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.

Missiles bound for Tel Aviv

This report saddens me; Israel will receive five less missiles this month in its vital “War on Arabs”:

“Five missiles allegedly being shipped to Israel were seized by Venezuelan authorities from a private airport hangar, the attorney general’s office said Monday. The missiles apparently arrived in Venezuela from neighbouring Colombia late last month and ‘were destined for Tel Aviv, Israel,’ according to the statement issued by prosecutors.”
  • the young-lib brigad

    good on the venezualans for helping the arabs in their 'war on jews'.

  • the young-lib brigad

    anthony;just thought i should draw youre attention to this;

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Clearly, Fuhrer Howard, you missed the joke. So, why am I not surprised?Perhaps you'd be more comfortable if the entire Arab world, with all those dirty Arabs, were removed from the map entirely?

  • Anonymous

    No, Dear Leader Lowenstein, I'm inclined to think people just want child abuse to be stopped such as that in Gaza.Strange how you chose to rebutt that post from someone: with a completely irrational posting about removing Arabs entirely. Talk about a misrepresentation.Note: Interesting to see how off the mark you were when you wrote your post back in November on Webdiary following Arafats death. Suicide attacks are down. Abu Mazen has made a greater effort to crack down on terrorists. Hamas has been so well behaved that even the USA (via 'Condie') have slightly eased their stance (hopefully not for long), and elections where once again held (after Arafats refusal since 1996).Things are looking up, old chap. Relatively, anyway. But we don't wanna deliver any good news now, do we. Some of us still mourn over baby-killers like Arafat, don't we Anthony?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Things are looking up? Really? If you're an Israeli maybe, but the rate of settlement expansion etc continues. Violence will sadly reflare. Why? Because, once again, we have a US/Israeli rejectionist position.Keep dreaming in fantasy land. Mourn over baby killers? Jesus, that's low. Though predictable for people like you. Yawn. Get back to reading Daniel Pipes…

  • Anonymous

    Dear Ilan Pappe fan club member Number-1,Violence will reflare, you say? I don't think so. I suggest that, despite your fervent hopes, violence will not renew. Certainly nowhere near that of Arafat levels. Yes, things are on the up. But please, don't believe me, don't take my word for it, Lord Haw Haw.Take the word of Naomi Chazan, of whom I'm sure you are aware. The ABC describes her as "a world-renowned peace activist," and since she was a deputy speaker of the Knesset as a member of the Meretz Party, I assume her policies are right up your alley (unless, that is, you claim to be even further on the fringe Left than Meretz??)Lets see what she says. Grab your listening gear and have a listen, sunshine:, its not just us Righties and Centrists proclaiming things are on the up. Says Lefty Chazan, "we have an unusual opportunity now to reach an agreement after a deadly 4 & half years". Wow, not bad hey, Ant? But try this, gloom-boy: "There is now an overwhelming majority among Israelis and among Palestinians converging on a two-state conclusion to the conflict." And the most delicious detail that pours scorn over your amateur piece after Arafat's death (implying that things would not get better). Chazan says the optimism is due to the fact that "THERE ARE NOW NEW ACTORS ON THE SCENE". When ABC presenter Jon Faine suggests that Arafats death has contributed to renewed peace hopes, she agrees, stating "not only that, but also Sharon's decision to disengage from Gaza"Wow, never have the words from a true Lefty sounded so sweet. I suppose I find myself closer to the side of peace than I thought. Certainly more than AL then, anywhow. You meanwhile, continue to inhabit a position in the darkest corners of minority Palestinian thought, synonomous with that of Hamas and other brave "freedom fighters".No doubt you have the tools to rebut Naomi Chazan, our brave little peace-hater?Spend more time researching, less time talking, writing, blogging, and trying to convey your maximalist viewpoint to the majority of peace-seekers.Tip: Empty barrels make the loudest noise.