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.

Inside the beast

Two films that screened at this month’s Jerusalem Film Festival tackled the price of Zionism and concluded that the ideology was the prime reason behind the dispossession of another people, the Palestinians.

Why is it that a handful of voices can make such statements in Israel and yet arguing similarly in the Diaspora causes faux grief? Only one thing to do, soldier on.

16 comments ↪
  • Comical_Ali

    Comical_Ali said…
    Dont know Antony, because if you cause faux grief you might just have a fatwa levied against you?

    so brave and so courageous…but if you really want to know what bravey, courage and dissent is all about go here http://www.muslimsforisrael.com/. Considering that these people come from actual tyrannical socities – where speaking out is not the norm – they are actually risking their lives. They kind of make you look like a pathetic little coward whose only agenda is to make a name for himself and get 15 mins of fame.

    In any case, by looking at you’re photo on ure profile and judging by the color of you’re fake tan (orange), I’ve uncovered who you really are Antony. The game is up…we all know that you are really apart of the anti-disengagment settler movement in Isra

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Thanks for the support. I look forward to you reading my book and enjoying the insights. Unless, of course, I’m dead due to your offensive fatwa.
    Besides, really brave to hide behind “Comical Ali.” No name, no background, nada.
    Yep, I’m taken.

  • evan jones

    I’m looking forward to the arrival of said films in our local cinemas.
    Or will they suffer the same attempted censorship as Finkelstein’s latest book?

  • leftvegdrunk

    comical_ali, would you mind deleting the rest of your entries too? Then comment only when you have something to contribute. Just a thought.

  • djotefsoup

    Please never post again, you leetspeaking ignorant lightweight ponce.

  • Comical_Ali

    You're very welcome Antony. In any case the worst thing that could happen is that I could argue with you to the death…thats what a Jewish fatwa is after all, all about.do you want "weight" and "height" included with my name and background? How about a nice photo?by trying to claim you're 15 mins of fame and become "public property" (along with this blog of yourez) you make yourself fair game m8. I on the other hand have not – and therefore am entitled to my privacy.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Evan,The chances of these films screening in Oz is minimal, even on SBS. I've written extensively in my book about SBS and pro-Zionist lobbyists. The result? Numerous films, many of which have been screened overseas, including in Israel, are not shown here anymore because of all the obvious reasons….

  • Comical_Ali

    "because of all the obvious reasons…." why not cite and reference the "Protocols?"

  • Antony Loewenstein

    I'm not talking about Protocols.Jesus, your inability to distinguish between issues and label any Zionist pressure as related to Protocols shows how ignorant you are.But wait, it suits your political slant to make them one and the same…

  • Comical_Ali

    zionist pressure in terms of vast amount of oil money and having one or even two of their peers being nominated for the Sydney peace prize? gee, these zionists, these Jooz, are so influentail and powerful in Australia. Oh and the name is "Ali" not Jesus.

  • Comical_Ali

    I also see that you manage to attract very tolerant and open minded people, very impressive 😉

  • Glenn Condell

    Who is the coward Ali?

    Tell us who you are or bugger off back to whichever sewer spawned you. Ant stands four square behind what he writes, enduring hundreds of fleabites from vermin like yourself. What do you do besides posting barely literate second hand hate that even you can’t bring yourself to own publicly?

    Tool.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Thanks Glenn, I couldn't say that…

  • Comical_Ali

    Ahh the oldest trick in the book, attacking the person and not the argument(with childish insults) …a definite last resort when all else fails (or at least when unable to provide a legitmate counter-argument). does the following ring any bells:"reception to such ideas within the Jewish community is usually vitriolic, bigoted, racist and downright pathetic. Australian Jews, generally speaking, are incapable of hearing the true reality"yes, antony you do have allot to thank Glenn for.

  • Comical_Ali

    And speaking of second hand-hate, bigotry, racsim etc (just to borrow from you're very own vocab) I'm still at a loss to find out why "zionist pressure" and "Jewish lobbying" is unique and should be singled out from the lobbying and pressure from other religious, ethnic and minority groups?The very idea, the very concept of singling out "Jewish lobbying", is offensive, discriminatory, racist and bigotted. An idea which is quite at home with Neo-Nazis, the KKK and Islamo-facists…and Lowenstein? Starting a "backlash" against another community are we? Mind you I'm only throwing you're own words back at you.

  • Comical_Ali

    hypocrisy is certainly no stranger