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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.

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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Israel has head in sand and Zionist Diaspora mostly helping

The Zionist establishment is worried about global moves against it but note no mention, or even consideration, of ending the occupation. Presumably they’ll simply spend more on PR:

Israel’s current status at the United Nations is at an all-time low, Israel’s former UN ambassador, Prof. Gabriela Shalev, said yesterday at a session of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. Also speaking at the meeting, former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy said that peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians are currently impossible.

“Israel has no chance of dealing with the Palestinian move in the General Assembly,” Shalev said, discussing the Palestinians’ expected declaration of statehood after a UN vote this September. “The United States is not interested in vetoing the UN’s recognition of a Palestinian state.” Shalev added that the UN is today the foremost place for activity against Israel.

Former Mossad chief Halevy said Israel’s “maneuvering space is growing narrower,” while the ability of the Quartet – the U.S., Russia, UN and European Union – to “affect the peace talks is diminishing.

“The existing situation is a non-starter,” he added, saying that what Israel has wanted for the last two years can’t now come to fruition: “We can’t reach a permanent peace deal because the person who would sign the deal is not the same person who would need to carry it out,” Halevy said.

Committee chairman MK Shaul Mofaz warned that Sunday’s Nakba Day clashes are a precursor to the events expected in September, when the Palestinian Authority intends to unilaterally declare a state in the UN.

“Israel’s government is hiding its head in the sand,” Mofaz said. “Without a peace initiative, events like the one on the Syrian border will recur in September.

“The changes here are tectonic,” he added. “The events are a precursor to the September events, which could come in waves against Israel’s population.”

Mofaz said Israel should not have waited for Sunday’s clashes to understand that the reality in the Middle East has changed.

“The present government, headed by Netanyahu, isn’t initiating anything,” Mofaz said, adding that the Israeli government must be prepared for any situation come September.

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  • Fortunately, for Israel, the UN doesn't get to decide whether we get to live here or not. __The Europeans are not going to send the children they don't have to "Liberate Palestine". __And unemployed Greeks and Portugese don't worry about how to make every Arab in the wold happy. __

  • Hmm

    Actually this blog entry is factually incorrect. There was a mention of ending the occupation today. PM Netanyahu made a speech in the Knesset and once again set out peace negotiations positions that would end the conflict with a 2 state solution. In response, the PLO immediately announced it rejected any peace talks.