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.

This is our Guernica

Jonathan Steele, the Guardian’s senior foreign correspondent and Dahr Jamail, a freelance American journalist explain the significance of Fallujah and the price paid in that “hotbed” of anti-American insurgency.

We still don’t know the true cost of American attacks. Casualty figures vary wildly, but thousands of civilians may have been murdered. This town, the “symbol of defiance”, is still under siege and atrocities are being reported by the few brave journalists entering the city.

“Dr Hafid al-Dulaimi, head of the city’s compensation commission…reports that 36,000 homes were destroyed in the US onslaught, along with 8,400 shops. Sixty nurseries and schools were ruined, along with 65 mosques and religious sanctuaries.

“Daud Salman, an Iraqi journalist with the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, on a visit to Falluja two weeks ago, found that only a quarter of the city’s residents had gone back. Thousands remain in tents on the outskirts. The Iraqi Red Crescent finds it hard to go in to help the sick because of the US cordon around the city.”

Read the whole thing. This is Iraqi “liberation” in the trenches.

9 comments ↪
  • JC

    France suffered rather a worse fate in terms of infrastructure loss in the second world war, especially during the 'liberation phase' after the Normandy landings. Does this in some way invalidate or detract from its liberation from an oppressive regime?Dump Iraq, Antony. You're flogging a dead horse. The more Iraqis openly praise the US invasion and themselves resist the foreign Jihadists who kill their neighbours and kin, the more your thoughts on this seem like the rantings of an obsessed anti-American fantasist.

  • Glenn Condell

    You are the fantasist mate. Give me one reputable survey that supports your contention about Iraqis praising the occupation (not 'invasion', which is after all in the past). Another anonymous keyboard warrior.

  • David Heidelberg

    Also interested in comments By General Richard Myers, that insurgent attacks continue at the same level than they did 12 months ago.http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/04/27/myers.insurgency/

  • Antony Loewenstein

    The message is clear. We simply do not know what happened in Fallujah. Believing the US military isn't an option. Numerous eyewitness reports are emerging that tell a horrific tale. What exactly did the US do there to quell the insurgency? Until we know, we should only presume the worst.As for 'dumping' Iraq. Thanks for the advice, but there are still many questions to be asked, questions that pro-war supporters like to ignore, not least of which is the fact that, as Glenn rightly says, survey after survey proves that Iraqis want the occupation to end. Western commentators ignore the fact that one of the major policy platforms of the parties on January 30 was the removal of all foreign forces.What happens in Iraq strongly determines the future direction of US foreign policy. I know where I stand…

  • JC

    Warrior? I make a point of contention with Antony, and I'm a "warrior"? You've got rather a thin skin, my friend, to get so excitable over the expression of mild disagreement.Lastly, I've been signing "JC" (which are my initials) on weblogs for the last two years. You are the first maniac to accuse me of doing so out of 'cowardice'.Grow up and learn to play civilized with the adults, child.

  • JC

    Antony, if, as you say, there is a total absence of credible intelligence on the status of Fallujah (which I find to believe) why then must we 'assume the worst'? Better to suspend judgement until the facts are in, I would have thought.

  • Glenn Condell

    'You've got rather a thin skin, my friend'I've got a hide like a rhino jc. The phrase 'keyboard warrior' sometimes accompanied by 'of the Fighting 101st' is an internet trope often employed by us knee jerk anti war leftists to describe people like you, who are happy for the US to kill thousands of innocent people for gain, in our name. You answer the description I'm afraid.

  • JC

    That is pathetic, even by leftist standards. Petty demonization through petty over-simplification. It is people just like you, on the left and the right, who will tear this country apart one day. Stupid little polemicists who can't engage in civil discourse.You answer that description, I'm afraid.Also, I saw some other posters discovered that you're in charge of examinations at Sydney University. Why am I not surprised.How can you, in good conscience, hold such a position? You are evidently powerfully biased, a total political partisan. If you had a shred of integrity you would admit to a conflict of interest (as well as a total divorce from necessary academic objectivity) and resign.I'll be writing to your employers so that they are, in any event, aware of your partisan activism.

  • Glenn Condell

    'Also, I saw some other posters discovered that you're in charge of examinations at Sydney University. Why am I not surprised.'I'm at a loss to make sense of this. Why shouldn't I be? Or rather, what is it about my employment that bothers you? Is it germane to any of the discussions here? What is your employment? Or are you as ashamed of it as you are your own name? Are all University employees suspect to you? Why? Is it the result of your own research or are you faithfully rendering the attitudes of what you imagine to be your class of people? Do you feel safer retreating from argument into this sort of adolescent labelling? Come to think of it, I would too, given the paucity of weight in your 'arguments', a description I'm unsure your predigested group-thunk talking points deserves.'How can you, in good conscience, hold such a position?'Jesus. How can you, in all honesty, even ask such a stupid question? Don't you realise how close you run to the fascism of the 30's? Would you purge the universities, a la Horowitz and Pipes? No liberals in management eh? You're channelling McCarthy which wouldn't be too worrying except for the fact that there seems to be thousands of you appearing new-minted every week. There are always more sheep than shepherds, but never more so than now. 'You are evidently powerfully biased, a total political partisan. If you had a shred of integrity you would admit to a conflict of interest (as well as a total divorce from necessary academic objectivity) and resign.'Well you couldn't even apply for such a job, could you? Your biases would rule you out of anything remotely involved in providing a service to the community. Perhaps you work in hedge funds or liquidations.. what exactly do you do? And as an aside, there was a huge protest against VSU yesterday, which ended up on the Library lawn, with the Chair of the Academic Board congratulating students for protesting and assuring them that the University stands with them, from the Senate down. Support for VSU at he University is miniscule. So you'd have to get rid of all of us you see. May as well just abolish Unis altogether eh? Why not a pre-emptive strike? After all, if we're not with you, we're against you right? And we all know what that means nowadays.Anyway, my role is totally non-academic. I run examinations, not write them. And whatever my political leanings, they have no bearing whatever on my work, which is purely administrative. Under your regime, the fact of my public employment would bar me from political activity altogether… is this the drift of your thinking, such as it is? Who exactly would be allowed to open their mouths in your ideal world? Would political beliefs be part of your application form for jobs? Can’t you see where you’re headed?'I'll be writing to your employers so that they are, in any event, aware of your partisan activism. 'Puny little proto-fascist. (My tit for your tat – 'stupid little polemicist') Go right ahead you cowardly shill.. what will you sign your name as, when you make your report, Mr Public Accountability? jc? Anonymouse? Whatever it is you do, I can't imagine you work any harder than I do. I take my work seriously and I'm proud of what I do and how I do it; just quietly, my employers agree. It's all of a piece… I'm proud also of my name and of the opinions I have thought long and hard to arrive at. Compare and contrast.'Stupid little polemicists who can't engage in civil discourse.'Do you want to engage in civil discourse? OK, fine. I will politely ask the following question and hope for a reply with civility written all over it:Do you agree with the use of depleted uranium in the bombing of civilians and would you therefore be happy for an enemy of ours, real or imagined, to do the same to your street, your family, your community? Or is it OK for us to do this in the absence of any such commensurate opponent?Sorry, I realise there's three questions there, but I didn't think, in the spirit of civility, that you'd mind.Also, I’d like to make clear that I am happy to debate with you, civilly or otherwise, here or elsewhere, any time you like. My preference is for full disclosure; names, occupations, beliefs, etc. Maybe Antony would agree to host us. Over to you.