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.

Get real

“It’s easy to criticise from my ergonomic chair. Let’s not forget: [Paul] McGeough is in Iraq and I am not”, wrote Murdoch and pro-war lapdog, Andrew Bolt this week. How does anyone take this man seriously, other than propagandists and those suffering delusions? The war in Iraq is not going well, the American people are wavering and democracy is not taking root. Don’t believe me?

Gen. John Abizaid, the top US commander in the Persian Gulf, gave testimony to the US Congress during the week, and contradicted the upbeat assessments offered by the Prince of Darkness, Dick Cheney. The insurgency is as strong as it was six months ago, he said, and shows no signs of weakening. Cheney continues to claim that the “terrorists” are in their “last throes.”

Blind pro-war supporters have become the laughing stock in this debate. Face reality, people. The insurgency isn’t simply about defeating America and its allies, it’s about ending an occupation that continues to provide no security or basic services. How hard is it for ignorant war-lovers to understand that Iraqis don’t want to be occupied?

Paul McGeough, meanwhile, the subject of numerous attacks this week over his reports from Iraq – and an Australian journalist on the ground contradicting Howard government spin – explains that our leaders have little or no understanding of the tribal nature of Iraq and refuse to see the lessons of the Douglas Wood saga. But how would they? They’re too comfortable, like the Bolts of this world, in their ergonomic chairs.

8 comments ↪
  • Phil

    I've posted on this briefly as well Antony. I’ve been reading the column by Bolt over and over again the past few days and something just doesn’t appear right, not the content mind you, which is good for a Bolt column, but something else. I must confess to reading and analysing Bolt regularly and have become accustomed to his blustering style, so I think I have some idea about how his syntax ‘reads’. What appeared odd to me are some phrasings, connections and word constructions that I believe were edited in and around his usual bombastic stylings. It’s interesting to note that the column was also run in the Thursday Media section of the Australian and bear some of the style of the Australian’s recent Media Watch files – in other words, I believe his column, was cleaned up and packaged for a future presentation in the broadsheet.Anyway, it's good to see McGeough stay on the front foot.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Agreed.Bolt simply accepts govt denial as fact. As do most pro-war supporters. Have they forgotten the golden rule of journalism: "never believe anything until it is official denied?'

  • Shabadoo!

    Hey Ant, just wondering, but why is a guy like Doug Wood, who is trying to help rebuild Iraq, a carpetbagging war-profiteer, but Paul McGeough, who makes a living spreading lies at worst and negative spin at best about the new Iraq, not? Presumably he gets paid too, right?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    We're comparing Wood to McGeough?Get real. One is reporting on the situation, not taking money from unaccountable companies and the other is making a quick buck in the most unethical of ways.If you can't see the difference, perhaps you should go over to Iraq yourself and make a quick buck?By the way, I read in today's Sunday Age that the Sheik, trashed by all and sundry, actually played a key role in Wood's release and his 'discovery' was no accident at all. McGeough is vindicated? God no, don't admit that, let's take the Aussie govt line at face value….And you can yourselves thinking people?

  • shabadoo!

    Jesus, Ant, who the hell made you judge and jury of what's an ethical way to make a living or not? Should everyone go and check their potential employers against the Ant Annual 500 list to make sure they're accountable? Maybe we can all let you know our salaries, and you can tell us if we're making a fair living or taking too much of the pie? What, precisely, was so unethical about what Woods was doing? It's a damn sight better than what your idol, David Hicks, was up to, namely, being a vile anti-Semite and taking up arms against Australians and Australia's allies. (Oh, wait, that's perfectly ethical in the Ant canon, to judge by your support for Israel's enemies…)

  • Antony Loewenstein

    I'm a supporter of David Hicks? Find anywhere I've written that. I'll tell you, nowhere.To support a fair legal system isn't supporting his aims or ambitions.A little too complex difference for you, but there you go…

  • Doylie

    Shabadoo, over at Blair's site you'd be told to piss off and get your own blog. How about it?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Wouldn't that be great?Rather than wasting our time…Still, it's amusing to read people who can't see a world other than one ruled and abused by a man named Bush. Good for a laugh…