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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At least somebody is still talking about and remembering the Iraq war

  • David Hicks

    It's a weird world we live in these days. After the American War in Vietnam, we had decades of books, movies & analysis .
    After Iraq, what ? The title of the video above speaks volumes : "At least somebody is still talking about and remembering the Iraq war."

  • Kevin Herbert

    David Hicks:

    I imagine this occured because the internet has informed the world of what actually happened in Iraq, wehereas after Vietnam only the US warmongers were able to finance their own versioin of history via their supplicant Hollywood collaborators.

  • examinator

    Kevin and David
    Having live and protested at the time of the Vietnam war, I think your conclusions are way off.
    The reality is the Vietnam war was called the 'first TV/media war' . That was because the people saw it every night on the news.
    I'd point out that as a consequence of the public having this sort of access in Vietnam, Bush 2's D.O.D. embedded journalists to suppress unfavourable coverage. A psychological technique to get the journalists to identify with their embedded troops and hence self censor because they took on the roll of participant (bias) rather than an observer/ reporter.

    The truth about Hollywood moguls…. they were tapping into the US citizens wanted and were prepared to pay for, to have their assumed elitist status re-confirmed. Hollywood is predominantly Democrat …not Republican (Bush).

    (They are still in 1945 … emotional mentality) i.e. the Japanese (enemy) attacked Pearl Harbour and their mighty military crushed them and the Germans, when the rest of the world couldn't . It is as if in their emotional perspective nothing has changed. Their entire empire is predicated on the presumption of their 'exceptionalism ' which is supported by an invincible military. (might is right belief ).

    A simpler and more plausible explanation for the 911, like all similar conspiracy theories, stem from the naive prejudices, insecurities/fears, general ignorance of the US citizenry aided and abetted by those who gain from it.
    Their reasoning would go something like this: given they believe they are exceptional and military is invincible therefore there must be parties INSIDE the system that caused the breach. Especially since they were told that invading Iraq for it's links to WMD and affiliation with al Qaeda (both were false) & Afghanistan.
    What one mustn't underestimate is the power of a Belief…. US nationalism is , like all nationalism, religion and dogma based Idealism are clear acts of Faith (aka Belief) .
    Sadly the more intensely the Beliefs are the less logic they need but conversely the more emotional comfort they derive, especially for those of little or no power.(but not exclusively).
    The problem was that both sides underestimated/miscalculated both the intensity of the other's beliefs and the options that would ensue.

  • Kevin Herbert


    I don't know why I'm bothering to engage with you but I'll do it one last time to illustrate just how often you invent your own truth, no matter what, to suit your position:

  • Kevin Herbert

    Examinator: contd
    You say:
    "Having live and protested at the time of the Vietnam war, I think your conclusions are way off.
    The reality is the Vietnam war was called the 'first TV/media war' . That was because the people saw it every night on the news……etc etc"
    Your analysis is totally off the mark…yet again.
    The then TV coverage of the Vietnam War does NOT EVEN VAGUELY match the internet generation's access to counter MSM reporting of the Iraq war… compare the 2 situations is silly. FYI, I worked at the ABC as a TV news cadet journo beginning in 1970, and coverage of the war by then was perfunctory, and only if an ANZAC soldier was killed or wounded, did it feature at the top of the bulletin. If not, there'sd be a short update on the latest fighting at around item 12., approx. 4 scripts before the bulletin's end. The presence of the Vietnam conflct on TV only assisted in driving public clearly wasn't the key reason for the opposition…in Iraq 2, the MSM was pounded by the internet media..and still is.

  • Kevin Herbert

    Examinator (contd)

    The rest of your post is irrelevant to the discussion at hand.

    As I've said many time previously, stop blathering on this important site…please.

  • examinator

    Thank you for your encouragement….I figure so long as it upsets you I must be saying something worth while…goodness knows You're not.
    BTW much of my last post was directed to David.
    This is Antony's site not yours so far he isn't bothered by the depth of my musings I'll ignore your supercilious suggestions . Oh yes I'll continue to correct your errors… in fact too… not for you but for others that may be misled by them.
    PS If my thoughts bother you so much DON'T Read them …simple !

    • Kevin Herbert

      Unable to respond with any substance, Examinator goes down the ad hominem path….not surprising really.