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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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Israeli stupidity (part 6742)

Dissenting historian Norman Finkelstein explains why he may have been barred from entering Israel:

Well, I guess there are two possibilities. One, I think I’m more effective than I have been in the past. I draw fairly large audiences. And I think Israel is now facing a major public relations challenge. They’re losing the moral ground. They’re losing. And that’s plain. And I can say, in my own small way, I’ve contributed to isolating Israel in public opinion. And the second possibility is that I did spend some time in Lebanon in January, when I—where, among other things, I met with several leaders of Hezbollah, and that received fairly wide publicity, and that may have prompted the outrage or the decision.

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  • ej

    Israel never had the 'moral ground'.

    What Israel (and its hasbara apparatchiks) is losing is control over the information flow.

  • moshe

    The Arabs, having lost the Independence War of 48 and the '67 and '73 wars have accomplished through diplomacy what that failed militarily. People's War approach favors an extended conflict where the primary weapons employed to break the enemy's will to fight being diplomacy and involvement of an "outside force". Its really a brilliant strategy and tactic of warfare. Arab foreign policy has consistly sought to internationally isolate the Jewish State, they employed embargoes, Zionism is Racism, comparisons of Israeli society to South African apartheid, the Shoah … everything is fair in love and war. Israel is a poorly lead country, struggling to determine its identity. Its smaller than Rhode Island and its surrounded by hostile goyim. For all their "culture", scratch a european and find a barbarian. In little over 3 years Hitler's final solution destroyed 1/3 of the Jewish people. The Arabs made alliance with Hitler, and approve of his goals unto this day. Really I see no morality in Arab spirituality. The Islam joins itself with a dead and bankrupt christianity only proves its non validity as a faith. It does not surprise me that christians have no shame, they never had shame before so why should they have shame today. I find it so interesting to view spiritually bankrupt barbarians and savages. This blog is better than a national geographic magizine with its pictures of crude primitives who never left the stone ages.

  • moshe – So much misinformation to deal with. No mention of Zionist collusion with the Nazis. And have you set Jews/Israelis apart from humanity to the point that you feel there are no tendencies towards barbarism amongst them? You seem to be describing all non-Jews as "untermenschen." Where have I heard that characterization before?

  • moshe

    As a Jew i hate the europeans with a bloody passion. That said I have met many fine people from europe. The 2 statements occur in everybody in varying degrees. Pre state and Post state Israel, Jews fundamentally differ. Pre state when our enemies embraced the 1st opinion and crushed us, we had no recourse of action. Post state its a completely different kettle of fish. Our mobs can get bloody pissed and crack goyim heads. As a Jew, I am no different than a goy. I say if goyim despise us – that's their right. But by turn, we too can despise the goyim – that's our right … fair is fair.

    That said: how about everyone dropping this moral superiority crap. Get of your high horses and your do as i say not as i do hypocritical trash. Every country has its sordid history. The problem with the goyim is that they've gotten used to standing upon the shoulders of Jews to build themselves up and denigrate the Jews as the same time.

    Frankly as an Israeli, the Arabs might be SOBs, but their our neighbors and since we do not plan to lie down and let them throw us into the sea, we really need to develop diplomacy with the chaps.

    The Arabs aint the problem … europe America and Asia love the chaos of the warring states in the region; wars make lots and lots of money to the arms exporters! Tanks and plane require lots of ammunition and thats where the imperialists have all the countries in the ME by the short hairs. In all the wars arms and the supply of weapons has played a key role … i wonder why?

    What I really can't stand, when goyim attempt to preach their damned morality to us Jews. Bottem line goyim and Jews alike are equally swayed by wealth women and power. Olmert and Bush their in the news one disgrace followed by another.

  • moshe – Well and good. Is there some point that Israel can do it on their own dime? I have no desire for my country (US) to fund their abuses. It is also putting my country at tremendous risk to been seen as a puppet of Israeli interests. I do not feel that Americans, if sufficiently informed, would take kindly to being a vassal state of Israel.

  • moshe

    Narcistic perceptions of American generosity. The "aid" that America "gives" never leaves the shores of the Atlantic! Israel, and equally Egypt and a lower ratio Jordan and Arabia can buy American weapons and weapon systems. Who profits from this "aid". Weapons require ammo and it don't come cheap. More fundamentally when countries like America and the EU give "aid" to other countries, this money functions like an addictive drug upon the subordinate economies. Israel cancelled the Lavi fighter, and big trade agreements with China because of Washington did not approve! Begin in the Camp David negotiations with Egypt told Carter that Israel was not a Banana Republic; Olmert or even Sharon before him could not make the same declaration. Sharon fathered the settler movements and uprooted 20,000 settlers – who i might add lost everything unto this day! A zebra doesn't just up and change its stripes.

    Ron Paul's criticism of imperialist domination of Countries and markets you would do well to review. America's broke economically and the trillion dollar drain maintaining its foreign empire abroad coupled with entitlement programs like social security and Medicare coupled with the retiring of the baby boomer generation, America's problems are compound, deep and exceedingly serious, Americans ought not require an Israeli to point out their own serious problems that have no simple or quick solutions!

    It amazes me where America has gone in the identitiy of the National perception of what makes America unique.

    Bush calls the Constitution just a GD piece of paper! Revoke or annuls almost all of the pre-conditions upon which the Constitution gives the 3 branches of government a mandate to rule – those 10 preconditions which permit the document that forges the 3 branches, its called the Bill of Rights, and Jefferson refused to support the replacement of the Articles of Confederation by the Constitution without those 10 preconditions! Since Wilson America has changed its ideals of good and right. From free banking to a Central Bank/federal reserve – there's nothing federal about these privately on banking monopolies other than a word! These Banks linking the banking monopoly in America with the Bank of England. Surprise surprise surprise a year later a general war breaks out in europe and America loans billions to Britian and eventually joins a european alliance that lasts unto this day ie Nato! This decision annulled the political direction and advice of The Declaration of Independence. Its a rather interesting perspective, perhaps you might take the time to read it. That document rejects any alliance with europe. Amazing how do times change!

  • Israel is a lender nation thanks to OPM (other people's money). If they don't need it to bully their neighbors, I'd appreciate it if they'd stop taking it. I'm sure quite a bit of it does not leave US shores as it is often used to buy our own government representatives.

    "The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them." ~ Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

  • moshe

    Lance honestly what do you know about the Israeli economy and banking system? General platitudes lacking specifics don't mean squat; and surely does not prove your point.

    That said, I will admit to you that unemployment is the lowest its been in years. We have an American running our Central Bank, its a fiat currency and its only just recently been placed upon the international speculative markets.

    I do not know how much you follow local Israeli politics, the country's so small that everything is local! Olmert the guy that replaced Sharon after he suffered a stroke has suffered political disgrace for corruption and incompetence. The Knesset as seen from this side of the ocean has lower public trust than does Bush at his lowest ratings!

    The logical jump from 5 million Jews run by an incompetent government to a cabul of Jews dictating to the world's only superpower ha ha ha that's funny. This type of crap tyrrants have used repeatedly against Jews, it usually results in mass slaughter of Jewish populations living within those countries.

    America's central banks have an alliance with the Bank of England. If America makes loans to a piss ant country like Israel, please before you start pointing your grubby finger at me and my people – at least do your homework! Propaganda works on general inflamitory statements which employs selected examples, usually lies, to support its thesis. A world of distinctions exist between reactionary current events and real knowledge. The pubs and beer halls thrive on the former Hitler preached his hatred of Jews to crowds and accomplished a terrible war that destroyed Germany and brought everlast shame upon all of europe. But in the short term the idiot attracted lots and lots of idiots who lacked the ability to draw consequences unto actions.

  • moshe

    one other matter Lance,

    Its really crass to make comparisons to Jews and nazis, its something comparable to me off the cuff saying you habitually rape your mother and sisters. The nazis in a little over 3 years murdered 1/3 of all the Jewish people off the face of the earth! Jewish reform leadership in America really droped the ball in the war years. All the doors of escape slamed shut, including America. Zionists attempted to make deals with the devil to save a few; their negotiations compare to cleaning shit from a barn, filth clung to their reputations and soiled them. During this supreme disaster, some Jews sold out to save their skins, they are called Kappo Jews and in the end the nazis killed them as well.

    Arabs love to compare Jews to the nazis, the bastards made an open alliance with hitler. They lost end of story. The arab states created over 1,000,000 Jewish refugees when they kicked their Jewish populations out of their host countries. The arabs told their own people to flee from Palestine to make the way clear so they could through the Jews into the sea. This incompetant morons now cry boo hoo hoo take pity on the plight of our abused refugees! Israel took care of its own people while the arabs passed the international hat and have yet to take responsibility for their own people. Blame the Jews its all their fault. Go to Hell! We took care of our people they abandoned their people. End of story. You don't like it tough cookies.