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.

Backlash

The Guardian reports on the sadly predictable anti-Muslim backlash to the London bombings. Far-right websites and soccer hooligans are allegedly agitating to exact “revenge” on members of the Islamic faith.

The British National Party, one of those racist parties pushing for a rejection of Britain’s multicultural policies, issued a statement on 13 July titled, “Don’t get mad, get even.”

6 comments ↪
  • Simon

    I don't think anybody should go beating anybody up because of their religion…but to turn your oft-used 'logic' around, one would have to say that it's terrible, but sadly Muslims are the all-too-predictable victims of the policies of their leaders, who encourage suicide bombings and grievance about the presence of Coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, the liberation of East Timor, the existence of Buddhists in Southern Thailand, et cetera, right down to the presence of Christian Spaniards in Iberia.We need to understand how these British men became indoctrinated and seemingly programmed to inflict carnage on their Muslim fellow Britons. Dismmissing them as racist or mad or bad simply will not be sufficient. The rate of bashing of Muslims is increidbly low (for now); what is driving the perpetrators to such acts? I think you fundamentally misunderstand the source of these potential attacks and their root causes. These hooligans must forced us to look at British extremism as well as Islamic policies. They do not operate in isolation.

  • Bruce M Warrington

    We need to understand how these British men became indoctrinated and seemingly programmed to inflict carnage on their Muslim fellow Britons. Dismmissing them as racist or mad or bad simply will not be sufficient. The rate of bashing of Muslims is increidbly low (for now); what is driving the perpetrators to such acts?It is, unfortunately, true that some people, angered by this atrocity committed by Muslims, will leap on to a racist explanation proffered by fuckwits like the BNP and then react with violence; it is the same dynamic that creates Muslim terrorists, except their explanation is religious and proffered by fuckwits like al-Qaeda.The Muslim community needs to deal with the issue of extremism within its ranks, but that is their concern. Our concern must always be with our own actions and their consequences.

  • michael

    Pretty inspiring the way they decided to "put aside partisan support for teams and unite against Muslims". Hopefully when that lot have been put in their place they can turn their attacks back on the real enemy – Chelsea supporters.Was interested to discover that there is a "Kick Racism Out of Football initiative". Would have thought that defeated the purpose of mob sports fandom. Wonder how they spot the racists. Maybe a trick examination question, like "We mindlessly hate people with different coloured (a) team scarves (T/F) (b) national flags (T/F) (c) skins (T/F)".But what strikes me about the portrait emerging of the London bombers is their bland Britishness. The most notable attribute of one of them was supposedly his soccer fanatacism. Very little difference at all between the bombers who attacked innocent commuters and the yobs who plan to attack innocent Muslims really. Bend it like Bin Laden, boys.

  • The Daily Magnet

    Judging by the looks of some of the blogs in Australia at the moment – things aren't that different here.

  • Comical_Ali

    yes, we're all scared of a back lash against peaceful, tolerant and open minded muslim communities in the west (whose youth are known to place flowers and take care of the Jewish cemetaries of Europe – among their other good deeds)But not all too concerened about a back lash against the following "not so peaceful" community:"…Jewish community is usually vitriolic, bigoted, racist and downright pathetic. Australian Jews, generally speaking, are incapable of hearing the true reality of their beloved homeland and its barbaric actions."particularly when the one who is concerened of a backlash against one particular community, is at the same time an insitgator of a backlash agaisnt another. Nice one Anthony.and you've targeted the right community…soon the zionists will be moving on to Australia – indoctrinating Jewish youth with Australian citizenship to blow up the buses and trains of Sydney. such is the bigotry and racism of the Jewish community… B/thw, did I already compliment you on that tie of yourez?

  • Andjam

    Thursday 7/705 was the day Britain woke up to the fact that it is at war.Some people woke up to that a bit earlier. Some have even realised that groups like the BNP are on the other side, ideologically if nothing else.A ghost army of Islamic terrorists has assembled in our country with one aim – to wage war and inflict murder upon us until we surrender to them and an Islamic Fascist State is imposed upon us.Can someone say projection?The attacks in London on 7/705 were Hate Crimes; genocidal race attacksGenocidal may sound overblown to some, but that's because they think 6 million died in the holocaust, don't they?and the Jews who they think run BritainProjection??Oh sheesh, they're quoting Steyn. Don't they know he's part Jewish?In Israel the police pick used to up the remains of suicide bombers and place them inside a pig skin.(I wish it were true, but don't think it is) They're getting ideas from Israel? 7/7 must have changed everything for some people.