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.

Spying on friends

Fox News investigates the Israeli spy network within the US and what information, if any, the Israelis knew about 9/11 before it happened but failed to pass onto the Americans.

Why’s Murdoch’s Fox News looking into this matter? Good question. The report is far from conclusive, but poses some fascinating questions. “Why would Israelis spy in and on the U.S.?” the report asks. “A general accounting office investigation referred to Israel as country A and said, ‘According to a U.S. intelligence agency, the government of country A conducts the most aggressive espionage operations against the U.S. of any U.S. ally.'”

12 comments ↪
  • Tim

    Why would Israeli intelligence services spy on the US? There is a fascinating precedent from World War II and UK covert operations in the then non-aligned US.See "Desperate Deception" by Thomas Mahl. There is a review here.Exactly what are Tel Aviv's intel services up to? We probably won't know for another 20 years and most discussion today is speculative. It took 30 or 40 years for UK covert ops in the US to become public. What is interesting is that most of the speculation to date about Israeli ops seems very reminiscent of the events Thomas Mahl has written about. It's like Deja Vu… all over again!

  • Antony Loewenstein

    The historial precedents are indeed fascinating. Isn't it about time, though, to expose what Israel and indeed many other countries, are doing spying on a country like the US, that is essentially about as good an ally as possible?When this kind of story appears on Fox News, that pro-Bush and pro-Israel mouthpiece, is something stirring?

  • the young-lib brigad

    so i was reading Jpost when i came to an interesting article, i shall post some choice extracts."The mystery submarine that Israel detected snooping off its shores last November belonged to the American navy and was on a spy mission, Channel Two reported Sunday.According to the unattributed report, Israeli officials have not indicated what the Americans may have been looking for.Military officials declined to comment on the report. Senior military sources have only said that it belonged to a "Western navy."The incident occurred on the night of November 9 off the northern coast of Israel. The Navy had detected the submarine after it had penetrated two nautical miles into Israel's territorial waters, about 18 kilometers from shore.The Navy followed the submarine for a few hours, but the moment it took active measures to close in on the submarine, it quickly turn and headed back to international waters. "continuing,"ollowing the incident, reports surfaced late last year that the United States had increased its intelligence operations against Israel as part of an effort to prevent escalation of the conflict with the Palestinians with an invasion of the Gaza Strip following incessant Kassam rocket strikes, or offensive action against Hizbullah in Lebanon or even Syria."From this we have to conclude the obvious that all nations spy on each other, that there is a limit to how much espionage countries will tolerate and its not the same for every country, and that the people drawing wild accusation over 60 Israely visa overstayers while ignoring an american submarine a few kilometers of the Israely coast have an agenda and should be observed with the maximum cynicism possible.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Mmmm, surely your mind may change if Israel knew something about 9/11 and didn't tell the US…

  • Jozef Imrich, Esq.

    Caught my eyes a quote and a (b)link:Make big plans, for little plans have no magic to stir men's blood and in themselves may never be realised.-Daniel H. Burnham Yossi Beilin Let's just dump that road map

  • Anonymous

    Jeez Antony:Your desire to dump on Israel is so profound that you are now dredging up old and discredited news? This is a story from 2001 that was later proved to be groundless. Next you'll be circulating the canard that the Mossad told all Israeli/Jewish workers in the WTC to stay home on 9/11. What a crock!

  • Antony Loewenstein

    This is not old news. It's still circulating because it's not fully investigated.And no, I'm not talking about Jews avoiding 9/11. Rubbish and anti-Semitic.

  • Anonymous

    Not old news?What is it about the date 12 December 2001 that you don't understand? We are currently in mid-2005, which is 3 1/2 years later, an eternity in terms of the modern day news cycle. And sorry, Tony, but after these initial reports, Fox dropped the story because it didn't have any legs. Perhaps you should learn from your betters (journalistically speaking) and do the same.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    I'm aware of the date, and today's date. Thanks teacher. The fact that Fox dropped the story means nada. I've read many things since that suggests much is unknown about the Israeli intelligence presence in America, pre and post 9/11.

  • Anonymous

    Uh huh. And where precisely have you been encountering these gems of objective reporting? At "The Nation" that publishes screeds by Gore Vidal that resurrects the 'dual loyalty' canard that accuses diaspora Jews of betraying their countries? At "CounterPunch," where Protocol-esque conspiracy theories of Jewish control in the media and on Capitol Hill are used as an excuse to explain away the hard-left's inability to gain political traction in America?Come on, Tony-boy, you'll have to do better than that.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Certainly not in the Jerusalem Post or New York Times.Yawn…

  • Anonymous

    It sounds as though you subscribe to the Counterpunch thesis that those evil Zionists run the NYT and the rest of the MSM, eh? I wonder why hard lefties such as yourself end up sounding like neo-Nazis on subject relating to Israel or the Jews. They call it 'horseshoe politics' where either the extremes are much closer to each other than to the centrist elements of their part of the spectrum. Hurl…