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.

Our media lacks self-criticism

My latest freelance article is now live at Online Opinion. A thorough examination of the mainstream’s delusions when it comes to true journalistic investigations. Our establishment reporters are frequently reluctant to challenge the status-quo, making alternative media an even more essential outlet. The how, why and who is examined.

I’m pretty busy at the moment, so pardon the lack of posts. Life dramas followed by book deadlines makes a very busy boy.

6 comments ↪
  • michael

    Cool one Antony, but I thought your conclusion a bit lame.How does indepedent media 'keep the bastards honest'? After all, they just ignore it. Unless/until indie media starts to have a measurable impact on the opinions expressed during focus groups made up of swing voters in marginals the pollies will be both safe and justified in pretending it doesn't exist.Also think that there is an argument to be made for the personality fluff that passes for political reporting in contemporary Aus. After all, Peter Costello will not become PM unless the corporate lobbyists and party donors are convinced that his policies will be essentially the same as those of the incumbent.Even sillier than the irrelevant current discussion about Costello vs Howard was the strained attempts by the 'true believers' in the press gallery to convince us that a Latham government would have been any different to a Howard one.Yeah, sure, he wouldn't have been so proudly unapologetic about implementing regressive tax cuts. Instead he probably would have trumpeted slightly less wealth-friendly ones while more quietly distributing the wealth upwards via some other means which is passed off as 'establishing ALP economic credibility' (as did Hawke and Keating with their financial 'reforms' and union busting centralisation and 'Accords').The people (or, more accurately, financial entities) who do make the policies in Aus don't do interviews on it. The only thing for political journalists to report on is which ugly mugs will be delivering the lies aimed at hiding this fact for the next three or four years. Why begrudge the press gallery the only function it has left? It's us who are the fools for paying any attention to them. Political reporting is really just 'Who Weekly' style celebrity tabloidism for those of us who take ourselves too seriously.

  • michael

    Just spotted John Pilger's latest piece in ZNet.As well as giving both barrels to the UK political press (with an extra grenade to Jeremy Paxton for good measure) he also lauds Alex Carey – another sharp analyst of political media who is almost entirely unrecognised in his native Australia.Of course the Aus political media is even more degenerate than the UK brand that so deservedly cops the boot from Pilger.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Yep, saw the latest Pilger. His coverage of the British elections are sadly reminiscent of our version last November.As for my conclusions, my point is that the mainstream press, Press Gallery etc, need to be seen, by many people, not just a few, that they are part of the problem. I'm not convinced a lot of people think this, and exposing how they work and write is important, especially if we're trying to reach more than just the converted.When cross media laws go through, which they will before Xmas, Crikey predicted yesterday, the media landscape will change greatly. I'm convinced that non corportised alternatives will be sourced…

  • HackWatch2004

    Hi Antony,Have a look at my piece on Bolt Watch as an example of avoiding any criticism.It comes as no suprise the piece didn't get published in the Bolt Forum and all I got for my troubles was two nasty emails from Andrew Bolt.Nice article from you though, just don't expect an invite to join the press gallery.cheersIain Lygo

  • Anonymous

    blah blah green left weekly pilger blah blah cliche diatribe tariq ali blah blah career lefty journos blah blah noam chomsky blah blah.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    No desire to join the Press Gallery. At all. Couldn't think of anything more dull…As for our tongue-tied friend above… As ever, the right avoids the issue. Defend authority, trash the dissenters. Yawn….