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 Blogging Revolution, released by Melbourne University Press in 2008, is a colourful and revelatory account of bloggers around the globe why live and write under repressive regimes - many of them risking their lives in doing so. Antony Loewenstein's travels take him to private parties in Iran and Egypt, internet cafes in Saudi Arabia and Damascus, to the homes of Cuban dissidents and into newspaper offices in Beijing, where he discovers the ways in which the internet is threatening the ruld of governments. Through first-hand investigations, he reveals the complicity of Western multinationals in assisting the restriction of information in these countries and how bloggers are leading the charge for change. The blogging revolution is a superb examination about the nature of repression in the twenty-first century and the power of brave individuals to overcome it. It was released in an updated edition in 2011, post the Arab revolutions, and an updated Indian print version in 2011.
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The numbers speak for themselves

60 Minutes featured last night a remarkable story about the Israel/Palestine conflict. The message? The Jewish state’s addiction to colonial expansion has made the two-state solution impossible and apartheid is coming (if not already present in the West Bank). For one of America’s leading current affairs shows to say this, something any realist has known for years, shows that Israel and its blind supporters are against the tide of history:

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  • ej

    The hasbara package of lies was concisely laid out by one Uri Dromi in the Guardian 22 January:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jan/22/gaza-israel-hamas-marzook
    The bullshit was succinctly demolished by Avi Shlaim in today’s Guardian:
    What Uri Dromi says about Hamas is pure and poisonous Israeli propaganda (This Hamas hallucination, 23 January). In every respect his article is almost the exact opposite of the truth. Dromi claims that: “The Orwellian mindset of the organisation is as much a barrier to peace as the rockets it fires.” But it is the newspeak of Israeli propagandists like Dromi that is truly Orwellian.
    Over the last four weeks the powerful Israeli propaganda machine has been churning out lie after lie about Hamas in order to excuse its own inexcusable onslaught. Israel stopped journalists going into Gaza, preventing any independent reporting on the war crimes its forces were committing. Truth is usually the first casualty in war. Gaza was not even a war in the conventional sense of the word; it was one-sided carnage.
    Here are some of the facts Dromi ignores or wilfully misrepresents. First, Hamas is the democratically elected government of the Palestinian people, not the corrupt regime led by Mahmoud Abbas. Second, Hamas spokesmen have repeatedly declared their readiness for a long-term ceasefire. Khalid Mish’al recently did so on these pages (Comment, 6 January). Third, Hamas has a solid record of observing ceasefires, while Israel has a consistent record of sabotaging them. Fourth, even during the ceasefire Israel did not lift its economic blockade of the 1.5 million inhabitants of Gaza, a form of collective punishment forbidden by international law. Fifth, the offensive unleashed in Gaza was illegal, immoral and unnecessary. If all Israel wanted was to stop rocket attacks from Gaza, all it had to do was to observe the ceasefire brokered by Egypt in June 2008.
    Professor Avi Shlaim
    Oxford
    This letter deserves to be reproduced on all occasions that the lies re Hamas are trotted out by the faithful.

  • Ekk

    Nearly seventy ago, in the course of World War II, a heinous crime was committed in the city of Leningrad. For more than a thousand days, a gang of extremists called “the Red Army” held the millions of the town’s inhabitants hostage and provoked retaliation from the German Wehrmacht from inside the population centers. The Germans had no alternative but to bomb and shell the population and to impose a total blockade, which caused the death of hundreds of thousands.

    Some time before that, a similar crime was committed in England. The Churchill gang hid among the population of London, misusing the millions of citizens as a human shield. The Germans were compelled to send their Luftwaffe and reluctantly reduce the city to ruins. They called it the Blitz.

    http://www.alternet.org/audits/121848?page=2

    Absurd?
    Well, read Uri Avnery:
    Israel Screwed Itself Over with Its Gaza Assault; the World Sees It as a ‘Blood-Stained Monster’
    to see just how absurd.

    The previous possibility of a practical two-state solution has fallen and become buried under the onslaught/burden of lies & falsification, because as Averny explains here:

    “War — every war — is the realm of lies. Whether called propaganda or psychological warfare, everybody accepts that it is right to lie for one’s country. Anyone who speaks the truth runs the risk of being branded a traitor.

    The trouble is that propaganda is most convincing for the propagandist himself. And after you convince yourself that a lie is the truth and falsification reality, you can no longer make rational decisions.”
    http://www.alternet.org/audits/121848

  • ej

    A colleague pointed out to me that the 2006 Israeli destruction of Lebanon managed to demolish a handy proportion of Lebanese industrial capacity.
    Poor shots or something else at work?
    While emphasis is essential on the cynical murder of populations, this strategic attack on economic infrastructure clearly has additional dramatic implications.
    Israel’s imperative (supported by the Anglo-American-EU alliance) to established absolute economic hegemony in the Middle East.
    Why the destruction of Iraqi infrastructure by the invading forces? qui bono? THere is no other rational explanation for the invasion of Iraq.
    On to Iran for the same reasons.

  • John Miate

    Here is a wikipedia list of Israeli attacks targeted against Lebanese industry in 2006.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attacks_affecting_Lebanese_industry_in_the_2006_Lebanon_war

    Just to give 1 example:
    “Liban Lait is the name of the largest dairy farm in Lebanon, founded in 1997. It was attacked during the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict. Liban Lait has the contract to supply the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with milk; previously, this contract had been held by an Israeli firm.”

  • Marilyn

    I watched that 60 Minutes program on line and remembered why 60 Minutes was once the best Current Affairs program in the world.

    What was really appalling was the damn Israeli soldiers in the house refusing to let the kids into their own home.

    And that vile woman Daniella. I would not want that gorgon as a migrant to Australia – she would build her house in someone’s back yard if she could.

    Antony, can you find out if Sand’s book has been translated into English yet and if it is available in Australia?

  • ej

    Very handy link from John Miate.
    The point of my above post was to draw attention to Donald Macintyre’s piece in the Guardian Monday 26th
    on the Israeli systematic destruction of industrial infrastructure in Gaza.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/donald-macintyre-an-assault-on-the-peace-process-1515732.html
    You have to hand it to the svengalis who run that outfit. They think of everything.
    And the Australian jewish self-styled establishment can be counted upon to mount the furious propaganda and lobbying campaign to defend whatever the svengalis come up with.