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.

US casualties

Is the US government hiding the true figure of US and Iraqi casualties in Iraq? The Government of Puerto Rico thinks so during investigations of its own war dead. They claim over 4000 US and “coalition” soldiers have been killed during 799 days of fighting.

“Military affairs expert Jose Rodreguez Beruff from the University of Puerto Rico said that the figures showing more than 4,000 dead indicate that, far from winning the war in Iraq, ‘what is happening is that the troops are being worn down.’ He said that traditional theorists calculate that for an armed invading force to win a guerrilla war, its casualties should be one to ten of its enemy’s. In this case, that would require 40,000 casualties among the insurgents.”

14 comments ↪
  • Iqbal Khaldun

    What really frightens me is this. Even if the ‘insurgents’ successfully remove the Americans, the total cost of the war socially and economically as well as in terms of lives lost will never be known. But just because we won’t know doesn’t mean it won’t have an effect on security in the region or the world per se. To think, Iraq was once the most developed Arab nation. Now it is a quasi-medieval landscape littered with death, disease and nihilists. Cf Vietnam’s 2-3 million deaths and the effects of millions of mines and chemical warfare. Vietnam remains heavily debilitated by this legacy.

  • Iqbal Khaldun

    Whoops, cut off the first bit of my comments…Always difficult to work out precise casualties, especially when the US Government does everything it can to avoid telling the public what’s happening in Iraq. That isn’t at all unusual. The average Japanese during the Pacific War was being told that the Americans were being devastated, even as the Imperial Navy was sinking to the bottom of the ocean. A note of caution regarding the ‘one in ten’ principle annunciated in that report. If there’s been one fairly linear trend in Western military campaigns it’s that it takes fewer and fewer casualties for the population to start opposing a war. My impression is, and I note it is an impression, that most Americans consider even 1000 American casualties too many.What really frightens me is this. Even if the ‘insurgents’ successfully remove the Americans, the total cost of the war socially and economically as well as in terms of lives lost will never be known. But just because we won’t know doesn’t mean it won’t have an effect on security in the region or the world per se. To think, Iraq was once the most developed Arab nation. Now it is a quasi-medieval landscape littered with death, disease and nihilists. Cf Vietnam’s 2-3 million deaths and the effects of millions of mines and chemical warfare. Vietnam remains heavily debilitated by this legacy.

  • Dennis Smith

    Who cares about these moral questions?As long as some fat, Cuban cigar smoking, American arms manufacturer is making a motza, and Multi-national corporations are spreading across the world like cancer (or is that spreading cancer across the world?, and Wall Street is booming, such questions are unimportant.Get your priorities right! Profits before people.

  • Iqbal Khaldun

    Well, I think they're important. But I agree there are other priorities.

  • J F

    The article does not claim that over 4,000 US soldiers have been killed. To arrive at the 4,000+ figure the article counts 1,649 US uniformed troops, 88 from Great Britain, 92 from other coalition countries, 238 private contractors and at least 2,000 Iraqi soldiers.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Troops under US command, true enough, but the fact remains that many more than acknowledged have been killed in combat.

  • Dennis Smith

    Iqbal, I was only joking!I loathe everything that America stands for.

  • Iqbal Khaldun

    Sorry mate, went right over my head that one! The balaclava must be shortcircuiting my sarcasm radar.

  • Gilbert

    You said 4000 US troops, and then extrapolated it to suggest a cover up. Do you stand corrected, or not?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Indeed, seems to be a cover-up AND not 4000 US troops, yes.

  • Gilbert

    So, there are not 2351 unaccounted-for US troops. What is the cover-up, exactly?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    The cover-up is the number of US troops killed, firstly, allegedly higher than publicly released, and the ability of US authorities to hide serious casualties (and then death) as not part of the tragic death toll.

  • Gilbert

    OK. It's your blog, after all, but if you're interested in the true figures don't you think you should amend your original post to reflect the fact that no-one has suggested that "4000 US soldiers" have been killed in Iraq?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Gilbert, fair enough. Point taken. Will amend.