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.

Fire bombs in Iraq

Further reports that the US and UK are using napalm in Iraq. Despite the mainstream media ignoring these charges, eyewitnesses are increasingly coming forward. Last year’s American assault on Fallujah remains the current target of these allegations.

Medialens has been pursuing the BBC over the broadcaster’s failure to fully investigate. Read the report of April 18. Human Rights Watch charges that the BBC’s claim of conducting “some investigations” into the napalm allegations is spurious. Credible evidence is emerging that demands investigation. Medialens has consistently proven that the BBC refuses to seriously challenge the Blair government, especially in their post Andrew Gilligan environment, though the problems existed way before Gilligan appeared on the scene.

How willing is our media to report on the use of napalm in Iraq? The deafening silence speaks for itself.

  • Anonymous

    Could you just let us know where you stand on this whole insurgency question, i.e., what side are you on here? Whom do you want to win? This isn’t about the napalm, but you seem so consistently critical of the Coalition here that I can only assume that you’re barracking for the insurgency. Is that so? And if so, how do you feel about the incredible human rights violations they commit? Falujah, after all, was wrecked by the insurgency while they had control over it; would you prefer a Taliban-style theocracy or Ba’athist resurgence in preference to democracy?

  • Julian B

    Napalm strikes me as a poor choice of weapon, purely in terms of effectiveness. It's fine against concentrations of enemy in exposed areas, but in cities it would be limited in usefulness unless it was employed in co-ordination with high-order explosive.And they wouldn't do that, as the evidence of their actions would be somewhat impossible to conceal.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    The US army has already admitted to using napalm during the initial invasion of Iraq. It's on the record. Has it been used much since? Good question. I don't know, but major mainstream news orgs seem unwilling to investigate further.As for what side I'm on (a typically Bush-like question: are you with us or against us?), I support Iraqi democracy, and the removal of US, UK and Aussie troops. The country could be run by the UN. Or by an international force, unlike now, which is basically the US.The insurgency do indeed committ atrocities, though there is a fine line between fighting an occupation force and targeting civilians (very wrong, in my book.)For example, the Israeli occupation of Palestine is a legitimate target of Palestinian resistance. Killing Israeli civilians is not. Likewise in Iraq. I do share the view of Pilger et al, in so far as I believe that Western armed forces are legitimate targets. DO NOT take this out of context. I do not want 'OUR' troops being killed, but the idea of a rapacious US on the march, with its tepid allies, concerns me. How would you feel if a foreign army invaded Australia, started privatising everything and finding ways to sell off Iraqi oil?

  • Nu-Ju

    I don't mean to be pedantic but how can you say that the occupying troops are legitimate targets but you don't want them to die? Surely if you are supporting the insurgency you want them to win in their struggle and therefore you want them to be killed. I myself came to this very disturbing conclusion and I'm not sure if it's right or not.

  • Nu-Ju

    Here's an article you might find interesting about the Iraqi resistance.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    I'm suggesting that the occupying forces are legitimate targets FOR PEOPLE FIGHTING THE OCCUPATION. Yes, people will die, and I'm not talking civilians. This is a difficult situation, morally and ethically, but the occupation forces are illegally occupying a country. There are many other examples of this around the world…

  • Nu-Ju

    Obviously people fighting the occupation are going to have the occupying forces as their target. I was never saying that they weren't. That doesn't make any sense, but as you say the moral and ethical issues that come with supporting the the resistance is very difficult and I can't see that we can say we support the resistance without also saying we wish the occupying forces to be destroyed.