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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.

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Sydney streets were tinged with anger and passion

Alongside a huge turn-out in Sydney last night, the group wasn’t just from a Muslim background. I saw some Jews (well, a handful but hey, better than nothing) and many others, including Tamils:

Thousands of protesters from Sydney’s Middle Eastern communities have rallied in Sydney’s CBD over humanitarian aid deaths near Gaza.

The noisy protesters crammed into Sydney Square between the Town Hall and St Andrew’s Cathedral on Tuesday night after the deadly high seas attack by Israeli commandos on a flotilla of aid ships bound for Gaza.

Nine people died in the attack at dawn on Monday, many of them Turkish.

A 20-year-old Australian man has undergone surgery after being shot in the leg.

“Down Down Israel,” protesters in Sydney chanted on Tuesday night.

The chant was alternated with calls to “Free Free Gaza”, “Free Free Palestine” and “Shame Shame Israel”.

Many wore black-and-white keffiyeh scarves, a symbol of Palestinian heritage.

Others waved Palestinian flags, while some were draped in Turkish flags.

One of the many banners read “Freedom and autonomy for Palestine”.

A man who only identified himself as Abdullah told AAP he was furious some media had reported the flotilla of aid ships was approaching an Israeli barricade at the time of the attack.

“In reality, they were in international waters,” he said.

The protest was organised by the Social Justice Party and attended by up to 4000 people, organisers said.

About three dozen police watched on.

Sydney Peace Foundation spokesman Stuart Rees urged the crowd to take up their cause with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and local MPs.

“Ring up Mr Rudd’s office, ring up your local member of Parliament,” he said.

“The Australian government has to find the courage to say no to violence in the Middle East.”

There was a ripple of cheering after NSW Greens MP Lee Rhiannon spoke.

“The Australian Jewish community needs to add their voice to your voice,” she said.

The protest included a march up Bathurst, Pitt and George streets.

4 comments ↪
  • Aaron

    Wow that was a big crowd. I went to the Melbourne action, not as many as Sydney but a good turnout. Started with some speeches at the Bourke St Mall – very emotional at points – followed by a minute of silence for the killed humanitarians. Next a march through city streets, ending at the State Library with another round of speakers and mention of possible participation in a global day of action planned for this Friday or Saturday.

    I find the article you quote a bit hard to believe: it sounds like it was only Australians of ME descent that attended. In Melbourne there was also a strong turnout from Turkish Australian community but the crowd was diverse, including a few suits holding placards!

  • ej

    Don't forget that Arabs are also Christians.

    And the Turkish community is present because this is an act of war against Turkey.

    Judaism is of little consequence for zionism; indeed it has been shat on.

    Resistance has little to do with islamism.

    This is a secular conflict, of human rights.

  • Aaron

    I agree ej. Israel wants it to be thought of as a complex mystical conflict – nearly impossible to solve, when in fact it's remarkably. Israel needs to conform with international law, negotiate a just solution with the Palestinian refugees including either return or reparations + damages settlement, et voila: (almost) instant peace. These are the terms of the very reasonable 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, which Israel loves to ignore. In fact the Arab League made a very similar offer in 1982, the little-known Fez Initiative.

     

  • Gene

       If  the "blood and guts" ceased on both sides, then there might be/have been  a chance of peace. It is  not in the cards…Say goodbye to humanity in the not too distant future…  Israel will not allow it's enemies to launch a  nuclear attack without  the same. We humans are savage towards our  fellow man, presently and through the anals of history.  Our spiritual evolution has not kept in pace with our technological advancement,  we are not worthy stewards of this earth and will reap the consequences therof.