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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Israeli military; all critical voices stooges of Iran

Who knew that millions of global citizens, who campaign against Israeli occupation and apartheid, are in the pocket of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

Smell the Zionist desperation. The Electronic Intifada reports:

The Israeli military establishment is once again on the offensive, but instead of high-tech weaponry and missiles, it is using computer screens, keyboards and rapid wireless connections to fight what Israeli military representatives are dubbing a “new media war.”

In early February, military spokesperson Avi Benayahu announced that approximately $1.6 million would be invested to train more than a hundred Israeli “media warriors,” who would use social media tools to disseminate Israeli propaganda to audiences around the world.

“We need to ensure the confidence of the public, and assist the minister of foreign affairs to obtain that legitimization which is required for an army like ours to effect a military operation, whether it’s in the north or the south,” said Benayahu of this new media campaign during the 11th annual Herzliya security conference in early February.

Held at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya near Tel Aviv, the Herzliya Conference is a largely right-wing, neo-conservative gathering that brings together mainly Israeli and American government, business and academic figures to discuss Israeli policy and regional and global issues. This year’s conference, which was covered by this reporter, was held under the theme “The Balance of Israel’s National Strength and Security.”

Speaking on a panel called “New Media as a Strategic Weapon,” Benayahu told the audience in Herzliya that Israeli soldiers are now forced to be more aware of the fact that new media users can be documenting their actions at all times.

“[There is] an unprecedented responsibility to the commanders,” he said. “They have to think if the civilian across from them or the child on the second floor above them is a combatant or a new generation media person.”

According to Benayahu, the Israeli military has prioritized the field of new media in order to combat “pro-Iranian factors” which use the Internet to “delegitimize Israel.”

“It is orchestrated and timed and financed by all the pro-Iranian factors,” he stated. “They know how to flood us with media and information. They are also nurturing all these pro-radical organizations. The Palestinian Diaspora [is] conducting this [work] in universities, in the [United Nations] institutions, in the human rights institutions, and in the new media,” he added.

4 comments ↪
  • Kevin Charles Herber

    Which planet is Israeli military spokesperson Avi Benayahu living on?

    The horse has bolted……you've been swept up in a global campiagn against the militarist, fascist Isareli society.

    Israel is already totally discredited globally, and has painted itself into a corner from which there is no exit route.

    Get used to it….and get out of thE Palestinian homelands.

    "Not once square centimetre of the West Bank will remain in Israeli hands under the bi-national Palestine/Judeo State that will replace Israel".

  • aventine

    Would not Gaddafy's security forces and the IDF make an interesting couple.

  • Don

    "..Israel has painted itself into a corner…no exit route…get out of the Palestinian homelands…"

     

    Good call , Kevin C H , and I'll buy you a beer if they do get out . But , what if some of them want to come to Australia ?

    I would have a considerable problem with that last idea , & would have to refine my approach to the immigration issue .

  • Mallee

    One hundred Israeli media warriers, utilising social media tools for propaganda!!!! (Love the 'Warrier' term!)

    Not a bright idea Israel. So, that 'nice 'person who chats someone up does not care about them, but is just doing that to spruik Israel's government's policiies.

    'Propaganda' my arse; It is straight out deceit and hardly impressive but regrettably, to be expected.

    Then they complain because fewer people trust them or want anything to do with them.