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.

Blogger news

Iraqi blogger Khalid Jarrar has been detained by the Iraqi police, according to reliable sources. Read the announcement for more information.
And US soldiers in Iraq now have to register with authorities if they want to maintain a blog. Clearly dissidents are no longer welcome. These voices certainly provide interesting perspectives.
UPDATE: I’m in Melbourne for the weekend, so posting will be light. Also, I’ve switched off anonymous postings on comments. Too much abuse and trouble, frankly. You now must be a registered user. Hope you readers understand (and a few readers suggested this, so…)
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  • Iqbal Khaldun

    It's for the best mate. What you were getting wasn't anything constructive anyway. It's hard when you honestly feel like everyone deserves a space to speak (which I think you do). Alas, some people are just dickheads. Full marks for trying as long as you did!

  • tigersnake

    Article in today's age about how philippino bloggers are bringing down the government there.Of course they didn't give a single URL…

  • Mike Jericho

    And US soldiers in Iraq now have to register with authorities if they want to maintain a blog. Clearly dissidents are no longer welcome. These voices certainly provide interesting perspectives.Do I need to define "singular" and "plural" to you, Antony? The one person ("dissenting voice") you have linked to seems to have rather less to say than you infer. He hasn't posted since 15/10/2004.I'm sure you'll see proof of Bushitler censorship in that, but as you yourself point out, all soldiers have to do in order to blog is register. That means it is far more likely that this squaddie just woke up one morning and realized: "damn, I really was talking garbage for a while there."

  • Shay

    good call Antony. If someone wants to spray vitriol on you (and let's face it, there are plenty who do!), they should at least have the guts to name themselves, even using a pseudonym, so we know if the same person is resurfacing.

  • Vasco Pyjama

    Registered now, as I would like to continue to learn and contribute. But I will continue blogging on http://vasco-pyjama.livejournal.com rather than blogger.

  • Mike Jericho

    "good call Antony. If someone wants to spray vitriol on you (and let's face it, there are plenty who do!), they should at least have the guts to name themselves, even using a pseudonym, so we know if the same person is resurfacing."*Cough*Hypocrite!*Cough*You call yourself "Shay", you don't permit people to see your blog through the comments link, nor do you even allow them to see your blogger profile.That's two explicit instances of really blatant hypocrisy that I've seen here today, by two seperate commenters.Keep it up!

  • Vasco Pyjama

    Hello Mike Jericho. When I google your name, I find 14,400 hits. When I google my name, I get 16 hits. Yep, each of them about me. You will find out where I work, where I have worked, and yep, if you get electoral roll, you can figure out where I live.And I live alone. I have no family in Melbourne. It is a choice of security, not of anonymity.I have provided my blog details, so that you may see my thoughts, reflections and experiences over the past three years. There is even a photo of myself on http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=vasc…. See? I am real. Chinese Australian, 32, development (aid) practitioner.Why this obsession about my real name? Why call me a hypocrite?

  • tigersnake

    Yeah it's a nice sentiment, but there are too many scumbags out there who'll abuse your details or attack you anonymously in return. Anon allows open expression- it's up to the individual to adopt a system of ethics that ensures they aren't abusing it.

  • Mike Jericho

    Vasco, dude, couldn't you see this sentence in my post?"You call yourself "Shay"…"I was quoting & responding to the post that "Shay" made. Not you. He/she was saying that anonymous commenters are all evil and stuff, I just pointed out that he's/she's well, kinda anonymous.I don't have a problem with anonymous commenters. At all. Just hypocrites.But you will find that the "anti-Anonymous" brigade around here isn't made up of neocons like me. They're all die-hard leftists who use it as a lame ad hominem diversion from any good points that a RWDB commenter might make.I think people ought to be able to express themselves as they like. It's the argument that's important, right? Evidently leftists don't agree, but then again, it's probably because leftists have an innate love of totalitarian control.

  • leftvegdrunk

    Perhaps we should invite Andrea Harris to "moderate" the comments here, Mike. Any thoughts? Or would criticism of Blair be too much like hypocrisy?PS Why are you trolling here anyway? Not getting enough hits at your semi-blog?

  • Mike Jericho

    God, you guys really whine like a bunch of pussies sometimes.I'm not trolling. If you notice, I'm not attacking anyone personally. I usually disagree with Antony about something he's said, and lay out my views. Then you guys lay in with the personal attacks, and all of a sudden *I'm* the troll.Don't start crying if I decide to retaliate a little.On the issue of comments, it's a matter for the blog owner. Free speech doesn't apply to comments on blogs. Blogs are a clearinghouse of the owner's views. If they don't want to play host to dissenting views, they aren't forced to do so in the name of political correctness.The "freedom of speech" part comes in when a disgruntled, banned commenter goes out and gets their own blog. If they want to make it a true "free expression" zone, then good for them.

  • leftvegdrunk

    Paraphrase: "If we disagree, you are a pussy, but I won't be abusive. Oh, and get your own blog."

  • Mike Jericho

    No, I referred to your style of complaint, which I regard as of the "whiny, pussified" variety. Complaint voiced in a reasonable way is quite okay.Look up the word "gravitas". That's what you need to insert.And I encourage all people to get their own blogs. I've no idea why some people haven't.Oh, and lastly, sarcastic paraphrasing is the lazy man's rebuttal.

  • duckmonster

    I used to read Raed's (Khalid's brother) blog from Iraq around the start of the war. Its really amazing how, reasuringly, mundane the wants of a 20 something iraqi male is and how that interacts with invasion.Basically the deal was, that alot of young dudes around baghdad where actually kinda looking forward to the americans. They figured it would bring, well, the west with them. Booze, Rock and roll and , as it was put, "pussy". A fairly crass dream, but entirely normal for any young male on this planet.The reality turned a little sour. The first thing that seemed to happen was after shit got blown up all over the shop, a power vacuum formed that the americans couldnt fill. This was filled by religious conservatives who set about pulling down the secular world of iraq and replacing it wish a mish mash of Sunni and/or Shiite structures that basically meant fat chance for sex drugs and rock and roll. Not that anyone missed Sadaam, but the alternative seems as bad.His ma writes an interesting blog too. I'm still convinced mothers are omniscient.

  • Glenn Condell

    I vaguely recall a Mike Jericho being pursued by Nabokov and others on a local blog a while ago, because he'd made some claim about his military service that he wouldn't verify. Could have been someone else, if so, sorry Mike.But if not, the comments above suddenly become a bit more interesting than they seemed.

  • Andjam

    It was Nabby who couldn't verify his claim.

  • James Waterton

    Nabakov finds it difficult to put forward a single coherent argument most of the time. I find it hard to believe he was pursuing anyone.