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Israel can’t shake the habit

The assault on Gaza is again a classic case of disproportionate response on the part of Israel. How else can you describe the use of F-16 fighters against a band of thugs firing pathetic and ineffective missiles?

Netanyahu is in typical form, advocating collective punishment. For him, the more violence the better.

21 comments ↪
  • BenZ

    Israel can’t shake the habbit

    And you can't spell.

    How else can you describe the use of F-16 fighters against a band of thugs firing pathetic and ineffective missiles?

    Pathetic and ineffective?

    Half a million Israelis living in terror of rockets landing on them.
    Here's some pictures and video of just one case of the damage caused. http://honestreporting.com/articles/45884734/crit

    The only thing pathetic Andre, is your distortion of the threat and excuse-making for terrorists.

    As for "disproportionate response", what do you propose? Israel launch one rocket for each Palestinian missile? Frankly, Israel's repsonse has been withheld considering the number of countries (probably including Australia), who, if under similar attack from a neighbouring state would see their population urging its leaders to totally flatten the other party. God knows Hamas have it coming.

  • Carrie Lewis

    The point is Andre that this "band of thugs" as you call them were actually elected to lead the Palestinians.

    They have a charter that talks about the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, advocates Islamic domination over the world, calls for the destruction of Israel and for the killing of Jews. Apart from the Islamic domination part they sound like the thugs who ravaged Europe 60 or so years ago.

    Some of my great grandparents were butchered by the same sort of thugs and in fact, it may surprise you to know that the spritual leader of your band of thugs in those days was a Palestinian mufti who Yasser Arafat claimed was his uncle and who helped Eichman plot the final solution aginst the Jews. Thick as thieves were those thugs.

    Now, if someone had a miltary advantage against those nasty fascists and it could save innocent lives, I believe they would have been justified in using that advantage.

    The IDF is't doing anything disproportionate here at all. They're targeting Hamas which openly advocates genocide and they're not waiting for these psycopaths to get them first.

  • BenZ

    The situation in the last three days is unbearable for Israelis, including women and young children.

    It is important to understand, and totally overlooked by Andre, that the Israeli government has shown restraint in the last two months despite untold provocation. However, the last two days, in which Israeli civilians are being attacked on a daily basis with missiles from Gaza – a place that Israel left in order to give the Palestinians the possibility to create a normal life and not to attack Israel is unquestionably a situation that must be changed.

    The Palestinians inherited greenhouses, infrastructure and more. They could have turned Gaza into the birthplace of a proud nation. Instead, they took sewage pipes and converted them into missiles (remember the Sewage malfunction that killed Palestinians in their own shit?).

    They burned the greenhouses and used the fertiliser instead to make bombs and rockets.

    And your condemnation Andre? On Israel, for not simply taking it up the arse on behalf of its people.

  • Andre

    BenZ,

    What would we do without you mate? You make the case against Israel even easier than it already is

    Half a million Israelis living in terror of rockets landing on them.
    Here’s some pictures and video of just one case of the damage caused.

    Oh deary me. One picture of a classroom with a damaged roof. That’s so sad. A half decent hail storm would have done more damage to the building.

    Take a gander at Israel’s idea of a proportionate response.

    Israel launch one rocket for each Palestinian missile?

    So now you’re comparing one Qassam missile that does as much damage as a flying rock to a hellfire missile or an Israeli rocket? Could you be any more deluded?

    It is important to understand, and totally overlooked by Andre, that the Israeli government has shown restraint in the last two months despite untold provocation

    Interesting hat you would consider a year and a half of starving Palestinians, invading Gaza repeatedly, and murdering hundreds of Palestinian during that time and an act of “restraint”. As a defender of the indefensible, you are forced to cherry pick at what point history starts to make your case seem even remotely plausible.

    The bombing of the Gaza beach, the Beit Hanoun massacre and using Palestinain children as human shields are conveniently forgotten.

    The Palestinians inherited greenhouses, infrastructure and more

    This is priceless. The Palestinians used to own orchards and have a means to transport their produce to markets. When they had their land stolen, the were replaced with Greehouse and you call that inheritance? Even worse is that they have virtually no means of getting their produce to market because their vehicles are stranded at infrastructure (ie. check points) for days while the produce rots in the sun.

    The situation in the last three days is unbearable for Israelis, including women and young children.

    Yes it is regrettable, but only a taste of what the Palestinians have been enduring for the better part of 60 years.

    Carrie,

    Yes you are right, Hamas were democratically elected, and for that alone, Israel invaded Gaza in 2006 and killed hundreds, not to mention, illegally withholding desperately needed tax revenues that belonged to the Palestinian people. Failing that, Israel and the US then armed and financed the opposition party in an effort to destroy Hamas. Talk about De Ja Vue. Isn’t that how Hamas were created in the first place after the 1967 war?

    This is a typical example of squeezing and crushing a population until they retaliate and spinning it to the world as some kind of irrational attack from Hamas based on an ideological obsession to destroy Israel.

    It’s interesting that you should harp on the Hamas charter, which advocates Islamic domination over the world, calls for the destruction of Israel and for the killing of Jews, when in fact, it is Israel that has the US congress eating out of it’s hand, Israel that is destroying whatever remains of Palestine, Israel that has killed many thousands of Arabs (not to mention ethnically cleansing nearly a million of them), destroyed 60 thousands home and keeping 4 million refugees imprisoned in open air camps.

    Apart from the Islamic domination part they sound like the thugs who ravaged Europe 60 or so years ago.

    Ironic isn’t it? They “sound” like the thugs who ravaged Europe, while Israel are the ones actually behaving that way.

  • Carrie Lewis

    Hamas were democratically elected, and for that alone, Israel invaded Gaza in 2006 and killed hundreds, not to mention, illegally withholding desperately needed tax revenues that belonged to the Palestinian people.

    I defer to your superior knowledge of the events of 2006. I mistakenly thought Israel retaliated for the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier and the firing of countless qassam rockets into Israeli schools, homes and synagogues. How stupid of me to believe that some few retaliatory incursions were actually an "invasion".

    And thanks for explaining your feeling of "de ja vu" (a bit more difficult to spell than habit I grant you) that the creation of Hamas came after the 1967 war. Of course it did – about 20 years later.

    I suppose that explains your depth of knowledge about the racist Hamas Charter and the logic behind your claim that the blatant and open call for genocide contained therein should be ignored in the same way that many Europeans once explained away Mein Kampf as being a meaningless and empty document that Hitler had no intention of fulfilling although the Jews had it coming to them because they killed little German Christian children and turned them into matzah for passover.

    And your rubbery figures and false claims of ethnic cleansing is such an excellent way of explaining why these people are "thugs" (your word) when they kill each other (and lots of innocent bystanders to boot) but transmogrify into such darling little angels when they start killing Jews.

  • Andre

    I defer to your superior knowledge of the events of 2006. I mistakenly thought Israel retaliated for the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier and the firing of countless qassam rockets into Israeli schools, homes and synagogues.

    You should have stooped at deferring to my superior knowledge of the events of 2006.

    The kidnapping of the Israeli soldier was in response to the kidnapping of two brothers from Gaza by the IDF, which incidently, have never been heard from since. Israel is the only country in the world which legalized hostage-taking (1997).

    That's not even mentioning that of the 9,000 detainees Israel have in their jails, "administrative" detainees are being held without any charges or trial. And the other 8,000 are being held after military courts have convicted them, almost always on the basis of confessions which were extracted by torture. So if we're going to look simply at the numbers, we have one hostage on the Palestinian side, and effectively we have about 9,000 on the Israeli side.

    As for the case of Qassam rockets, in the period between September 2005 and June 2006, Israel fired between 7,000 and 9,000 heavy artillery shells into Gaza. On the Palestinian side, the estimates were approximately 1,000 Kassam missiles, crude missiles, have been fired into Israel – a ratio of between seven and nine to one.

    the creation of Hamas came after the 1967 war. Of course it did – about 20 years later.

    Richard Sale pointed out in a piece for UPI:

    Israel and Hamas may currently be locked in deadly combat, but, according to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials, beginning in the late 1970s, Tel Aviv gave direct and indirect financial aid to Hamas over a period of years. Israel 'aided Hamas directly – the Israelis wanted to use it as a counterbalance to the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization),' said Tony Cordesman, Middle East analyst for the Center for Strategic [and International] Studies. Israel's support for Hamas 'was a direct attempt to divide and dilute support for a strong, secular PLO by using a competing religious alternative,' said a former senior CIA official.

    There's much more where that came from.

    Yes you can cling to the Hamas Charter as the bottomless pit of justification to excuse whatever Israsl choose to do in the name of "defending itself", but it was Hamas that offered a permanent ceasefire with Israel in return for recognition and a return to the 1967 borders. Israel rejected it.

    But by all means, don;t let facts stop you from using the Holocaust ace up your sleeve.

    And your rubbery figures and false claims of ethnic cleansing

    Rubbery? False. Dear oh dear. All the historians got that one wring I take it?

    I take it you haven't heard of these developments either.

  • Carrie Lewis

    Keep quoting Richard Sale because he's an ignoramus. He could mean the Muslim Brotherhood, which was founded in 1928 in Egypt or even the Mickey Mouse Club, but it's not Hamas that he's talking about if he's describing something that took place in the 1970's.

    If you check with any reputable historian you'll discover that the Muslim Brotherhood founded Hamas on December 14, 1987 at the beginning of the first intifada. The Hamas Covenant was drawn up in 1988.

    Hamas did not exist in the 1970's and Richard Sale's claim that Tel Aviv gave direct and indirect financial aid to Hamas has about as much credibility as a Gleebooks literary prize. Zilch!

    Perhaps you should check you sources of information with Antony the maven before you come out swinging with outrageous quotes from those who haven't a clue about historical facts. Oh no. I'd better not go there.

    And I don't use the Holocaust card as an ace up my sleeve. There's a definite connection between the Muslim Brotherhood, its subsequent creation in the form of Hamas and the Nazis as I mentioned earlier. Here's a quote just for you:-

    "Our Fundamental condition for cooperating with Germany was a free hand to eradicate every last Jew from Palestine and the Arab world"

    -Grand Mufti of Palestine Haj Muhammed Amin al-Husseini.

    At least, I'm glad I took your advice and have "stooped" at deferring to your superior knowledge of the events of 2006 and anything else that's going on in the region. That knowledge by the way, is about as worthless as a promise by Hamas of a permanent ceasefire.

  • Andre

    You are just laboring semantics Carrie,

    If the Muslim brotherhood "founded" Hamas, then it stands to reason that the members already existed.

    Hamas did not exist in the 1970’s and Richard Sale’s claim that Tel Aviv gave direct and indirect financial aid to Hamas has about as much credibility as a Gleebooks literary prize. Zilch!

    Middle East analyst Ray Hanania disagrees with you, but then, he too could be an ignoramus:

    In addition to hoping to turn the Palestinian masses away from Arafat and the PLO, the Likud leadership believed they could achieve a workable alliance with Islamic, anti-Arafat forces that would also extend Israel's control over the occupied territories.

    In 1978 the government of Menachem Begin approved the application of Sheik Ahmad Yassin to start a "humanitarian" organization known as the Islamic Association, or Mujama. The roots of this Islamist group were in the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood, and this was the seed that eventually grew into Hamas – but not before it was amply fertilized and nurtured with Israeli funding and political support.

    Yitzhak Shamir, launched an effort to undercut the PLO, creating the so-called Village Leagues, composed of local councils of handpicked Palestinians who were willing to collaborate with Israel – and, in return, were put on the Israeli payroll.

    Perhaps they did't get the Hamas business cards printed till later, but the foundations were already in place, and Israel played a fundamental role in that creation.

    Author and investigative reporter, Robert Dreyfuss also supports this theory.

    And starting in 1967, the Israelis began to encourage or allow the Islamists in the Gaza and West Bank areas, among the Palestinian exiled population, to flourish. The statistics are really quite staggering. In Gaza, for instance, between 1967 and 1987, when Hamas was founded, the number of mosques tripled in Gaza from 200 to 600. And a lot of that came with money flowing from outside Gaza, from wealthy conservative Islamists in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. But, of course, none of this could have happened without the Israelis casting an approving eye upon it.

    and ….

    Yassin was arrested in 1983 by the Israelis. On search of his home, they found a large cache of weapons. This would have been a fairly explosive event, but for unexplained reasons, a year later Yassin was quietly released from prison. He said at the time that the guns were being stockpiled not to fight the Israeli occupation authorities, but to fight other Palestinian factions.

    That and other incidents gave rise to — a number of diplomats and intelligence people who I interviewed, saying that there was plenty of reason to think that the Israelis were fostering the growth of Hamas. And, of course, Yasser Arafat himself, in a famous quote to a newspaper reporter a number of years ago, explicitly described Hamas as, quote, “a creature of Israel.” And he said that he discussed this with Yitzhak Rabin during their Oslo process. And Rabin told Arafat that it was “a fatal error” for the Israelis to have encouraged the growth of Hamas. The theory of it, of course, was that Hamas would be a force against Palestinian nationalism. And I think it's clear that it ended up, to a shocking degree, backfiring against overall Israeli policy.

  • Andre

    BTW Carrie,

    That knowledge by the way, is about as worthless as a promise by Hamas of a permanent ceasefire.

    I couldn't help but notice that you have stuck to tackling bite seized pieces of the debate, while subsequently referring to my “worthless knowledge".

    You didn't bother with refuting my "worthless knowledge" regarding the events which led to the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit.

    You deliberately sidestepped the fact that after the Hamas election, Israel and the US immediately announced that they were going to punish the Palestinians for voting Hamas to power. In Guantanamo, when prisoners go on a hunger strike, they are accused of engaging in asymmetric warfare, yet when Israel deliberately sets out to starve the Palestinian people, they are acting in self defense.

    Truly mid boggling. Orwell was a whimp.

    You didn't bother to tackle the fact that in June 24 (2006), two Gaza civilians (*a doctor and his brother) were kidnapped and taken to Israel and never heard from again. Admittedly this was not widely reported, which explain why you evidently believe that the inciting event was the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit, which Israel then used as justification for escalating the violence.

    You a deathly silent as to the sheer magnitude of Israel’s disproportionate response with using state of the art artillery shell in a 9:1 ratio against the firing of pathetic Qassam rockets.

    In the end, the best you can do is come up with a quote that dates back to WWII. We’ve been down the back and forth games with pulling out inflammatory quotes, but they are futile. Finally, you, BenZ and Viva are probably the only people on the planet left who still deny the ethnic cleansing of 1948, when even right wing historians like Benny Morris acknowledge it took place.

    Like I said, I don’t blame you for using the Holocaust as a fall back position. If my arguments were a weak as yours, I’d probably do the same.

  • BenZ

    Your "arguments" Andre? You seldom engage in them. For example, repeating once again your totally fallacious claim that Quassam rockets are "pathetic" when this is far from the truth.

    Instead, you ignore this, print yet more excerpts of other peoples' writing and assorted trivia, and demand they answer point after point, in the vain hope of drowning out your opponent. All the while helping Antony avoid any serious refutation of his ongoing hum.

    None of this changes the fact that whilst you are convinced of your argument's authority, anyone who actually knows anything about the history of the area (be they Jewish or Arab) knows you (and Antony) really haven't got a clue.

    Muslim Brotherhood? Do you even know what the hell you are talking about, or do you just Google as you go. I seriously doubt whether left without Google for a few minutes you could fill more than a postage stamp with your combined knowledge of Middle Eastern history, politics and people. You'd be great at writing placards for demos but are frankly shithouse at getting in debates. You are very good at shouting though.

    Quick Andre, duck over to Ha'aretz and find something else to pin on the Jews. It's easy if you try…

  • Carrie Lewis

    Robert Dreyfuss actualy confirms that Hamas was founded in 1987.

    In Gaza, for instance, between 1967 and 1987, when Hamas was founded, the number of mosques tripled in Gaza from 200 to 600.

    Incidentally, if the Jews are bad when they creat conditions which allow Moslems to build mosques, what would you say if they prevented them from building mosques?

  • Andre

    BenZ,

    By your own admission, Qassams a flying pipes filled with fertilizer. On the rare occasions that they hit anything, the damage they inflict is a result of their inertia. How are you daft enough to compare these with 500lb bombs, or state of the art missiles?

    The sad fat BenZ, is that in biogs of this nature, your post is only as good as the links you provide. Ad homens (90% of your posts) come cheap and count for nothing. Boasting about your knowledge, while failing repeatedly to demonstrate any evidence of it isn't going to win you too many arguments.

    Quick Andre, duck over to Ha’aretz and find something else to pin on the Jews. It’s easy if you try…

    You fail to see the massive irony that an Israeli newspaper is such a rich resource for documenting Israeli malfeasance. Ha’aretz also betrayed their people? Has it ever occurred to you that were there no wrongdoing on Israel' part, there would be nothing to report, or is Ha’aretz complicit in our plot to "drown" you out?

    Carrie,

    Even Rabin aknowledged Israel's role in the creation of Hamas. According to Dreyfus, during the Oslo process,

    …Rabin told Arafat that it was “a fatal error” for the Israelis to have encouraged the growth of Hamas.

  • BenZ

    Boasting about your knowledge, while failing repeatedly to demonstrate any evidence of it isn’t going to win you too many arguments.

    Nothing wins an argument quicker than deleting comments, right Antony?

  • BenZ

    The sad fat [sic] BenZ, is that in biogs [sic] of this nature, your post is only as good as the links you provide. Ad homens [sic] (90% of your posts) come cheap and count for nothing

    A good example of why one shouldn't type when drunk (or stupid).

    I assume by "ad homens" you meant ad-hominem?

    I note you have no problem referring to people as bigots, racists etc. at every opportunity. Like Antony, you appear able to dish it out but unwilling to receive it.

    As for your demand that links be provided for everything, you simply demonstrate your high-school level of analysis. I have no doubt you could find links to support your most bizarre assertions. They are of course frequently worthless. Similarly, when entering a debate, one can usually assume a basic level of knowledge of the topic at hand. In your case however this would be a poor assumption.

    I know Antony's writing style consists of plagiarising huge chunks of others' work followed by a one or two-line endorsement. Hardly quality writing. All you are doing Andre is demonstrating how pathetic your intellect is. As if the spelling wasn't evidence enough.

    Oh gosh, there I go being all "ad homen" again…

  • Andre

    Another post about nothing BenZ.

    Do you have any intention of contributing to the debate, or is your raison d'etre to troll here and simply create noise and to raise a fuss every time someone makes a typo? I have repeatedly appealed to you to remain on topic, but you refuse to.

    Why is that? Could it be that beneath the copious volumes of hot air, you have nothing to offer after all?

    Like most Israeli apologists, you are a one trick pony desperately in need of new talking points.

  • viva peace

    Abdre

    I agree Israel's responses are always 'disproportianate.' If Australians had to put up with the crap, the Israelis have had to, we would have flattened the Muslims decades ago.

  • BenZ

    Andre,

    A typo is when your fingers slip. Typos are easily excused.

    A fundamental inability to spell however, suggests either:

    a) Poor intellect and/or education
    b) Total lack of concern for quality.

    Unless English isn't your first language (and we know that it is), either of the above two points speak volumes about your fundamental inability to provide intelligent, high-quality commentary.

    Do you have any intention of contributing to the debate

    You would be better off aiming that question at the dozens of people who try contributing to the "debate" but find themselves censored by Antony instead. There is no "debate" here. Who are you kidding?

  • Andre

    BenZ,

    Speaking of typos,

    It seems you can't even spell my name properly. Who's "Abdre"?

    Hmm, this is clearly irrefutable evidence of

    a) Poor intellect and/or education

    b) Total lack of concern for quality.

    Unless of course English isn’t your first language (and we know that it is), either of the above two points speak volumes about your fundamental inability to provide intelligent, high-quality commentary.

    You would be better off aiming that question at the dozens of people who try contributing to the “debate”

    So the answer is, no you either have no intention of contributing to the debate, or lack the capacity/intellectually ability to do so. I appreciate your honesty. It's cruel of me to mock your obvious limitations.

  • BenZ

    No Andre, it was a typo. As I mentioned, there is a difference between typos (which happen) and functional illiteracy (which you demonstrate). At least when you quote huge chunks of my writing, it isn't completely embarassing for you.

    Yes! You are a moron.

    Please tell us more about these "pathetic" Qassam rockets as I have just found a video of one captured by a CCTV camera over an Israeli petrol station.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1W_6l_E2k8&mo
    Note the 10,000 litres of gasoline leaving in a tanker seconds beforehand.

    I assume you wouldn't bother phoning the police if one landed on your roof, Andre, as well… Like you say: "A half decent hail storm would have done more damage" Right?

    Of course Israel should just ignore the hundreds of such rocket attacks which take place. Right Andre?

  • Andre

    Benz,

    I stand corrected. English must indeed be your second language. Nothing else would explain your use of an oxymorin like "functional illiteracy".

    Evidently. you are so frightened of not being noticed that you are now resorting to spam posting. That youtube link is notable for how unimpressive the effect of the Qassam is. Not even a crack in the pavement, let ale a crater. The only way one of these flying tubes will kill you is if you happen to be unfortunate enough to be hit by one directly.

    Keep up the good work BenZ. At least now you're making an effort to stray on topic.

  • Carrie Lewis

    Andre,

    I proved you wrong when we last had this debate Carrie. In fact, I am still quite astounded at your ignorance over the orgins of Hamas and the role played by Israel.

    You didn’t prove me wrong at all. You wrongly made the claim that Hamas was created after the 1967 war in this thread http://antonyloewenstein.com/blog/2007/05/&hellip

    You even quoted some nebbish Richard Sale who you said pointed out in a piece for UPI:

    Israel and Hamas may currently be locked in deadly combat, but, according to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials, beginning in the late 1970s, Tel Aviv gave direct and indirect financial aid to Hamas over a period of years.

    I insisted that Hamas was formed in 1987 so you googled again and found another quote from someone called Robert Dreyfuss but even your own source confirmed that Hamas was founded in 1987 proving what I was saying about Richard Sale i.e. that he was talking out of his backside.

    Merely repeating the propaganda does not make it true

    Agreed and you are living testament to the truth of this proposition.

    not matter what Bush tells you

    I’m not on speaking terms with Bush and I don’t know where you got that ridiculous idea from.

    Fact is, you have no credibility and neither do your sources.