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.

You want fries with that?

Ever wanted to know what culinary delicacies are served to inmates at Guantanamo Bay? Worry no more, The Gitmo Cookbook will answer all your questions. American conservative activists reckon this is a way to convince the world that “Gitmo” is a holiday camp under a different name. US Vice President can’t understand the outcry: “There isn’t any other nation in the world that would treat people who were determined to kill Americans the way we’re treating these people”. Prisoners are “living in the tropics”, he says.

How many more reports need to be released to prove the American facility is a travesty of human rights?

An Amnesty spokesperson perfectly expressed the sentiment: “It is not a matter of climate or what food prisoners get, but a question of justice.”

Perhaps we need to remember the words of senior Pentagon official, Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Christino, who claimed in 2004 that intelligence gathered from Guantanamo Bay inmates had failed to stop even one terrorist act and the system of interrogation there was almost guaranteed to produce false confessions.

10 comments ↪
  • Shaba-dabba-search-e

    No justice, no peace, apparently:At least 10 detainees released from the Guantanamo Bay prison after U.S. officials concluded they posed little threat have been recaptured or killed fighting U.S. or coalition forces in Pakistan and Afghanistan, according to Pentagon officials.One of the repatriated prisoners is still at large after taking leadership of a militant faction in Pakistan and aligning himself with al Qaeda, Pakistani officials said. In telephone calls to Pakistani reporters, he has bragged that he tricked his U.S. interrogators into believing he was someone else.Another returned captive is an Afghan teenager who had spent two years at a special compound for young detainees at the military prison in Cuba, where he learned English, played sports and watched videos, informed sources said. U.S. officials believed they had persuaded him to abandon his life with the Taliban, but recently the young man, now 18, was recaptured with other Taliban fighters near Kandahar, Afghanistan, according to the sources, who asked for anonymity because they were discussing sensitive military information.The cases demonstrate the difficulty Washington faces in deciding when alleged al Qaeda and Taliban detainees should be freed, amid pressure from foreign governments and human rights groups that have denounced U.S. officials for detaining the Guantanamo Bay captives for years without due-process rights, military officials said.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Best keep the 'suspects' locked up forever then, until the current 'war' is over….

  • Anonymous

    Just read the report, and a couple of things jump out at me:-The detainees are probably eating better than 99% of the population of Cuba, yet Amnesty makes so much less noise about that island gulag;-The continuing overweening sensitivity to the religious beliefs of extremists who would impose their 'faith' on us by the sword. Halal? They should eat what they're given. No one ever starved to death with a ham sandwich in front of them. Think any of us'd get the same treatment in a Saudi jail? Heh…heh…heh.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if Japan will bring out a Changi cookbook.

  • Iqbal Khaldun

    Actually the standard of living is pretty good in Cuba, but maybe we should throw you in Gitmo to compare eh Anon? Or is it Mr Hyphenated?The report Mr H sites may well be true. But consider this. The treatment of detainees may have radicalised hitherto innocent individuals (although it should be noted that holding extreme views should not in and of itself be a crime. It technically is thanks to legislation passed in many nations following 11 September 2001, including Australia). It seems quite inevitable that some detainees who were innocent before they were detained will now be more supportive of terrorist organisations.Again, I think the Guantanamo situation reminds us how undemocratic our world is. To think that a government's response to its criminality being exposed is to manage it as a public relations exercise.

  • Shab, Shab, Shab.

    I've been to Cuba…standards of living are a joke, and your blithe statement is a real insult to the people there who fight for survival under the Castro regime. Nice Mao t-shirt there in your bloggy profile, by the way. How many people does a guy have to kill before he becomes a kitsch left icon? Hitler not knock off enough for you?

  • Doylie

    Shab, stop wasting your and my time and piss off.

  • ShabaDOO!!!!

    Gee, Doylie, hit a nerve did I? Seriously, though, why does the hard left make icons of so many dictators, tyrants, and mass killers?

  • Iqbal Khaldun

    Cuba isn't a paradise, but relative to other Latin and Central American nations, standards of living are remarkably good. For example, the situation is nowhere near as bad as in lead-US aide recipient Nicaragua. No serious analysis of the human rights situation in Cuba should ignore the United States’ interference in that nation. The United States' blanket blockade and decades long terrorist war against Cuba doesn't help. It has severe consequences for Cuba. That statement isn’t an attempt to polish away the repression that does occur in Cuba. That is a serious thing. But, very sadly, Cuba ‘repressiveness’ isn’t inordinate. I would’ve thought one very simple way to try and help improve the situation in Cuba is to demand that the US lift its inhumane blockade.In case you didn't notice, my icon is somewhat satirical. It’s a shame you didn’t make any insinuations in relation to the balaclava. Now you’ve really hurt my feelings. Mao and his policies led directly or indirectly to the death of millions. Much the same way as the present international economic system condemns equally large sums of people to die of preventable diseases or poverty. Somehow I doubt you'd be complaining if I was wearing a Coca Cola t-shirt.That you condemn Cuba yet remain supportive of the concentration camp right on its doorstep at Guantanamo Bay is most telling. Moral relativism isn't so much a condition as an all too common symptom of indoctrination. By that I do not mean to imply only 'rightwingers' (a dreadful term really) suffer from it. But seriously brother, be honest with yourself. Your sole purpose on this blog is to try and shoot down a 'self hating' left commentator.PS: it’s strange that whenever people criticize ‘Communist’ China under Mao or Cuba under Fidel they never mention one simple fact. The situation wasn’t any better before these strong men entered the scene. China was a completely dysfunctional nation state run by a feudal military leader (Chiang Kai Shek – the man who founded Taiwan) through a complex mafia network whose remnants still exist in Burma. Of Course, Chiang was a key US ally until the very end. Cuba was a haven for the American mafia and US agribusiness before Castro. If these people care so much about Cuba and China, why the lack of historical context in their criticisms? (NB: in case you didn’t notice Mr H, that was a rhetorical question.)

  • Iqbal Khaldun

    Sorry I meant Colombia not Nicaragua in the post above.