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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Believing in the ceasefire

Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, June 20:

After the unremitting hell that Israel has inflicted on Palestinians in Gaza, one can only feel relief and even joy at the ceasefire agreed between Hamas and the Jewish state that took effect this week. Its significance extends well beyond Gaza and opens new possibilities as the disastrous Bush Doctrine begins to lose influence.

Since the beginning of this year, Israeli occupation forces and settlers have killed over 400 Palestinians, including dozens of children and several babies, already exceeding the entire death toll for 2007. One hundred and fifty were killed during a few days of Israeli bombing of Gaza in early March. This year seven Israelis have been killed in conflict-related violence, including four by mortars or rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.

Some have sought to exclusively blame Hamas for the high Palestinian death toll, saying that the rockets resistance fighters were firing into Israel were “useless” and “toys,” and gave Israel the excuse to “retaliate” implying that resistance itself was to blame for the occupier’s violence. But the fallacy of this claim is exposed by the fact that the absence of rockets fired from the West Bank and the renunciation of resistance by the US-backed Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, has not spared Palestinian communities there from daily and escalating Israeli violence.

2 comments ↪
  • moshe

    When the arab cowards can stop hiding behind their women and children. then they can honestly complain about how the Jewish masters treat them.

    When the arab hypocrits can stop firing missiles and rockets from schools and private houses, then they can reasonably discuss Jewish oppression.

  • moshe

    The arabs write lies and amazingly people drink their poison and believe their "tonic".

    For example:

    Beginning in May 1949, tens of thousands of Yemenite Jews were brought to Israel on transport planes during Operation Magic Carpet. The Zionist movement, with the assistance of European colonialism, planted a western warship in the very heart of the Arab and Muslim world. This warship is guided by leaders with numerous skills and extensive experience in oppressing and humiliating which they learned in their own countries in Europe. This diseased group took over this area and during 120 years of oppression, we are witness to the Zionist expansion in the region.

    The Zionist movement in this region was founded on American and European support, and is equipped with the most advanced weaponry in the world, including nuclear weapons.

    Sixty years ago, following the deportation of the Palestinians from their land, Jews from Arab and Muslim countries were brought to Palestine with the full cooperation of Zionists and leaders from North America and Europe. The Jews from Arab and Muslim countries were slated to act as spare parts in place of the Palestinian deportees following the ethnic cleansing of Palestinian Arabs. This was in order to substantiate the demographics and militarism of the Zionists. These “spare parts” have now arrived at a situation of advanced decay and deep depression following years of humiliation, disinheritance and ethnic discrimination, as the European Jewish Zionists always viewed the Jews from Arab and Muslim countries as potential enemies, due to their proximity to Arab and Muslim culture.

    It is true that we took part in some of the wars that the Zionist movement initiated in this region, and we cooperated and caused extensive injustice to our Palestinian brothers and sisters. The situation and reality in which we lived, however, must be recalled: we were brought over as a helpless herd, our freedom and rights and property was taken from us and a war was waged on our Jewish culture that we brought from our homelands. Our mother tongue, Arabic, was uprooted, making it easier to brainwash us with Zionist propaganda. Thus we were transformed into an obedient herd, serving our masters.

    Today we are witness to an awakening of the second, third and fourth generations, the children of Jews who were brought from Arab and Muslim countries. We assume that the oppression of the Palestinians will continue for a long time and that the occupation will not be finished as long as the Zionist movement relies on our public to oppress the Palestinians and continue the occupation.

    I hereby turn to the heads of the Arab and Muslim countries, our homelands from which we left, were deported and were brought over through deception and lies. We are not coming to settle accounts with anyone from the Arab countries, as it is Zionism that made the lives of Jews into a living hell. The Arab leaders who collaborated in order to deport us and inherent our property were also those who collaborated with the colonialists in order to oppress their people. What is important is that the result was that the European Zionists exploited us in order to deepen their hold on this place and to oppress the native people, the Palestinians.

    We wish to pull the rug out from under the feet of the Zionists and their partners in the Arab world.

    The Zionists have long expressed the wish to “settle accounts” regarding the lost property of Arab Jews, particularly vis-à-vis the lost property of the Palestinians deported from their land. Cooperation of this sort by Arab countries will be considered cooperation with the Zionist movement and a betrayal of the Palestinian people. This property belongs to the Jews from Arab and Muslim countries and it must be directed toward positive channels that will open new direction for us and our brothers in Arab and Muslim countries, our natural place, for a better future.

    I call on leaders of the Arab countries to open their doors and to legislate humanitarian laws that call on Arab Jews to return to their homelands and be an integral part of this area in the present, as it was in the past and with a look to the future. The Zionist movement has legislation providing every Jew the right to settle in the state of Israel and receive benefits. These laws did not pertain to us and generally came at our expense.

    I wish to propose a similar law that would provide for a “right of return” of Jews from Arab and Muslim countries back to their homelands, financed by the property of our ancestors that was left behind in these countries, in order to facilitate settling in after 60 years of imposed exile, and to encourage support for this idea amongst other leaders and peoples. The atmosphere created will encourage Jews from these countries to return to their homelands and renew their belief in the place from which their ancestors left sixty years ago, belief that was torn apart during the sixty years of exile in Palestine. This atmosphere is crucial given the processes of oppression that Jews from Arab and Muslim countries underwent in Zionist Israel.

    If the gates will open in Arab and Muslim countries for the Jews to return home, the 40% of the Zionist Europeans will lose the “demographic security” we provided them, in addition to the “black laborers” who served them, and they will have to learn to act as a minority amongst the Arab majority, or return to their own homeland, as most of them have a second passport anyways.

    This type of crap, its normal fare in the arab press.