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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 lobby friend and Murdoch man defames Arabs in a good day’s work

It can’t be easy for a Murdoch editor to find new ways to damn Palestinians but the Herald Sun’s Alan Howe constantly comes through with the goods.

Here’s his latest that proves once again that the Zionist lobby, who sends people like Howe to Israel, creates individuals who loathe Arabs even more than before they left:

So Bob Carr has slipped his hand into my pocket — and yours — and pulled out $90 million of Australian taxpayers’ money and given it to the Palestinians, among whom are some of the most virulent racists on the planet.

Among the Palestinian Authority leadership are some smooth talkers keen to milk a sometimes gullible world for aid money they insist they need because Israel is next door.

It’s an odd excuse. Most nations would be more than happy to have an educated, industrious, inventive and robustly democratic country such as Israel as a neighbour.

Once they were almost ours. The plan for the Holy Land to be in the Kimberley flourished through the 1930s, but was killed off by one of the first recorded episodes of political correctness.

Instead, Israel was established in the Middle East, near Jerusalem. Well, it had been their home for some millennia.

One day over lunch, Bob Carr told me one of his regrets as NSW premier had been not to fully engage with the Islamic community that is centred on the Sydney suburb of Lakemba.

By then it was too late and the largely Lebanese Muslim population there was “led” by the sexist Sheik Hilaly, who’s happy to proclaim the innocence of men convicted of planning to kill many of us.

He said of terrorist kidnappers who were holding Melbourne’s Douglas Wood in Iraq that, “I value your jihad”. Wood called his captors “a——–“. I’m with Doug.

Perhaps there is a connection between Carr’s failure as premier and his extraordinary gesture of goodwill to some people others might see as undeserving.

The Palestinian Authority represents the people of the region, many of whom have escaped to other countries, but then many live happily in Israel, voting and sharing in the wealth of the region’s lone democracy. And the Authority knows well who is really to blame for the not-so-blighted lives of modern-day Palestinians.

Until Palestinians rise up and demand a leadership that will point them towards modernity and away from the ancient hatreds of uneducated Islamism, I’d be reluctant to give them one cent from Australian taxpayers. Too many Palestinians are eluding peace by choice.

Statistics suggest that about $9 of that money earmarked for Palestinians is mine, and I want it back. Not to put in my pocket, but to give to a people much more deserving and who are keener to take their proper place in the world.

Islamist terror breeds in Gaza and on the West Bank with its bombs, rockets and kidnappings.

Its adherents do not believe in Israel’s right to exist.

An even cursory look at the online files of the Palestinian Media Watch shows the extent of the problem. The region’s broadcasters and newspapers make celebrities of suicide bombers, the mostly young “martyrs” sent to crowded streets to claim as many innocents as they can.

Depending on how “successful” their mission, the terrorists’ names may adorn a Palestinian street, a sports event, or even a school.

The Palestinian Authority shows little concern that these killers are turned into role models that may inspire others. It is like Tasmanians changing the name of Port Arthur to Martin Bryant Fields.

Alarmingly, it has already been claimed that one of these groups has benefited from Australian aid to the region, and Carr has promised to thoroughly investigate the issue.

But why would we spend money on “aid” to Palestinians, many of whom resent the West, when deserving people, to whom we are greatly indebted, live on our doorstep?

East Timorese are poorer than the Palestinians, spend fewer years at school, are more likely to be illiterate and are much less likely to have access to electricity and sanitation.

  • Paul

    Howe's words make complete sense to me. The Palestinians are relatively well off compared to the East Timorese. I notice that you have left off the last few paragrahps and I wonder why. Perhaps it is because Howe so comprehensively prosecutes the case that we should be helping the Timorese and not resentful people on the other side of the world?

  • yeastbite

    Those ungrateful Palestinians-resenting the West-just look what we have done for them with our principled stance on their dispossession and murder