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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.

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Which Holocaust did you have in mind?

And I wonder how many British kids know anything at all about the history of Palestine and the Palestinian people:

Some schoolchildren believe Auschwitz is the name of a type of beer or a religious festival, rather than the notorious concentration camp.

Around 1.3 million people perished in the Nazi death camp during the Second World War, but a survey of more than 1,000 secondary school pupils aged 11-16 revealed that a quarter still did not know its purpose.

Of those, about 10% were not sure what it was, 8% thought it was a country bordering Germany, 2% thought it was a beer, the same proportion said it was a religious festival and a further 1% said it was a type of bread.

4 comments ↪
  • Rosie Young

    British aid convoy of 99 vehicles organised by Viva Palestina crosses into Gaza after nearly a month on the road.

    http://www.vivapalestina.org/

  • Marilyn

    Antony, it might come as a rude shock to jews but they were not the only people to die in that wretched war.

    And as has been pointed out by historians like Giles MacDonogh who deal with data and facts, fully 2 thirds of most jews actually escaped before the war.

    Hence the pre-war census that I have found claims 12 million Jews and the post war claims 11 million.

    It seems that many simply died of starvation just like the rest of the population.

    Like 10 million German civilians during the war and the 3 million after the war murdered by the so-called allies and the 16 million or so ethnically cleansed from other parts of Europe to Berlin.

    The blue print for the ethnic cleansing of Palestine was in fact written by Morgenthau as you very well know and the west carried it out.

    With 70 million people dead in WW11 why the hell would British kids give a toss about just one tiny group? Give over mate.

    I have sympathy for every person murdered in that great global holocaust, but jews were not that special and it can no longer be used as an excuse for specialness to allow them to keep persecuting and killing Palestinians.

    Ilan Pappe shows very clearly that the plan to get rid of arabs and steal the land started nearly 100 years before WW11 so that can't be used as an excuse anymore either.

    Sorry old chum, with the Blitz and massive starvation and hardship in Britain why should they teach so much about Auschwitz?

    The atom bombs in Japan, the fire bombing of Dresden, the blitzkreig on London and Liverpool, they all deserve to be taught, not just jewish "history".

  • mallee

    Marilyn,

    There are of course many more 'holocausts'; the American indians were almost obliterated and their lands stolen, similar things happened in Australia. What about the Africans taken as slaves? The Belgian activities in the Congo, the Spanish in South America. The treatment of the Algerians by the French who also were in Vietnam. Thinking of Vietnam, how many did we kill in Vietnam and for what?

    The real doozey is the starvation of the Ukrainian Christians, some reports go up to 20 million. (bit more than 6!) Not much mentioned about; that and who the operatives were who instigated and carried it out.

    Who runs the heroine trade form Afghanisatn and how many in the world is that substance killing whilst the profits go to black operations?

    Then again, who writes the history these days and controls the dissemination of information.

    Yep, the kids have a lot more to learn about, then the horrors of WW11 such as the bombing of Dresden?

    Whilst never forgetting history, they might be better prepared for now, by learning about what is really happening in the world at the present time by ignoring the mass deception media and doing their own research. Who knows, they might ensure a more tolerant and peacefull future for the world by looking at the complete picture, or at least having some understanding of past attrocities committed by humanity.

  • Marilyn

    3 million in Vietnam, 3 million in the illegal attack on Cambodia.

    And let us never, ever forget that each and every year 9 million children under 5 die of hunger while stupid men go and start more deranged wars.