Disaster Capitalism: Antony Loewenstein and Jeremy Schahill

Thursday 08 October, 2015
7pm, $0

Housing Works Bookstore
126 Crosby Street

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Disaster has become big business. Private companies are reaping record profits off natural and man-made catastrophes, often with the aid of media and political elites, turning the vulnerable into the world’s most valuable commodity. Join Jeremy Scahill, author of Dirty Wars and founding editor of The Intercept, in conversation with best-selling Australian journalistAntony Loewenstein, author of the recently released Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe.

In Disaster Capitalism, Loewenstein travels across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, Greece, and Australia to discover 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.

Antony Loewenstein is an independent Australian journalist, documentary maker and blogger who has written for the BBC, the Nationand the Washington Post. He has a weekly column in the Guardian and is the author of three best-selling books, My Israel Question, The Blogging Revolution and Profits of Doom: How Vulture Capitalism is Swallowing the World. More information at antonyloewenstein.com and find him on Twitter @antloewenstein.

Jeremy Scahill is an investigative reporter, war correspondent and author of the international bestselling books Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefieldand Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. He has served as the national security correspondent for The Nation andDemocracy Now!. He was twice awarded the prestigious George Polk Award and is a producer and writer of the award-winning film Dirty Wars, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award. Find him on Twitter @jeremyscahill.

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