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.

Tasty Israeli cookies

Marvel at George W. Bush presenting Ariel Sharon with a collection of Laura’s home-made “Israeli” cookies. The US President once again proves that America will never be an honest-broker in the conflict with comments rivalling his infamous quip about Sharon being a “man of peace” a few years ago.

“Prime Minister Sharon is showing strong visionary leadership by taking difficult steps to improve the lives of people across the Middle East”, Bush told Sharon, “and I want to thank you for your leadership.”

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  • Khalil

    Antony, this post reveals more than you'd like it to about your understanding of the history of the conflict.I'm sorry, but if you don't see precisely how much Sharon has changed over the last thirty years (a far greater hawk-to-dove transformation than even Rabin could have boasted) then you really know far too little about the situation to comment on it with any credibility.

  • Darp

    Only two Israeli leaders have tried the "Hawk to Dove" transition. Begin being the first and Rabin being the last.I'm yet to see anything from Sharon which amounts genuine "dovish" behaviour so to insinuate that he is making the transition away from being a battered old warhawk is a bit much. If you think that his Gaza withdrawl plan is anything other than a strategic repositioning of settler collateral so as to annex more of the West Bank, you my friend, as Darryl Kerrigan from The Castle would say, "are dreamin."

  • Anonymous

    Annex more of the West Bank? Have you even bothered to look at the map showing the new boundaries? It is a massive withdrawal to ground that Sharon (a former military commander) believes is most defensible in the event of a war with the fledgling Palestinian State.I'm sorry, but only a strategic nincompoop would be able to look at the withdrawals already being enacted against massive resistance from the Israeli right, and think that A) Sharon has not changed since the days when he was killing captured Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai and B) That this represents an expansion of settler resources, and not a severe blow to all of Kahane's beloved hilltop flock.

  • Anonymous

    OT…I understand that Antony is writing a book about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. I'm curious to know what his political/historical credentials are.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Facts on the ground. As Uri Avnery always say, ignore what Sharon says and watch what he does. Thus far, there has been NO movement in the territories other than expansion, building of jewish only roads, more of the apartheid fence etc. it's easy for orientalists, of whom there are many in the west, to claim that israel is building this for protection. bollocks. go there and see for yourself. realise that the aim of the wall is to ruin the chances of any future palestinian state. to divide and conquer. as for rabin, sadly settelment expansion grew hugely during his time in power. he may have been better than sharon, but his background suggests a strong dislike of palestinians. like virtually all israeli, i'm asked what credentials i bring to writing a book? oh goody. let me see. i'm not daniel pipes. i don't hate arabs. that's probably an issue for many. i've spent time in the region, written on the conflict for years, read widely, and believe strongly in a palestinian state, and an anti-zionist. let me guess. i'm not objective, not balanced and biased. it's called balancing the equation. isn't it about time we heard from the palestinian perspective? no, of course not, israel is the lone tiger fighting terrorism in the region? yawn. snore. my book will be unlike what has come before in australia. if that doesn't appeal, find the latest daniel pipes. he'll confirm your prejudices about the arab world. i will not.

  • Anonymous

    Balancing the equation? You believe that the majority of books written about Israel are supportive of the Jewish State?Are you mad? Or just a shameless liar?

  • Anonymous

    At least Daniel Pipes has gone past the undergraduate level of tertiary knowledge in a pertinent field of study.Well, he's actually a former Harvard Professor, but that's no reason why someone without so much as a BA in middle east history or international relations can't look down his nose smugly at him.You're only being commissioned to write the book because of the massive leftist domination of publishing, Antony. You mouth all the right meaningless slogans and rhetoric, none of which requires the slightest evidencing. You admit to open bias, and no relevant educational qualifications. If you strayed one inch from accepted doctrine, they'd dump you because you are, ultimately, a nobody who knows nothing.I'll bet your book won't even have footnotes, you fucking simpleton.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    It's a left-wing conspiracy? I never knew, must let my publisher know.You don't know my publisher, or what I'll be writing, or what I've seen or witnessed, or who I've spoken to, but they're commissed me because I'm saying the right things? I actually believe them. Hard to believe for you, but true.I'm a nobody? Coming from a person who won't even reveal themselves online? My work speaks for itself, whether you like it or not. You seem to resent that I'm getting published. You're right, censor views that oppose you!Take your abuse elsewhere.

  • Doylie

    I love the simpleton remark.