo

    Just shut up and read Captain you troll.
    http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_i

  • GreginOz

    HA! Well said Addamo (or is that "saddamo":-) The Israelis are WORSE than the old South Africa. Their treatment of Palestinians is nothing less than slomo genocide. For Christ' sake, they ACTIVELY target school children (and if Captain can not find references on the web his head is up his arse). It is particularly egregious BECAUSE the Jews suffered the Holocaust…to suffer that and then to EMULATE the friggin Nazis? WTF??? Ant, ya gotta be doing OK if the trolls are onto ya!

  • captain

    Adummbo, did you read what you sent me?

    Marriages are not banned at all. This is purely wrong. Read again, go to the bottom of the class. Please resubmit work or bring note from your parent.

  • pablo

    The ABC must stand up to the likes of Sen Ronaldson. Maybe he should be reminded that the West Bank and (when it suits them – IDF) Gaza are occupied land. Resistance to that fact doesn't equate to terrorism. The isolation of Hamas, democratically elected, will be counter-productive and the EU for its part should be condemned for towing the Bush line. You wonder if multi-cultural Australia couldn't play a statesman like role in this hypocritical standoff on aiding the Palestinians.

  • captain

    pablo, of course bombing pizza parlors and discos is fair game. Only someone utterly unhinged would suggest that targeting civilians would be considered terrorism. The ABC must continue their campaign to legitimise palestinian violence.

  • edward squire

    Liberal Senator Michael Ronaldson : “the ABC has finally been forced to drop its immoral double standard where terrorists were terrorists in any part of the world except Israel and the Palestinian territories”.

    …so from now on the ABC is calling everyone a terrorist.

    captain Jun 2nd, 2006 at 5:03 pm

    Marriages are not banned at all. This is purely wrong.

    Yeah, that's right …. they just can't get married and live together that's all.

    Seriously El Capitain, you are the Israeli government's worst ever propaganda machine.

  • captain

    So eddy admits that marriages are not banned. This is contrary to what Ant and Addamboo said.

    Its not that you can't live together, but it is that marriage is not enough of a reason to violate security requirements of the state. When the pals stop terrorising the Israelis, one could expect a change. The ball is in their court.

  • Addamo

    Yes typical that sarcasm is lost of Captain Cretin.

    When the pals stop terrorising the Israelis, one could expect a change.

    Yeah, and then they'll hand back the occupied terriroties right?

  • captain

    Fact is, Ant is supposed to be an expert on the middle east yet he is makes statements which are demonstrably false. Marriage is not banned between Jew and Muslim. Ant got it wrong.

    Addumbo: hand what back to whom? pals think that any Jewish presence is intolerable. They must have Judenrein. There was no possibility of Jews living in Gaza for instance despite millenia of association.

    The problem with islamists like addumbo is that they are so busy whoring for terrorists that they forget the basics. A land dispute does not justify terrorism. To suggest otherwise is the mindset of OBL.

  • Glenn Condell

    Who is Michael Ronaldson?

    Or more to the point, what is behind Mr Ronaldson, pulling his strings? Is it the hand that feeds him?

  • Addamo

    Bullshit Captain,

    Palesrtinians ae overwhelmingly in favour fo a 2 state solution, which includes Israel. Is that not what you want also, or have you developed a taste for the status quo?

    And Mr Zinazi, have you forgotten that Israel's birth commenced with terrorism based on land dispute terrorism. Irgun ring a bell? But you're right, "land dispute does not justify terrorism", after all, Israel doesn't need land disputed to kill people now do they?

    So now I am being compared to OBL? What happened to the obligatoruy Hitler/Nazi comparison Csaptain? Trying to expand your repetoire?

  • viva peace

    Addamo

    'Hannd back" the occupied territories? To whom? They have never been owned by anyone. Perhaps you could hand them back to Jordan, but Jordan does not want them and never had legal or even diplomatically-recognized sovereignty over them. The last legal sovereign over Judea and Samaria was the Britsh Mandate, and I am not sure that Blair in interested in any return.

    Besides, Gaza is now the property of the PA, as is much of the West Bank.

    You really do need to keep up with current affairs if you want to be taken seriously.

  • captain

    pals are so overwhelmingly in favour of a two state solution that they overwhelmingly elected an islamafascist jew hating genocidal government.

  • ed squire

    captain Jun 3rd, 2006 at 9:20 am

    So eddy admits that marriages are not banned. This is contrary to what Ant and Addamboo said.

    The racist White Australia Policy never actually had a law stating that only white people could enter Australia, even though that was the open intention (read Hansard for evidence of intention). The way they did it was to have a special administered English language test. Just by coincidence, no dark-skinned people got in … and yet the racist scum occasionally had the gall to say that the immigration policy was not racist because it never said that people 'of colour' couldn't enter Australia. That's how racist scum try to get away with being racist scum.

  • ed squire

    viva peace Jun 3rd, 2006 at 1:55 pm

    "Hannd back" the occupied territories? To whom?

    You see, Addamo? Monsters like viva-killing-peace are completely opposed to any kind of peace settlement. They don't recognoise a two state solution – even in theory, let alone in practice. When they complain about there being no peace partner, they are just mucking about because if there were one, they would refuse to give it any legitimacy. When they complain about peace not being possible while-ever the Palestinians fight back against a violent occupation with violence, they are just mucking about because if the Palestinians did give up the fight, it would simply mean an easier task of slowly but surely cleansing the place of them.

  • Comical_Ali

    Over stuffing yourself with straw could really weigh you down, Squires. Or worse, you could even develop an allergic reaction to it.

    Where does the white Australia policy fit into the equation?

  • Comical_Ali

    Monsters like viva-killing-peace are completely opposed to any kind of peace settlement. They don’t recognoise a two state solution – even in theory, let alone in practice.

    You see monsters like Viva-Filistina had voted in Hamas who concidentally embrace the two state solution. This dramatic vote for Hamas, was in response to the brutual zionist imperalist occupation of Gaza. Or was it evacuation?

    You see, Hamas embraces the two-state solution just like their peace loving Fatah counterparts, whose late leader Yasser Arafat kept comparing – (from the moment the declaration of prinipals were signed on the White house lawn) the Oslo accords to the Al-Hudaybiyya agreement made by the Prophet Muhammad and the Meccan tribe of Quraish. Squires, as someone who presumbly quite familiar and intimate with Islamic history, I'm sure you know all about that particular agreement between Muhammed and that now extinct tribe.

  • viva peace

    Eddie

    When you have finished huffing and puffing over your paranoid delsuions about the world, perhaps you would like to address what my post actually asked?

  • ed squire

    viva peace Jun 4th, 2006 at 12:19 pm

    When you have finished huffing and puffing over your paranoid delsuions about the world, perhaps you would like to address what my post actually asked?

    Why? It's not like it's going to change your iron-clad devotion to inhumanity?

  • Addamo

    Captain,

    Besides, Gaza is now the property of the PA, as is much of the West Bank.

    But Israel keeps expanding the settlements in the West Bank. Are Israel paying rent?

  • Addamo

    Yes Edward,

    It's plainly obvious that Viva and co want security, but consder the price for peace to be too great to pay.

    Hamas has indeed embraced a two-state solution, and so has Fatah. Both have stated they woudl recognise Israel once the 1967 borders were re-established. Even Shlomo Ben Ami stated that the peace process was the inventin of Yasser Arafat.

  • Comical_Ali

    I probably wouldn't go as far as saying that it was his invention, but close enough. The ingenius Israeli left had a lot to with it too.

    And what was his motivation for "embracing" "peace?" Could it have something to do with the fact that the PLO was in the sh*t at the time – isolated in Tunisia, having virtually lost its relevance over the Palestinian population in the territory and shunned by the Arab naitons for having support Saddam during the first Gulf war? The PLO was almost bankrupt, because that organisations old rich Saudi and Kuwaiti patrons refused to give them one dollar. Not to mention that its other powerful patron – the USSR – had just collapsed.

    Arafat needed a life line. It had nothing to do with "peace," especially when Arafat openly and quite repeatdly stated from day one that the accords were like Muhammad's treaty with the Meccan tribe of Quraish (among about another 1000 other things he said) not to mention the simple fact that the PLO charter explicitly calling for Israel's destruction was not chnaged.

    And to say that Hamas recognises the "two-state" solution, is just plain delusional. I won't even go there.