Loewenstein: “Disaster Capitalism” – Making a Killing out of Catastrophe + 2 videos

Posted: 02 Dec 2015 05:08 PM PST – St Stanislaus College Blog

9781784781156-max_221Loewenstein: Disaster Capitalism – Making a Killing out of Catastrophe

Crisis, what crisis? How governments and corporations profit from disaster.“A keenly observed and timely investigation into rampant resource plunder, privatized detention centers, and an array of other forms of corporate rapacity on four continents.” – Naomi Klein

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…….     [Note: 2 videos below]

Videos:

Making Money from Misery: Antony Loewenstein on his new book ‘Disaster Capitalism’

 

Published on Oct 9, 2015

When disaster strikes, who profits? That’s the question asked by journalist Antony Loewenstein in his new book, “Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe.” Traveling across the globe, Loewenstein examines how companies such as G4S, Serco and Halliburton are cashing in on calamity, and describes how they are deploying for-profit private contractors to war zones and building for-profit private detention facilities to warehouse refugees, prisoners and asylum seekers. Recently, Loewenstein teamed up with filmmaker Thor Neureiter for a documentary by the same name that chronicles how international aid and investment has impacted communities in Haiti, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea and beyond.
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Comments

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 12/08/2015 at 1:18 pm

    Thanks for raising this issue.

  • Albert  On 12/09/2015 at 1:37 pm

    Not convinced with his point. What are the other options. Who else could do the work? the Chinese? They are a more ruthless capitalist. Contractors from other countries (e.g. India) will be cheaper but do not have all the resources and know-how.

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