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. Disaster Capitalism is published by Verso in 2015 and in paperback in January 2017.

Profits_of_doom_cover_350Vulture capitalism has seen the corporation become more powerful than the state, and yet its work is often done by stealth, supported by political and media elites. The result is privatised wars and outsourced detention centres, mining companies pillaging precious land in developing countries and struggling nations invaded by NGOs and the corporate dollar. Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein travels to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea and across Australia to witness the reality of this largely hidden world of privatised detention centres, outsourced aid, destructive resource wars and militarized private security. Who is involved and why? Can it be stopped? What are the alternatives in a globalised world? Profits of Doom, published in 2013 and released in an updated edition in 2014, challenges the fundamentals of our unsustainable way of life and the money-making imperatives driving it. It is released in an updated edition in 2014.
forgodssakecover Four Australian thinkers come together to ask and answer the big questions, such as: What is the nature of the universe? Doesn't religion cause most of the conflict in the world? And Where do we find hope?   We are introduced to different belief systems – Judaism, Christianity, Islam – and to the argument that atheism, like organised religion, has its own compelling logic. And we gain insight into the life events that led each author to their current position.   Jane Caro flirted briefly with spiritual belief, inspired by 19th century literary heroines such as Elizabeth Gaskell and the Bronte sisters. Antony Loewenstein is proudly culturally, yet unconventionally, Jewish. Simon Smart is firmly and resolutely a Christian, but one who has had some of his most profound spiritual moments while surfing. Rachel Woodlock grew up in the alternative embrace of Baha'i belief but became entranced by its older parent religion, Islam.   Provocative, informative and passionately argued, For God's Sakepublished in 2013, encourages us to accept religious differences, but to also challenge more vigorously the beliefs that create discord.  
After Zionism, published in 2012 and 2013 with co-editor Ahmed Moor, brings together some of the world s leading thinkers on the Middle East question to dissect the century-long conflict between Zionism and the Palestinians, and to explore possible forms of a one-state solution. Time has run out for the two-state solution because of the unending and permanent Jewish colonization of Palestinian land. Although deep mistrust exists on both sides of the conflict, growing numbers of Palestinians and Israelis, Jews and Arabs are working together to forge a different, unified future. Progressive and realist ideas are at last gaining a foothold in the discourse, while those influenced by the colonial era have been discredited or abandoned. Whatever the political solution may be, Palestinian and Israeli lives are intertwined, enmeshed, irrevocably. This daring and timely collection includes essays by Omar Barghouti, Jonathan Cook, Joseph Dana, Jeremiah Haber, Jeff Halper, Ghada Karmi, Antony Loewenstein, Saree Makdisi, John Mearsheimer, Ahmed Moor, Ilan Pappe, Sara Roy and Phil Weiss.
The 2008 financial crisis opened the door for a bold, progressive social movement. But despite widespread revulsion at economic inequity and political opportunism, after the crash very little has changed. Has the Left failed? What agenda should progressives pursue? And what alternatives do they dare to imagine? Left Turn, published by Melbourne University Press in 2012 and co-edited with Jeff Sparrow, is aimed at the many Australians disillusioned with the political process. It includes passionate and challenging contributions by a diverse range of writers, thinkers and politicians, from Larissa Berendht and Christos Tsiolkas to Guy Rundle and Lee Rhiannon. These essays offer perspectives largely excluded from the mainstream. They offer possibilities for resistance and for a renewed struggle for change.
The Blogging Revolution, released by Melbourne University Press in 2008, is a colourful and revelatory account of bloggers around the globe why live and write under repressive regimes - many of them risking their lives in doing so. Antony Loewenstein's travels take him to private parties in Iran and Egypt, internet cafes in Saudi Arabia and Damascus, to the homes of Cuban dissidents and into newspaper offices in Beijing, where he discovers the ways in which the internet is threatening the ruld of governments. Through first-hand investigations, he reveals the complicity of Western multinationals in assisting the restriction of information in these countries and how bloggers are leading the charge for change. The blogging revolution is a superb examination about the nature of repression in the twenty-first century and the power of brave individuals to overcome it. It was released in an updated edition in 2011, post the Arab revolutions, and an updated Indian print version in 2011.
The best-selling book on the Israel/Palestine conflict, My Israel Question - on Jewish identity, the Zionist lobby, reporting from Palestine and future Middle East directions - was released by Melbourne University Press in 2006. A new, updated edition was released in 2007 (and reprinted again in 2008). The book was short-listed for the 2007 NSW Premier's Literary Award. Another fully updated, third edition was published in 2009. It was released in all e-book formats in 2011. An updated and translated edition was published in Arabic in 2012.

Quickies

– The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights reports on a new kind of x-ray machine being used on the Rafah crossing point in Gaza. Aside from serious health concerns, civil liberties campaigners in the USA and the UK have condemned the machines as a “voyeurs charter”. Civilians can be photographed naked by the Israeli authorities. Up-to-date news from Rafah can be found here.

– Despite American hostility, a “UN-appointed commission has strongly recommended the referral of the “heinous” crimes in Darfur to the International Criminal Court (ICC).”

– The Russians are bringing hate to Australia. Or so says Sydney’s Murdoch tabloid, the Daily Telegraph. This would be funny and completely irrelevant, except Rupert’s newly appointed editor, David Pemberthy, is clearly trying to beat-up issues furiously. As he said last week, “The bottom line is you’ve got to sell more papers. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.” And here I thought fear-mongering should matter little in journalism.

– Adel Abdel Mahdi is the new Iraqi Vice-President. He’s a favourite in Washington, Paris and London because he’s a strong believer in privatising Iraq’s oil reserves and implementing the Bush administration’s agenda of economic reforms.

9 comments ↪
  • Anonymous

    Is it just me, or isn't there some sort of irony in the phrase "Palestinian Centre for Human Rights"?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Is it just me, or is there some sort of irony in the phrase humane Israeli army, or Sharon as a man of peace? Hey, if you prefer to think of Palestinians as all murdering terrorists, perhaps it's best if you spend your holiday time in a nice place where only white people live. Less confronting for you.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm…how many times do the Israelis execute 'collaborators' in the middle of the street as a warning to others?How many Israeli Jews practice honor killings against females who don't tow the Islamic family line?I guess you should stick to hanging out in lefty coffee shops where they hold protests against Caterpillar…finding out there's another side to your beloved Pally pals might be too confronting for you…

  • Doylie

    Anonymous unreferenced rubbish. What a way to sink the boots in.

  • Anonymous

    unreferenced? ok…http://www.gendercide.org/case_honour.html (scroll down to point 3, or just do a google search on "palestinian honor killing"http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1355505/postsI guess the death penalty is only wrong when John Howard talks about it…

  • Craig UK

    Anonymous, don't you know that the Hamas supporting Palestinians are peace loving people who are being denied their basic human rights of driving all Jews into the sea? How can you question the wisdom of Loewenstein and his coterie of intellectuals? They are the ones who know.

  • David Heidelberg

    Looks like you've attracted some trolls from Blair's site.

  • Anonymous

    I thought blogs were supposed to be about debate and ideas…i guess if you disagree, you're a troll. Hi ho, hi ho, off to reeducation camp we go…

  • Doylie

    Anon, are you saying that murder of Palestinians by Palestinians is the equivalent to human rights abuses by an occupying military force? If not, what are you saying?As for the execution of 'collaborators', is this any more or less repulsive than the actions of the IDF when hunting down suspected terrorists and bulldozing their homes. Ever wondered why so much news comes to us from refugee camps? What are they refugees from?Rather than typing "honour killings" into Google and hoping to smear a people for the actions of a few, why don't you have a read of that vile lefty publication, The Economist? An incisive article this week documented the impact that the IDF occupation has on the daily lives of working families in Palestine. Try this link: <a href="http://www.economist.com/world/africa/displayStory.cfm?story_id=3850291http://www.economist.com/world/africa/displayStor… />I'm not interested in calling contributors "trolls" or anything else. Engage if you wish.