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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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IBC vs Lancet

The folks at Iraq Body Count are not happy. They have been engaged in an ongoing dispute with the authors of the Lancet and anyone who dares to challenge them.

They have criticized the recent Lancet report on the grounds that the estimate is based on a cluster survey technique and therefore couldn’t be accurate. Strangely, they don’t elaborate on what that is supposed to mean, expecting that the assertion alone should suffice in spite of the fact that the cluster survey method is tried and tested. Nor do they acknowledge that actual body counts significantly underestimate the true number of deaths.
They assert that the Lancet involves a shockingly high number of casualties. Again, that is supposed to be evidence of what exactly?
They criticise the Lancet for not distinguish between civilian and non-civilian deaths. That sounds reasonable until you consider that there almost no way of knowing with any certainty which deaths are civilian or otherwise. Let’s be honest, it’s no secret that the occupation has been caught out on numerous occasions denouncing the victims of an aerial bombardment as being insurgents, only to be later proven wrong.
They assert that the media can’t have omitted so many deaths. This is the weakest of their arguments. The IRB states that they o rely almost exclusively on English language sources, and only consider deaths from 2 or more reports. So by their own admission, they omit deaths not reported, deaths reported by 1 or more non English sources, and deaths only reported by one English source. Considering how many
Their strangest argument of all is that because at least one member of IRB is serious an anti-imperialist academic and activist, we don’t really need to believe that over 600,000 people died violent deaths to say enough is enough. In other words, they assert, without any supporting evidence, that the authors of the Lancet are presenting inflated numbers as a means to create negative sentiment about the Iraq war.

In the end, their thesis comes down to the complaint that such an estimate, because it is shockingly high, could not possibly be correct. These arguments are so irrational and unscientific that one has to ask, what is their agenda?

The answer may be revealed by the responses to those who have criticized them. John Sloboda told BBC Newsnight that the critics of IBC are comparable to terrorists in their “mindset”. Where have we heard that before?

What we here is essentially a turf war.

Unfortunately, this latest letter shot across the bow came one week before it was revealed that the Ministry of Defense’s top scientist had described the Lancet report as accurate, and also that government officials had stated internally that if anything it was likely to be an underestimate. If the best information available to one of the leading warmongering states in Iraq was that the methodology was sound, and the results likely to be cautious and conservative (which is exactly what the authors have maintained), then IBC begins to look increasingly redundant.

2 comments ↪
  • Marilyn

    Britain's MOD accepted that the Lancet report was correct when it came out which is why they didn't say anything.

    I have just finished the book by Joshua Key, the deserter and wept.

    We are supporting the most monstrous, violent and illegal war in history as he makes clear.

    The truth that the IBC fail to recognise is that Iraq never declared any war so they are all civilians even if they pick up a gun to fight back.

    Them are the rules of law. Key makes it very clear that right from the start they could not find any militants so they murdered any civilians they could find out of sheer spite.

    My Iraqi friends here have family still stuck in Iraq and they say the death toll is 1 million.

    Last year the doctors treating the babies said that 260,000 babies alone had died due to being born too soon, not having any oxygen and medical care.

    That sounds like violence to the person to me.

  • viva peace

    Yes there is no doubt those Muslims sure do like to slaughter each other.