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.

Oppressed in their own land

Here is my review from last Sunday’s Sun Herald of Suad Amiry’s “Sharon And My Mother-In-Law: Ramallah Diaries.” Amiry is a guest of this year’s Sydney Writer’s Festival and will undoubtedly talk about life under Israeli military occupation.
10 comments ↪
  • Anonymous

    Gosh, Ant, if there were a group of people who were blowing themselves up in the bars of Sydney, what would you do to the people responsible, whose preachers preach in support of it, who celebrate everytime innocent people are killed, who handed out candy on 9/11?What a bloody double-standard. Palestinians complaining about their 'cultural heritage' being wrecked by the big bad Jews, and yet when the Israelis pulled out of Nablus in 2000, what was the first thing these peaceful, tolerant, oppressed folk did? Trash Joseph's Tomb and burn Jewish holy books.(I notice 17 people weren't killed in riots after that particular act of desecration…)

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Why am I not surprised? Ignore the facts, the brutality and excessiveness. How much longer will people like you, Anon, ignore the reality of Israeli occupation? I know it doesnt help that the victims are Palestinians, those dirty, violent, untrustworthy Arabs, in your view, and let me just guess how you'd react if the occupied were Jews or Americans or Australians?

  • Anonymous

    Oh, puh-leeze, when are you going to grow up and drop this undergraduate seminar room oppressor-victim pose? You and I know that if Israel were to back down and unilaterally disarm, it would exist for about the next hour and a half. But you ignore the fact these poor Palestinians you're always on about (and if they're so poor, how come Arafat died with hundreds of millions in Swiss bank accounts) are home to a highly dysfunctional culture fed on post-modern grievance politics and medieval Koranic theology that tells them (with the help of other Arab states, which support this sort of thing to keep the heat off their own regimes) that "From the Jordan to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free"And talk about ignoring the question, what about the Tomb of Joseph?(And if you don't believe me that Islamic culture broadly is truly disfunctional, just check out how the mullahs are responsible for an increase in polio across the Third World).

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Once again, quoting Daniel Pipes and once again, your views posit you within the extremist vein. Western culture is good, Islamic culture is good. Jesus, no wonder you probably love Bush and his 'you're either with us or against us' bollocks…Shame the world is a little more complex than that, but why wonder, hey? I need to mature and realise how dysfunctional the Palestinians are. Show me the way, I need help. Really. Writing this book has taught me that bigots like you will always exist, popping up now and then to make me realise how shaming Western voices are in much of the world. The non-Western parts. ie. the majority.

  • Anonymous

    Where did I quote Pipes? Show me…Here's the thing you can't figure out, is how does a hypertolerant pro-diversity lefty square the circle with a culture that has "other" status but also is about as retrograde as one can get regarding cherished Western freedoms, women's rights, sexual liberty, personal conduct, etc? I know y'all believe the personal is political, but the sharia takes this to a whole new level…

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Referring to Pipes is bad enough…Sharia? WTF? Sunshine, the vast majority of Palestinian culture is not aligned to Hamas or any other fundamentalist dogma. Some are, most are not. Indeed, Fatah has always been secular. Sorry to ruin the illusion that Palestinians are not just like all other Muslims, in your view, crazy, mad and violent…

  • Anonymous

    I agree totally with Anonymous.These Palestinians, wrong culture, wrong religion, wrong colour, and definitely in the wrong location. Excessive birth rates.They decline to be happy with the ghetto, with stigmatisation, with the control on movement, education, employment, which is all that they deserve as a lesser race. What do you say? The Final Solution?ej

  • Anonymous

    What's so 'good' about Islamic culture? Name one Islamic Republic you would like to live in that enjoys 1/10th the freedoms, lifestyle, economy, etc, of a country like Australia. Curious to know what you think of putting Orianna Falacci on trial for blasphemy in Italy as well.

  • the young-lib brigad

    anon -> united arab emirates and the sultanate of brunei. The bottom line is that the pro-palestinians will have to one day admit that there's something seriously wrong with palestinian culture and it cant be blamed on occupation. And while the palestinians are this way there will never be peace. Its not racism, we used to think the same about japs and germans. All we need is time and a strong US army and all our problems will be gone in a couple of decades. Ponder that.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Ponder that?Give me a second.Ok, pondered.You're wrong, deluded, ignorant and a bigot.Shall I continue?Any chance you've actually spent time in Palestine and, perish the thought, actually met Palestinians?No, didn't think so…