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.

USA Yesterday

In a further sign of American mainstream media decline, USA Today reveals why the now infamous Downing Street Memo – proving that intelligence was being fixed to support war in Iraq – was ignored in its newspaper. Here’s Jim Cox, the paper’s senior assignment editor for foreign news: “We could not obtain the memo or a copy of it from a reliable source. There was no explicit confirmation of its authenticity from (Blair’s office). And it was disclosed four days before the British elections, raising concerns about the timing.”

Let’s get this straight. A story isn’t a story until confirmed by a government source? The appearance of the memo before the election was news in itself and was released by a British media that actually understood its job. Finally, numerous papers around the world had published extracts of the memo and USA Today couldn’t obtain the memo? USA Today wasn’t alone in its deficiencies as much of the US media ignored the revelation.

There is a distinct lack of truthfulness in the public domain. CBS News has recently been suggesting that things are getting better in Iraq and the source for this fallacy has been the word of military officials, again proving that news isn’t news unless confirmed by government organs. At least now, finally, more than half of Americans believe that the Iraq war has made America less safe. Let’s hope the tide is turning and a timetable for withdrawal will be announced before the end of Bush’s second term.

Speaking of America’s Dear Leader, he today announced that alternatives to Guantanamo Bay were being considered but assured his restless flock that detainees were being treated humanely. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, meanwhile, continued his ability to increase hatred towards America throughout the world. Is he, perhaps, working for Osama?

Here’s Rumsfeld discussing those “evil doers” at Guantanamo: “These were terrorists, swept up off the battlefield in a place like Afghanistan, for example. And it’s in our nation’s interest that we learn a lot about those people that are still in detention, because we’re still trying to find out how to better protect our country.”

All terrorists? Really? So why have America released so many of them? And how to explain recent reports that much of the intelligence gathered at Guantanamo is next to useless? This 2002 report proves how effective the new “gulag” has become: “The questioning of al-Qaida prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba has descended into farce, with inexperienced interrogators routinely outwitted by detainees…”

7 comments ↪
  • Anonymous

    Jim Cox calls himself a journalist. It must be difficult to speak truth to power when it's cock is in your mouth.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    I think Mr Cox is happy to be suckled on the establishment tit. Indeed, sounds like much of our mainstream media here…

  • michael

    The corporate media were pretty quick to pick up on the new excuse provided by Newsweek for self-censorship – the problems of single sources. Bet it won't apply if the single source is an approved leak from government or one of its puppet pundits like Chalabi or Gunaratne though.In a similar vein, Chris Masters showed just how far he has fallen from the heights of 'The Moonlight State' on today's Media Report.Compare his comments about police reporting and 'bottom-up sources' with some of his own recent work (e.g. 'Directing Traffic', which was just an exercise in damage control on behalf of Peter Ryan).Do as I say, not as I do, eh Chris?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Wonder what Chris Master's tome on Alan Jones will be like. It's finally nearly ready for publication, I read recently. Fingers crossed (though if it's anything as wimpish as his 4 Corners profile, God help us…)

  • Jozef Imrich, Esq.

    US Tomorrow: Henry Kissinger, Int'l Herald Tribune Relations Between China and the U.S. ;

  • michael

    I'm sure Masters will do a reasonable job on the Jones bio. Another media pundit is a fair target for an ABC hack (even if it is a government approved shock-jock) and there is plenty of juicy stuff already on the record that Jones wouldn't have a hope in hell of suing over. Its Masters' investigations of authority that are utterly compromised by his need to stay on the right side of partisan/factional sources (especially in police forces) and his inability to step outside the restricted Manichean tradition of media narrative that has made his stuff almost unwatchable these days.A recent example is the information that he received from several serving and former undercover cops and at least one former CIIS officer that the AFP was riddled with corruption and involved in drug smuggling (including tipoffs as to where to find some documentary evidence produced by the largely suppressed 1996 Harrison Inquiry). Masters received that info (from several sources) in mid-2004 while he was researching Corruption Inc and if he'd run with it he would have scooped the recent Mascot baggage handler scandal by almost a year (though the info he got related mostly to mid-90s importation through Brisbane airport).But he ignored it.Why?The sources seem a lot stronger (to me) than many others used in Four Corners (especially those of the excreble Janine Cohen).The story was/is strong and has still never been touched by the mainstream media.Is he still waiting on an FOI for the Harrison Inquiry documents?Was he already set on a 'good feds, bad state cops' story and the info didn't fit into his pre-written script?Does he need to stay on the right side of serving and former senior AFP officers who trickle feed him corruption stories from other people's patch?Or has he just gotten old and lost his touch?

  • Glenn Condell

    Rude commment was mine – name fell off for some reason – sorry.