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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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Ali Abunimah explains the reality of current Israeli madness in Gaza

  • examinator

    Sadly this man reduces his credibility by claiming that Israel has IMPLEMENTED the caloric counting program with out proof.
    It is one thing to know that some years back they did an exercise but another thing entirely to assert that it is in place.
    Notwithstanding Israel's behaviour if Ali time line is correct then it is consistent with the above idea of 'spring cleaning' .
    Again I stand fully opposed to Israel's current regimes Psychopathic metaphoric DNA in order to maintain its political party's power.
    The problem coming is the more entrenched it becomes power the more voracious its lust for it and more extreme/desperate it will become to cling onto it . It has already compromised the nation's moral integrity, with it's land grabs via illegal settlement. These they claim as 'spoils of war' a concept that, in principle aligns itself with the worst of barbaric corrupt colonialism and apartheid (Roman occupancy around the time of Jesus et al). It has clearly shown its willingness to sacrifice neighbours' innocent lives for some delusional end.Now it's showing it willingness to sacrifice it's own for that same set of myopic (devoid of consequences )delusional goals i.e. they are prepared to sanction the false reasoning of the end justifies the means.
    The reality is, as the pathologically regime actions become more and more extreme it will be Israeli citizen who will ultimately bear the cost/consequences of the regime's belligerent excesses (much like Germans did for the crimes of the Third Reich).

  • "Sadly this man reduces his credibility by claiming that Israel has IMPLEMENTED the caloric counting program with out proof" ~ examinator

    So the Israeli occupiers who have besieged the Gaza Strip by air, land and sea since 2007 (with help from Egypt), insist that the their secret "Food Consumption in the Gaza Strip-Red Lines" calorie-counting document was merely a proposal that was never put into effect.

    BUT WAIT, aren't these the same Israeli occupiers:
    – who vehemently denied the existence of such a document in the first place, and then tried to suppress its publication after it was leaked?
    – whose adviser Dov Weisglas* infamously gloated that "the idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not make them die of hunger"? [*adviser to Ariel Sharon]
    – whose bureacracy determined that Gazans needed 170 trucks a day to avoid malnutrition, but who then reduced this to as low as 67 trucks during the worst period (compared to more than 400 trucks before the siege)?
    – who allow a mere 1% of Gaza exports (in violation of the 2005 US-brokered agreement), and ban all Gaza exports to Israel, West Bank and Jordan?

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

    – who denied the findings of a leaked 2008 Red Cross report which stated "the Israeli blockade of Gaza has led to a steady rise in chronic malnutrition" and warned that "wider segments of the Gaza population will become food insecure"?
    – whose very policies led the UN to warn that the Gaza Strip will not be "a liveable place" by 2020?

    It's ironic that when it comes to Israel, most western observers/sceptics will dismiss every piece of evidence (in a growing mountain of evidence) because it doesn't meet their perceived expectations of proof.

  • [Part 3]
    As the saying goes, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Unfortunately for most Palestinians in Gaza, treats were not on the menu, and those lucky enough not to succumb to enforced chronic malnutrition were forced to pay exorbitant prices for food and livestock smuggled in through tunnels along the Egypt/Gaza border. A few of the thousands of items that were banned for prolonged periods include jam, halva, vinegar, nutmeg, chocolate, fruit preserves, seeds & nuts, biscuits & sweets, potato chips, dried fruit, fresh meat, fishing rods, goats, cattle, chicks.

    There are many people and organisations that have little or no credibility. Ali Abunimah is NOT one of them, and NEITHER are the international, Palestinian and Israeli human rights organisations who are documenting the ongoing Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity.