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.

Bob Carr – friend of a war criminal

The “shock” resignation of NSW Premier Bob Carr has caused much of the press pack to compete for superlatives. I won’t even bother trying to compete with those hacks.

I met Carr a few years ago while researching Not Happy, John! about the Hanan Ashrawi affair. He had bravely resisted pressure from Zionists to withdraw his support from the Sydney Peace Prize. I found him engaging, interesting and knowledgeable. Our interview lasted around one hour in his stunning office overlooking the city. He struck me as more of a talker than listener.

My view of him has changed greatly in the years since. Since learning of his affection for “my good friend” Henry Kissinger, I’ve become even more aware of his love of being close to power. Kissinger represents the worst of the American establishment, a war criminal still feted by politicians the world over. What did Carr see in him? Hard to say, but I suspect it had something to do with the former Premier feeling close to the heart of his beloved America.

International relations expert Scott Burchill put it best in June 2004:

“I am sure what it is with the Right of the NSW ALP and their infatuation with US history. Perhaps they like to dress up as Minutemen and recreate battle scenes from the revolutionary war on their days off? They certainly don’t like talking about the extirpation of the native population or the overthrow of democratic governments in Iran and Guatemala by people they admire in Washington. Whatever the true nature of their infantile disorder, let’s not forget that Bob Carr regards unindicted war criminal Henry Kissinger as a mate – and invited him as a VIP to the Sydney Olympics. Carr still wants to be chief brown-noser inside the beltway next time his party gets to sit on the Treasury benches in Canberra. Until then, the pompous and insufferable bore is apparently going to lecture all and sundry about how America truly feels after 9/11 and how to manage the alliance accordingly. What a guy!”

Watch the Australian media completely ignore any of these facts. Too messy, too difficult, too unkind to his “legacy”.

9 comments ↪
  • Iqbal Khaldun

    The secret to Carr's success was his capacity to sideline personal values in favour of political convenience. He is perhaps the 'Diet Coke' version of Tony Blair. Apart from Kissinger, don't forget Carr considers Gore Vidal a good mate. I'm sure in his mind he still considers himself a great intellectual. This is the same great liberal intellectual who stood so firmly, hand in hand, with Redfern's aboriginals after the riots, and Sydney's Muslim population after September 11.It's telling that the best commentary on Carr's career came from his predecessor Nick Greiner, a man who left public life to become a tobacco company executive.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    There is more to a man who admires Kissinger? Perhaps, though it's pretty damning. Vidal is a great old shit-stirrer.My fave line was in today's Oz. Carr was said to be a free of ideology. Jesus, Murdoch would say that, though it's so untrue.

  • Iqbal Khaldun

    Haha I know, it's crazy. Am losing my hair tearing it out as I read the mainstream press. Well, not really. Too hairy for that. But you know what I mean :-)Vidal is a grand old shit-stirrer. Maybe even the Mark Twain of the past few generations of American writers? I just think Carr's gone nuts if he think he's got some sort of progressive credentials (which I'm sure he does) just because he is on a first name basis with someone like Vidal!

  • Mike Jericho

    Maybe they are just a little too caught up in the whole "birthplace of modern democracy" thing to fully appreciate those heart-wrenching occasions when settlers were killing Indians (as opposed to those lighthearted times when Indians were slaughtering settlers).

  • Andjam

    Shouldn't that be alleged war criminal?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Innocent until proven guilty, indeed, but the international rules of the game mean that criminals like Kissinger will never be prosecuted. If you doubt the evidence, get reading. Many of the world's countrys know Kissinger all too well..

  • Iqbal Khaldun

    I suppose so. In the same way that Saddam Hussein 'allegedly' massacred Kurds, et al. Or that Osama was 'allegedly' behind September 11. You're missing the point Andjam.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    I took that as a given a long time ago.As ever, Western leaders are never culpable but Third World dictators, many of which have been supported by the West, often are. It's always amazing how people in the West fail to see the hypocrisy of this…

  • Andjam

    Innocent until proven guilty, indeed, but the international rules of the game mean that criminals like Kissinger will never be prosecuted.Nothing's impossible. Even if you think it's impossible for the US to try him, there's always the possibility that another country may kidnap him, take him back to that country and try him there. Probably not a very sensible move on the part of that country, but some regimes aren't particularly sensible.I suppose so. In the same way that Saddam Hussein 'allegedly' massacred Kurds, et al. Or that Osama was 'allegedly' behind September 11. You're missing the point Andjam.Or Saddam and Osama could try to argue that they did those things but they do not constitute war crimes.My attitude towards Saddam and Osama transcends whether or not what they did was legal. For example, Saddam could argue that using chemical weapons in Halabja is not illegal, but I'd still consider it wrong and evidence that he was dangerous.