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.

Selective memory

“The Simon Wiesenthal Centre gives its 2005 tolerance award to a torturer. It also gave the Sudanese government its 2005 award for ethnic harmony.”

Via the Angry Arab.

The Centre, according to its website, is:

“…an international Jewish human rights organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust by fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. The Center confronts important contemporary issues including racism, antisemitism, terrorism and genocide and is accredited as an NGO both at the United Nations and UNESCO.”

Speaking of praising false prophets, read this astounding report into the brutal Ethiopian government and the British government support.

Tony Blair and Gordon Brown care about Africa, do they? Pull the other one.

  • Anonymous

    Tony: You are even dumber than you look. You took literally what your friend the 'Angry Arab' meant in sarcasm. Do you really think that the Weisenthal Center presented an award to the Sudanese government? Are you really that much of a drongo?A quick check of the Weisenthal website would have saved you some embarrassment. Moreover, adherence to a few of the fundamental principles of journalistic ethics would prevent you from casting about assertions that you leave unsupported. Abdullah a torturer? Perhaps. But don't expect me to take your word for it. You might want to make the effort to provide some evidence that would substantiate your contention. Otherwise all we have is you quoting some other blogger. Hardly a prima fascia case.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Er, I SO knew it.Hello, sarcasm?!!!!JESUS, wake up…

  • Anonymous

    Tony baby, please, stop making such an equine posterior of yourself. The Wiesenthal Center never gave an award to Sudan in 2005. Go to their website, scroll through their press releases and look for yourself. They give awards all the time, and each one is trumpeted by a press release. Is there anything about an award to Sudan on the website? Nada. Zero. Nutin' from nutin'Your bile towards the mainstream Jewish institutions is so overwhelming that you have long since lost any ability to reason critically on the subject.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Angry Arab was joking. He was being 'funny'. Coming after Jordan's leader, it was pretty obvious. Except to you, perhaps.Of course the Sudan government wasn't given an award. Except their intelligence chief was welcomed recently by Washington to discuss the "war on terror". And that's not a joke…

  • Eggs Shabadict (poac

    Ant, Anon, I can't tell whose sarcasm metre is more broken. But hey, it's Friday, and Dr. Shab's prescription is for you two guys to forget your differences and mix up a nice pitcher of saketinis!

  • Anonymous

    Ah Tony, slick, but not nearly slick enough. At the beginning of this thread I pointed out your obvious and undeniable credulity towards Angry Arab's Simon Weisthenthal quip. And your initial response was to reiterate your confidence in that assertion:"Er, I SO knew it.Hello, sarcasm?!!!!JESUS, wake up…But then it seems that YOU are the one who has woken up: to the fact that you were making an unadulterated ass of yourself by swollowing hook line and sinker what was obviously a sarcastic comment by Angry Arab.And now, in a desperate attempt to avoid further embarassment, you are now adopting the tactic of inversion, acting as though I was the one who believed that the Angry Arab quip was genuine, rather than you.Nice try, Tony. But that dog won't hunt.And then you try the tactic of deflection, by bringing in a new, and totally irrelevant point about American spooks meeting with their Sudanese counterparts to discuss the campaign against al-Qaeda.I have news for you, Tony. Inter-governmental contacts like that go on all the time, even with unsavoury regimes. An unpublicized meeting of intel chiefs doesn't translate into diplomatic endorsement. America's attitude towards the Sudan and Darfur has been clear. The Americans have been pushing for sanctions, but European and Chinese oil interests have stymied any attempt to punish the Sudenese at the Security Council. And Kofi kept denying the genocide was taking place. So if you are looking for blame on Darfur, you'll find it in Paris and Beijing, not Washington.Intelligence is by nature a dirty business. As a case officer your job is to seduce people into betraying their country. So I guess you would preferably adopt a holier than thou attitude, spurning information from sources that didn't meet your standards of moral virtue. Sorry, Tony, but the real world is not black and white, but made up of shades of gray. And if the Sudanese intel chief had important info on al-Qaeda activities, then you meet with him on the QT, but that doesn't translate into endorsement or support for the Sudanese government. Case in point the way in which the US has continued to beat up on Khartoum diplomatically.