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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.

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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Gaza Freedom March decides not to allow Egypt to divide and conquer

The latest on our Gaza Freedom March, via al-Jazeera, conveys the high drama currently taking place in Egypt and beyond. Solidarity with the people of Gaza should always be the central concern:

Members of an international group gathered in Cairo to protest against the siege of Gaza have rejected an Egyptian offer to allow 100 of them entry into the Palestinian territory.

Organisers of the Gaza Freedom March (GFM), which is comprised of 1,300 people from 42 different countries, declined the offer on Wednesday, saying “we refuse to whitewash the siege of Gaza”.

Egyptian authorities had initially said the group would not be allowed to cross the border, citing security reasons and a “sensitive situation”.

The activists were hoping to march into Gaza on the anniversary of Israel’s 22-day offensive on the territory as a sign of solidarity with its people, carrying with them aid and supplies.

Egypt’s Rafah border crossing point is the only entrance point into the Gaza Strip not controlled by Israel.

However, both it and the Israeli-controlled border points have largely remained sealed since 2007, when Palestinian faction Hamas took full control of the territory after brutal infighting with rivals Fatah.

Cairo concession

March organisers had called the Egyptian government’s concession a “partial victory” but said the offer was not sufficient.

Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada and a participant in the march, posted to his blog, saying that “it’s not enough and the pressure and protests should be kept up”.

“However, getting 100 or 1,300 into Gaza does not end the siege by itself. This is not about getting some or even all into Gaza, its building global support and pressure to end the siege of Gaza,” he said.

Roqayah Chamseddine, a US student attending the march, told Al Jazeera: “Our mission is not to be divided and sending only 100 of over 1,300 would be doing just that.

“For anyone to claim that Egypt was doing us a favour by offering to allow 100 GFM members to go is asinine and baseless.

“Those borders must be opened and as long as Egypt continues to seemingly aid Israel in subjugating the people of Palestine we will also continue to resist an protest.”

Gaza Freedom March members have held multiple small protests in Cairo, as well as on Tuesday joining Egyptian activists to demonstrate against a one-day visit by Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister.

Earlier on Tuesday, around 40 US citizens marching to their embassy in the Egyptian capital were met along the way by riot police, who corralled them into groups of 10 before allowing them access, participants said.

On Sunday and Monday, about 80 people held a sit-in oustide the French embassy to try to rally international support for the movement.

Others, such as US citizen Hedy Epstein, an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor, have gone on hunger strike to protest against Egypt’s refusal to allow the march to proceed.

Viva Palestina

A separate aid convoy, which had been trying to reach Gaza by way of Jordan’s Red Sea port of Aqaba, has meanwhile agreed to travel via Syria instead.

The Viva Palestina convoy, carrying 210 lorries full of humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, crossed into Syria on Tuesday after spending five days in Jordan, negotiating with the Egyptian consul there.

It is now expected to set sail from the Syrian port of Latakia to the Egyptian port of El Arish on the Mediterranean, and then cross through Rafah into Gaza from there.

A statement from the Egypt’s ministry of information said that George Galloway, the British member of parliament leading the convoy, had been told by November 10 that the group had to travel through El Arish, even though it is not the most direct route.

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  • From where I'm standing it looks like all the trouble here and in most other parts of the world, is emanating from abusive and immoral foreign polices of successive Imperial Governments of the United States of America.

    Sadly thanks to Zionist controlled US media, the generally unwitting and uninformed American tax-payers have no idea of how many TRILLIONS of their hard earnt tax dollars have been squandered on foolish obsessions like Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, (Iran in 1953 and again in 2010?), Israel/Palestine and many, many others.  The USA are perpetually destroying "unapproved" democracies around the world.  The tidal waves of misery, grief and hatred caused by the direct actions and appeasements of the USA Imperialist machine has already wrecked human relations and hopes for peace on this beautiful RICH planet for the next few decades at least.

    What's the answer?  First of all VOTE OUT the "experienced" (BENT) politicians and give GENUINE people like the Green Party or maybe the Liberal Democrats or Respect Party a chance to act with humanity and justice for the people and the planet, not just GREED for Nationalistic Imperial ideologies.

  • Kevin Charles Herber

    How many Aussie voters are prepared to ditch their allegiance to the major parties over their respective pro Zionist Middle East policies, and vote for the Greens at the next Federal Election?

  • KEVIN – WELL SAID

    DAILY MURDERS of INNOCENTS in foreign lands make me WEEP-why r people SUCH FOOLS 2 SUPPORT & VOTE4 THIS INSANITY? Stop votin RD,CL

    RD,CL = Republican, Democrat, Conservative, Labour!

    They helped the rich get richer as our quality of life STAGNATES – they are all disgusting conmen & women. STOP voting for BENT people who "work the system" we need FRESH people in POLITICS who work from their HEARTS not their WALLETS

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