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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Yet another way Israel’s Better Place seduces foolish greenies

Israeli electric car company Better Place is rightly challenged by activists as being part of Brand Israel. Its human rights record is troubling.

Here’s the latest example (via Electronic Intifada) of how these facts are routinely ignored in the name of being green and embracing “start-up Israel”:

An Israeli company that builds infrastructure for the Israeli occupation in the West Bank, and whose Israeli arm is led by a former general implicated in war crimes, has set up an electric taxi service station at Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport with the support of the Dutch government and the European Union.

The Israeli business website Globes reports:

“Better Place Inc. today launched an electric taxi project at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. The Dutch electric taxi project is the first green venture financed by the EU’s Ten-T decarbonization infrastructure program.

“Better Place built the battery replacement station at Schiphol Airport that will initially serve 10 Renault Fluence ZE electric taxis operated by three leading Dutch taxi companies. Better Place added that it will build a second battery replacement station in Amsterdam to increase the range of the taxi service for the first group of electric cabs.”

The Israeli ambassador to The Netherlands welcomed the project, and Better Place CEO Shai Agassi said, “We’re grateful for the support of the European Commission, the Dutch and Danish governments, Schiphol, Renault, and all of our partners in making this project happen in less than 18 months.”

2 comments ↪
  • examinator

    Frankly, I'm no fan of this vehicle . Sure it reduces the pollution where it operated BUT is it a Net green car? Information I've read suggests that it ISN'T.

    The benefit (?) of these vehicles are little more that an accountant's/ exploitive capitalist's equivalent of a three card trick …now you see it now you don't.

    If one considers that a key component is rare earth (in the batteries and elsewhere)….most of which comes from China where real thorough figures are hard to find. What is known that the mining of and the processing of rare earth it's pollution is both costly in energy (power) and health issues. I understand the conditions in these mines are appalling and deaths from accidents are comparatively common and the pollution is long lifed as it is toxic.

    The rest of the manufacturing is at least as energy intensive as any vehicle of comparative size.
    To make this system work there are many more battery sets than there are vehicles hence the actual life time cost is all but a fraction less than a comparative vehicle running say bio diesel.
    What it does achieve is that it ''moves" the the pollution and the expenditure of energy (power) away from where they are used.ergo now you see it now you don't.

    One could suggest that it's profitability is due in a large part to some artificial distortions in its costs structure.
    – where is the clean up of extra toxicity and pollution accounted for in the vehicle's cost structures.(externalities)
    – It has been widely known that if these electric vehicles take off the price of the rare earth will also skyrocket perhaps to the point where by they cease being economically viable …this of course doesn't consider the recovery of the rare earth nor does it allow for pollution ….are we looking at a long term harm like the breaking up of ships in Bangladesh or the computer recycling disasters in third world shores.
    – let us not forget that these batteries with their toxic payload are being made on someone else's territory so the impetus to clean up if this system eventually fails, which I fear it may, will be well akin to other Israeli concerns for Palestinians.
    – also the other distorting factor is that the jobs are in occupied territories where the unemployment levels are horrendous and would act as a disincentive for workers to demand fair wages.

    As for the man's links to war crimes the worst that can be said is that he is allegedly a war criminal. Mind you he is in like company with the rest of the unprosecuted (able) thugs in the current regime.

    Sadly I'm also not a big fan of BDS as like all ideological campaigns they inherently necessitate collateral damage (innocent victims) in the ethereal notion of greater good. I'm very disquieted by any policy/ideal that sanctions collateral damage of its own while decrying the opposition's

  • John Salisbury

    I think Evan Thorley,former Victorian State Labor politician, is involved with Better Place.