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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Is there anything Julia Gillard won’t do to get closer to the Zionist lobby?

Apparently not, according to today’s Melbourne Age, though one has to wonder; our government can’t really support Zionist occupation more than it already does.

Well, I guess she could order an Australian military invasion of Iran; that may keep Tel Aviv happy for a few minutes:

Julia Gillard has moved to strengthen her already close relations with the Jewish community by giving her new business liaison adviser, Bruce Wolpe, the specific task of liaising with it.

Some caucus colleagues think treating the Jewish community in this special way is unwise, even weird. One called it ”a curious decision”. Another said: ”This is amateurish. Singling out the Jewish community when there are so many other components of Australian society is hard to comprehend.”

A third said that the level and quality of access for the Jewish community was already seen as superior to that of others and this could further that perception.

Critics accuse Ms Gillard of being too pro-Israel on Middle East issues, on which she has differed from Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd’s more even-handed position.

While Jewish leaders are publicly welcoming the Jewish liaison role, some sources in the community question why it is needed. One said it was peculiar and stupid – ”the Prime Minister has a very good relationship with the Jewish community. It doesn’t need to be channelled.”

A memo from the PM’s chief of staff, Ben Hubbard, to office colleagues, which is circulating among Jewish leaders, said Mr Wolpe, who is Jewish, ”will be responsible for liaison with the Australian business community and will also have a subsidiary role as liaison for the PM with the Jewish community”. Mr Wolpe’s latter role was not highlighted when his business appointment was announced recently.

At present Michael Cooney, a speechwriter and adviser in Ms Gillard’s office, liaises with various faith and ethnic communities.

Mr Wolpe, a former director of corporate affairs for Fairfax Media, owner of The Age, is senior adviser to US congressman Henry Waxman. He takes up his position with Ms Gillard in several weeks.

Philip Chester, president of the Zionist Federation of Australia, said while he personally had not dealt with Mr Wolpe ”my colleagues [in the Jewish community] are very positive about the relationship that can be built with him”. So far the dialogue with the Prime Minister had been very effective.

Ikebal Patel, president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, said there would not be a problem with Mr Wolpe’s appointment if there was similar liaison from Ms Gillard’s office with other faith communities.

  • examinator

    Um she could adopt them?
    That would make sense in that some of them tend to think like obsessed children anyway some do need 'tough love' and who's has a better maiden aunt/step mother persona than Julia?

    Is she fearful of the US Corp Diasporic Syndrome (UCDS* ) spreading to Australia and simply trying to inoculate herself with a home made concoction called "buttkissing"?
    Real Scientific Cure…..inoculation with 100cc **"Mooltiaftztds" daily legislate if necessary until the symptoms pass.

    * I'm considering approaching WHO and their infectious diseases section to regeister it as a potential political pandemic(PPP)
    Symptoms. where misguided (Israeli firsters corporate/rich ) hold Australian politics to ransom to support the interests of Israel before that of Australia.
    i.e. support further affronts and encouraging an inevitable backlash from Muslim countries especially the dispossessed there in, for the comfort and encouragement of an extreme right wing Israeli government.
    ** acronym for Mind Our Own Long Term Interests Forcing The Zealots To Do The Same.

  • Marilyn

    All this for less than 150,000 people in a nation of 23 million?

    She is a fruit cake led around by zionists and other racists.

    Meanwhile she happily jails muslim kids who seek asylum without a thought to having someone liaise with the community.

    I have never liked this stupid woman.

  • kevinherbert1

    Gillard is clearly a rank amateur when it comes to politicasl balance. As the cry in Oz against Israel increases, she digs her heels in further to show her support for the far right Zionists she socialises with, such as Ablert 'Shell'em" Dadon, the saviour of Israel.

    How about her shoehorning that far right Aussie Zionist, Mark Liebler, into the chairmanship of the Aboriginal Reconilciuation Commission……I know that many in the Aboriginal communtiy were furious at the appointment, but of course to question it was not politic given the tenuous nature of the commission's deliberations.

    What a monumental lightweight she is…she will oversee the destruction of the ALP at the next election & that will be her legacy. The Zionsist will drop her liket a hot potato after that..just wait & see.