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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What the unhinged Israel lovers want next

Blogger Andrew Sullivan, recently made aware of the disastrous and destructive actions of radical Jews and hardline Zionists, gets it in one:

Peter Beinart heralds it in:

“Ever since 9/11, according to opinion polls, Republicans have worried more about terrorism than have Democrats. Initially, this fear translated into overwhelming support for military action abroad. But as Republicans (like everyone else) have grown tired and embittered by America’s wars, they have turned their anxiety inward, lured by the same idea that attracted Palmer and the McCarthyites: that America could guarantee its safety on the cheap by ferreting out the real threat, which resides within.”

They have found the new communism. It’s called Islam. But I fear, unlike Peter, that they have not tired of wars, just counter-insurgencies, and will never support actual withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan ever, because it reveals “weakness” in the war they want to escalate rather than defuse, and to use for domestic purposes rather than to understand and win.

I also predict that a military attack on another Muslim country, Iran, will be the next outward expression of this new McCarthyism. And if Israel does it, it will be used by the neocon and Palinite right as a sign that Obama was too Muslim and too weak and too un-American to do it himself. The script is pretty obvious. What the neocons have to do first is kill off the peace process to pave the way for the Greater Israel Palin supports and believes in. Watch them do it.

2 comments ↪
  • Therese

    Sigh … I certainly hope not. But they seem to have learnt nothing from Iraq and Afghanistan, and a lot of signs do point to an ambitious conflict with Iran. Possibly, they will announce some wonderful plan for a "peace deal" for the Palestinians, then use that to rally support among the Arab states for an Iran war. The "peace deal" would later go the way of the "Road Map" (cooked up on the eve of the Iraq invasion) and the Oslo Accords, and all the other fake plans. However, a war with Iran would be such an amazing disaster that we would all barely notice the ongoing wreck in Palestine.

  • Mallee

    Therese: Ditto.

    You seem to have a valid thought process and I suggest you search the General Wesley Clarke interview from 2007 on '7 countries in five years'.

    There is a certain similarity, 'econmomicly',  now with the late 1930's when the US squeezed Japan and manouvered them to attack China, later Japan was manourvered into attacking Pearl Harbour and the US deliberately sacrificed about 3,000 servicepeople to engender support from the US public to make WW11 a world war.

    As for them learnig nothing! No, they know exactly what they are doing and do not give a stuff, it is an economic and geopolitical mindset that they are applying to their agenda. To proceed with the agenda they have to have the public nervous/scared and begging for 'protection' (from Daddy and Mummy government to save us from the terrrrooooriisssttts) which of course they give us by making more war and removing by stealth our democratic values, all of course with the complicit assistance of an anti-democratic mass media.

    I trust that you have read the document; 'The plan for a/the new American Century' written by the neocons in the late 1990's -2000. The "New Peral Harbour' referred to in it became '9/11'. see David Ray Griffin's book "The New Pearl Harbour" and 'The New Pearl Harbour Revisited', also note all his books on 9/11. A full set of his works will be a collectors item in due course. Bet; not one of our Federal politicians has read any of them!!