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 quickies

– March 18 was the 9th anniversary of the Israeli massacre at Qana. The Israeli army shelled and killed over 100 people sheltering in the headquarters compound of the Fijian batallion of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon. A subsequent UN report, which the US under President Bill Clinton tried to bury, painted the damning picture that Israel tried to deny.

– The LA Times reports on the dark side of the “War on Terror.” German citizen Khaled el-Masri claims he was “kidnapped in Macedonia, beaten by masked men, blindfolded, injected with drugs and flown to Afghanistan, where he was imprisoned and interrogated by U.S. intelligence agents. He said he was finally dumped in the mountains of Albania.” Masri has no reported links to terrorism of any kind.

Riverbend reports from Baghdad of the tactics of the Iraqi officials and spokespeople in the recent case of the alleged Sunni kidnappings of numerous men, women and children in Medain. It now appears that this story was based on vague rumours (though reported in the West without caveats and later corrected by AP, though little disseminated.) The real reason behind the story, Riverbend says, may have been to mask an assault by the American military and Iraqi national guard on a town not controlled by the “Coalition”. Accent on “may”. Simply put, if a story is rumour, journalists should write this clearly in their reports.

5 comments ↪
  • Anonymous

    Oh, you missed one: Billionaire George Soros is working with 70 millionaires and billionaires to tilt the direction of US politics behind the scenes:http://www.thehill.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Frontpage/042005/soros.html(Oh, wait, not enough Jewish names involved and the politics are in the wrong direction for it to be of concern here…)

  • Anonymous

    Your final paragraph may have been premature with today's reports of the bodies of 57 hostages being found in the Tigris at Medain!

  • Polywise

    Anonymous: I didn’t know it was possible for a single person to be such a pathetic, belligerent and sanctimonious wanker. At least have the courage to identify yourself with a name, you raging spineless coward. Your persistent blog stalking clearly illustrates your obsession with Loewenstein and his work. Although, one does wonder whether it’s simply a case of you desperately seeking to engage with someone who’ll take the time to respond to your droll musings. If it’s the latter, you’re not a stalker at all but rather, a gutless troll who should be treated as such.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Polywise, thank you.As ever, let's slam the issues, and me, rather than actually engaging. There are still many issues with the way in which the kidnapping story was released, despite bodies being found today.And in the name of the new Pope, reveal yourself, who you are, what you do, or actually engage. If you need a hand, ask elsewhere for advice.The fact that Jews are involved is irrelevant. Yet again, and I do tire of constantly mentioning this, the true reality of Israel is hidden in the West. It's time to reveal.

  • Anonymous

    Eh Polywise, is that your real name? Is that the rubric under which you appear in the phone book? If not, you are operating under a nom de plum, which renders you just as anonymous as… well… anonymous. Pot calling the kettle black? Oh, and one more thing. The UN 'investigation' of the Qana incident was a typically one-sided affair in which the Dutch General van Kappen rushed to publish his 'findings' without bothering to even talk to the Israelis, much less wait until the IDF investigation gathered the facts. If van Kappen had bothered to collect the evidence in its entirety, he would have learned that a Hizbollah mortar was sheltering in the lee of a UN post while firing at the Israelis. The Israelis used artillery radar to identify the source of the Hizbollah fire, and conducted what is known in the military as a counter-battery fire mission against the mortar that was shelling Israeli troops. There is nothing in the law of war that prevents military action against someone who is firing at you. In fact, according to the law of armed conflict, the side that militarizes protected civilian installations (like schools, hospitals or UN posts) are the ones who are guilty of war crimes.And then, of course, there's always the issue of UN impotence. If the UN had been doing its job, it wouldn't have allowed a Hizbollah mortar team to set up and fire within spitting distance of one of its outposts. Kinda reminds you of Srebrenica in 1995, where Dutch UN peacekeepers sat by passively while 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were executed under their very noses. Or Rwanda, where 800,000 were slaughtered while the UN did nothing. Or Darfour today. Columnist Mark Steyn put it well when he wrote that the standard UN modus operandi is to do nothing until everyone is dead, and then to issue a communique deploring the situation. Get real, you guys