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.
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Rupert is sending “Satan worship” into Iran

Tehran fears cultural imperialism but they just end up looking like paranoid and bigoted fools:

In little more than a year, the Persian-language satellite television channel beamed into Iran by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation and a prominent Afghan family has rapidly become one of the most popular stations in the country.

A little too popular, it appears.

This week, a long-running campaign led by the Iranian government to undermine the channel, Farsi1, took a menacing turn: A group calling itself the Iranian Cyber Army hacked into Farsi1’s Web site, as well as several sites owned by the Mohseni family, and posted a cryptic but sinister warning.

“The allies of Zionism should know this,” said the message, which stayed on the Web sites for about six hours on Thursday. “Dreams of destroying the foundation of the family will lead straight to the graveyard.”

The exact meaning of the message was unclear, but conservative Iranian leaders complain that the programming — a heavily censored variety of comedies, soap operas and dramas — is eroding traditional Iranian values.

The campaign against Farsi1 illustrates the growing fear among Iranian leaders over the intrusion of private broadcasters onto the country’s airwaves, which is challenging the state’s monopoly over the flow of information.

The cyberattack is the latest effort in a campaign to discredit the television station, which went on the air in August 2009. This year, Iranian authorities tried to jam a satellite used by the channel. Personal attacks on Mr. Murdoch, as well as on Saad Mohseni, the chairman of the Moby Group, have appeared on Iranian television and newspapers. News Corporation and the Moby Group each own half of the channel.

The Iranian authorities appear to be particularly unnerved by the entrance of Mr. Murdoch, who is not just an aggressive businessman but also a politically active one. In neighboring Afghanistan, the Mohseni family has built a successful string of television and radio stations and Web sites since the American-led invasion in 2001.

Both Mr. Murdoch and the Mohseni family were named in the renegade Web site posting that appeared Thursday.

According to American officials, as well as spokesmen for both the Moby Group and the News Corporation, Farsi1 receives no funds from any government.

Indeed, Farsi1 offers no political fare, neither news nor editorial commentary. Instead, it provides viewers with comedies and dramas, most of them from Latin America and Korea, and toned down for a more conservative Iranian audience.

Though the plots often involve romance and infidelity, anything resembling male-female contact is excised — even kissing. The menu even includes a few American standbys like “24,” which features an American federal agent who often battles terrorists from the Muslim world.

“If the script says anything that is not right or appropriate, we edit it,” said Zaid Mohseni, the chief executive officer of Farsi1 and Saad Mohseni’s brother. “Visually, if there is something not appropriate, we edit it out. We know that the majority of viewers are watching with their families. We are very sensitive to this.”

Still, Farsi1 has drawn the ire of Iranian leaders, who say that the Western-oriented programming represents an assault on traditional Iranian values and is even corrupting the Iranian people.

Satellite TV programs such as those broadcast on Farsi1 destroy the chastity and honor of our families and encourage the young to take up lovemaking, wine drinking and Satan worship,” Mohammad-Taghi Rahbar, a member of Parliament, told the Iranian news agency IWNA this year.

“The channel is funded by ‘Zionist money’ and planned and managed by Iran’s enemies,” he said, without providing details. “What family that has any dignity would let is members watch Farsi1?”

  • Mallee

    I do not go for authoritarian regimes such as Iran, but there is nothing wrong about objecting to the exposure of moral depravity being beamed into family homes, via the television set. One cannot now sit to enjoy a film on TV without the likelihood of some sexual encounter being demonstrated. Yes, I know that at the start of a program there are often warnings of violence, sex scene/s and/or bad language. That of course signfies in our family that the damm thing should be turned off. However if one changes channels the warnings are missed with the alternative program. Not that I even watch crap on TV very often.

    On this One: Iran 1 Fox 0.

    Fox however has surprised many through Geraldo Rivera's comments on his program and confirmed with an interview with Judge Napolitano, that he now has to reconsider the 'objectionable demonstrating' 'conspircay nutters', questioning of 9/11, particularly building No 7. This is the result of the 'building what?" advertsiment campaign early in November. (Did not read reports of that campaign here, did we?)

    but some congratulations have to given to Fox for eventually starting to 'realise' that the truth is becoming so abundent, that commercially they have to deal with the science and evidence relating to fslsity of the official 9/11 conspircay theory that gullibles; like the Prime Minister, the Parliament, most radio shock jocks (Faine. Liebmann. Jones etc) and main stream media, have been suckered by. (I say'suckered' out of kindness, one has reason to be more suspicious, after all 9/11 was the basis to invade and attempt to conquer Afghanistan, as an example)

    Geraldo Rivera can be foiund on 13th Nov at 11.04 at
    and Judge Napolitano can be found at the blooger site on 19th Nov' at 10.03.

    If Fox is changing its attitude and going to report the truth (i.e. the scientific evidence), it looks like there will be a lot of 'honking' going on at 2UE, eh; Mr Liebmann? (ref: Liebmann calling Kevin Bracken a goose, due to Bracken's comments to Faine on 20th April 2010 folowed by the PM on 21.10.10 in Parliament stating that Bracken's comments were 'stupid and wrong'.)

    Not easy to catch up with a FOX, eh; mainstream controlled corporate lying media? Better start though, or it will continue to seem as though the the MSM is protecting and giving aid and comfort to mass murderers who are still at large, armed and obviously dangerous.

  • Mallee

    One day I will get glasses and see the typos!

    Sorry to leave out the reference to Liebmann's comments on 2UE; Just sarch 'Steve Liebmann conspiracy clap trap' and hear the 'honking'.