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.
The 2008 financial crisis opened the door for a bold, progressive social movement. But despite widespread revulsion at economic inequity and political opportunism, after the crash very little has changed. Has the Left failed? What agenda should progressives pursue? And what alternatives do they dare to imagine? Left Turn, published by Melbourne University Press in 2012 and co-edited with Jeff Sparrow, is aimed at the many Australians disillusioned with the political process. It includes passionate and challenging contributions by a diverse range of writers, thinkers and politicians, from Larissa Berendht and Christos Tsiolkas to Guy Rundle and Lee Rhiannon. These essays offer perspectives largely excluded from the mainstream. They offer possibilities for resistance and for a renewed struggle for change.
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Some West Australians want Israel to occupy Arabs forever

I wrote last week about the imminent launch of Friends of Israel Western Australia.

Readers will be happy to hear that the group is now live and well and featured a rogue’s gallery of politicians desperate to align themselves with a hardline, Christian Zionist view of the Middle East.

The J Wire report is laughably enthusiastic. More a press release than a news story:

Attendance at the pre-Launch seminar and book launch were also attended beyond all expectation. Clearly there is a quiet but powerful bond between Western Australia and and Israel. All that was needed was an opportunity to express that feeling, and Western Australia responded resoundingly.

The event was chaired by inaugural Chairman of the FOIWA, Bob Kucera (former State Minister) and Vice Chairman, Ray Halligan (former State Upper House Member). The dignitaries in attendance and the apologies were too many to mention. Apologies included Hon. Julie Bishop, Deputy Leader of the Opposition. Her statement of support was given by Ray Halligan.

Bob Kucera passionately expressed the importance of support for Israel as a “friend in need” and urged everyone present to join the organisation and look forward to hearing quality speakers, seminares and being kept informed.

Foreign Minister Stephen Smith re-iterated Australia’s support for Israel’s right to live in peace and security, from the outset and across the political spectrum.

3 comments ↪
  • Larry

    According to http://www.jewgleperth.com/  the Jewish community of Perth numbers 8000.
    I cannot think of any movement/ community/ organisation that could muster such a number of heavy hitting supporters, let alone a community that in at least in numbers is small. Along with ‘moving’ speeches from multiple Australian politicians, the gathering also featured live video a address from Israeli government officials and a personalised taped message from the Israeli foreign minister.
    You have to agree how well resourced and organised is even this little West Australian outpost.
    It’s great to see our politicians are not concerned with the theft of our passports for murder, Australians serving in the IDF [even when attacking fellow Australians in Lebanon and aboard the Flotilla], even if they are comfortable with Israel’s contempt for International Law and the plight of the Palestinians.
    It’s a great shame that these same politicians could never be so motivated and mobilised into action to do something about the many serious issues Australia faces.

  • I am a South African living in Melbourne, and I am almost prepared to wager that of the estimated 8000 Jews in Perth, at least half are from South Africa or Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia) and are zionists from way back.
    Many of them will also be racists who left South Africa for fear of a black government, and they are no less racist in an Australian – and dare I say it – Israeli/Palestinian context.
    There are Jewish South Africans in Perth who left South Africa because they supported the overthrow of the apartheid regime and many had to flee for their safety.
    But zionists in Western Australia would have had a welcome influx of supporters when so many South Africans arrived.
    And so it all figures!

  • Marilyn

    Well we breach human rights law as often as Israel so we don't care much what they do.

    We care about a few passports but we smuggle people out of the country on false documents.

    WE bomb other countries to bits because Uncle sam tells us to.

    But why do we support frigging Israel?  It's not a state, nor a country, the people are occupying someone else's land and we seem to forget the natives rights entirely.

    Just like we do here.