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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New York’s Celebrate Israel parade 2011 shows Zionist myopia

How can American Jews show their love for the Jewish state? March in the centre of New York, of course. Back in 2009, I reported on the Salute to Israel event, with tens of thousands of young and old Jews singing, saluting, parading and waving Israeli and American flags in an orgy of Zionist love. It looked and felt desperate.

Yesterday I again attended the march here in New York (only around 30,000 people took part) and the overwhelming feeling was one of increased anger and defensiveness. Countless Jews shouted out against Hamas, 9/11, terrorism, suicide bombing and Islam, as if they’re all connected. In the small mind of pro-settler Jews, they are, and this shows the level of paranoia shown by so many Zionist Jews. It’s a “the whole world hates us and always will” mentality. Occupation and military and racial discrimination don’t exist in yesterday’s rally.

It reminded me of whites marching for apartheid South Africa in the 1980s and believing history was on the side of hating blacks. These days, it’s hard to find many South Africans who proudly say they backed the apartheid regime.

Yesterday I spent time in the roped-off protest area, where Jews and Palestinians stood bravely against the masses and peacefully demonstrated against the Israeli state. We were clearly out-numbered and even then the marchers hurled abuse at us. Are Zionists so insecure that any dissent is seen as an existential threat? I guess shooting largely unarmed demonstrators is something to be proud of.

If the mainstream people at the march yesterday are the future of Israeli support in the US, then anti-Zionists have been given a gift. Extremism and virulent Zionism is not embraced by growing numbers of global citizens and yet Orthodox Zionism and Christian fundamentalism are becoming the key drivers of pro-Israel sentiment here.

A day to both despair and celebrate.

UPDATE: Need more evidence that the mainstream political elite sees Israel not as a country, but a fundamentalist religion that can’t be challenged? A leading New York politician is damned for not appearing at yesterday’s Israel parade.

8 comments ↪
  • NATAS

    SEEING THE PARADE I NATAS WAS SO PROUD BEING JEWISH AND ISRAEL
    TO BE THE CENTER OF THE JEWISH UNIVERSE. THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE
    WERE OVERWHELMING AND ALL THE LIGHT DIFFERENT COLORS WERE AS SPRING. MY FAVORITE COLOR IS YELLOW AND SEEING ALL THE PEOPLE LIKE A BED OF ENDLESS FLOWERS. I NATAS AM JEWISH POLISH LOVE POLKA MUSIC BUT LISTENING TO THE JEWISH MUSIC ECHOED ON 5 TH AVE MEMORIES WHEN I LIVED IN ISRAEL. I HAD A APPETITE FOR KOSHER SAUSAGES AND REALIZED ALL THE FOOD CARTS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO BE ON 5TH AVE INSTEAD WERE PUSHED TO THE SIDE STREETS. FOOD IS PART OF THE FESTIVITY AND SHOULD BE ON THE MAIN STREET. THE CROWD MADE ME PROUD TO BE JEWISH AND THE CONNECTION TO THE HOLIST CITY IN THE WORLD JERUSALEM

  • Reality Check

    While Jewish people and Israelis are proud of being Jewish and happy that Israel exists and is protected and mostly safe, kapos like Antony Loewenstein sit stewing, angry that they and their pro-islamist comrades have not yet figured out a way to destroy zionism and wipe Israel out.

  • Reality Check

    If you want Israel to end its control of Palestinians, you need to find a way to make Palestinians sane and moderate, and get rid of Hamas.

    When the threat against Israel is removed, then Israel’s occupation can end.

    Unless you’re just a piece of garbage kapo who hates Israel and hates Jews, of course. Then you don’t care about stopping Hamas and threats against Israel, and because you actually WANT Israel to be harmed.

    Which isn’t really peace activism, it’s just antisemitic and anti-Israel hate

  • M Ryutin

    'Countless Jews shouted out against Hamas, 9/11, terrorism, suicide bombing and Islam, as if they’re all connected'

    Hamas aside (it has its own record of separate atrocities and 911 can be left off in its case), I can't argue with those sentiments

  • Kevin C Herbert

    M Ryutin:

    Hamas are freedom fighters seeking the removal of illegal Israeli forces.

    Nothing too complex about that fact. If Israel invaded my country, I'd be fighting against it too.

  • Kevin C Herbert

    Attention: NATAS.

    So you're proud to be a supporter of an apartheid State.

    What next?

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  • Susie

    I was there too in the roped off area at the centre of a maze of blocked pathways, for the 'security of the protesters', I was told. Most appalling to me, a Jewish grandmother, was the vehement fist shaking, face pulling and name calling of the children and young teens parading past. Their target: a few people like my, a contingent of 40 ultra orthodox Jews, and a sprinkling of Palestinians.

    Scary stuff.