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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After Zionism, published in 2012 and 2013 with co-editor Ahmed Moor, brings together some of the world s leading thinkers on the Middle East question to dissect the century-long conflict between Zionism and the Palestinians, and to explore possible forms of a one-state solution. Time has run out for the two-state solution because of the unending and permanent Jewish colonization of Palestinian land. Although deep mistrust exists on both sides of the conflict, growing numbers of Palestinians and Israelis, Jews and Arabs are working together to forge a different, unified future. Progressive and realist ideas are at last gaining a foothold in the discourse, while those influenced by the colonial era have been discredited or abandoned. Whatever the political solution may be, Palestinian and Israeli lives are intertwined, enmeshed, irrevocably. This daring and timely collection includes essays by Omar Barghouti, Jonathan Cook, Joseph Dana, Jeremiah Haber, Jeff Halper, Ghada Karmi, Antony Loewenstein, Saree Makdisi, John Mearsheimer, Ahmed Moor, Ilan Pappe, Sara Roy and Phil Weiss.
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Not just Israel

Although the majority of Western media is heavily biased towards the Israeli perspective – especially during the recent war in Lebanon – the Los Angeles Times should be applauded for printing an article with the following disclaimer:

An occasional column in which we invite outside critics to take their best shot at the Los Angeles Times

The article, by two American Muslims, accuses the LA Times and other media outlets of seeing the Arab world solely through the eyes of the Bush administration:

The Times has a daunting task in covering an unexpected and brutal war such as the one spiralling out of control in Israel and Lebanon. By and large, its news pages have fairly and accurately reported the conflict — Israel’s claims for and execution of its military assault, the rising toll of Lebanese civilian casualties and the destruction of Lebanon’s newly rebuilt infrastructure.

The problem is what’s not reported, particularly when it comes to Hezbollah. True, the group is on the State Department’s list of terrorist organizations. But there is scant mention in The Times that the Muslim world does not equate Al Qaeda with Hezbollah, which was founded in 1982 when Israel last invaded Lebanon. Nor is there much mention of growing Muslim opposition to the U.S. because of its perceived blanket endorsement of Israel’s policies.

And Muslims are outraged as anyone by the targeting of civilian lives by Hezbollah and Israel. But you wouldn’t know that from reading The Times either.

If only some Australian newspapers were as honest about their prejudices.

13 comments ↪
  • smiths

    continuing the very important attempt to establish facts that relate to the beginnings of this recent attack by israel against lebanon,

    here is a great putting together of the initial reports of trigger events,
    http://www.counterpunch.org/schuh08152006.html

  • Addamo_01

    It is remarkable that this story, about what side of the borer the capture took place in, has been so one sided (excuse the punn). I think it's fairly well established that it did take place on Lebanese soil.

    Of course, that is not the most important issue. What is important is that Israel used to excecute a war they already had planned.

  • smiths

    quite right, but if you recall, you and i were lambasted for even suggesting that the mainstream 'facts' were inaccurate about a moth ago,
    i am in fact hoping that viva or captain (cant remeber which) who had a go at us willnow step forward, accept the truth of what we said and apologise, ha ha ha

  • orang

    "A team of Israeli lawyers is now suing the Lebanese government for starting the war. The case, to be filed in US civil court, will sue for compensation and damages incurred by Israeli residents and businesses as a result of the war. Attorneys Yehudah Talmon, Yoram Dantziger and Nitzah Libai claim the Lebanese government violated international law because it didn't stop Hezbollah's casus belli cross-border raid against Israel."

    Theres more than one way to fuck up an Arab.

    If we invade them and they kick our ass we'll sue. Shows what good sports we are. – again

  • M.Mayes

    well that sucks, its not like Israel's ever had respect for International law… speaking of, how can it be filed in the US civil court, that court has no power over Lebanese sovereignty

  • viva peace

    M.mayes

    Can you show us where Israel has never "had respect for international law?"

  • smiths

    dont play dumb viva, you know damn well israel doesnt respect international law

  • viva peace

    smiths

    Can you please some point for us to debate here. I clearly have no clue abouth this thing you seem to think is so obivious. So I am sure it will not be too difficult for you to help me out/

  • Suze

    Here and here and possibly here

    Start your justification here…

  • M.Mayes

    M.mayes

    Can you show us where Israel has never “had respect for international law?”

    sure thing, someones already compiled a nice list.

  • M.Mayes

    looks like suze has a nice list there.
    here's one of security council resolutions against Israeli actions and how much they havent listened to them either.

  • M.Mayes

    Also Viva, given that you felt you needed to ask for the information, might I suggest actually engaging in what both what Suze and I have presented rather than running off till next time, or making completely irrelevent comments.

  • Addamo

    Smiths and Suze,

    You are wasting your time guys. Viva has no respect for international law either, unless the law happens to be on Israels side, in which case, it is written by God's own hand.

    Viva subscribes to the law of the jungle approach to international diplomacy ie. that whoever wields the biggest guns get's to make the rules, including making them up as they go along.