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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Israel can keep its nukes because the US loves Zionism

Equality in the Middle East? Perish the thought:

It’s buried as Point 31 in a working paper being circulated by Egypt and other nonaligned parties at the Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference in New York: a pledge by countries signing the treaty that they will not permit the transfer of any nuclear-related equipment, information, materials or “know-how” to Israel as long as that country refuses to sign the NPT or put its nuclear facilities under safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Point 31 also calls for signatory countries, including the United States, “to disclose all information available to them on the nature and scope of Israeli nuclear capabilities, including information pertaining to previous nuclear transfers to Israel.” France and the United States have been identified as key suppliers to Israel’s secret nuclear weapons development program in the 1950s and 1960s.

How the Obama administration deals with the nettlesome problem of Israel’s nuclear arsenal and the establishment of a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the Middle East will determine U.S. success or failure at the NPT conference.

13 comments ↪
  • Mallee

    So Israel can keep its Nukes; maybe this is why?

    Reports from a report published in Jerusalem of comments made by professor Martin Van Crevel, who is a professor of military history at the Hebrew Museum in Jerusalem, say that Israel possesses several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even to Rome,  most European capitals are targets of our air force.

    He also is reported as stating that 'collective deportation' was Israel's only meaningful strategy towards Palestinian people.

    "The palestinians should all be deported. The people who strive for this (the Israeli government) are waiting only for the right  man amd the right time. Two years ago, only 7 or 8 per cent of Israelis were of the opinion that this would be the best solution, two months ago it was 33 percent, and now, according to a Gallup poll, the figure is 44 percent;

    I love this quote:

    Crevel quoted Dayan who said; " Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother"

    Further. he is reported as saying;

    "Our armed forces are not the thirtieth strongest in the world, but rather the second or third. We have the capability to take the world down with us and I can assure you that this will happen before Israel goes under".

    Bloody mad dogs allright, do I take it Shaun you are a fresher at the Hebrew University, apparently a great academic experience is awaiting you in its military history department of propaganda.

    Dinner jam or whatever is mad, people say, well,  they are all friggin mad and we should not give a Marilyn's 'flying duck' for any of them, let alone our boy's lives.

    Abbott, Rudd and the rest of our subservient balckmailed parliamentarians who are supposed to care for Australia; send the whole Middle East, a flock of Marilyn's 'flying ducks' and get the hell out of there.

    Friggin hypocrites, the lot of them.

    Zionist apologists; do you really know what your doing or are you just robotic brainwashed drones?

    To whom do your loyalties Lie, if you live in Australia? Time to make a stand one way or the other.

  • Shaun

    I've volunteered to fight, kill and die in the defence of this nation.  I've proudly worn the uniform of an Australian infantryman as have many Jews.  Can you say the same Mallee?  If not, you might want to shut your sewer pipe about the 'loyalties' of others.

  • Mallee

    Glad you have made a stand for Australia, now we can expect that you will stick to it and not favour any other country and  have us caught caught up in wars that are none of our business.

    I take it that you are not a dual citizen of any other country then.

    Questioning a person's loyaties has nothing to do with sewers Shaun, the question arises due to you repeated expression in support of zionism which is a foreign political endaevour and nothing to do with Austalia.

    As for my personal life, that is a matter for me, excepting my son serves, would his life be enough for you?

  • Shaun

    Just what I thought.  You question the loyalty and patriotism of your fellow Australians who have the guts to serve, while at the same time supporting regimes who see the deliberate slaughter of civilians as a victory to be celebrated and genocide as a legitimate political objective.  Chickenhawk.

  • Mallee

    I do not support any regime except Australia, period. You are  our of your tree with that claim.

    Just go search 'five dancing Isaraelis' and have a laugh with them.

  • Don

    Shaun :

    You & your family have served in the Australian Defence Dept &  you are quite  entitled to have your say . I'll also say that servicemen are not treated properly in this country .

    But you are not entitled to be correct , & your credentials do not establish that you are a clear thinker (or , may I say , an unbiased thinker) . Apart from that , tone it down , pal – you sound like Yosemite Sam of cartoon fame . Your performance says more about you than it does about Mallee – and puts your cause (justifying Israel's behaviour) in very primitive company .

    Mallee asked you a question on this blog yesterday Shaun – You are a most exceptionally outspoken person  – what is your problem with answering it ? Your credibility is dangling on the line . The question was  –

    ".what do you say about Australian forces staying out of the miserable area"

     

     

     

  • Shaun

    Do try to keep up Don.  I've clearly stated before that as a member of the ADF, I believe that Australian forces should not be deployed overseas unless absolutely necessary.  Next time you post, please try to writing something worthwhile.  Have a nice day.

  • Kevin Charles Herber

    Shaun: I reckon you're lying about having served in the ADF. As for the as have many Jews claim, man you're an Australian citizen when you sign on to the ADF…it's a secular society in Oz, just in case you think you're in Israel.

    To prove me wrong, let's hear about your brave service in detail. SAS ? or were you in admin. at Duntroon?  Service medals..overseas active duty? Rank?..sounds like Private to me.

    I might add that having 'the guts to serve' sounds like a very bad case of self importance…..after all, it is a job with pay, and no more dangerous in most theatres than any of our police forces.

  • Don

    Good boy Shaun . I see  you've answered Mallee's question at last , under Antony's "Attacking a Jew Who Cares.." . I thaught it was a secret .

    While you've got the talks , what about answering my previous question  – Are you a citizen of Israel ?

  • Shaun

    You can take your condescending "Good boy Shaun" and shove it up your arse.  I'm not here to discuss my family history and I don't give a crap about yours.  Either put up a decent argument or piss off.

  • Don

    Shaun:

    "I'm not here to discuss my family history .."

    Why are you here , then , Shaun ? because you've already discussed your family history.

    Is your citizenship a secret ?  if so , why ?

  • Shaun

    I'm more than happy for you to just asume that I'm an Israeli citizen.   

    Now have you got anything meaningful to contribute to Antony's blog or are you just going to continue wasting everyone's time with irrelevant personal questions?

  • Don

    Shaun:           "…irrelevant personal questions.."

    Whether you are a citizen of Israel is definately not irrelevant , Shaun .

    You yourself have been going on at length about your personal profile  ie. ADF service – to support your patriotism & loyalty.

    Your nationality is relevant to which country you are loyal to .