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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After Zionism, published in 2012 and 2013 with co-editor Ahmed Moor, brings together some of the world s leading thinkers on the Middle East question to dissect the century-long conflict between Zionism and the Palestinians, and to explore possible forms of a one-state solution. Time has run out for the two-state solution because of the unending and permanent Jewish colonization of Palestinian land. Although deep mistrust exists on both sides of the conflict, growing numbers of Palestinians and Israelis, Jews and Arabs are working together to forge a different, unified future. Progressive and realist ideas are at last gaining a foothold in the discourse, while those influenced by the colonial era have been discredited or abandoned. Whatever the political solution may be, Palestinian and Israeli lives are intertwined, enmeshed, irrevocably. This daring and timely collection includes essays by Omar Barghouti, Jonathan Cook, Joseph Dana, Jeremiah Haber, Jeff Halper, Ghada Karmi, Antony Loewenstein, Saree Makdisi, John Mearsheimer, Ahmed Moor, Ilan Pappe, Sara Roy and Phil Weiss.
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JPost man blames Obama for Iran’s growing rise

This is how the editor of the Jerusalem Post, David Horowitz, views the recent oh so mild pressure from America:

By deliberately inflating the [settlement] Ramat Shlomo issue into a public crisis of faith in its ally, the Obama administration has encouraged Israel’s enemies.

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  • iResistDe4iAm

    "ALL OF this we understand. And none of it merits the deliberate, disproportionate escalation by the Obama presidency of the Ramat Shlomo dispute . . ." – The Jerusalem Post 

     

    That's not disproportionate! It's a trivial but overdue lovers' quarrel that's been 43 years in the making. 

     

    The military attacks and casualties, however, are disproportionate

     

    Total killed in war on Gaza:

    Palestinians = 1,417

    Israelis  = 13 (4 by friendly fire)

    Kill rate ~ 109:1 

     

    Civilians killed in war on Gaza:

    Palestinians = 926

    Israelis  = 3

    Kill rate ~ 309:1 

     

    The relative military arsenals are also disproportionate

     

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is equipped with state-of-the-art heavy weapons systems:

    High quality main battle tanks = 1030

    Medium and low quality tanks = 1620

    APCs, IFVs, ARVs, LCVs = 7070

    Self-propelled artillery = 1114

    Combat warplanes = 541

    Transport warplanes = 66

    Training warplanes = 110

    Military helicopters = 184

    Heavy SAM batteries = 25

    Warships = 13

    Submarines = 3

    Patrol boats = 50 

     

    The Palestinian paramilitary forces are equipped with home-made rockets:

    Qassam rockets = unknown

    Battle tanks = 0

    APCs, IFVs, ARVs, LCVs = 0

    Self-propelled artillery = 0

    Warplanes = 0

    Military helicopters = 0

    Heavy SAM batteries = 0

    Warships = 0

    Submarines = 0

    Patrol boats = 0

  • Shaun

    Only a fool would see symetry with your enemy as something to be worked towards and a higher death toll doesn't have any realtionship with the morality of your cause.  German and Japanese casualties were far higher than allied casualties in the second world war and that's a good thing.  Every military in the world strives to overwhelmingly dominate those who are trying to kill them.  While Israelis build bomb shelters for their civilians, the Arabs use civilian facilities such as schools, mosques and homes as military centres which as we all know is a war crime. 

  • iResistDe4iAm

    Are you suggesting that there is symmetry in the level of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed against the civilian populations of Palestine and Israel?

    There is no symmetry. Israeli war crimes are much much greater in reach, severity and magnitude. Israeli war crimes are much much greater in casualties, deliberate destruction of civilian infrastructue and collective punishment. 

     

    All major international and Israeli human rights organisations have documented and condemned the disproportionate Israeli war crimes.  

     

    More recently, the Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict headed by Justice Richard Goldstone, found there is evidence indicating serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law committed by both sides. However, it found overwhelming evidence that the biggest and most serious violations were committed by one side. 

     

    Some extracts:

    http://www.un.org.au/Report-of-the-United-Nations

     

    "The Mission found that, in the lead up to the Israeli military assault on Gaza, Israel imposed a blockade amounting to collective punishment and carried out a systematic policy of progressive isolation and deprivation of the Gaza Strip. During the Israeli military operation, code-named “Operation Cast Lead,” houses, factories, wells, schools, hospitals, police stations and other public buildings were destroyed. Families are still living amid the rubble of their former homes long after the attacks ended, as reconstruction has been impossible due to the continuing blockade. More than 1,400 people were killed during the military operation

     

    The report concludes that the Israeli military operation was directed at the people of Gaza as a whole, in furtherance of an overall and continuing policy aimed at punishing the Gaza population, and in a deliberate policy of disproportionate force aimed at the civilian population. The destruction of food supply installations, water sanitation systems, concrete factories and residential houses was the result of a deliberate and systematic policy which has made the daily process of living, and dignified living, more difficult for the civilian population

     

    The Report states that Israeli acts that deprive Palestinians in the Gaza Strip of their means of subsistence, employment, housing and water, that deny their freedom of movement and their right to leave and enter their own country, that limit their rights to access a court of law and an effective remedy, could lead a competent court to find that the crime of persecution, a crime against humanity, has been committed"

     

    Readers are not fools, they are capable of digesting all the relevant information and making up their own minds.

  • Shaun

    Wow, the UN wrote a report condemning Israel – stop the presses, what a shocka! 

    Thankfully Israel is not ruled by the UN and will continue to do whatever it decides is necessary in order to protect its civilians from the terror attacks of the 'Palestinians'.

  • iResistDe4iAm

     The Palestinians (the indigenous inhabitants of Israel/Palestine) have the right to defend themselves, and to defend the leftover remnants (22%) of their homeland from ongoing occupation, colonization and theft.

  • Shaun

    Do you also demand that Jordan become part of this imaginary "Palestine" or do you only want to see the distruction of the Jewish homeland?  If Israel has occupied, colonised and stolen the "Palestinaians" land, then so too have the Jordanians and yet people like you always seem to ignore the Arabs and fixate on the Jews.  Very stange that.

  • iResistDe4iAm

    Read some history. The Jordanians didn't ethnically cleanse anybody and steal their country. They are the indigenous inhabitants of Jordan, which was once called Transjordan, which was once part of the British Mandate of Palestine. 

     

    Read some history. The United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine was a plan to divide Palestine, not Israel. The UN Partition Plan covered what is now Israel, the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.  

     

    Here's the map of the proposed partition of Palestine. Check it out for yourself.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:UN_Partition_Pl
     

    Please note that Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt were EXCLUDED from partition because they were not part of Palestine at the time, they were independent states. 

     

    As I noted before, the world is full of people who are quick to volunteer to give away other people’s homes, lands and countries, but who never volunteer to give away their own.

  • Shaun

    So many words to say so little.  The question still stands: do you equally demand that Jordan to be part of some future "Palestine" or is it only Israel that you want to see destroyed?  If the "Palestinians" have a right to Israel, then they equally have a right to all of Jordan.  Anybody who has spent more than a few days in Jordan knows that "Palestinians" living in Jordan are treated like animals by the Jordanian Arabs where they are denied even the most fundamental of rights such as being granted citizenship in the land of their birth.  Funny how "anti-Zionists" never seem to have anything to say about Jordan.  Must be because their aren't any Jews there to spew hate at, oops, I meant "Zionists".

  • iResistDe4iAm

    I don't know what Zionist, Eretz Israel or supremacist ideologies you subscribe to (that's your choice), but stop trying to propagate their lies, myths and propaganda as facts. Most people have woken up to the "there are no Palestinians, they did not exist" and related lies.

  • Shaun

    Avoided the question again.

  • ej

    No S

    he didn't avoid the question. you avoided the answer.

    Because the Final Solution is not politically possible even to Israelis (they can get away with everything else), the fundamental problem for the Zios is how to get rid of the original inhabitants and their descendants. Piss those who remain off to Jordan has long been a preferred option by Labor.

    The arrogance, as usual, is beyond belief.

  • Shaun

    So Jordan, which was part of the British mandate of Palestine, was not really "Palestine"  – OK, I'm glad we've got that straight then.  I'm sure the "Palestinians" imprisoned in their ancestral homeland which is now called Jordan would appreciate your solidarity.

    Now where were we?  Oh, that's right, we were talking about how evil Jews are.  Please continue.

  • iResistDe4iAm

    Your "Jordan is Palestine" logic is flawed, selective, inconsistent and illogical. Furthermore, although your premise is based on historical fact ("was once a part of the British mandate of Palestine"), your conclusion distorts time creating a Jordanian time-warp (a 1923-1946 Jordan in a 2010 world) which cannot be explained by Time Travel theory.  

     

    Since your "Jordan is Palestine" logic is a core component of your ideology, you should try to spend a bit more time to validate it before attempting to propagate it any further. To that effect, try this quick quiz. I'll keep it simple for you: 

     

    If JORDAN, which was once a part of the British mandate of Palestine, IS PALESTINE,

    ( = Jordan is Palestine )

    then why is Israel, which was also once a part of the British mandate of Palestine, not Palestine?

    ( = Israel is Palestine ) 

     

    Now apply the same logic to another country with a similar UN mandate in the same region and same historical timeframe: 

     

    Why is Lebanon, which was once a part of the French mandate of Syria, not Syria?

    ( = Lebanon is Syria ) 

     

    Now it gets complicated: 

     

    Why is Syria, Lebanon, Palestine/Israel and Jordan, which were once a part of the Ottoman province of Syria, not Syria?

    ( = Jordan is Syria, Israel is Syria, etc ) 

     

    Now it gets even more complicated: 

     

    Why is Syria, Lebanon, Palestine/Israel and Jordan, which were once a part of the Ottoman Empire, not Turkey?

    ( = Jordan is Turkey, Israel is Turkey, etc ) 

     

    You can also attempt to apply your "Jordan is Palestine" logic to a few other historical case studies. Pick a few other modern countries (say, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Taiwan, China, East Timor, Indonesia, Kosovo, Serbia, Yugoslavia, etc) and see if they validate your logic. You can also go back in time to previous historical periods.  

     

    One last warning, don't mess with the indivisibility and universality of Time Travel theory like Israel messes with international law. If you ever manage to build a Time Machine, you can travel back in time to any point in history, but you cannot bring back an ancient country into the modern world, or send a single modern country back in time. For example, you cannot send a country "back to the Stone Age" while the rest of the world remains in the 21st Century, as that's not Time Travel, it's a war crime (aka. Operation Cast Lead, Operation Summer Rains, etc).