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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“I did not speak out because…”

Yossi Sarid in Haaretz on a Jewish state that has left liberal Zionism behind (arguably a long time ago but some are starting to wake up):

In the beginning, he was a gazelle whose neck the hunters were seeking. With time, he tried to become a seagull in the hope that if he was in the sky, they would not bring him down. He went to every corner of the land to build a nest for his rejected hopes, to find a refuge, until he finally found a place to rest his legs and soul − Nitzana. Late MK Arie “Lova” Eliav was the first traitor. But I did not speak out because I was not Lova.

Later on, they attacked the people of the kibbutzim for being hedonists, and the kibbutz for being a place where people sit on easy chairs and take a dip in the pool, where the grass is greener and the water is the brightest blue. So they imprisoned them within the security fence; they broke their spirits. The Zionists’ gem and pride turned into a wreck that would not be worth its weight in the settlements’ gold. But I did not speak out because I was not a kibbutznik.

After that, they settled accounts with the media, tamed it and emasculated it, and instead of being a watchdog, it became a pet. They exposed the left-wing mafia and eliminated the moles. Since then, the media has fled everyday reality for reality shows. What is happening in reality is not to be shot by the camera, and only what is shot is actually happening. But I did not speak out because I didn’t work in television.

Then they began lynching the judges. They do not sit among their people, they said, and who are they anyway, and what do they understand? It’s better to be judged by pagans than by apostates who are Meretz’s secret spies. Even the government no longer abides by their hostile rulings. But I did not speak out because I was not a judge.

After that they began to lash out at the country’s Arabs and other minorities, saying they were a Trojan horse; that evil would come forth from their bellies and their wombs. It is an act of kindness to discriminate against them and their children for generations to come, and it is obligatory to make their equality conditional on an oath of allegiance. Until they swear allegiance and implore, they will be conditional citizens and whenever possible will be put to the test.

Even the most faithful of the faithful will not return to their homes in Biram and Ikrit, as they had been promised. But I did not speak out because I was not an Arab and not a refugee.

And then they dealt with the non-governmental organizations, and everyone who was not prepared to serve as the long arm of the government. If you did not join in the chorus, you would be silenced and suspected of having alien money and ulterior motives, and your ship would not be allowed to pass. But I did not speak out because I had no connection with the New Israel Fund, Adallah or B’Tselem.

After that, they pounced like predators on the education system. The school principal who does not salute the Israel Defense Forces as the generation’s guiding light had better watch out; he will be in trouble if he calls the occupation by its name. But I did not speak out because I was not an educator.

Nor was I a foreign worker who spreads illness, so I kept silent.

Now they are attacking the academic world in the hope of conquering it − the syllabus for the most part is anti-Zionist or post-Zionist and it destroys the souls of our youth. That has been revealed by a new study that people with their finger on the trigger pulled out of thin air. But I do not intend to speak out because I am not a professor.

It is merely a matter of time until they reach me too, and you as well. But by that time, there will no longer be anyone here who can speak out on my behalf or yours.

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  • Marilyn

    That was one of the most frightening things I have read in years.

    My word, talk about disillusion.