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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.

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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Julia Gillard will serve our agendas fine, say Washington and Tel Aviv interests

The elevation of Julia Gillard to position of Australia’s new Prime Minister has been welcomed, indeed blessed, by both the Zionist and American lobbies. Gillard can certainly be relied upon to follow her predecessor’s attitude towards the Jewish state and Washington, namely that independent thought is frowned upon and obedience is the necessary Australian way.

Here’s the Australian’s Greg Sheridan:

ANYONE who expects foreign policy to move to the left under Julia Gillard will be disappointed.

In her first interaction with the public as Labor leader, she made a point of saying thank you to the armed forces. “We are a grateful nation,” she said. She acknowledged the sacrifice of our troops and thanked them for keeping us safe, keeping the peace and honouring the US alliance.

You can’t get much clearer than that. It is all part of a well-considered national security persona she has carefully crafted over the past three years.

Gillard is the first figure notionally from the left of the Labor Party to lead the party in government and become prime minister.

The reason there was an informal bar on someone from the Left becoming leader for so many decades was that the Labor Left was tainted by anti-Americanism and, before that, during the Cold War, by an ambivalent attitude to communists in the union movement and a sense of unreliability generally on national security.

Gillard has moved to create her own positive national security identity bang in the middle of the mainstream.

For several years she has been attending the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.

I heard her speak at the State Department in Washington in July 2008 and she was clear and declarative about her attachment to the US alliance, not only for its contribution to Australian security, but – as John Curtin put it – for its contribution to civilisation and civilised values.

Similarly, a year ago Gillard attended the first Australia Israel Leadership Forum in Israel despite a vigorous left-wing campaign to talk her out of attending. As deputy prime minister, she was the most senior figure in the life of the Rudd government to visit Israel. While critical of elements of its settlement policy in the West Bank, she was forthright, strong and effusive about Australia’s friendship with Israel.

Challenged about deployment in Afghanistan during a radio interview, she completely supported Australia’s involvement there.

None of this is to suggest she is a hawk or that foreign affairs have been a central part of her persona.

Her message in foreign affairs and national security is one of continuity and reassurance.

The lady’s not for lurching.

And the Zionist lobby can sleep well:

Jewish leaders welcomed the appointment of Australia’s first female prime minister, who has been supportive of Israel.

Julia Gillard was elected unopposed in a Labor Party caucus meeting Thursday after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd agreed to a leadership ballot triggered by a slump in the polls.

Gillard, from Labor’s left faction, was widely considered an unknown quantity on Israel when she was elected deputy leader in 2006.

But she “stood like a rock during the Gaza incursion [in 2009], reiterating again and again that Hamas began the conflict by rocketing Israel,” said Michael Danby, a Jewish lawmaker in the Labor government.

Dr. Colin Rubenstein, executive director of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, agreed.

“Having been to Sderot, unlike so many of Israel’s critics, she understood and defended Israel’s right and need to defend its civilian population against repeated and indiscriminate missile attacks from Gaza,” Rubenstein said.

In a congratulatory letter issued Thursday, Executive Council of Australian Jewry President Robert Goot praised Gillard’s “principled stands” and “close understanding” of Jewish issues.

Gillard, who first visited Israel in 2005, led the Australian delegation in June 2009 to the inaugural Australia Israel Leadership Forum, a high-profile bilateral conference organized by the Australia Israel Cultural Exchange. She met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Jerusalem, and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in Ramallah.

Rudd, a staunch supporter of Israel, recently had come under fire from Jewish leaders for expelling an official from the Israeli Embassy in Canberra over the Dubai passports affair. Gillard stayed largely silent on the controversial affair.

An election is likely later this year.

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  • Timeline.

    July 10, 2009

    “The Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, was greeted in Israel and thanked for having been “alone in sticking by us” during Operation Cast Lead, the attack on the Gaza Strip in December and January”

    -Sydney Morning Herald

    May 24, 2010

    THE Rudd Government has announced it will expel an Israeli diplomat in retaliation for Mossad’s use of four Australian passports …

    -TheAustralian

    June 2, 2010

    KEVIN Rudd has expressed his “deep concern” to the Israeli Prime Minister over the loss of life in a botched raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed nine people, urging him to establish an independent inquiry.

    – the Australian

    June 22, 2010

    “When Kevin Rudd sat down to dinner in the Lodge with six leaders of the Jewish community this month…… the Prime Minister had ordered kosher food, flown from Melbourne, for the event. It was a nice touch, but not enough …………Australia had long been one of the Israel’s three most supportive friends, along with the US and Canada. But now there were troubling signs that Rudd had decided to distance Australia from the Jewish state and himself from the Australian Jews he had called friends….

    ….The Jewish community was an important source of Labor funds for the 2007 election. A single lunch in Sydney raised $100,000….

    But as this year has unfolded, it became increasingly clear such effort would not be repeated.”

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    June 24 2010

    Rudd rolled.

    June 24, 2010

    SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) – Jewish leaders welcomed the appointment of Australia’s first female prime minister, who has been supportive of Israel.

    -JTA

     

     

     

     

  • Kevin Charles Herber

    I look forward to her early demise…the female Bob Hawke..you wouldn't think it was possible ….if you didn't see it

  • Harry

    I cant believe this, why do we support killers? Jews have unlimited supports, this is something I never understood.

  • masealake

    Will Julia Gillard’s re-elected Labor Party government fixed voters voices, pains and crying?

     

    The historical hung parliament demonstrated deep in voter’s heart a fixed must to carry on in vision and action immediately:

     

    Voters’ voices do not hear?

    Voters’ pains do not ease?

    Voters’ cries do not care?

     

    1.      Poverty will not be phase out if no fairer resources to share;

    2.      Illness will not be reducing if no preventive measurement in real action;

    3.      Agriculture will not be revitalize if urbanization continuing its path;

    4.      Housing affordability will not be reach for young generation if government continues cashing from young generation debt by eating out the whole cake of education export revenue without plough back;

    5.      Manufacture industry will shrink smaller and smaller if no new elements there to power up to survive;

    6.      Employability will not in the sustainable mode for so long as manufacture and agriculture not going to boost.

     

    Ma kee wai

    (Member of Inventor Association Queensland since 1993)

  • masealake

    1.   What time bombs will rock Australia democratic society? 

     

    The Australia historical hung parliament demonstrated the big gap of inequality society between the small educated elite groups who get highest pay by talk feast used mouth work controlling live essential resources of the country in every social platforms against the biggest less educated groups who get lowest pay by hands work squeezed by discriminative policies that sucking live blood from poor/less wealth off?

     

    Voters’ voices do not hear?

    Voters’ pains do not ease?

    Voters’ cries do not care?

     

    1.      Poverty will not be phase out if no fairer resources to share;

    2.      Illness will not be reducing if no preventive measurement in real action;

    3.      Agriculture will not be revitalize if urbanization continuing its path;

    4.      Housing affordability will not be reach for young generation if government continues cashing from young generation debt by eating out the whole cake of education export revenue without plough back;

    5.      Manufacture industry will shrink smaller and smaller if no new elements there to power up to survive;

    6.      Employability will not in the sustainable mode for so long as manufacture and agriculture not going to boost.

     

    Ma kee wai

    (Member of Inventor Association Queensland since 1993)

  • What a strange co-incidence.

    Kevin Rudd decides to take a constructively critical approach to Australian/Israeli relations only to find himself ousted from office, replaced by pro-Zionist, avid supporter of Israel,  Julia Gillard.

  • masealake

    What democratic societies should learn lessen from Australia election 2010:

    1.      What productive action Gillard Labor government 5 billions to UN buys ousted PM Kevin Rudd’s face?

    Voter’s pains did not link to high income Politicians and Bureaucracy. 

    The Australia historical hung parliament demonstrated the big gap of inequality society between the small educated elite groups who get highest pay by talk feast used mouth work controlling live essential resources of the country in every social platforms against the biggest less educated groups who get lowest pay by hands work squeezed by discriminative policies that sucking live blood from individual poor/less wealth off?

     

    Voters’ voices do not hear?

    Voters’ pains do not ease?

    Voters’ cries do not care?

     

    1.      Poverty will not be phase out if no fairer resources to share;

    2.      Illness will not be reducing if no preventive measurement in real action;

    3.      Agriculture will not be revitalize if urbanization continuing its path;

    4.      Housing affordability will not be reach for young generation if government continues cashing from young generation debt by eating out the whole cake of education export revenue without plough back;

    5.      Manufacture industry will shrink smaller and smaller if no new elements there to power up to survive;

    6.      Employability will not in the sustainable mode for so long as manufacture and agriculture not going to boost.

     

    Ma kee wai

    (Member of Inventor Association Queensland since 1993)