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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.

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The right of return can never be given up

Akiva Eldar in Haaretz:

Netanyahu knows full well that any Palestinian leader who recognizes Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people also acknowledges that the Palestinians do not have any rightful place there. In other words, it is tantamount to an up-front concession on the right of return.

12 comments ↪
  • gordon

    So, does this mean that it's open to the Govt. of any country in which Jews live to cancel their citizenships on the grounds that Jews have automatic Israeli citizenship and they can't have both?

  • Don

    What could be fairer than that ?

  • H

    The Palestinians require Israel to acknowledge an Arab state of Palestine. It's only fair that there is one nation recognised that has Jewdaism part of its identity. There are already over 20 nations that have an Arab identity. The future Palestinian state should be proud to welcome home the Palestinians currently in Lebanon.

     

    Both Abbas and Netanyahu want a strategic advantage before negotiations have even begun.

     

    Abbas wants the borders set before negotiations begin.

    Natanyahu wants recognition of Israel's Jewish character.

     

    It's just wasting precious time.

  • Paul

    Gordon and Don – I know that facts aren't your strong point but you should know that Jews do not have automatic Israeli citizenship.  It must be applied for and being Jewish is not a prerequisite to obtain it. 

    Naturally you both would like to purge Jews from Australia but something tells me that you don't have a problem with any of our Armenian, Belarussian, Bulgarian, Chinese, English, Croatian, Cypriot, Czech, Diego Garcian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indian, Iraqui Kurds, Irish, Japanese, Liberian, Lithuanian, Moldovian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Scottish, Serbian, Slovakian, Slovenian, South Korean, Spanish, Taiwanese or Ukranian citizens who are also afforded preferential pathways to citizenship in foreign countries.

  • gordon

    Paul, it seems to be a distinction without much of a difference. Wikipedia says: “The state of Israel does, however, grant citizenship to any applicant who immigrated to Israel via the Law of Return if the applicant so desires, though this is not mandated by the Law of Return itself”. As far as “…naturally, you both would like to purge Jews from Australia…” is concerned, I actually would like to purge criminal thugs and their apologists, but maybe once again it is a distinction without much of a difference.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israeli_nationality_
     

  • Kevin Charles Herber

    Go Gordon !!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Don

    PAUL:

    "…….you dont havea problem with…(33 other Nationalities)…"

    Why should I , Paul ? They dont occupy Australia , as citizens , & systematically  push Ultra Un-Australian values , favoring those of aforeign country  –  whilst , at the same time , assuring over-trusting Australians that they believe in Australian values .

  • Paul

    So Should Antony have his Australian citizenship revoked?  What about his boyfriend?  What about his children or grandchildren?.  Considering that the law of return covers even the spouse of a person who has a Jewish grandparent, half of Australia wouldhave to have their citizenship cancelled if we used your twisted logic.  "What could be fairer than that?" 

    And what of the 'palestinians' who have conviniently taken up Australian citizenship?  Somthing tells me that you don't have a problem with their very un-Australian values or duplicitous support, lobbying and favouritism for a foreign state?.  Are they also to be stripped of their Australian citizenship due to their automatic entitlement to 'palestinian' citizenship?  Or is it just the Jews you hate?

  • Don

    PAUL:

    Get a grip on yourself . You are behaving like a pork chop in a synagogue .

    "…should  Anthony have his citizenship revoked ? ":

    No . YOU  do , but he does not : use up room in Australia , as a citizen , & systematically push ultra-Un-Australian values , favouring those of a foreign country – while , at the same time , assuring over-trusting Australians that you are one of us .

    Paul , I dont ask you, where your  loyalties lie   –  Australia or Israel  –  but  you can understand my very serious concern , I'm sure .

     

     

  • Paul

    Actually it is you who should go Don.  Your bigotry and endless creepy slandering of Australian Jews and acusations of their lack of loyalty to this country run completely contrary to Australian values.  

    And what of our lovely liberal and tolerant Arab citizens?  No problems with their walking among us?  Funny how its always the Jews with you. 

  • Don

    Get a grip on yourself , Paul . I am not slandering Australian Jews .

    Antony is an Australian Jew , & he can stay . You , Paul , can make your own arrangements .

  • Paul

    You're welcome to come to my family's home and try to expel us – I'd love nothing more than to meet you face to face you slimy prick.