From @antloewenstein : Latest newsletter on resource exploitation, Iran, Syria and Afghanistan

Monday 12, March 2012

Papua New Guinea exploitation and war against Iran

Dear all,

The resource curse is a cliche but rings true in many developing countries. I’m currently researching a book on disaster capitalism (and shooting a documentary) and recently spent time in Papua New Guinea (PNG) where issues of local exploitation and Western multinationals causing profound ecological destruction are highly problematic.

Here’s one dispatch from Bougainville, site of one of the world’s formerly largest mines. It’s a province still recovering from a brutal war fought over the minerals there.

And another investigation from PNG that reveals a real risk of civil strife due to Western multinationals exploiting both local communities and natural resources.

Yet another dispatch details the dangerous lure of mining money in PNG.

My photos of Bougainville, Madang and Port Moresby/Papa Lea-Lea.

Appearance on ABCTV News24’s The Drum discussing ongoing Israeli and American threats to attack Iran and civil war in Syria.

Review in the Sydney Morning Herald of the stunning new book by American journalist Michael Hastings on the failed war in Afghanistan, The Operators.

Festival of Dangerous Ideas at Sydney Opera House in late 2010, "Anyone can make a revolution", with Amnesty International head Salil Shetty, Egyptian/American writer Mona Eltahawy, Get Up! head Simon Sheikh and yours truly, discussing the Arab revolutions.

– As part of a global series defending Wikileaks alongside people like Noam Chomsky and John Pilger, my reasons why Julian Assange’s crusading must be supported. Part two is here.

Interview on ABC Radio National’s Common Knowledge on beards, ciders and extreme retro (yes, I don’t always discuss politics!).

Interview with The Power Index on Australian billionaire Frank Lowy and his role in backing occupying Israel.

For a daily dose, see my website, Twitter and Facebook.

Until next time,


Antony Loewenstein
Independent Freelance Journalist and Author Sydney, Australia!/antloewenstein

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