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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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New Zealand PM says foreign policy dictated by keeping Israel happy

The country’s Jewish Prime Minister, John Key, was on a TV breakfast program earlier in the week and made it very clear that democracy in the Arab world was a threat to Israeli apartheid. “Stability” and “moderation” are two vastly over-used words; they simply mean keeping Arabs oppressed to please Israel. No more:

Key: It’s a serious situation in Egypt. As we’ve seen, a number of people have lost their lives already. And, worryingly actually, is that Egypt has been one of the few Arab nations that has recognised Israel, in fact the only one. And has been very peaceful with Israel. So, the concern is what that might mean for the wider position in the Middle East. So, a real worry….Breakfast presenter Corin Dann: I’ll just take you back to that issue of the support for Israel. Egypt has been a very strong ally for the West, which makes this a very difficult situation for the likes of the US, which, I know, has not called for Mubarak to go yet. Where does New Zealand sit on that?

Key: The New Zealand Government wants a peaceful outcome to this. In the end, whoever governs your country is a matter for the citizens. And in the case of Mubarak he’s been there for a long time, 30-odd years. We respect the fact that he has done his very best to lead a country which has recognised Israel and, therefore, has wanted to make sure the position in Middle East has been a peaceful one. It’s not easy, it’s very complex, and there’s a lot of emotion.

Dann: Are you calling for him to go?

Key: No.

Dann: I guess the concern is the Muslim Brotherhood. The potential for an Islamist movement to come in and fill that vacuum. Is that the concern?

Key: Well, the concern is that there are some nations that simply do not recognise Israel. And, taken to the extreme, in Iran, Ahmadinejad has said he basically wants to see Israel wiped off the face of the Earth. So, it’s a very serious situation. Egypt’s provided stability and leadership and calmness. Obviously, the hope always being that that position would spread across the Middle East, that it would be possible to broker a two-state solution, with recognition of Palestine as well but this certainly looks like it’s taking things, potentially, in the wrong direction.’

10 comments ↪
  • Do you think the world can stop worrying about Israel for a few years for a change?  The world does not evolve around the Jews, although they would like to think so.

    There are other people on the planet and for 30 years the concern should be for Egyptians not for the Jews.  God, does the planet have to drop everything every time Israel feels threatened?  It is their self centered policies that the world is rejecting.  It is time for Israel to get along with everyone, enemy or friend.  You cannot live in a bubble and expect the US to support you the rest of eternity.

    The people of Egypt are the focus from now on, Israel is wealthy, and enjoys a healthy economy -time to think of humanity and others for a change.

  • Marilyn

    What is the point of the anglo obsession with Israel.

  • Andrew

    Sorry folks, Israel matters. Egypt is all about Israel. Egypt's torturers are propped up to support Israel. The Egyptian people are kept under the jackboot to prop up Israel and support US interests in the region. The second Egypt falls, the border to Gaza will open and Israel's siege will be over, dramatically shifting the balance of power in the Middle East. It is no coincidence that they are the two top recipients of US foreign aid. And why? Because of 'stability', 'security' and other words we hear alot of recently.

  • Kevin Charles Herber

    Key is yet another Zionist liar.

    Show me where Ahmadinejad has said he wants to see Israel wiped off the face of the map.

    Pathetic really

    • Neil

      True. Ahmadinejad never said it.

  • Larry Stillman

    Antony,

    You are disgraceful, absolutely disgraceful. Key was born Jewish, but identifies as Christian.   It seems that you are trying to use a bit of guilt by association here to prove a conspiracy based on his background.

    You know my views on Israel etc, but I won't let you stoop this low.  You deserve to make a  public apology to Keys and to Jews. You have a habit of doing stuff like this. It is inexcusable.

    It would be must more useful if you just stuck into him for being a lackey and a neo-Thatecherite.

     

    As I've seen one very firm  Palestinian advocate say about what you are up to–"Name for such journos – yuckrakers? slimers? racehacks"

    • Neil

      Would John Key get Israeli citizenship based on his Mother being Jewish? I am guessing he would. Does that make John Key Jewish then? Seems like it might do. . .

  • iResistDe4iAm

    Should The Jerusalem Post make a public apology to Keys and to Jews?

     

    New Zealand gets third Jewish prime minister

    The Jerusalem Post

     

    http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Artic

  • JACK

    As a Kiwi I am very disappointed at John Key's guarded response as I believe most New Zealanders would see this as a way to open the blockaded borders to the Palestinians and let much needed aid thru.I do not think the Key being a Jew makes any difference he is just toeing toe USA line .I doubt Helen Clarke would have had such a soft approach she had much more backbone than Mr Key.NZ is not a country dominated by Jewish/Zionist interests ,it is also not a country with anti Jewish views.