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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Australian Jews slam ‘inhuman’ Gaza conflict

The following story appears on the ABC today:

More than 100 Australian Jews have signed a letter describing Israel’s military action in Gaza as disproportionate.

The letter has been written by the group Independent Australian Jewish Voices.

Among the signatories is the former Whitlam government MP Moss Cass, the writer Linda Jaivin, and the New South Wales Greens MP Ian Cohen.

A spokesman for the group, Antony Loewenstein, believes the Gaza offensive is inhuman.

“There is a growing number of Jews around the world, tens of thousands if not more in the last week, [who] if nothing else have spoken out forcefully against Israel,” he said.

“Yes, we believe Israel has the right to security, that goes without saying. But the fact is that Australian Jews, and any other Jew in the world, any other citizen for that matter, has the right to speak out.”

But the deputy chief of mission at the Israeli embassy in Canberra, Eli Yerushalmi, says people who are not in Israel are not well placed to comment on the action.

“It’s very easy to sit down in cities, in the safety of Australia or other countries, and criticise Israel,” he said.

“We are in a different kind of situation where 15 per cent of our population is now in shelters, our kids aren’t going to school, people cannot go to the supermarket, people can’t move around freely, because they’re afraid of rocket attacks.”

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  • ej

    As Eli Yerushalmi would welcome pro-Israel support from wherever it can be found and would disdain anti-government/military dissent from Jewish Israelis disgusted at their leadership's actions (in particular Israeli journalists disseminating their digust globally), EY, as per usual for the hasbara, will say anything necessary to divert attention from the gruesome reality. And if EY is concerned to elevate the pre-eminence of personal experience, why does not Israel open the killing fields that is Gaza to the world for scrutiny?

    Congratulations to the IAJV statement and to the individual signatories.

    Yet Australian Jewish officialdom continues regardless. The letter in today's Age accompanying an abbreviated version of the IAJV statement (the usual necessity for media 'balance') is a masterpiece of scurrility. An obscenity in miniature. But one of countless in the same vein on a daily basis.

    'Official' spokesmen Rubinstein and Alhadeff in response to the IAJV statement continue defiant, unrepentant, in denial. They have blood on their hands. If Rubinstein and Alhadeff, et. al. are unrepresentative, why are they not replaced? Why should Zionist organisations, essentially supporters of terrorism, be allowed to continue to function in Austtralia? Why should a federal Member of Parliament, de facto the member for a foreign power, a criminal state, be permitted to retain his place in Parliament?

    The Australian Jewish News is a repository of blanket denial and closet or explicit racism, as are the perennial letters to the press from our hasbara spear-carriers. Reading French history at the moment, and being exposed to blood-curdling anti-Semitism from Dreyfus to Vichy, now seen universally as a horror from a past age, one is inclined to ask why this latter-day variant on a racist theme is tolerated in a supposedly civilised society.

    What dents have the valiant individuals represented by this IAJV statement made in the unrepentant pro-Israel lobby publicly represented by 'official' Australian Jewish organisations, devoted (among other things) to inhibiting elected Australian officials from adopting a moral stance on the criminality that is the state of Israel? These people, fifth columnists for a foreign power, are disenfranchising me.

    Many Jewish 'faith' schools combine in their mission statements a devotion to the inculcation of profound moral and spiritual principles with the desire to inculcate in their young charges a (seemingly uncritical) devotion to the state of Israel. Isn't there a tension in this combination?

    Vale, IAJV members, but the Australian Jewish community is on trial.