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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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.
The Blogging Revolution, released by Melbourne University Press in 2008, is a colourful and revelatory account of bloggers around the globe why live and write under repressive regimes - many of them risking their lives in doing so. Antony Loewenstein's travels take him to private parties in Iran and Egypt, internet cafes in Saudi Arabia and Damascus, to the homes of Cuban dissidents and into newspaper offices in Beijing, where he discovers the ways in which the internet is threatening the ruld of governments. Through first-hand investigations, he reveals the complicity of Western multinationals in assisting the restriction of information in these countries and how bloggers are leading the charge for change. The blogging revolution is a superb examination about the nature of repression in the twenty-first century and the power of brave individuals to overcome it. It was released in an updated edition in 2011, post the Arab revolutions, and an updated Indian print version in 2011.
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Ben Gurion and the Nazis

Zionist “pragmatism” in action, as evidence grows that Israel used Nazi scientists in the 1960s to assist in its development of a nuclear program.

  • Mike Reich

    The linked article is a good read if you like your conspiracy theories. The stuff on this blog like many others (especially the ironically named Middle East Reality Check) deserves its own season of Myth-busters. This one is a good example for the show (as if there are not enough crackpot Zionist/Nazism conspiracy theorists around). Like many conspiracy theories it is 99.99 (repeating) percent bunkum. The author posits that Nazi scientists were used by the Israelis to develop nuclear weapons in the early 60s. Some of the material relied on is conceded by the author of the link to be a mix of fact and fiction (partly LeCarre but more Dan Brown) and it is hard to know where the facts end and the fiction begins, but it only requires a limited knowledge of history to suggest that this myth can be easily put to bed.
    The nuclear program of Nazi Germany was a dud, fortunately for the civilized world (otherwise Anthony’s blog and my posting would have been moot) .Their program did not get to the stage of producing a sustained chain reaction by 1942 and was soon put on the backburner. The Nazi program was hindered by the fact that they expelled the Jewish physicists (Frisch, Meitner and physicists with Jewish partners i.e. Fermi) from their midst and they were hampered by the Nazi notion that Einstein’s relativity (E=mc2), etc. was Jewish science. It is one of the great ironies that many of these exiled scientists ended up working on the Manhattan project. The notion that the Nazi scientists would have contributed anything meaningful to Israel’s nuclear program that they would not have known already is laughable. By the early 60s there had been much covert transfer of knowledge to the Russians via such people as the Rosenbergs. In my mind, if you want to run with a conspiracy theory then a more plausible scenario is that sympathetic Jews inside the nuclear program of the West passed the secrets on to the Israelis.
    In addition, the likelihood of the Nazi scientists wanting to give their limited knowledge of nuclear weaponry to the Jews is highly unlikely. It also assumes that the Israelis would want to deal with these reptiles. Many of the Nazi scientists are commonly believed to have fled via the Odessa lifeline to Nassers’ Egypt where they found asylum amongst like-minded individuals (with regard to the Jews). Others (the V2 rocket scientists, ‘The Dr Strangeloves’ , Von Braun etc.) were kidnapped by the Americans and were partially responsible for the US space program. Now the other part of this scenario that makes the conspiracy even more unbelievable is the tight secrecy about Israel’s nuclear program (as Vanunu can attest). In light of this, if there were any basis to this myth, it is ludicrous to suggest that an open discussion regarding it was broadcast on Israel Radio.
    Now, with regards to the allegation that West Germany provided support for Israel’s nuclear program (prior to the Six day war), it does sound somewhat plausible as there was post-Holocaust guilt driven sympathy for the Jewish state. But who’s to know in secretive matters of state? It gets a myth-buster ‘possibly plausible’ rating.
    However the thesis that the Nazi nuclear scientists had a significant (or any role) in Israel’s nuclear program is a different matter. The probability that this myth is true, in light of the above, is probably too low to be measurable (p<1 ppm). Myth-busted or in the terminology appropriate for less polite circles – a heaping pile of bullshit.
    Only the delusional, ignorant or those blinded by bigotry (or all three) would peddle (or believe) nonsense like this. This canard’s provenance belongs to those of the racist right, but when it is appropriated by those on the left it reveals a symmetrical disturbing mindset.

  • Mike Reich

    Just a brief additional comment.


    I failed to mention, in the above, a conspiracy free option (which  however provides less entertainment for those that inhabit the dark recesses of the Internet) for Israel’s acquisition of nuclear technology. There is a high likelihood that it was home grown. Jews have had a reputation as being strong in Physics (as the approximately 25% of Nobel laureates in Physics that are of Jewish extraction attest) so it is likely that Israel would have had the in house capability required development of the technology, without  requiring any external assistance from any one (let alone evil Nazi scientists) .