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.

Paying the price of peace

Peaceful protest of Israel’s “security” fence is deemed dangerous by Israeli forces, according to a stunning Haaretz report. Most disturbingly, numerous IDF soldiers have been caught lying about the circumstances in which Palestinians are arrested and making up false testimony about stone throwing and other violence.

Israel’s descent continues.

12 comments ↪
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  • Mike Jericho

    And Palestinians are doing a bang up job of respecting the ceasefire.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    You people really don't get it.Keep on repeating the same lie and people start to see through it. Israelis and Jews don't need to prove their worth for a state (despite running an illegal and immoral occupation) but Palestinians must prove their worth and niceness until Western interests are satisfied they deserve a state of their own….?Sigh…

  • Mike Jericho

    No Antony, they merely need stop sending young people into Israel illegally to blow themselves up.May I ask what Sharon has done in reprisal? It would seem… nothing. It's what's more uncommonly known as a "respecting a ceasefire".

  • evan jones

    As the tree that falls in the forest is not heard, so the subjection of a people by a tyrannous regime on grounds of racial purity is a non-fact.http://stopthewall.org/communityvoices/919.shtml

  • Antony Loewenstein

    If anybody truly thinks that Sharon and his ilk have any interest in peace, they're are deluded as Bush. But then, Israelis are never at fault are they? An oasis of civility in the Middle East..

  • Rich Bowden

    Without claiming to be an expert on this, it seems to me the real tragedy is that, while both ordinary Israelis & Palestinians obviously want only one thing – peace and security,the politics of the conflict seems to be manipulated to prevent this from happening.Thanks for the info Antony – looking forward to the publication of your book on this subject!!

  • Comical_Ali

    absolutley spot on Antony – you see it was Sharon who walked out of Camp David and launched suicide bombings and all out terror as an alterantive to negotiating. And it is under his leadership that Israeli schools and media propogate 24/7 racist inctiment – brainwashing their own citizens… especially young children – who are taught genocidal hate and racism and are indoctrinated into becoming suicide bombers.And we can always go back in time to 1948, when the Israelis rejected the two state solution via a UN resolution and launched a war of all out genocide to throw all palestinians into the sea.Of course we can argue that Jews turn to racism, terrorism, genocide and suicide bombings out "hoplessness and despair" — after all it was all that gas from the gas chambers that made them do it. And yes, Antony its the Arabs who are blameless – to believe otherwise is delusional.

  • Comical_Ali

    On the grounds of racial purity? Evan Jones you are spot on about the genocidal aims and ambiitons of the Palestinian Authority and terrorist groups.

  • Comical_Ali

    You know its really quite startling that people who purport to fight against "racism", "injustice" and "inhumanity" and use subsequent Orwellian newspeak to call anyone or anything that they merley disagree with – "racist" or "facist…" fall silent at the genocidal aims and the racism and downright facism that comes out of the Arab world and the Palestinian Authority in particular.Any comment or condemnation on the Nazi like Geobellesque propaganda coming out Palestinian Authority Television and schools? the indoctination of Palestinian children? We dont even need to go to the Arab world – how about Muslim book stores in Australian cities? any comments? Did someone just crow about racial purity or previously bark about "racism" "intolerance" and "backlashes" on this blog?

  • evan jones

    Germans and most of the rest of the world claimed not to know about the Nazi aryanisation of Germany and Eastern Europe.Many of the Jewish diaspora (with vocal exceptions who are excoriated for their honesty) not only know about the Judaisation of Palestine but actively support it.There doesn't appear to be an adequate vocabulary in the English language to accurately describe the shameless and contemptible hubris of this posture.

  • Comical_Ali

    Im having a little trouble understanding you're pseudo-intellectual clap trap. In fact, I think you're having a little trouble undertsanding yourself.translation: are you suggesting that Israel is a modern day Nazi Germany…no actually worse? And does Lowenstein share this view? The evidence to support what you are saying is certainly in abundance — just look at what Jewish bookstores sell in Brunswick/Lakemba…er..sorry Caulfied. Look at that the Rabbis of Melbourne and Sydney preach. They certainly do belive in their own superiority dont they?The irony of you're suggestion is not lost when Mein Kampf and the protocols of the Elders of Zion are number one best sellers in the Arab world and a regular theme on Palestinian TV is "kill the Jews and infidels wherever you find them". or the fact that the Arab world was allied to Nazi Germany and the founder and father of the Plaesitnian National movement was a Nazi war criminal who spent the war years in Nazi Germany, was a regular VIP visitor at Auschwitz and incited his close friends Hitler, Himmler and Eichmann to murder and gas more Jews.keep ignoring the blatant bigotry and genocidal racism of the Arab world and divert the topic to "Israelis/jews are Nazis" etc. For left-wingers who purport to be on the side of "justice" and "human rights" that certainly helps you're cause and makes you look geniune.