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 2008 financial crisis opened the door for a bold, progressive social movement. But despite widespread revulsion at economic inequity and political opportunism, after the crash very little has changed. Has the Left failed? What agenda should progressives pursue? And what alternatives do they dare to imagine? Left Turn, published by Melbourne University Press in 2012 and co-edited with Jeff Sparrow, is aimed at the many Australians disillusioned with the political process. It includes passionate and challenging contributions by a diverse range of writers, thinkers and politicians, from Larissa Berendht and Christos Tsiolkas to Guy Rundle and Lee Rhiannon. These essays offer perspectives largely excluded from the mainstream. They offer possibilities for resistance and for a renewed struggle for change.
The Blogging Revolution, released by Melbourne University Press in 2008, is a colourful and revelatory account of bloggers around the globe why live and write under repressive regimes - many of them risking their lives in doing so. Antony Loewenstein's travels take him to private parties in Iran and Egypt, internet cafes in Saudi Arabia and Damascus, to the homes of Cuban dissidents and into newspaper offices in Beijing, where he discovers the ways in which the internet is threatening the ruld of governments. Through first-hand investigations, he reveals the complicity of Western multinationals in assisting the restriction of information in these countries and how bloggers are leading the charge for change. The blogging revolution is a superb examination about the nature of repression in the twenty-first century and the power of brave individuals to overcome it. It was released in an updated edition in 2011, post the Arab revolutions, and an updated Indian print version in 2011.
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Stand up now, or forever hold your peace

As the crisis in the Middle East continues to escalate and Israel now targets the UN in southern Lebanon, a number of prominent, so-called liberal bloggers in the US have responded with…virtual silence.

If the likes of Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo want to barely engage on this subject, and simply stick to partisan hackery, their usefulness should be questioned. Political commentary isn’t simply about installing a Democratic President in the White House.

10 comments ↪
  • Alex

    Billmon is writing some really good stuff.

  • Addamo_01

    Targetting the UN huh? Makes sense. This is just to prove that Qana wasn't a fluke.

    Over at TB's blog, they are more offended by the demonstrators from the weekend that then pics on Billmon.

  • Mendez

    More Collective punishment:

    Israel warns it will hit 10 buildings for every rocket fire
    http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp

  • Jon

    If you haven't heard of this multi-wing blog, WatchBlog, it's worth a visit. Certainly the split amongst Democrats and various shades of liberals is evident, and to a lesser extent there's a split on the other side too (when you sift through the 'kill-em all' mental cases).

    It does make you nervous though to realise how biased opinion is over there – at least amongst those who are prepared to speak up. There are some though who think first then worry about where they fall on the political spectrum,

    Kevin Drum at Washington Monthly – who has a similar thread to this one

    also there's,

    Marc Lynch at Abu Aardvark, who provides a view on what goes on in the Arab media, which gets too easily forgotten as the partisans try to stay focused on each other.

    These guys know their stuff as can be demonstrated from a panel discussion on Iraq over at Foreign Affairs that was in flight just as the Lebanon war(?) took off.

    P.S. I've seen you over at TB's Addamo – I'd comment there, but it really seems more like a support group for lonely wingnuts, and I prefer a discussion.

  • Jon

    …I followed your link after I posted and I'd defend Drum for his open honesty, and since his original post in which this is probably of particular interest to you,

    Related to 1 and 3, posts that display any sense of sympathy for the Palestinians run the risk of provoking a shitstorm of accusations of anti-semitism. (I gather that the opposite is more frequently the case in Europe.) Language is actually as big a problem as substance here, since words and phrases that are used innocently often have specific meanings to longtime partisans that are unknown to the rest of us.

    he's at least demonstrating that someone can have generally pro-Israel feelings, but still see stupidity for what it is… maybe he needs an email from you.

  • Jon

    oops, this is the right link MORE META-ISRAEL BLOGGING, for the last part.

  • Addamo_01

    That is a great Blog Jon.

    Cheers

  • Glenn Condell

    I've been very disappointed in the Huffington Post, which publishes mindless pro-Israel blurbs by the yard, but rarely ventures past safe Democrat talking point territory on the other side of the equation. It's arm's length treatment of Lebanon is sadly typical.

    It's a nationwide condition over there.

  • Addamo_01

    Glann,

    Actually there have been a few good posts on HP, but given how mainstream it;s become, it's to be expected that it would play ball.

    Incideltly Glenn, what was Tim Blair doing with a whole thread on you the other day? Do you post there or have a colum/blog of your own?

    Pretty cheap of him hey? He's so willing to cling mud yet bans posters for daring to disagree with his right wing nut mentality.

  • corrente has been all over it, AL. in particular this has gotten some attention.