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 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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The truth is out

It’s encouraging that Australia’s wannabe Prime Minister thinks the country should brace itself for a 50-year “war on those evil terrorists who want to take away our freedoms, large-screen TVs, Honda convertibles and Mars Bars.”

14 comments ↪
  • JohD

    Pete Costello is a Millenarian Jesus Freak. What else could be expected from him?

  • Paul Walter

    No "War on Terrorism" means no anxiety for the media to exploit in the public's mind and no fear and loathing means no need for the authoritarian style government that can censor media and pass nonsensical "security" bills.

    If people's minds are not distracted away from reality by phantsmagorical witch-hunts for mythical bogy-people, they will regain their skills of critical analysis and start examining the antics of the real culprits more closely.

  • Addamo_01

    No “War on Terrorism” also means the publilc get's to notice other things that are not so rosey about our country and out government. It's already been observed in the US, that terrorist scares conveniently push stories the governement woudl rather the public not focus on to the back page.

  • Ian

    If people’s minds are not distracted away from reality by phantsmagorical witch-hunts for mythical bogy-people, they will regain their skills of critical analysis and start examining the antics of the real culprits more closely.

    Although there is some doubt about it, the following is attributed to Julius Ceasar:

    Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar.

    But there is no doubt about Herman Goerings views on the subject, though they are usually quoted in summary. This is the conversation he had with U.S. intelligence office Gustave Gilbert on the night of 18 April 1946, as Gilbert recorded it:

    We got around to the subject of war again and I said that, contrary to his attitude, I did not think that the common people are very thankful for leaders who bring them war and destruction.

    "Why, of course, the people don't want war," Goering shrugged. "Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship."

    "There is one difference," I pointed out. "In a democracy the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars."

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

  • Addamo_01

    Yes good quotes here Ian.

    The Big Lie, first coined by Adolf Hitler in his 1925 autobiography Mein Kampf,was made famous by Joseph Goebbels, propaganda minister for the Third Reich. The idea was simple enough: Tell a whopper (the larger the better) often enough and most people will come to accept it as the truth. During World War II, the predecessor of the CIA, the Office of Strategic Services, described how the Germans used the Big Lie:

    [They] never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.

    This is so eerily similar to the Bush administration, it's not even funny.

  • I noticed that Costello (imitating Bush a week ago, and wingnut bloggers of the past year or more) used the ridiculous term "Islamic Fascism". A pity the Age arfticle you cited did not challenge this totally ludicrous terminology.

  • Addamo_01

    Islamic Fascism or Hitchens' term "islamofascism" are favourties of islamophobes and biggots who use the term to hide their deep seated rascism.

  • Suze

    What I find weird is that it is used by the far right. So maybe they call it Islamofascism to distinguish it from their own.

  • Where was the condemnation from Australia's Prime Minister in waiting of Israel's blatant violation of the ceasefire in Lebanon (the commando raid)? If pressed I assume he will toe the Israel/US line about "self-defence". Can you imagine the stern looks and patronising words from Costello and Co if Hezbollah had pulled a similar stunt on sovereign Israeli territory while this (Clayton's) ceasefire is in place?

  • Addamo_01

    Even worse Andrew,

    Can you imagine the outrage if Hezbollah's leadership were stating that there is no solution for Olmert and that hsi death is the only option?

    'there is only one solution for Nasrallah. This man must die.'

    In an interview with the New York Times, a senior Israeli soldier said that though there is a ceasefire between Israel and Hizbullah , Israel intends to ensure that Hizbullah is not rearmed by Syria and to continue in her efforts to assassinate Hizbullah's leader, Hassan Nasrallah .

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3293160

    Where is the outrage?

  • Ian

    The best proof yet that the Israeli soldiers were not kidnapped in Israel, but arrested by Lebanese citizens in the Sheeba farms area of Lebanon, which of course they are perfectly entitled to do:

    Israelis felt Nasrallah had initiated the Sheeba farms raid on his own and that Iran and Syria were forced to support him once Israel massively escalated. Israeli officials did not endorse the theory that Iran forced the Hezbollah to act to distract attention from its nuclear efforts.

    — Anthony Cordesman – 'Preliminary Lessons of Israeli-Hezbollah War' pages 16

    Cordesman is a noted American strategic researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. He was actually invited by the American Jewish Committee to tour the front lines during the recent war. I suspect this is not what they were expecting for their money! And isn't it interesting how Americans get to decide who may visit Israeli war zones!

    And he reenforces that Syria and Iran did not instruct, urge or otherwise encourage Hezbollah's actions:

    One key point that should be mentioned more in passing than as a lesson, although it may be a warning about conspiracy theories, is that no serving Israeli official, intelligence officer, or other military officer felt that the Hezbollah acted under the direction of Iran or Syria.

    – – page 15

    His report is downloadable here in pdf format. Its a first draft so it contains some real howlers, like him confusing the IDF with Hezbollah once or twice.

  • Addamo_01

    Let's hope that this informatino is revelaed during the rediculous lawsuit that is being filed against Lebanon for the damage inflicted on Israel.

  • orang

    This whole thing is getting curiouser and curiouser.

    Did you see The Moron on SBS tonight? He's completely lost it. I reckon the only ones who are still with him are Tim Blair's faithful.

    He wants Hezbollah to be disarmed – or in the words of the Israeli Foreign Minister who does not think there's anything wrong with attacking Chhhhezbolah after agreeing to a ceasefire because????? (Israel is inherently good? They are inherently ,,,bad?)

    One thing for damn sure, Hezbollah would be the utmost idiots if they agreed to be disarmed as part of the "UN brokered" cease fire. Are you fucking nuts? Be at Israel's mercy ? The fucking cowardly mass murderers? Let them have the last word on whether your family lives or dies? The fucking butchers of Shatilla and Sabra? Ha! Let them eat shit the cowardly mass murdering motherfucking deviants.

  • Paul Walter

    The quality of the invective, this thread, is indicative of the depth of the sadness, I suspect.