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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Dissident Jews should really just be shot

The following letter appears in this week’s Australian Jewish News:

One of the revelations of the Jewish Population Survey was that 80 per cent of Jews support Israel. As editorialised in The AJN, this debunks the “absurd notion pushed by the likes of Antony Loewenstein and Jews Against the Occupation that there is a large silent group of Australian Jews who don’t support Israel”.

Another myth pushed by these anti-Zionist Jews -– that their views are being silenced and the current Jewish leadership and representation doesn’t represent all the Jewish community -– is equally absurd.

This view is also pushed by left-wing bloggers such as Yvonne Fein’s Sensible Jew, a perennial critic of The AJN and Jewish Community Council of Victoria.

Our sole national Jewish newspaper consistently publishes views and editorials from all parts of the political spectrum, and the letters column is certainly not censored (I can attest to that).

A day doesn’t go by when Fairfax, Crikey, ABC or SBS don’t offer a platform for these dissident Jews to attack the mainstream Jewish community and Israel. In fact, far from being silenced, the views of these minority Jews seem to be heard the loudest in our media and universities.

There are not a lot of Jews queuing up to take leadership positions, a thankless task in our Jewish community organisations, which anybody can join and eventually stand for election in.

It is very easy to criticise those Jews who volunteer their time from the safety of blog sites and letters to the editor.

It’s time for these people who do nothing to offer the Jewish community to put up or shut up.

MICHAEL BURD
Toorak, Vic

4 comments ↪
  • ej

    Ah yes. Michael Burdbrain.

    Probably the most published letter-writing Israel hasbara hack of the entire coterie.

    And none of them has substance.  (at least he doesn't puff out the length with the usual lies like his comparators.)

    Short and sweet rants against the evil that godly Israel faces, Islamo-fascists under every bed, etc.

    Staggering that individuals can feel pride in supporting ethnic cleansing as a way of life; equally staggering that Burdbarin and his ilk get published at all.  

  • ep

    Let's get the "logic" of burd's thinking right:
     
    (1) the AJN publishes views from all parts of the political spectrum, which is good.
    (2) the survey reveals the oz jewish community falls mostly on the 'right' end of the political spectrum re israel, which is good.
    (3) the minority falling on the 'left' end re israel keep expressing their views, which is bad.
    (4) therefore, the minority should shut up.
    (5) therefore, expression of all views is both good (1) and bad (4).
     
    Maybe burd should take his own advice and shut up … or at least get a decent education in elementary logic.

  • ep

    Let's get the "logic" of burd's thinking right:
     
    (1) the AJN publishes views from all parts of the political spectrum, which is good.
    (2) the survey reveals the oz jewish community falls mostly on the 'right' end of the political spectrum re israel, which is good.
    (3) the minority falling on the 'left' end re israel keep expressing their views, which is bad.
    (4) therefore, expression of all views is both good (1) and bad (3).
     
    Maybe burd should take his own advice and shut up … or at least get an education in elementary logic.

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    Do you know what are they?

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    Moses parted the Arabian Sea and freed the Jews from slavery.

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