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 Jew and the Palestinian

Yossi Alpher:

At the end of the day, however, the operation confirms the contention I have voiced in these virtual pages repeatedly over recent weeks and months: neither Israel nor anyone else has a long-term workable strategy for dealing with Hamas in Gaza. This is a militant terrorist organization that has taken over a piece of Palestinian territory but refuses to behave like a sovereign power and, ultimately, glories in the victimhood or martyrdom of its people. Terms like victory, defeat and peace negotiations are irrelevant here. At its best, operation “Cast Lead” (the Hebrew term relates to the current Hanukah holiday, besides sounding appropriate in military terms) will deliver a few more months of ceasefire and tenuous coexistence between Islamist Gaza and its surroundings. Indeed, the operation apparently doesn’t aspire to achieve more than that.

Ghassan Khatib:

In spite of the heavy material and human losses, the Israeli attack on Gaza is strengthening Hamas politically and increasing public support and sympathy for the movement. Hamas is using this momentum to achieve an end to the closure of Gaza, not by Israel opening the crossings it controls but by Egypt opening Rafah. The irony here is that if Rafah is opened on Hamas’ terms, it will also secure a significant Israeli strategic objective, namely handing over effective responsibility for Gaza to Egypt.

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  • "Hamas in Gaza. This is a militant terrorist organization that has taken over a piece of Palestinian territory"..Yet they refuse to accept that Hamas political party democratically voted into power by Palestinians in fair elections, monitored by the whole world. For the choice the Palestinians made USA and Israel are punishing them for that voting them.

  • "This is a militant terrorist organization that has taken over a piece of Palestinian territory"

    How strange that Yossi doesn't mention a little thing like an election, which Hamas won decisively in Gaza in a count that probably puts the USA to shame for accuracy and transparency.

    Surely Mr Alpher can't imagine that Israel may simply dictate to its neighbours on their choice of leadership?

    Ah, he does! (How typical)

    Yossi's article typifies the Israeli mindset. Negotiation on an equal basis is not even considered as a possibility. It's all about how to 'manage' the other. The world must be re-arranged for Israeli convenience. Give and take is not on the agenda.

    An attitude such as this is simply incompatible with normal life in our world. With such a deeply-ingrained supremacist attitude, Israel is doomed to perpetual warfare. It's 'fight to survive' or bust, with the stakes constantly getting higher.

    The Zionist leadership will always blame 'the other', of course. It's never Israel's fault. The rest of the world arrogantly refuses to do what it's told, so it must be punished and punished more, on and on, with no end in sight.

    This is not a normal attitude and it does it give rise to normal behaviour. It is psychotic. If Israel were a person, it would be confined to the psychiatric ward. It’s behaviour is a perpetual danger to others and to itself.

    Because Zionism lacks respect for the other, in a fundamental and intrinsic way, it simply cannot co-exist peacefully. The rest of the world is rapidly coming to understand this. The zenith of this late-colonial supremacist movement has been reached. The turning point was probably the insane invasion and bombing of The Lebanon in 2006 and Hizbollah’s heroic resistance.

    Of course Gaza can be utterly destroyed. It may well be, given the maniacs vying for power in Israel and the bloodlust of most Israelis. Like the USA after Vietnam, Israel thirsts for renewed military success. It can have 'success' in Gaza by destroying it with overwhelming might. As always, it will blame the Palestinians for their plight, even as it massacres them en masse</i.

    But with ever-declining moral legitimacy and its psychopathology increasingly visible to the entire world, Zionism is doomed.

    Downhill all the way from now. Good riddance.

  • Well said Syd Walker.

    Rumours have it that Israel (eventually) will allow UN peacekeepers to monitor the border between Israel and Gaza. But the time the first peacekeepers arrive, there will be no Gaza just a graveyard on one side and Mini America on the other.

    Israel will never be forgiven.

  • The world community needs to pressure the USA to stop arming and giving diplomatic immunity of Israel.

    The time has come to STOP once and for all the evil Israeli colonial occupation of Palestine.

    We owe it to the Palestinian people to have self determination and autonomy.

    No more Israeli control of their borders.

    All the problems in the middle east are a consequence to the inhumane, brutal, ruthless and criminal Israeli military occupation of Palestine and its people.

    As long as Israel continues with its heinous crimes

    there will be no peace in the middle east.