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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Covering the crimes

A sad day for the long-suffering Sudanese people:

Sudan’s president, vowing to never allow U.N. peacekeepers into Darfur, blamed Jewish organizations for pushing for their deployment.

President Omar al-Bashir made the assertion Tuesday while a joint United Nations and African Union team was in Sudan to plan for a large U.N. force to take over peacekeeping in Darfur from the AU’s poorly equipped 7,000 troops who have been unable to halt more than three years of violence.

Many Jewish groups have campaigned strongly against the genocide in Sudan and should be congratulated for doing so, but Forward explained an ulterior motive in January:

Some Jewish officials acknowledged privately that the idea of pressuring Sudan’s radical Islamic regime motivated some Jewish groups to join the action. They said, however, that the fact that Jews are mobilizing to end Muslim-on-Muslim violence in Darfur sends a positive message to the Muslim world.

This “positive message to the Muslim world” becomes irrelevant when Israel continues to murder Palestinian civilians in Palestine.

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  • How about if the West calls on the UN to take action, as we did when we all cared about human rights in Iraq?

  • Keith

    This “positive message to the Muslim world” becomes irrelevant when Israel continues to murder Palestinian civilians in Palestine.

    Exactly right because their hatred is of Jews not Zionists. I would however be careful about equating Israel with murder as I don’t believe any honest person would agree that Israel deliberately kills civilians. Should they try harder to avoid civilian deaths? Ofcourse. At the cost of having armed militants on their way to fire missiles at Israel free to do it? No, I don’t think so. What country in a similar situation would allow that?

  • Addamo

    There is a fine line between not deliberately targetting civilians and wreklessness.

    This is the chicken and the egg argument. Israel insists it is firing back after being fired at, but what's to say the Palestinians/Hamas don't have the same argument? One thing is certain, the IDF is killing many times more people with their attacks.

  • Captain

    There is no fine line at all. There is nothing possibly defensive about deliberately blowing up a cafe where people are having a meal. Killing people who are firing missiles at you is perfectly justifiable.

    If the pals were concerned at all about their people they would stop putting civilians in danger and cease the hostilities. The fact is they lose people, its a PR win, they kill Jews its a terror win. They win either way because of gulible and antisemitic leftists.

  • Addamo

    So we're back to blowing up cafe's being a crime, but blowing up picnickers at a beach being legimate warfare are we?

    Killing people who are firing missiles at you is perfectly justifiable.

    And those missiles were comming from the Gaza beach were they?

    The fact is they lose people, its a PR win, they kill Jews its a terror win.

    Then it must also be a PR win for Israel, seeing as Israel demands sympathy from the international community like it were gold bullion.

    Incidently Captain, here is more bad news:
    http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&c

    If this keeps up, you won't have anyone to hate.

  • Aaron Lane

    Is there any subject or news item at all which Antony does not try to torturously contrive to push his anti-Israel agenda? He rants endlessly about bias in news coverage; perhaps he thinks we will only see the true extent of the problem if he provides us with a shining example.

  • captain

    Israel demands sympathy from the international community like it were gold bullion.

    Are you sure you haven't been studying your Goebbels lately?

    Classic antisemtism in every post: Jews control the world, Jews extracting money; Jews murdering and it goes on and on.

    But you can joke about the war crime of killing people playing backgammon intentionally.

  • captain

    Adddummmboooo, I dont hate anyone, I just have no tolerance for Jew haters such as yourself.

  • Addamo

    Captain,

    Adddummmboooo, I dont hate anyone, I just have no tolerance for Jew haters such as yourself.

    I am not a Jew hater, but if your complsive need to identify enemies where there are none, forces you to label me one, so be it. It's easier to hide you're boggotry behid a just cause. I'm sure that's one fo the rules included in the Zionist field manual.

    So the story has been confirmed again:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,,1802862…

    Is this not a positive step Captain, or are you going to dimiss this are irrelvant? Has this not been a precondition for peace or are you going to insist that words are cheap?

  • captain

    Oh I believe Hamas. Who wouldn't believe murdering psychopaths?

  • Addamo

    So let mne get thids straight. Israel and the US demands that Israel be recognosed by Hamas, but when the recognition is forthcomming, you dimisss is as not to be trusted.

    Love that pro-Israeli logic. Maybe if Adaminejad does ever clal for Israel to be wiped off the map, we can dimiss that as not to be trusted either – or are the threat real and the overtures for peace lies Captain?

    This is a public statement Captain. It didn't get out by accident, adn what's more, it was a joint statement by both Hamas and Fata. Just the fact that it's out there is significant.

    It's balatnatly obvious that you don't want to accep thtis as a possible reality Captain, becasue you prefer the status quo. I suspect that the notion of an Israel in a perenial conflict with it's neighbours is something you are so used to that an end to the vilence probably creeps you out.

  • captain

    if Adaminejad does ever clal for Israel to be wiped off the map

    Which he did. It is indisputable. He is a psycho bigot. Hey, are you related to him?

    When Hamas changes its constitution, recognises Israel and renounces violence AND MEANS IT, it will be a good day. Until then, I think their suicide bombers have spoken. I am not Pollyanna. Just because they say it is so, is no reason to celebrate. They have been blackmailed into not obstructing a referendum.

    In the mean-time, the more 'moderate' fatah has been organising more terorist attacks. So when they say recognised what do they mean? Recognised as more targets?

  • Addamo

    Which he did. It is indisputable. He is a psycho bigot. Hey, are you related to him?

    You are hillariosu Captain, This has long been debunked, but you go around blaring it out anyway, just becasue it gives you a reason to slander Muslims.

    How do you propose Hahasm shows that it "MEANS IT,"?

    In the mean-time, the more ‘moderate’ fatah has been organising more terorist attacks.

    And all the while, they are receiving aid and wepoans from Israel. What does that tell us?

    No you;re not Pollyanna your polypsychotic.

  • viva peace

    leftvedrunk

    Are you being serious about the UN?? Clearly yo7u have not read "Emergency Sex…" where the authors argued that if they were ever in a crisis area and told the UN peacekeepers were on their way, they would flee immediately.

  • viva peace, I was suggesting that the rhetoric spouted by western leaders at the UN (think Colin Powell) in order to justify military action against Iraq has been absent on the issue of Sudan. The efficacy of the UN is not my point – the intent and rhetoric of those who claim to have acted in the interests of human rights is. Sorry I was unclear.

    Besides, I am indeed very familiar with the views expressed in Emergence Sex. I am also abreast of the work of the UN around the world, such as its largely unreported successes in Congo. What is your point?

  • viva peace

    leftvedrunk

    If I recall, Powell's UN rhetoric focused on a WMD threat and Iraq's role in global terrorism. Now, whatever the veracity of these claims, he made them nevertheless. So the situation is not at all comparable to Sudan.

    Also as far as I am away, Sudan has not failed to meet Chapter 7 Resolutions imposed upon it.

  • viva peace

    leftvedrunk

    By the way, did you get my reply to you about the teaching of Empire in universities?

    http://antonyloewenstein.com/blog/2006/06/20/the-