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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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Handy reminder, with video evidence, that Victorian police were thugs towards BDS supporters

  • examinator

    Antony it is simply the “Golden rule” in action
    “Who ever has the Gold rules power”.

    As I said before the police action was simple over the top and as it turned out,( IMHO) in the absence of a legitimate law decided to use this demonstration as a test case. They clearly chose this demonstration as it offered the least risk for 'blow back' law suits for false arrests. In a more violent demonstration the police may have injured a protester which may have then justified actions .
    My concern is a wider one in that the police in Vic are no longer officers of the peace but tools for one side in a legal debate.

    BTW this does not mean that I supported the protesters action . Based on the this video and being educated in the ways of marketing . I think that the removed statement from their web site was pure marketing a bit like Coke Cola supplying their drinks to the US army…. is that directly helping the war effort? No more than the successor to US Postal department by delivering emotional support from their loved ones.

    Do we stop superannuation because it may invest in a company that may also manufacture knives and forks for the military? Or maybe one that makes humi- cribs AND machines that keep soldiers comfortable in their tanks in the dessert?

    Morally two wrongs don't make a right. To me The way the campaign is naively being run is like a scatter gun rather than a sniper rifle it's as guilty of creating collateral damage …. This group's principal i.e. the obscene, brutal and apartheid OCCUPATION by Israel's 'extreme right' dominated regime has been over shadowed by the PROTESTER'S right to protest. Arguably two different issues

  • treesnotgreens

    Once again lets just bring this entire issue back to its core.

    Is it Palestinian human rights to their own piece of turf as an independent self determing entity,
    or is it also /really about depriving the jews of their own right to self determination by not allowing Israel to exist but have it absorbed into a mish mash Lebanon style canton ridden chaos.

    Antony Loewenstein by my reading wishes and advocates for the latter

    I strongly feel that both entities are entitled and deserve their respective and independent existence.

    BDS does not by their own very definition of having all of the 3 generations
    of Arabs follow their grandparents and flood what is Israel, rather than settling into what will be Palestine.

    The founder of BDS, Barghouti, has stated this in effect publicly.

    And that is why I am fundamentally against BDS,

    From river to the sea Palestine will be free, translates into ALL rights for Palestinian Arabs , and none for the 5.5 million Jews that currently inhabit Israel.


  • Kevin Herbert

    It's clear the BDS is biting into Israel's already tarnished image globally.

    The Brenner protest is just another element of it, which received a lot of publicity..all good for the BDS.

    'Hitman' Howes rejoinder re Nazi thugs again shows his appalling lack of judgement. After all, this is the idiot who publicly supported Obama's hit list of enemies of the USA.

  • "Once again lets just bring this entire issue back to its core."

    Why is it acceptable for Jews to return to their self-declared 'homeland' 2,000 years (or 80 generations) after their co-religionists were expelled by foreign occupiers, the Romans (now Italians),
    but NOT acceptable for Palestinians to return to their ancestral homeland just 64 years (or 2.5 generations) after they were ethnically cleansed by foreign colonists who dispossessed them and continue to forcibly deny them the right of return (for 64 straight years in violation of UN resolutions, international law and human rights conventions)?

    And why is it acceptable for indigenous South Africans to resist (using both armed resistance AND boycotts) their forced dispossession and colonisation by foreign colonists, and the segregated Bantustan state solution forcibly imposed on them,
    but NOT acceptable for indigenous Palestinians to resist (using either armed resistance OR boycotts) their forced dispossession, colonisation and occupation by foreign colonists, and the segregated two-state solution forcibly imposed on them?

  • [Part 2 – split due to comment size limitations]

    In 1994 — after 342 bloody years of dispossession, colonisation and resistance — the indigenous South Africans finally reclaimed their freedom when they elected one of their own as President of their ancestral homeland.

    Like the indigenous South Africans before them, the Palestinians will eventually reclaim their freedom in their ancestral homeland. Freedom with justice and equal rights.
    Unlike the indigenous South Africans, the Palestinians won't have to wait 342 years. Time, justice and history are on their side.