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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The real agenda

The following letter appears in today’s Australian newspaper:

Elisabeth Wynhausen’s piece (“Careful, they might hear you“, Inquirer, 10-11/6) is rife with inaccuracies, contradictions and non sequiturs.

For example, she provides evidence that the policy positions of the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council reflect the views of the majority of Australian Jewry. But then she expends most of the space in a transparent attempt to portray AIJAC’s advocacy as non-mainstream, wrong-headed, and somehow stifling of debate.

Further, Wynhausen implies that Jewish activists in Australia inappropriately brand critics of Israel as anti-Semitic but she provides not a single example.

As for claims we “bully” editors, AIJAC’s conversations with the media are not to prevent them publishing criticism of Israel but to encourage them to provide a balance by also running pieces explaining and giving sorely needed context to Israel’s actions.

Many groups in Australian society engage politicians, the media and others of influence. It is part of what makes us a democracy, and constitutes participation in debate, not its suppression. It is unfortunate that some see it as somehow sinister or inappropriate when Jews, and only when Jews, exercise this right.
Colin Rubenstein
Executive director, AIJAC

Rubenstein is being disingenuous. Nobody is suggesting Jews don’t have the right to lobby, agitate and promote their agenda. The issue is the ways in which it is done. As we’ve seen recently, Zionist lobbying regularly involves threats and vitriol, causing the opposite of the desired effect. Furthermore, more and more Jews are simply disengaging from the Zionist project. Rubenstein doesn’t have any answers to this dilemma, except stronger promotion of Israel’s exclusionary ideology.

17 comments ↪
  • captain

    This is a typical example of the projection. Ant has no tolerance at all for Rubenstein's views. He bullies Rubenstein and continually taunts and ridicules the Jewish lobby. It is Loewenstein who is the intolerant bully.

    Ant, don't you realise that you and your cohorts are making the same comments about Jews as all of the antisemites before you?

  • Progressive Atheist

    I saw Rubenstein on a recent Geoffrey Robertson "Hypothetical". Rubenstein is definitely the ugliest face of Australian Jewry.

  • Addamo

    Oh right Captain,

    So it's perfectly rasonable for Rubenstein to criticise and misreprensent Elisabeth Wynhausen, but it's not acceptable for Anthony to do the same to Rubenstein, is that it?

    Ant, don’t you realise that you and your cohorts are making the same comments about Jews as all of the antisemites before you?

    What about the comments made by Jewish groups against their critics or against pro Arab groups? I know, I know, gotta remember to factor in the moral exeltionalism here right?

  • Comical_Ali

    You (and other pro-Arab/Islamist activists) are everything that you accuse your detractors of and worse.

  • "It is Loewenstein who is the intolerant bully."

    Captain, where can I get some of your drugs?

  • captain

    Oh, so you think that Ant is tolerant of AIJAC and Rubenstein? Does Ant ever take any other lobby group to task? No? Funny that.

  • Addamo

    Does Ant ever take any other lobby group to task? No? Funny that.

    Funny? What's so funny about the obvious? What other lobby takes Ant to task Captain?

  • Comical_Ali

    To prove that more & more Jews are "disengaging from the zionist project" Antony links to a Guardain column by Max Hastings. And to call this column an incoherent ramble would simply be a gross understatement.

    Take Hasting's encounter with a reform "rabbi" (he uses his contact with the "rabbi" to back his entire thesis of his article) as an example –

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    He (the sexually frustrated reform "rabbi") notes that while genealogy has become a popular enthusiasm of diaspora Jews, Israelis prefer archaeology, "pursuing the distant past to authenticate an ancient connection with the land" in the absence of any more recent claim.

    He tells a good story of returning on a boat from Israel to Marseilles in 1958, after a stint on a kibbutz. His efforts to make headway with pretty blond American passengers were thwarted by the presence of a tanned, muscular Israeli paratrooper, who effortlessly cut him out.

    Facist! of course I can empathise with the sexually frustrated "rabbi" because as you all know I had a similiar experience when an Israeli stole my love interest away from me. These smooth talking Israelis are so tall and handsome…got to be a world wide zionist conspiracy!

    When the boat stopped at Naples, this hero of Sinai announced that he was off to buy a watch. Beware of fakes, advised Goldberg, magnanimous in sexual defeat. The soldier ignored him, and was later seen hurling a worthless purchase into the sea.

    If we were talking about Christians here, it might be called a parable. Goldberg believes that Israel has allowed military prowess to blind it to wisdom: "the Jewish fox knows many things, the Jewish hedgehog only one big thing".

    Anyway I wont comment any further (the article speaks for itself) except say great work Antony, this "evidence" that you link to back up what you say certainly enchances your anti-Israel critique and adds to your credibility.

  • Comical_Ali

    Oh and sexual frustration aside…I'm still waiting for you to cite one case where someone was forced to cancel their lecture or go into police protection as a result of "zionist" bullying or better still get killed by "zionist" bullies.

    I guess we all have our own defintion of "bullying."

  • captain

    And of course, this wouldn't be bullying! You have to love those pals!!! And to think that Ant criticised Israel's reaction to pal relationships!!!!

  • captain

    oh, more bullying!! WHen these pals put their mind to something, you just can't shift them.

  • Addamo

    You want bullyin?
    http://www.wrmea.org/archives/May-June_2006/06050
    http://www.redress.btinternet.co.uk/uavnery161.ht
    http://news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=927

    Olmert: Israeli lives worth more than Palestinian ones http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/a

    I’m still waiting for you to cite one case where someone was forced to cancel their lecture or go into police protection as a result of “zionist” bullying or better still get killed by “zionist” bullies.

    http://yalibnan.com/site/archives/2006/06/lebanon
    http://www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/990827/
    http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/fakealqaeda.htm
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3262657
    http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/088E7571-0

  • captain

    Addumbo, these magical links are not a substitute for reality. It seems you aren't concerned at all about pal violence. Again and again and again.

  • Addamo

    No susbtitue for reality?

    Please tell me which of these stories is NOT real?

    It seems you aren’t concerned at all about pal violence.

    Not at all, but it ultimately comes down to who and how many are being killed doesn't it?

  • viva peace

    This article by Wynhausen is further evidence of the rabid anti-Israel stance of The Australian. WHY does it ever only publish JEWISH voices on these matters. American foreign policy and lobby groups are of interest to us all you know.

  • Addamo

    Viva,

    One can always tell that you have an angenda or somrhign to hide when you work so hard at playing dumb. There is no winning with you and your nerry men is there? If the wriiter had not been Jewsih, then there woudl have been a bvarrage of cries of anti-Semitism.

    Case in point, the first response to the original thread was from Captain:

    She has form. She is afraid of the evil joooish lobby.

    How does this article contradict your stemement of the obvious that "American foreign policy and lobby groups are of interest to us all"?

  • Addamo

    Speaking of target practice, here's a plum example of putting high tech weaponry to good use.

    The IDF is so far up the food chain these days it has machines do the bombing and killing for them. No point in getting one's hands dirty is there? Bet Richard Perle woudl love some of these UAV to test run in Iran.
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/quana_01