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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Jimmy Carter is an anti-Semite and other related topics

Oh Jewish state, you inspire religious fundamentalism and hardline Zionism:

Is there a nation in the history of the world, who during a war instigated against it, actually dropped brochures, made phone calls and sent emails warning innocent civilians to leave an area that was going to be attacked? Only Israel has cared so much for “the lives” of innocent people, even people who hate it and wish it destroyed.

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  • Johnson

    My ass…………….They have recently banned cooking oil from entering Gaza and to quote Noam Chomsky that is used to cook "almost everything" in Gaza. Let's admit to ourselves once and for all what Israel is doing (and I could care less who I offend) it has literally forcefully dispossed people from where they live and then put them in concentration camps…time to wake up world!!!

    This conflict, which could be settled tomorrow (if the settlers and the occupiers left what is left of "Palestine"), is the centre of the web to which all the 21st Century wars in the Middle East stem.

    Israel however is now playing with fire, if people from all over the world are actually now travelling over there in protest to it's brutal occupation, seige and so forth where is there left to go? The Palestinians are going absolutely nowhere because despite the bullshit propaganda in books, on the internet, on the 6 o'clock news and the rhetoric that is dolled out in parlament if there is any thing that anybody worth their 2 cents knows, is that there are in the very least around 3-4 million people of Palestine. If they were to leave or die someone is going to have alot of questions to answer.

    I hate to quote Hassan Nasrallah but the man makes a bloody good point and evidence is rife of a very important point he made recently, "Theo Herzl mentioned in his lifetime that if Israel were to lose EVEN ONE war, it would be the beginning of the end for Israel". Ever since they lost the war in Lebanon support for boycotts and the people Palestine have become a major topic on the world scene especially the intellectual scene, it has become evident that the topic of all things brutal in the so called Holy Land cannot be excused anymore and people are sick and tired Holocaust or Not! 

  • Wow, this wingnut has quite a rapsheet on Jimmy Carter! Shame though that Carter is making this ridiculous volte face, primarily to give his son a head start in American sewer politics…

  • Shaun

    Worst…President…Ever.

  • Kevin Charles Herber

    Gert,

    Go to You Tube & check out the sources there for Jimmy Carter's long term crusade on behalf of the Palestinians.

    The see if you can make the same criticism of him….I doubt it.

  • George

    what jimmy carter wrote in his book was actually a rather tepid version of the actual documentary record.

  • Marilyn

    The torah is not real.  It was written by a bunch of blokes and then used to create a religion.  It has been debunked as absurd nonsense centuries ago, not an historical fact to be found.

    And it strikes me that the Israelis love blood spilling – so long as it is arab blood.

    And it is not a jewish state and has never been a jewish state.

  • Shaun

    Feel better after having vomited that up Marilyn?

  • iResistDe4iAm

    "Is there a nation in the history of the world, …" 

     

    Is there a nation in the history of the world, who during a war instigated against a blockaded, forcibly impoverished and defenceless population:

    – actually sealed all land, sea and air escape routes before launching its Blitzkrieg in the most densely populated strip on earth?

    – brazenly used weapons of mass destruction including white phosphorus against civilian areas, in violation of international law?

    – deliberately destroyed civilian infrastructure including countless homes, schools, mosques, factories, water, sewerage and power plants, and humanitarian facilities?

    – actually corralled civilians into supposed safe houses and then bombed those very safe houses, wiping out entire families?

    – took over civilian houses and forcibly used the civilian owners as human shields?  

    – murdered unarmed civilians carrying white flags who tried to flee the war zones?  

    – forcibly prevented ambulances and medical teams from gaining access to the wounded and dying? 

     

    Is there a nation in the history of the world, who after a war instigated against a blockaded, forcibly impoverished and defenceless population:

    – actually continued to punish and impoverish the shocked, awed and defenceless population by denying them the basic necessities of life including such "luxuries" as pasta, medicine, books, and the materials with which to rebuild their war torn lives, homes and cities? 

     

    Is there a nation in the history of the world, who after a war instigated against a blockaded, forcibly impoverished and defenceless population:

    – actually ignored, belittled and defamed every major international and Israeli human rights organisation who dared to document and condemn its illegal conduct in that war?