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.

No more gagging

The mystery is over. Deep Throat, the man who shared his insights into the Watergate break-in with two Washington Post reporters in the 1970s, has finally come forward. W Mark Felt, 91, second-in-command at the FBI in the early 1970s, admits in the latest edition of Vanity Fair that he was the source for reporter Bob Woodward’s story that eventually led to the fall of the Nixon administration. Felt’s grandson, Nick Jones, said today that he hoped his grandfather would be seen as a “great American hero who went well and above the call of duty at much risk to himself.”

The Washington Post has confirmed Felt’s role.

The revelation merely highlights the degree to which Bob Woodward’s journalism has fallen since his big break in the 1970s. He’s now content being fed “insider” information by the Bush administration. His importance today is highly questionable. Moving from a journalist who worked the inside to gain vital information to becoming part of the establishment and arguably more able to be played by his new government masters.

His reputation will always be sealed with Watergate, however. The latest revelations may well reignite debate around his work since Nixon. The Guardian Newsblog wishes the revelations had been more salacious, revealing Henry Kissinger or former President George Bush as “Deep Throat”.

8 comments ↪
  • Anonymous

    Well, really, what's the difference between someone feeding Woodward information about Nixon and Woodward being fed information by the Bushies? Either way, it's simply allowing someoone else to set the agenda; in fact, there are many theories that suggest that Deep Throat's leaks were not to bring down RMN but instead get back at the FBI Director … see here for more information on this idea.Either way, there's a good case to be made that Woodward has always been a hack, happy to be led by people in power.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Interesting point. Guess we may never really know the true role of Woodward and Bernstein in Watergate.This raises another question, though. Take Seymour Hersh, and his big stories, from the My Lai massacre to Abu Ghraib, both stories of insider stories seemingly ready to see the light of day. Hersh works the inside of American power better than any other journalist. His record speaks for itself. His intergrity appears much more intact than Woodward, though his work is less studied in journo schools. Wonder why…

  • michael

    "His intergrity appears much more intact than Woodward, though his work is less studied in journo schools. Wonder why…".Hmm, maybe Sy could try asking Robert Redford to play him in a movie or something.

  • Anonymous

    Of course, Sy Hersh also thinks it's <a href="http://www.printthis.clickability.com/pt/cpt?action=cpt&title=Sy%20Hersh%27s%20Loose%20Relationship%20With%20the%20Literal%20Truth&expire=&urlID=13855940&fb=Y&url=http%3A%2F%2 Fwww.newyorkmetro.com%2Fnymetro%2Fnews%2Fpeople%2Ffeatures%2F11719%2F&partnerID=73272″ target=”_blank”>OK to lie in the service of a cause…what do you make of that? And how is that different than what Bush does?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Look, can we get past the Hersh lying yarns? Read it, dismissed it, record speaks for itself. Next! And you're comparing him to Bush? God help you…

  • Tim

    There is an interesting interview with Pete McCloskey, the first Congressman to call for Nixon's impeachment, a Republican who ran against Nixon's nomination here. The interview only briefly touches on Deep Throat stuff, and it takes a line that hasn't been picked up in our press, but it mainly deals with McCloskey's role in CNI, a lobby group set up especially to counter AIPAC. McCloskey's treatment of Mid East issues is plain speaking and straight shooting. Refreshing!

  • Tim

    P.S. The CNI ran an interesting AIPAC ad in the NY Times recently. The content is on line here

  • Tim

    Actually some of the publications listed at that CNI site look interesting. See link here and here (PDF). McCloskey mentions that George H.W. Bush suffered from an AIPAC generated backlash because of his post-Desert Storm attempts to tie $10 Billion worth of loans to Israel to withdrawl of West Bank settlements. (This was also the time of the neo-cons' brief and ultimately unrequited love affair with Clinton and "the New Democrats".) Presumably George Junior has learned this political lesson.