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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Human rights justice for all

A necessary request from Israel’s leading human rights group, B’Tselem:

B’Tselem welcomes the appointment of the jurist Richard Goldstone to head the fact-finding mission, called for by the UN Human Rights Council, to investigate the recent fighting in Gaza. Particularly welcome is the delegation’s mandate, which covers violations of international humanitarian law by both sides, in the Gaza Strip and in Israel.

B’Tselem believes that the delegation’s mandate and its composition provide the basic conditions necessary for an independent, fair, and credible investigation. However, the delegation’s success depends on the full cooperation of both sides. A balanced and objective investigation is clearly in Israel’s best interest. Victims of the recent fighting – Palestinians as well as Israelis – have a right to a remedy, including recognition of their suffering and accountability for those who violated their rights.

Toward this end, B’Tselem calls on the government of Israel to enable the delegation to enter Israel and the Gaza Strip. Also, Israel should provide the delegation with all relevant materials in its possession so that the members will have before them the considerations that guided the military in determining the targets that were bombed and the weapons that were used, as well as the orders given to the ground troops. Israel has made grave allegations regarding the combat of Hamas fighters. This evidence must also be provided to the mission.

Regarding Israel’s conduct, the delegation must investigate

  • Whether civilian objects were the target of attack, even though the objects did not contribute to Hamas’s military actions
  • Whether the army acted in accordance with the principle of  proportionality, whereby it is forbidden to carry out an attack that is likely to cause injury to civilians that is excessive  in comparison with the direct military advantage anticipated from the attack
  • Whether soldiers fired at civilians without justification
  • Whether soldiers used Palestinian civilians as human shields
  • Whether ambulances and medical teams, while carrying out their medical duties, were attacked
  • Whether there was delay in evacuating and treating injured persons in areas in which the fighting had ceased at the time
  • Prohibited use of weapons, including white phosphorous

Regarding Palestinian forces, the delegation must investigate

  • The firing of rockets at Israeli civilians.
  • The firing at soldiers from inside civilian neighborhoods, endangering the lives of the residents.
  • Storage of weapons inside civilian structures.
  • Execution of Palestinians suspected of aiding Israel and political opponents
  • Holding of Gilad Shalit as a hostage.
  • whether Hamas militants forced civilians to serve as human shields and made improper use of ambulances and hospitals
2 comments ↪
  • Marilyn

    We know from Amnesty and HRW, Gisha and others that the Palestinians did not do any of those things.

    Did you know that B'Tselem were cheering on the massacre while it was happening?

    I love it when even B'Tselem whine about shooting from civilian areas when the whole of Gaza is a civilian area, it's not like they have army bases to go to or that they should go into the open and say "come and bomb me".

    It's truly pathetic when even B'Tselem can't be bothered getting the simple point that the Palestinians are allowed to fight back.

  • Blue Canary

    A Parody of Herzl's Vision

    The modern state of Israel is a parody of Theodor Herzl's magnificent vision of a Jewish homeland, an agro-economy built upon communal endeavor and in co-operation with its neighbors. Instead we have an occupying force under the command of corrupt politicians that slaughters its neighbours like chickens in a coop. Diverting essential water supplies and restricting a population of 1.5 million in a grotesque ghetto closed off from contact with the outside world – God alone knows what atrocities have been and are falsely committed in the name of Judaism. Zionism is a failed political movement that, like the KKK, will run its anachronistic course and then be gone. But not before hundreds, if not thousands, of innocent lives have been thrown away on the bogus premise that political Zionism has something to do with Judaism.