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.

Finally, evidence

A leading Australian conservative proves incapable or unwilling to criticise the Howard government. “Most on the right support the Howard government”, he says. Nothing to complain about? No issues? No questions? Forgotten your role as a journalist to question official perspectives, rather than simply channeling them?

On Iraq: “Either you believe democracy can be introduced, or you don’t.” Supporting the war is one thing, discussing the numerous failures since March 2003 is another. Prisoner abuse scandals, torture in American-run prisons, inability to establish functioning infrastructure for the majority of Iraqis and heavy-handed anti-insurgency attacks leading to civilian casualties. The list goes on and on. But, our Court Reporter insists, it’s about democracy, it’s about democracy, it’s about democracy…and hammering the Left into submission.

John Howard must be so proud of his disciple. This is not journalism, it’s propaganda.

5 comments ↪
  • Anonymous

    Duffy's column was on the spot for a right-winger.Duffy's piece (correctly seen as dangerous slippage by Blair et al) diverges from the centre of gravity of an earlier post at Larvatus Prodeo that there was no local internal dissent re the Government's activities.What Australia needs is a local equivalent of the impeccably credentially Chalmers Johnson, conservative to his bootstraps. In a small way, the ex-bureaucrats Tony Kevin, Andrew WIlkie and Rod Barton have played this role in their own area of competence. As for the push for democracy, let's start with the US, clean up the UK, and when the guiding lights live up to their formal principles they can start lecturing the dark side of the world with some impunity.ej

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Duffy's column was most instructive and likely to be ignored and slammed in the familiar circles.True conservatives, and not those wedded to Howard's tit, believe in accountability and truth in govt, the opposites of the current regime. I increasingly believe that people like Blair, Pearson, Devine etc, are actually the modern version of the Court Reporter, obedient and hilariously devoid of any ability to debate an issue, just so long as the official organs are supported and defended. As is always the way with such people, their time will end soon enough, the winds will shift and they'll be forced to rewrite history more than already.History, as ever, rewards such people with a footnote. Bravery is a sign of truly great journalism. None of them would even rate a mention….

  • Phil

    Not even a court reporter, stenographer actually. The funny thing is that they really do think they are being so brave. Considering that heir side of the political spectrum holds all the cards right now this is laughable.

  • michael

    The best thing about Michael Duffy is that his pathetic greenhouse effect denials seem to have pushed Robin Williams away from his regular hypes of corporatised pseudo-science marketing. Williams rarely misses a chance to piss on 'Counterpoint' now and seems to have put his own glass house into better order too.But I must admit that Duffy does make a refreshing antidote to Philip Adams. Where Adams gets excellent guests, whom he then obscures with his own egotistical interruptions, Duffy treats the losers and crackpots on 'Counterpoint' with the utmost respect and only speaks to help them to draw out their own points of view.Hate Duffy's politics, but I'd prefer to be interviewed by him than Adams any day.(Oh, BTW, like Piers and Paddy, Duffy is an ex-Trot who has marched to the right – a well worn path blazed by that well known, former left-wing journalist Benito Mussolini.)

  • Anonymous

    I agree, I think a lot of journalists have forgotten they need to question more, instead of simply repeating what is in the press release.Example: the private inquiry into Cornelia Rau's wrongful detention, and revelations that 200 more cases have been referred to the inquiry. Why have reporters simply accepted the government's position that most information from this inquiry won't be made public because of "privacy concerns". Aren't you going to grill the minister on what aspect of the privacy legislation is relevant, and whether or not this is simply just an excuse to manage the embarassment sure to be caused to the government by any more Rau-like revelations?