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Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe, Tickets Available

Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe – Antony Loewenstein
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The New School, Kellen Auditorium
66 5th Avenue ,New York, NY, 10003
Monday, October 5, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Who’s making a fortune from the world’s misery?
Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe
Discussion of the new book and documentary film in progress by Antony Loewenstein. 
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.
The book is endorsed by Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Jeremy Scahill and John Pilger.
Antony Loewenstein is an independent Australian journalist, documentary maker and blogger who has written for the BBC, the Nation and the Washington Post. He’s a weekly Guardian columnist and the author of three best-selling books, My Israel Question, The Blogging Revolution and Profits of Doom: How Vulture Capitalism is Swallowing the World. He is co-editor of After Zionism and Left Turn and co-writer of For God’s Sake. His books have been translated, and his journalism has been a finalist in many global awards. He’s currently working on a documentary about disaster capitalism.
Disaster Capitalism is published by Verso Books. Copies will be available for sale at a discount.
Event co-sponsored by the Schools for Public Engagement (SPE) and the New School for Social Research (NSSR).

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