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.

Blasts rock London

A series of deadly blasts have hit London’s transport system, killing dozens. For all the latest, check out the Guardian Newsblog.

The Guardian covers the latest news including the sickly and misleading statement by Tony Blair. “They will never succeed in destroying what we hold dear in this country, and other civilised nations around the world”, he said.

UPDATE: As information continues to arrive into this barbaric attack, London mayor Ken Livingstone has made a poignant statement in Singapore (a few hours after learning of London’s successful 2012 Olympic bid):

“This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty and the powerful; it is not aimed at presidents or prime ministers; it was aimed at ordinary working class Londoners, black and white, Muslim and Christians, Hindu and Jew, young and old, indiscriminate attempt at slaughter irrespective of any considerations, of age, of class, of religion, whatever, that isn’t an ideology, it isn’t even a perverted faith, it’s just indiscriminate attempt at mass murder, and we know what the objective is, they seek to divide London. They seek to turn Londoners against each other and Londoners will not be divided by this cowardly attack.”

8 comments ↪
  • Anonymous

    You write in comments below: Horrific, of course. Really the time to make a political point?! For you, clearly, yes.But let's not forget that all actions have consequences and nothing happens in a vacuum.No, your point is hardly political…yet you clearly see the bombings as 'chickens coming home to roost'. You're a disgusting hypocrite.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    The less said the better.Chickens coming home to roost? I'm simply saying that if this is a terrorist attack, like Madrid, or 9/11 or Bali, there are reasons, however horrific, that should not be ignored. It is far too easy to say that these people are terrorists, end of story. We refuse to learn from our past mistakes…

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous needs to read some history and take some lessons in causation.Identifying him/herself would be a start to his/her own self-examination.The global powers (and their toady states like Israel) can rip the shit out of 'lesser' populations and the 'civilised' West carries on as usual. Fallujah, etc. What about Haiti? completely off the map of our consciousness. ej

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, but why is Blair's statement 'sickly and misleading' and Red Ken's so wonderful? I fail to see it.Ant, you're like a defense lawyer for a rapist who says the victim deserved it, sashaying around in her short skirt (which is another thing that pisses off these al Qaida types something fierce…)

  • Anonymous

    Blair should be sent to the Hague as a war criminal post haste.Downing Street memos Exhibit A.ej

  • catsgo

    You fucking well disgust me Lowenstein. The only reason these barbarians are killing innocents is because they have the mistaken belief that if they kill enough the west will turn over and let them establish their islamofascist 13th century regime everywhere. Ain;t gonna happen. But the great irony is that should that impossibility occur, the first getting their heads separated would be all the retarded western lefties like you. Likewise if you got your glorious socialist revolution. Does it hurt to be so stupid?

  • Anonymous

    LoewnesteinYou are a fucking knobhead. I realise that I should be making more intelligent arguments but they would be wasted on you, so just fuck off.Under Tony Blair's leadership we will destroy the Islamofascist wankers. Funny how you like to look for root causes etc for fascism, isn't it?Once again,fuck off.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Looks like some Sesame Street stragglers have lost their way…Off you go, thinkers and visionaries…Repeat after me, "Blair/Bush/Howard tell the truth and will save us." Repeat until believable.