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.

Fox News thinks terrorism is good for the Western world

While the inevitable political point-scoring has started after the London bombings – including a delightfully malicious and pathetic bastard telling me that he hopes “the next target of these murdering bastards is Lowensteins (sic) Mums’ house – surely it’s time to take a good, long, hard look at why these attacks may have happened. Robert Fisk has a few ideas:

“”If you bomb our cities,” Osama bin Laden said in one of his recent video tapes, “we will bomb yours.” There you go, as they say. It was crystal clear Britain would be a target ever since Tony Blair decided to join George Bush’s “war on terror” and his invasion of Iraq. We had, as they say, been warned. The G8 summit was obviously chosen, well in advance, as Attack Day.

“And it’s no use Mr Blair telling us yesterday that “they will never succeed in destroying what we hold dear”. “They” are not trying to destroy “what we hold dear”. They are trying to get public opinion to force Blair to withdraw from Iraq, from his alliance with the United States, and from his adherence to Bush’s policies in the Middle East. The Spanish paid the price for their support for Bush – and Spain’s subsequent retreat from Iraq proved that the Madrid bombings achieved their objectives – while the Australians were made to suffer in Bali.”

As Fisk rightly asks, “If we are fighting insurgency in Iraq, what makes us think insurgency won’t come to us?”

The concept of Western culpability is beyond many people. Much easier to simply label the murderers as “terrorists”, issue a call to arms and continue the “War on Terror.” The current tactics have been a complete failure. Time for a shift. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, including our infantile Prime Minister. “I want to make it very plain that this kind of attack will not alter the attitude of the government of Australia towards terrorism and towards the commitments we have with our American, British and other friends to Iraq to Afghanistan”, he said. What needs to happen for our leaders to take a reality check? That time is now.

Meanwhile Fox News, on the media’s frontline in the “War on Terror”, featured a remarkable interview last night. Fox News host Brian Kilmeade:

“…And that was the first time since 9-11 when they should know, and they do know now, that terrorism should be Number 1. But it’s important for them all to be together. I think that works to our advantage, in the Western world’s advantage, for people to experience something like this together, just 500 miles from where the attacks have happened.”

Another political victory in the Trans-Atlantic battle. Watch the ratings fly.

Back on planet Earth, we are experiencing a massive, contagious case of historical amnesia. Western culture is not simply superior because we say so. Bombing civilians into smithereens does not bring calls of “liberation” from those obliterated. And most importantly, why do we think we’re immune from attack when we launch a war on a defenceless country seen by millions around the world as an attack on Muslims?

We need more than a better PR campaign to understand London, July 7, 2005.

10 comments ↪
  • Craig UK

    No wonder you are so keen on Fisk. He is as much of a fucktard as you. Grow up and read some proper books you wanker.By the way, you don't seem to ahve many friends to come to your defence, do you?

  • Mike Jericho

    It is all so very academic, until it happens to someone you know, Antony.Are you really so completely devoted to them and their cause that you would rail against the attempts to democratise the middle east now?Have a bit of decency, man. Please.

  • Iqbal Khaldun

    With verbage like that, one wonders what kind of books you read mate. 'The Collected Sayings of George W Bush' perhaps?I've struggled to hear or read either of the following words in the media: Iraq or Afghanistan (ok that's three if you count 'or'). Most of the references I've located have been online sources from non-Western media. There's a few on ABC online, but their television news has totally skirted away from the issue. An astonishing omission.The standard Western arrogance will now dictate that we avoid any serious analysis of the reasons behind the attack. Several important questions remain to be answered. Here's one I've been twisting in my mind all day. Quite apart from the British government's deliberate decontextualisation of the attack ('terrorist just attack for its own sake), is the average punter interested in causality? They certainly were in Spain following the Madrid terrorist attack.Notice also the plethora of dispassionate 'terrorism experts' on television. Apart from the oxymoronic job description (how does one become a terrorism expert exactly, other than committing several terrorist attacks?), all these experts have focused on the logistics of terrorism – how to protect (Western) cities from terrorist attacks, is Australia next?, and so on.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Aside from the pathetic abuse above, it is indeed true that Iraq, Afghanistan et al has been all but completely erased. Media amnesia. This may change in time, but I agree, not likely.Much easier, as I've discovered today through my blog and Darp, that even raising the question of 'why' is unacceptable. And we wonder why they hate our policies……

  • Craig UK

    Anthony talks about abuse. He should know. He has practiced self-abuse for long enough.His side is losing – here AND in Iraq.

  • Mike Jericho

    Wonder no longer, Antony.Call us crazy, but we tend to take exception to people who only seem interested in advocating the ruthless self-interest of those on the other side of this conflict.Are you a closet Jihadist, Antony? Pining for the blessed yoke of Islam?

  • Anonymous

    Ant! Who are the wankers responding to your article? My goodbess, a bunch of closet Michael Tottens! Listen you neocon wanker apologists-if some pricks invaded Australia and killed 100,000 civilians (as per John Hopkins/Lancet survey) I would be out there bombing the fuck out of 'em. Here is my favourite current riddle Q) How many US Marines does it take to change a light bulb? A) As many as possible, it's really a freakin' I.E.D!!! Regards Grinna.

  • Anonymous

    'The concept of Western culpability is beyond many people'That is the whole problem in a nutshell. Examples above. Unfortunately there are more of us who tend to that childish reactivity than to a sober weighing of options. Any halfway useful analysis must contain honest self-examination, an even handed coverage of both sides, the exercise of reason rather than emotion (principally fear).I don't know that I would expect such maturity from Osama and friends, but it is deeply frustrating that it's so far removed from, almost anathema to, the leaders and the institutions of power in our 'civilised' democratic West. Osama poses a simple relativity, one with which our limited friends above will refuse to engage. If you bomb our cities (for no good reason) and kill thousands of our innocents, we will do the same to you. And just as the US decided to make pay a country which had nothing to do with 911, so Osama and his mates are happy to revenge the Shock and Awe that missed him by thousands of miles, upon London, whose hapless citzenry for the most part detests Britain's involvement in the illegal war and occupation of Iraq.This kind of lethal imprecision is what you can expect if you aren't grown up enough to apply the ethical paprdigms you insist on in others, to yourself.

  • Glenn Condell

    That was me; name dropped off for some reason.

  • Anonymous

    The neo-con dimwits are like personal computers of the earlier 80s: their brain is so slow that they can’t do two tasks at once. They can’t condemn the terrorist AND in the meantime try to understand what is the motive behind the attacks. To them, any reasoning beyond dear leader’s rant “they hate us for our freedom” will certainly crash their little CPU.