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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Today’s Murdoch hackery; accusing Israel critics of anti-Semitism

Melbourne Herald Sun writer Alan Howe just doesn’t like Arabs too much. All those free trips to Israel thanks to the Zionist lobby have worked a treat. The Jewish community must be so proud that one of the strongest advocates for Israel in the Australian media also really hates Palestinians. Well done!

His latest piece, in today’s paper, attacks Federal Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon for, well, being alive but especially her backing of BDS, that evil plan to ethically cleanse all Jews from Palestine. Oh wait.

Here’s Howe:

Rhiannon also supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) group that targets Jewish companies doing business with Israel. The idea is to economically cripple the only democracy in the Middle East and the one country in which the region’s Arabs are guaranteed safety.

Rhiannon has boasted that South African cleric Desmond Tutu had written to support the boycotts.

Crikey, Tutu must have some time on his hands. You’d reckon the famed campaigner for freedom and democracy, and opponent of homophobia, would have been busy sorting out Zimbabwe, right next door.

Robert Mugabe has destroyed that country, kills his opponents and persecutes gays, who are described by their president as repugnant and repulsive – “I don’t believe they have any rights at all”. They are “lower than pigs and dogs”, he adds, fearful deputies nodding in agreement.

Tutu has criticised Mugabe in the past, but it’s more bark than bite.

Those Jewish dogs are different, though. Tutu and Rhiannon will sort them out.

Last month, as part of the campaign against Israel in those violent protests outside the Max Brenner chocolate shop in Melbourne, 19 demonstrators and three police were injured.

Some prominent Australians met to drink hot chocolate outside the Brenner shop some days later in a counter protest against the violence.

Smarter than Rhiannon, they know about the 1930s and where violent protests against Jewish traders may end. It was a colourful time of brownshirts, blackshirts, and yellow Stars of David. The streets ran red. The Green Senator should read up on it.

4 comments ↪
  • Hate hackery indeed. The best thing the Greens could do is to back Senator Lee Rhiannon to the hilt. The whole piece of sloppy exaggerated writing is designed to discredit one person, Senator Lee Rhiannon.

    Notably absent from this article is any mention of the many Jewish people who do not back the apartheid Zionist state of Israel. Cast Lead? Sorry, Alan Howe has some reading to do about that.

    Obviously, Alan Howe is one of Rupert's bushy tailed attack dogs. Hey Alan, your hero is utterly discredited.

  • Kevin Herbert

    Even the Sulzbergers thinks Rupert goes too far in his disingenuous support for Israel in News Ltd publications…all for ther bottom line eh……Trotsky would be proud.

  • Jon of Prahran

    I just read Howe's coments there, and it all looks pretty sound to me. I'd say he's on the money. What's your problem?

  • Murphy of Adelaide

    Alan Howe describes Israel as the only democracy in the Middle East. What democracy keeps around 4 million people under an illegal military occupation for 22 years. Explain that to me.
    Too many Jews seek the world's sympathy simply because of the holocaust yet Israel the oppressed has become Israel the oppressor.