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.

Cutting through

Gush Shalom is a large Israeli peace group. It publishes a weekly advertisement in Haaretz newspaper. This ad will be published tomorrow:


On the eve of Sharon’s Texas visit, three unarmed Palestinian boys were killed by the Israeli army.

In retaliation of the killing, which violated the cease-fire, dozens of mortar shells and Kassam rockets were fired, as expected, at Gush Kativ [Jewish colony in Gaza].

Sharon used this shelling in order to convince President Bush that the Palestinian leadership has collapsed and that Abu Mazen should not be supported. He failed.

Remain the questions: Why were the boys killed? Who is responsible? Who will investigate?

  • Anonymous

    why where they killed?They where in a closed military zone acting suspiciously, possibly smuggling weapons, but most importantly ignored warning shots, and calls to stop. All this from the new yourk times is responsible? I would think we are all responsible for our actions, these kids are responsible for theirs. Who will investigate? Why bother? The facts are there. Either they where extremely stupid and where playing soccer 300 meters away from a closed military zone in the middle of a warzone. Or they where involved in the lucrative smuggling trade.

  • Anonymous

    You're an idiot. Seriously how demented is that, to contrive ANY justification for shooting UNARMED CHILDREN is moronic in the extreme and offensive to the most basic human values. When it comes to children, it shouldn't be a matter of shoot first, ask questions later. Not to mention, your absurd propostition of shoot first, dont ask questions but presume simply deserved to die because they are either a) stupid, or b) smugglers. Neither of these are a just cause for killing a child.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Why would the IDF shoot unarmed children? Let me see. They've been doing it for years. Guess what, it's not just Palestinians who kill innocent people. Hard to believe, but them's the facts. In this case, who knows what really happened, but frankly, the IDF are known liars, so we shall see.

  • Anonymous

    They weren't little kids, they were teenagers or young men… this is like how in the US every drug-dealing teen who gets in a shootout with the cops winds up being lionized as an honours student in the wrong place at the wrong time in the press…

  • syed-m

    Let's not forget an even bigger question. What's the IDF doing on Palestinian land? No occupation, no children (errant or otherwise) being shot at by Israeli soldiers or settlers.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Indeed. Don't mention the occupation, whatever you do. Most commentators and blind supporters of Israel would rather not. But this is the main source of the country's problems. End the occupation. Now. But hey, that doesn't suit Sharon's agenda. Or Bush.

  • Ari

    anthony; the IDF would not shoot armed children and goes out of its way to do so. These wheren't children, from 300 meters you cant't tell a difference between a 17/16 year old and a 25 year old. Everyone knows that the IDF also kills innocent civilians. You can take every measure possible to try to minimise casualties, train soldiers as much as possible, use the most accurate weapons, and still civilians are going to get killed. Civilians die in every war. The difference between the israely army and the palestinians is that the IDF does not target civilians ON PURPOSE. These 'kids' wheren't shot in the middle of the street, they would have seen the border fence, and any signs warning people to stay out. They knew the risks and even if they where taking part in an innocent activity such as soccer they where aware that they where doing so 300 meter from a military position. For the record, when the settlements in gaza, and most of the west bank are removed, an they will be, the conflict wont end. The palestinians dont view the settlements as the main problem their main concern are the refugees. And there's no way in hell that israel is going to allow them to return. This settlement issue is just a short term goal in the broad campaign to resettle 5 million arabs in israel proper. The issues of refugees should have been solved before the settlements.

  • Anonymous

    Why the occupation? Um, are you forgetting a little something called the Six-Day War?Do you think Israel, even at 1948 borders, even has a right to exist? It seems like you want to keep blaming everything on those pesky Jews (of which I believe you are one) who insist on defending themselves…

  • b.i.lucas

    yet more evidence that "the IDF does not target civilians ON PURPOSE"…?Israel Clears Officer of Killing Journalist Who Had White Flag…let alone the notion that the IDF can be entrusted to appropriately deal with such perpetrators in their ranks…"The difference between the israely (i?) army and the palestinians is that" the loss of civilian life attributed to actions by palestinian groups results in front page stories with generous helpings of outrage and condemnation, yet when loss of civilian life is attributed to actions by the IDF, well, it's "reasonable" apparently.