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.

What did Bibi know?

Did former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu know about the London blasts before they occurred? Anti-war’s Justin Raimondo investigates the claims and discovers the allegations, subsequent denials and unanswered questions. Netanyahu was in London on the day of the attacks and scheduled to appear at an economics conference.

Raimondo explains:

“Netanyahu was no doubt a target of the bomb plot – why else would the terrorists bomb an underground station directly below the hotel where the investment conference was going to take place?

“My short book, The Terror Enigma: 9/11 and the Israeli Connection, shows that Israel wasn’t behind the 9/11 attacks, as many in the Arab world allege, but that they did have some knowledge that a terrorist attack was about to take place on American soil and somehow neglected to tell us about it.”

13 comments ↪
  • guile

    nice, cozy place you got here :)..

  • Anonymous

    No, Ant, you're not self-hating. You just happily publish the conspirazoid ravings of an anti-Semitic loon like Dennis "Justin" Raimondo. How low can you go? Sheesh…

  • Simon

    If the Islamic world really cared so much about their Palestinian brethren, why would they go about trying to take out the Israeli Minister of Finance, rather than providing concrete assistance to Palestinians in Palestine of a more constructive order than just reward money for blowing themselves up? Seems kinda bass-ackward and reductionist to me.The Palestinians' loss of land/homes may well be an injustice, but hardly the greatest of the 20th Century to be sure, and other populations have gotten over various injuries and resettled elsewhere. Of course, considering that other Arabs actually can't stand Palestinians – they're to Gulf Staters what Puerto Ricans are to New Yorkers – and don't want them in their own countries (witness how Assad dealt with them in Syria), one sees that it's much easier for Islamics to keep them in misery as leverage against the Jews and as a political release for the masses.

  • Dennis Smith

    And Simon said: '…and other populations have gotten over various injuries and resettled elsewhere.'I suppose if the Japanese had invaded and occupied Australia and forced our population into Timor, I suppose Simon would have said, 'That's just the way the cookie crumbles! Get over it!' And pigs might fly!How easy it is to be dismissive when someone else is doing the suffering.

  • Simon

    Fair enough Dennis, but the fact is, history has happened — you can't go around unmaking it, or engage in wishful thinking while ignoring the very real internecine facts on the ground in the Middle East.

  • the young-lib brigad

    while the palestinians where loosing their property so where an equal number of jews in arab countries. Meanwhile in the indian subcontinent tens of millions of muslims and hindus where abandoning everything in a desperate attemt to get to their own countries amidst violence that makes the palestinian issue merely trivial. 2 years earlier three million or more germans where deported, violently at times from eastern europe, czekoslovakia, romania and hungary.

  • Glenn Condell

    'amidst violence that makes the palestinian issue merely trivial'It is a trivial mind that can make such a statement. Not racist exactly, just stupid. If size impresses you, we could, by extension, imagine your family brutally murdered and say that, compared to Palestinian sufferings, yours was 'merely trivial'. You aren't capable of making such a calculation so your contribution to debates such as these will never amount to more than barracking. Still, it's a free country, so do your worst.

  • Simon

    Young Lib aside, I'd love to engage this topic of why the Islamists think the Palestinian cause would be best served by blowing up the Israeli Finance Minister. It seems like a pretty long bow for Antony to draw (though if it's true, would it also mean that all the complaints that the attack was the result of the Iraq war are specious).

  • the young-lib brigad

    glen -> yes i agree with you. To the palestinians their conflict is anything but trivial. But in the great scheme of things what was happening to the palestinians was happening to millions of others at the exact same time. These days we dont hear of german refugees from east prussia, or Hindus from Hyderabad simply because they where given the opportunity to rebuild their lives. The new state of India did not put the refugees from the new state of Pakistan into refugee camps on a faulty preface that they where a different ethnic group and demand a new state for them. But this is exactly what has been done to the palestinians. In lebanon they are prevented by law from leaving the refugee camps or even joining the ranks of the middle class by becoming doctors or engineers. This is done because thats the only way of making sure the palestinian issue exists, the only reason the refugee camps exist is because the arab countries make it impossible for most to leave. This pattern is repeated in every arab country.Simon -> When things like this happen certain members of the political spectrum both left and far right immidiately look for the israely connection. Ie; israely spies involved in 911. With Netanyahu being coincidentally in the same country they found their link. At least thier not claiming that he personally placed the bombs.

  • Anonymous

    The sentiments expressed here by Simon and young-lib brigade are breathtaking in their insousiance, their amorality.This is what has become of centuries of Jewish morality, converted into an ersatz Nazi aryanism.Simon says that 'history has happened'. Well actually, it's happening this minute as the Wall keeps slicing through more Palestinian livelihoods, while Simon and the young-lib brigade applaud from the sidelines.This I take it is the Western values that are under threat from the barbarians.Excuse me while I puke.ej

  • Dennis Smith

    Anonymous.Yes, the term 'barbarians' is rather loosely thrown about. Like beauty, who is a barbarian is in the eye of the beholder!What a shame we couldn't view everyone on the planet as human beings rather than trying to divide groups into those who are 'good'; and those who are 'bad'.If we got rid of religion and nationalism, it would be a good start.

  • Anonymous

    antisemitic cunt

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Anon,Either post something even vaguely intelligent, or don't post that filth again here.