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.

Iraqi dead

An Iraqi humanitarian organisation is reporting that 128,000 Iraqis have been killed since the beginning of the US-led invasion in 2003. 55 per cent of those have been women and children under 12, according to Dr. Hatim al-‘Alwani, chairman of the Iraqiyun humanitarian organisation in Baghdad.

UPDATE: An international research organisation in Switzerland claims that US troops have killed 39,000 Iraqi civilians since the beginning of the war and 100,000 Iraqis have died since the US invasion.

13 comments ↪
  • Simon

    Here's an even more shocking fact: In 2004, during the US-Australia illegal occupation of Iraq, MORE THAN 147,000 AUSTRALIANS DIED!With our population of 20,000,000, that means we have a higher death rate than Iraq with it's 26,000,000.HOWARD LIED! BUSH LIED! AUSTRALIANS DIED!

  • Simon

    * Above based on Australian death rate of 7.38/1,000 population. Watch for spurious advocacy group stats, Ant.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    I have no way of telling if the facts stated are true. I'm simply putting them out there. I love how pro-war supporters immediately deny the possibility. How would you feel if 100,000 Iraqis had died during their 'liberation'? No doubt, you'd still be happy and say they should be too. They're only Arabs, anyway…

  • Phil

    The weight of numbers are starting to add up an are becoming harder to refute, so dodgy arguments like the above will be trotted out regularly.

  • Anonymous

    Please…any lefty with a fax machine and an abacus can come up with a number and get it believed by the likes of Ant the Credulous. At least Molly Ivins had the class to retract!

  • Phil

    Anon,The deaths due the effects of sanctions and the war are a different issue altogether, and go directly to how and why we are prosecuting the war. Ivins made a claim on the deaths relative to that of Saddams sins upon his people, her claim as far as we know was wrong- she retracted, an act that is so much different to those warmongers who still refuse to acknowledge the lies that led up to this war and it's effects.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Phil, thanks for talking sense.Sadly, I dread discussions in years to come whether the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis was enough to bring 'democracy and freedom'. No doubt the Vietnamese are saying that the death and maiming of millions of their bretheren was not worth the price.Some people never learn…

  • Buff Tan Honky

    I have a good amount of contact with soldiers (friends) returning from Iraq who have said these numbers are grossly inflated from what they have seen. Although any intelligent person will immediately see through most propaganda put out by major media sources I tend to rely on people who are actually there (if possible.) These individuals have said that while there are civilians killed in attacks the bulk of those killed at this point are from the non-strategic explosive devices used by insurgents who are targeting troops. Don't bite my head off, just repeating what I was told by sources I feel know more than myself.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    No head biting here. The figures cited are unconfirmed, to be sure, and should be taking with a grain of salt. BUT, there is an increasing body of surveys that tell a very disturbing story. Take Fallujah. Claims of thousands dead, many civilians, remains unconfirmed. There are many other stories like this…

  • Iqbal Khaldun

    It's really quite simple. To settle the issue, a thorough analysis of civilian casualties must be undertaken. The United Nations or some other third party could be instructed to do this. It might be difficult to be precise given the present turmoil, but an attempt should be made. Given the dreadful human rights situation in Iraq was a key argument for invading the country, you'd think it would be a sequitur. But it isn't because American decision makers have no real interest in the welfare of Iraqis. Invariably in severe conflict situations where high tech weaponry is used, many if not most casualties are out of sight (death from diseases related to infrastructure deterioration (starvation, contaminated water sources, etc), collateral damage due to bombing from afar, victims of mines and unexploded ordinance, etc).

  • Anonymous

    The ever-insightful 'Simon' puts Iraq and Australia in the same boat re likelihood of dying.Simon is sentenced to a course in epidemiology to offset his damnable ignorance and his irredeemable prejudice.When was the last time Simon dodged bombs from the Coalition of the Killing when taking his kids to school?This in the immediate aftermath of the war built on lies:http://www.cursor.org/stories/iraq.htmlI'll risk it in Australia thanks Simon. ej

  • Anonymous

    Gee, we're disputing civilian deaths? Why? Natalie Albright has been quoted as saying the deaths of 500,000 children due to 10 years of embargo, was "worth it". The Lancet Magazine & The John Hopkins Socials Studies Group published a survey 6 MONTHS AGO, estimating 100,000 civilians dead since the illegal invasion. These fellows are hardly lunatic fringe material! I think it was Thommy Franks who said "we don't count civilian dead in Iraq". Lovely, just freakin' great. YeeHar! "Bring It On!". Regards Greg Fisher. PS Ant. What's the book about?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    The book is about Israel/Palestine, the ways in which our Western media selectively omits the true actions of the Israeli govt, voices of reason and dissent on both the Jewish and Arab sides, debunking the pro-Israel lobby, the ways successive Aussie govts have blindly played the Israel card. It'll be a perspective of the conflict we rarely get in the West.It'll be out early 2006 through Melbourne University Publishing.Thanks for asking.