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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forgodssakecover Four Australian thinkers come together to ask and answer the big questions, such as: What is the nature of the universe? Doesn't religion cause most of the conflict in the world? And Where do we find hope?   We are introduced to different belief systems – Judaism, Christianity, Islam – and to the argument that atheism, like organised religion, has its own compelling logic. And we gain insight into the life events that led each author to their current position.   Jane Caro flirted briefly with spiritual belief, inspired by 19th century literary heroines such as Elizabeth Gaskell and the Bronte sisters. Antony Loewenstein is proudly culturally, yet unconventionally, Jewish. Simon Smart is firmly and resolutely a Christian, but one who has had some of his most profound spiritual moments while surfing. Rachel Woodlock grew up in the alternative embrace of Baha'i belief but became entranced by its older parent religion, Islam.   Provocative, informative and passionately argued, For God's Sakepublished in 2013, encourages us to accept religious differences, but to also challenge more vigorously the beliefs that create discord.  
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Roll up to see “liberal” Australian Zionist power-broker ignore occupation

The Australian Zionist lobby has spent years demonising Arabs, Palestinians and moderate Jews in the name of “saving Zionism”. The effect? A Jewish state with a serious image problem. That’s money well spent, people.

Now, a more “moderate” Zionist lobbyist is around, Albert Dadon. There’s nothing really different here – “we want peace”, he says, “we really love Palestinians” and “we’re happy to take politicians and journalists on a propaganda trip to Zionist paradise” – but his piece in today’s Murdoch Australian is a gem:

Fortunately, Julia Gillard, whose moral clarity on the Middle East was first evident when she backed Israel in its war against Hamas in December 2008, is reportedly at odds with Rudd’s view [to abstain from the forthcoming UN vote on Palestine]

Fourth, a yes vote at the UN General Assembly will be nothing but a Pyrrhic victory for the Palestinians. Why? Because full membership requires the backing of the 15-member Security Council and the US has already stated its intention to veto the proposal.

So what the Palestinians will likely end up with is the status of a non-member state, an upgrade from its observer status but a step short of full membership, which requires a two-thirds majority of the 193 countries in the General Assembly. Abbas will achieve a toothless resolution in the General Assembly with no legal force.

Finally, an abstention by Australia’s envoy to the UN would be (mis)construed by the Greens — and their leftist allies — as a victory.

For despite Bob Brown’s public statements, among his growing ranks are those who try to disguise their anti-Israel vitriol under the veneer of progressive politics.

The newly elected senator for NSW, Lee Rhiannon, is the quintessential case in point. She openly defended Marrickville Council’s ill-fated support for the Israel boycott, a campaign that has morphed into the targeting of Max Brenner chocolate shops across Australia.

Make no mistake. Factions of this mob of anti-Israel protesters — some of whom are due in court next month for breaching bail conditions after they were initially arrested in the melee outside Max Brenner in Melbourne on July 1 — are red, not green.

One of their chants reveals their true colour: “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!”

This is straight out of the Hamas song sheet and is not-so-subtle code for the elimination of Israel and, in its place, a Palestinian state between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean.

Moreover, what is so galling is their rank hypocrisy. Where are the mass protests about the slaughter of innocents in Syria, or Libya, or Egypt? Their silence about these crimes is deafening.

Optimists hope that this act of unilateralism by the Palestinians will help resuscitate the stillborn peace process because the alternative is much worse. But it’s a forlorn hope.

Dadon and his friends will come to regret such pointless vitriol. No path to ending the occupation (no mention of it, actually) and a message straight out of the Israeli government.

How’s that two-state solution dream coming along, Zionists?

  • paul walter

    Now I know where Geoff Pahoff at WD gets so much of his waffle from. Again, thanks.

  • Kim

    HI Antony, Zionists like Dadon are an astounding bunch of hypcrities when they whine as he has done "where are the mass protests about the slaughter of innocents in Syria or Libya or Egypt?". The fact is far from being silent about this issues as he and other Zionists claim, many of those involved in the Palestine BDS campaign and pro-Palestine activism have also been out on the street in support of the popular uprisings in Syria, Libya and Egypt. One of the reasons it could be argued why Dadon isn't aware of this fact is because we never saw the likes of him or any other Zionists who like to trot out these claims at the street actions or solidarity activities in support of the popular uprisings in these countries. And the reason why we never saw Dadon or other Zionists like him at these events is because they in fact have absolutely no interest in the struggle of the Syrian, Libyan or Egyptian people. The only reason they raise the struggle of the people in these countries is solely to deflect from Israel's human rights abuses, apartheid and occupation polices.

  • Kim

    And to just add to my previous comment – this is in fact the most sickening thing about Dadon and others like him, that they are willing to cynically and hypocritically use an the struggle of the people of Syria, Libya and Egypt for human rights in order to ensure that Palestinians continue to suffer human rights abuses at the hands of the Isaeli state and to deflect attention from the fact that Israel is carrying out human rights abuses, while also trying to hide the fact that they [Dadon and others like him] are willing apologists for a serial human rights abuser.

  • Everyone just needs to try and get along. This fighting and attacks won't win for either side.

  • SirJohnMon

    Speaking of money buying access and influence, check this out–another Dadon enterprise: What on earth is Monash University doing peddling this overt propaganda exercise to students? Oh, that's right, Dadon's a major donor….

    One wonders, will this delegation be meeting Lieberman? You can be sure they won't be meeting Palestinians, tho' no doubt the companies they'll meet will include those enthusiastically exploiting the natural resources (now with the blessing of the Israeli High Court) of the Occupied Territories…