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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The Israel lobby gets American politicians to disrobe

Really (via Politico):

The FBI probed a late-night swim in the Sea of Galilee that involved drinking, numerous GOP freshmen lawmakers, top leadership staff — and one nude member of Congress, according to more than a dozen sources, including eyewitnesses.

During a fact-finding congressional trip to the Holy Land last summer, Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) took off his clothes and jumped into the sea, joining a number of members, their families and GOP staff during a night out in Israel, the sources told POLITICO. Other participants, including the daughter of another congressman, swam fully clothed, while some lawmakers partially disrobed. More than 20 people took part in the late-night dip in the sea, according to sources who were participants in the trip.

“A year ago, my wife, Brooke, and I joined colleagues for dinner at the Sea of Galilee in Israel. After dinner I followed some Members of Congress in a spontaneous and very brief dive into the sea and regrettably I jumped into the water without a swimsuit,” Yoder said in a statement to POLITICO. “It is my greatest honor to represent the people of Kansas in Congress and [for] any embarrassment I have caused for my colleagues and constituents, I apologize.”

6 comments ↪
  • examinator

    Call me simple but it brings to mind two words " So what?"
    Go wild? what? are you kidding? Is this harming any one save a little of *their* 'dignity?'. Driving home drunk from a function; Bashing a cab driver; vandalism ; are going wild/feral… there are victims!
    This is being a smidgen silly Who has never been silly ? All it proves to me is that they're human, Get a life!
    More seriously , this STORY says a lot about how sanctimonious the Americans are… Forget about all the problems and people are dying because of their policies .. concentrate on the really important stuff like a few people skinny dipping… Something is seriously wrong with their voters' priorities for this to be worthy of "News/ public interest/ need to know"

  • Kevin Herbert

    Examinator:

    On another matter altogether…

    Are you going to apologise for your facile accusations of my alleged racism against Barack Obama for declaring him an 'Uncle Tom".

    I've had no response from you to my view as expressed in the article concerned.

    Well……

    • examinator

      Nope.
      I explained my objection clearly.

      • Kevin Herbert

        Your explanation was proven to be without foundation…..comprehensively.

        Your reaction says a lot.about your ability to cogently present factual data….

  • Kevin Herbert

    So you've confirmed that you're close-minded & out-of-touch with contemporary reality. I'm sure all who read your response will judge you accordingly.

    Also, to bring you into the 21st century and the reality of the rise of US fascism, get a copy of Naomi Klein's 'The Shock Doctrine" which maps the increasingly fascist nature of DC legislation. Heard of the Patriot Act and/or Obama's assasination list?

    Finally, as a general comment, while many of the points you make are reasonable but mostly long-winded regurgitations of those contained in the featured story at hand, one gets the impression that you've recently begun to have a lot of time on your hands, and are pursuing a long held view that you're a credible writer or journalist. Recently retired or unemployed maybe?
    May I respectfully suggest that important public discussion sites such as Antony's are not meant to act as conduits for individual posters ego therapy.
    I'm tempted to conduct a word search of your voluminous copy to check whether large chunks are regularly dropped in directly from Wikipedia & other publicly available data sources. However, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt.

    • examinator

      Kevin,
      Kevin,
      I think you missed the point.
      I have made it abundantly clear that I do not support acquiescence to the powers that be. On that matter we sort of concur.
      ** What I don't agree with is the irrelevancy introducing skin colour and specifically the pejorative term 'Uncle Tom'. It is as racially insulting as it is irrelevant. **
      Perhaps you can can explain to me off line how Obama's race makes any difference.
      Bush did the same in fact every president has the same baggage and culture and sundry limitations. Their system is dysfunctional . Australia's isn't that much better.
      Long winded- fair point from your perspective ….I would suggest that I try to be precise rather than concise, that leads to generalised (dubious) assumptions. There is a difference between style and personal name calling insults. e.g. 'ego therapy'….gratuitous insult or a gross misinterpretation by you…neither of which I'm not responsible . I try to limit attacks to what is said not individuals. BTW it is you who is continuing to digress
      Short answer Antony has told me to stick to the point of the articles…. my problem is that I don't believe topics live in discrete bubbles independent of context.(linking to causation time, circumstances)
      PS contact me on my mental sketch board 'bloger' site 'examinator ponders' if you want to continue.
      Now back to the site and topics.
      Regards
      Examinator.