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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 Lord told me so

Why can Israel behave as it likes? It’s a God-given right.

No wonder Zionism is finding it difficult to recruit new believers.

30 comments ↪
  • Ian

    Yeah, that God character is starting to become a worry. Not content with whispering sweet nothing into George's ear, now he's meddling in land claims.

    But then He does have 'form', doesn't He? I mean just read Exodus. Possibly the first detailed incitement of gross war crimes ever written!

  • Keith

    No wonder Zionism is finding it difficult to recruit new believers.

    Antony, you've mentioned several times similar assertions. What is that based on because my personal experience is observing the opposite happening? People who used to dislike Israel now support it. Possibly due more to the growth of a dislike of Islamism but still I haven't seen evidence which supports your claims.

  • Comical_Ali

    The lord also told them to hack catholic school girls to death in Indonesia, massacre and enslave millions of black christian infidels in sudan, terrorise & murder school children in Beslan, masscre the commuters of London, Madrid & New york, force politicians, journalists, writers, artists into hiding or slit their throats and declare that the whole world is "dar-al-harb," etc, etc, etc.

    Yep, in order to understand what the poor, blameless, Palestinians are really going through, one must understand the zionist mentality for conquest – i.e. through war, destruction, cold blooded murder subjugation and/or enslavement – and all this cos "the Lord told them so." Its no concidence that the zionists are (in addition to their conflict with the palesitnians) are the aggressors in 95% of the world's conflicts.

  • Addamo

    Yeah sure Comical,

    Israel's assault on Gaza continues, which is now an open effort to overthrow the elected Palestinian government and punish the population, something the IDF does quite effectively. The justification for this expanded aggression is to win Cpl. Gilad Shalit's release from whatever faction of Hamas grabbed him, but only the most dishonest or dizziest apologist buy this crap anymore. Shalit is an excuse to launch an invasion that clearly has been planned for some time, and a brutal one it is, too, with Israeli jets and mobile artillery units pounding a largely defenseless population, cutting off their electricity, which of course affects hospitals, clinics and water purification, as blatant a war crime as one can imagine. It truly is sickening, but par for the course, if you've followed this tragedy with any regularity over the past 25 years or so.

    But according to you Comical, this is all to show the Palestinians how lucky they are to have such kind and accomodating neighbours.

  • Addamo

    Keith you make an interetsting claim:

    People who used to dislike Israel now support it.

    Is that according to a study you have come across? A poll maybe? Or so this a result of your own personal experience?

    Possibly due more to the growth of a dislike of Islamism but still I haven’t seen evidence which supports your claims.

    That's an astute obervation. I do believe thay there is an element of supporting the enemy of my enemy mentality at play in some regard also. If the Arabs are enemies of Israel, then Israel must be worth supporting.

  • Keith

    Addamo,

    Is that according to a study you have come across? A poll maybe? Or so this a result of your own personal experience?

    Yes as I said it was my personal experience.

    do believe thay there is an element of supporting the enemy of my enemy mentality at play in some regard also. If the Arabs are enemies of Israel, then Israel must be worth supporting

    Also just from personal discussions I would say it would mainly be that before most people didn't have much of an understanding of the historical facts but saw the Palestinians as underdogs and Israel as aggressors. Now many people I have spoken to see Palestinians as thugs and dishonest – as far as the leadership goes. And as far as Israel goes there seems to be more understand or acceptance of Israel's tactics to defend its citizens. I don't think supporting the enemy of my enemy is a correct analysis at all.

  • Comical_Ali

    Shalit is an excuse?

    In other words the incursion into & subsequent violation of Israel's soveriegn territory from Gaza and the kidnapping of one soldier and killing of three others was just staged managed by the Israelis?

    Were the barrages of Kassams on Israeli towns that followed Israel's withdrawal from Gaza also staged managed by Israel? And you cant get away with playing dumb – i.e. suggesting that the Hamas government has nothing to do with it. After all, this is a government who laid out all its cards on the table by openly condoning these barrages – describing them as a legitmate fighting tactic in their war against Israel. And against what? occupation? Israel just got out of Gaza and Olmert wants to bail out of 95% of the W.Bank. And what have you go to say about the thousands of Israeli civilians who were murdered before 1967?

    The Hamas Prime Minister even appointed the organiser (now deceased with 75 virgins thanks to Israel) of these very same Kassam barrages as his interior minister. The same interior minister who (before his death) also laid the ground work for last week's tunnel incursion into Israeli territory to kill and kidnapp soldiers.

    Do you take everyone for an idiot? do you expect everyone to buy into this "good cop/bad cop" analogy?

    At the end of the day, Loewenstein et al are saying that Israel has absolutley no right to defend itself.

  • orang

    Comical, do you mean you actually thought that Israel is so short sighted so as NOT to have predicted these "barrages of Kassams".?

    I put my money on your unwavering adoration and belief in the purity for all things Israel rather than any shortsightedness on their part.

    Ooh we are so surprised. We didn't think of this. Now we just have to go back and pound the rubble into dust – because it is our right to "defend ourselves".

    For everyone in Hamas you cite as really bad guys "(now deceased with 75 virgins thanks to Israel) " – you keep exposing your malevolent islamophobia by the way, someone else can quote names like Begin and Sharon – real sweethearts in the humanity stakes. – By the way is that murdering ugly fat fuck Sharon still being kept alive by chemistry? -Maybe by comedy?… Ha ha get it, you call yourself Comical Ali to spoof …ahh forget it.

  • Comical_Ali

    Ok, I'll come clean – the whole thing, Kassams, kidnappings, suicide bombings, – is staged managed by Israel so they can continue to sadisitically murder, harrass, occupy & humiliate the blameless palestinian government & its people. jewish monomania at its worst.

    And how is merley stating a fact – i.e. that Jihadists yearn for martydom with seventy-something virgins – Islamophobic?

    Are we wittenessing another case of moral blackmail from the pot who likes to call the kettle black?

  • orang

    Aaah, moral blackmail, from a Mysoslamist.

    Don't start adding shit to bolster your argument, "barrage of Kassams" was the topic and is of course expected by Israel. Kidnapping is an added bonus, suicide bombings is nothing new. So how else would they claim the moral high ground while at the same time bombing the place – power generators , bridges, parliament , people into rubble? And we know "it's a shame" that civilians get in the way when artillery shells and 2,000 bombs target terrorists but what can you do? And all this when "Israel is offering 95% of the West Bank" oh really? Offering to whom exactly?

  • Comical_Ali

    from a Mysoslamist

    ?

    I think trying to use very "big sounding" words (or in this case invent them) has kind of backfired just a tad bit.

    Don’t start adding shit to bolster your argument, “barrage of Kassams” was the topic and is of course expected by Israel.

    expected by Israel to bomb their own towns with kassams?

    Kidnapping is an added bonus, suicide bombings is nothing new.

    nothing new? Thats right, so the Israelis just better put up & shut up, live & let live or better still die & let die like good little sheep to the slaughter.

    And "kidnappings are an added bonus?" Those ungrateful Israelis…

    And offering to whom exactly? To the eskimos.

  • JohD

    Well it does seem to be correct – the land was gifted to them by the Lord. Two Lords actually; the Lords Balfour & Rothschild.

  • orang

    .."let die like good little sheep to the slaughter."

    Very good, but maybe would be even better,

    "..like lambs to the slaughter"

    Lambs are even more innocent than sheep so this image is better suited.

    You forgot to add the driven into the sea line. We need constant remiders that the 3rd or 4th biggest military in the world is in mortal danger of being driven into the sea by 55 Kalashnikovs and 2 Kassams..Oh yeh, I forgot the Syrians and the Nuke mad Iranians just waiting to pounce.

  • Keith

    orang, who are you quoting?

  • Keith

    you forgot to add the driven into the sea line. We need constant remiders that the 3rd or 4th biggest military in the world is in mortal danger of being driven into the sea by 55 Kalashnikovs and 2 Kassams

    Hamas's objectives to destroy Israel and Jews are clearly stated. Orang, weather or not Israel can defend itself from that threat doesn't make the threat any less real or offensive. If Hitler was around today, just because Israel is in a better position to defend its citizens would not make his threats any less vile. The charter set by Hamas is not that different to that of the Nazis. That Israel is in a position to defend its citizens makes Israel's existence that much more legtimate in my opinion.

  • Addamo

    Hamas’s objectives to destroy Israel and Jews are clearly stated. Orang, weather or not Israel can defend itself from that threat doesn’t make the threat any less real or offensive.

    Tru, but then offesine statements are not what kill people. How abtou the statement that 1 Jewish life is wotht more than a thousand Palestinia lives? That not offensive?

    This has nothign to do with Hitler. Hitler was not living in an occupied territory. Htler wa snot forced to face the humiliatino of having his home bulldozed or having tgo pass through check points.

    The Isrfaeli's may not have made a formal charter , but unltimately cations speak louder than words. Bulldozing homes for the hell of it is not a charter, but it happens anyway. Keeping 10,000 Paleistinians hostages locked up indefinitely, 1000 of which are amditedly there purely for administrative reasons, is not on any charter, but it happens anyway.

    Killing Palestinain children is not on any chater, but it happens at an alarming rate.

  • Addamo

    That Israel is in a position to defend its citizens makes Israel’s existence that much more legtimate in my opinion.

    Why did being up the question of Israel's legitimacy? One thing I noticed over and over again, is this accusation that Israel's critics somehow have it in for Israeal's right to exit. Complete baloney, but it makes for a useful distration.

    For the record, Israel's right ot exist and it's legitimacy is beyond debate. What is at issue is Israel's policies toward the Palestinians.

  • Keith

    Addamo, would it be too much to ask for you to try and make a bit of an effort with your spelling? It's obviously not a language issue, you just couldn't be bothered.

  • orang

    Keith , I was quoting your friend Comical Ali a couple of posts above.

    But I love the sonic booms the best. Now there's a great way to "defend" you right to exist and protect yourself. The fact that it terrifies the whole population particularly children must make you Israel cheerleader boys so proud.

    Can any of you give us a reason for the sonic booms? Please, I'm asking seriously. Why would a civilised people specifically and methodically terrorize little children so that they are shrieking and hysterically crying and kept awake by flying over their homes at 3 AM?

    I look forward to your answer.

  • captain

    Orang, as usual you seem to forget the effect on Israeli children in Sderot of missiles flying into their homes and schools on a daily basis. Oh, but they are Jews and deserve it. Forgot.

    Universal sufferage = responsability for decision making. Pals elect murderous antisemites who are bent on Israel's destruction, provide sucor and infrastructure for terrorists and then complain when their children are woken at night! What a chutzpah!

    When the pals are more concerned about their own children than killing Jews, perhaps they will ask their terrorists to desist in kidnapping and murdering and make their environment safe. Until then, sonic booms pale compared with the suffering of the poor parents of the kidnapped soldier.

  • orang

    No, that is not an answer, the question was;

    "Can any of you give us a reason for the sonic booms?"

  • captain

    perhaps you could give an answer as to the reason for kidnappings, murdering, Qassam missiles into Sderot, fostering of antisemtism. Perhaps you may find your answer there.

  • orang

    Oh, you mean the sonic booms in the middle of the night are because they hate Palistinians and want to make them suffer?

  • Comical_Ali

    Tru, but then offesine statements are not what kill people. How abtou the statement that 1 Jewish life is wotht more than a thousand Palestinia lives? That not offensive?

    Keith was talking about the Hamas charter. Your response was to implying that the above is in formal Israeli or Jewish charters? Where did you get this idea from?

    This has nothign to do with Hitler. Hitler was not living in an occupied territory. Htler wa snot forced to face the humiliatino of having his home bulldozed or having tgo pass through check points.

    Hitler complained that his country was occuppied and humiliated by those countries who imposed the treaty of Versailles on Germany. He complained that Germans were humiliated and that Chzechkoslovakia, Poland and France respectivley occuppied German territory and he blamed everything on the Jews. Many people bought into his argument and sympathised with the Nazis much like they sympathise with Hamas today.

  • orang

    Oh I see you are invoking Hitler and Nazis – is this allowed? Is it Ok?

    If we're going down the Hitler and Nazi comparisons, how about Collective Punishment?

  • Addamo

    Oh you mean the kind of collective punishment where pals make the entire Jewish population suffer because of their grievances with an administration?

  • Comical_Ali

    You see, when Hamas & Fatah adopt the facist salute, goose step in every single one of their parades & constantly scream "kill Jews whereever you find them," and put words into action, it sounds pretty Hitleresque.

  • Addamo

    but Comical, they don't really mean it and you cant prove it. You are probably too young to remember that the so called fascist salute was originally a traditional arab greeting. I hope you got a big fat zionist cheque for exposing yourself as an anti-fascist like that!

  • Comical_Ali

    LOL, "they really don't mean it?" Which part, the goose stepping part? or the "kill Jews wherever you fidn them" part?

    "A traditional Arab greeting?" ROFL, I'm in stitches.

    the salute comes from ancient Rome. It was commonly known as the "Roman salute," before the facists (the first was Mussolini) adopted it. Had nothing to do with arabs, until they adopted it.

    You're a funny kid. And whats with the goose stepping by the way? Is it a traditional Arab march?

  • orang

    Comical_Ali Jul 3rd, 2006 at 10:29 pm

    "You see, when Hamas & Fatah adopt the facist salute.."

    What fascist salute are you talking about?

    Goose stepping is done by several armies – I think Russia is one. Is this significant?