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.

The Brits and Saddam

Dissenting historian Mark Curtis reveals how the British provided assistance in the Ba’ath party’s seizure of power in Iraq in 1963. Furthermore, “the February 1963 coup was masterminded by the CIA, which provided the coup leaders with a list of 5,000 people who were hunted down and murdered. Ostensibly directed at eliminating the Iraqi Communist Party, they included senior army officers as well as lawyers, professors, teachers and doctors, who were killed mostly in house-to-house visits by hit squads.”

How does this evidence fit with the thinking of the neo-conservatives such as William Kristol? Long arguing that America should be a “benevolent hegemony“, Kristol was one of the leading brains behind the Iraq invasion. He is still paraded on Australian TV as an authoritative voice of the Right, despite the fact that he received money from disgraced multinational Enron and never disclosed the payments. Does our national broadcaster not think it’s appropriate to acknowledge this fact? Kristol is the kind of Republican who prefers preaching American-directed democracy to the Arab world and ignoring hypocrisies closer to home.

14 comments ↪
  • Darp

    Kristol is the kind of Republican who prefers preaching American-directed democracy to the Arab world and ignoring hypocrisies closer to home.Are you implying that there is a kind of Republican who doesn't act in this manner?Newt Gingrich liked to point out hypocrisies in other people's homes. Namely that of Bill Clinton. Still, Newt didn't like to acknowledge his own dirty laundry – stuff like serving his first wife with divorce papers whilst she was in hospital undergoing chemotherapy.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Yes, fair point. But I'd also argue that most Democrats are little better. Heard Hilary Clinton's recent pronouncements re Israel and Iran? She's been getting neo-con lessons from Cheney.

  • Khalil

    Very lame post. You try to compare mid-60's foreign policy (under Democratic President John F. Kennedy it might be pointed out)with the post-9.11.01 neoconservative agenda? Quite a stretch.Should you then, Antony, not be given any credibility, as fellow members of the leftist movement supported genocidal regimes such as Stalin in the USSR, Mao in China, Pol Pot in Cambodia and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam?I mean, at least two of the four I cite were more recent than your pre-1970's 'connection'.

  • Glenn Condell

    Come on Khalil, what's your real name? At least anonymous hasn't stooped to pretending to be someone or something he's (or she's) not. Checked out ypur blog – are you actually Mike Jericho, the wingnut fantasist who told opponents at Surfdom that he was a vet, only to be pulled up short by a persistent Nabokov? Standard wingnut Likudnik practice to pretend to be an Arab so that your bias appears to be self-examination.'Fess up.

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  • Khalil

    Hey, Glenn, I don't have to prove shit to you, my friend.And as I'm not busy kissing Muslim ass, but instead exposing them for who they are, I stand nothing to gain and everything to lose by flaunting my identity.I'll consider it necessary to write under my full name if and when people like you are calling for other bloggers; leftists, for instance, like Anonymous Lefty and MsCynic, to write under their real names. By the way, I'm an Arab, but not a Muslim. They aren't always the same thing, so how am I a study in false self-examination?Sydney Uni must have really low employment standards.

  • Social Democracy Now

    For people like Kristol and Bolton, it IS benevolent to place what Kristol calls 'crappy countries' (or was it 'shitty countries') under American domination. You see, they have proved they can't govern themselves, so American domination is a big favour to them.

  • Social Democracy Now

    Re Hillary – actually the conservative Democrats (and I count her among them) are virtually indistinguishable from the neocons on foreign policy. You'll find that they are, in fact, the Democrats with the Zionist connections. Neocons and Zionist Democrats are, in fact, joined at the hip. Check out the DC law firm Quinn and Gillespie, and follow the leads. It won't be long before you see exactly what I mean.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Hear, hear. One of the struggles is making people realise that the "Liberals" are in fact very similiar to the right-wingers. Hillary Clinton is a great example. Her comments on Iran and Israel make Bolton seem neutral!

  • Glenn Condell

    'And as I'm not busy kissing Muslim ass, but instead exposing them for who they are, I stand nothing to gain and everything to lose by flaunting my identity.'Coward.'By the way, I'm an Arab, but not a Muslim.'Balls.

  • Simon James

    Glenn, you failed to answer the question regarding Sydney University. Is that you?If you are dodging questions in regard to your own identity, perhaps it would be best to hold off on throwing stones.Also, are you Nabakov?Do you believe all anonymous writers to be cowards?

  • Doylie

    Hi Khalil and Simon. How about reading Curtis' article and commenting upon its content?No one else is interested in your little virtual duels. Stop carrying on like wankers. Try treating people on line as you would if they were standing next to you at the pub with a pool queue in one hand and a schooner in the other.

  • Simon

    Doylie, if you look back up the chain of comments, you'll see that it was Glenn who first went OT, by totally ignoring Khalil's on topic argument, and attacking him ad hominem.It's a preferred technique of Nabakov, as it happens.

  • Glenn Condell

    'Glenn, you failed to answer the question regarding Sydney University. Is that you?'Some of us leave the keyboard alone occasionally. The question was : is that me? Yes of course it is… what do you think, I'm ashamed of where I work? Of what I do? Of who I am? I'm not like you, you gutless troll. I stand four square behind my opinions, unlike you. I work at Sydney Uni. So what? You're obviously part of that callow cohort of pimply Blairites that swallow every second hand trope that your superiors throw at you, like 'Uni types are un Australian leftists.' Tastes good enough to repeat ad infinitum, eh? Let's see.. Unis are full of un-Australian leftists; the ABC is fatally biased against huge multinationals; peace loving protestors are objectively pro-Saddam… you've got a million of 'em haven't you, or rather 'haven't y'all'.'Try treating people on line as you would if they were standing next to you at the pub with a pool queue in one hand and a schooner in the other.'Exactly. I've copped the odd belting in my time but it's better than wimping out. It gets hot in the kitchen occasionally, if you don't like it, go and watch telly instead.'Also, are you Nabakov?'No'Do you believe all anonymous writers to be cowards?'Some are more cowardly than others and some have better reasons than others. And some don't abuse their anonymity by pretending to be people they're not.