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.

Be very alarmed

Attorney General Philip Ruddock continues his irresponsible comments and says that Australians should be nervous about a terrorist attack on home soil. With a recent report stating that there are around 60 suspected Islamic extremists in Australia, Ruddock gives no indication of what his government is doing to stop these supposed extremists.

Creating fear is so easy in the current environment. And the Howard government are masters at the game. They take no responsibility for their own foreign adventures, argue that deployments in Timor, Iraq or Afghanistan have played no part whatsoever in the increased risk and publicly talk tough against “terrorists”. So why is Australia so hated? Who are these people? Merely ideologues determined to see the end of our liberal way of life? Hardly, but labelling a group or individual as irrational and mad is so much easier than examining one’s own actions.

7 comments ↪
  • Andjam

    I'm glad to see you putting East Timor in the same column as Afghanistan and Iraq, unlike before.Bin Laden and co attacks countries that did and didn't support war with Iraq, Afghanistan and peace-keeping with East Timor.If they are rational and sane, name five countries they will not attack.

  • Shabadoo

    Pot, meet kettle. Kettle, pot. Sheesh, Ant, you're such a hypocrite…you and all your lefty pals do nothing but run around like little girls shrieking "OOOOH! WE UPSET THE MUSLIMS BY TAKING OUT SADDAM HUSSEIN! EEEEK EEEEK EEEEK! THEY GONNA BLOW UPS UP NOW BUT GOOD! BETTER DO WHAT THEY SAY! DOWN WITH AMERICA! UP WITH SHARIA!". That, my self-loathing pal, is stirring up fear, especially with all your loyal mates in lefty newsrooms.

  • evan jones

    Shabadoo should go back to school.The US has been steadily undermining secular regimes and movements in Arab and Muslim countries (Afganistan being a recent exemplar) while propping up the granddaddy of reactionary Islam – Saudi Arabia. It's your mates, Shab, that have nurtured the people and beliefs that you now find dangerous.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Thank you, Evan, for talking sense.But, you see, for people like Shabadoo logic means nothing. It's all about today and the now. History has no meaning. Besides, supporting the US, no matter what, is a default position.No imagination, sadly…

  • weezil

    Real hypocrites are so buried in their foolish ways of thought that they can't imagine the angelic anglo-Crosstians could POSSIBLY bear any fault in the current state of affairs. 'The mussies just HATE us! They're JEALOUS of OUR FREEDOM and our way of life!' Yeah, that makes some sense… but only if you believe that if you do not intend to offend, it is thus impossible to offend. Of course, all the lefties are wrong! Why? CLEARLY, BECAUSE THEY'RE LEFTIES!Mmm… yeah, okay.Oh, and by the way, don't miss the Australian incarnation of the American 'MoveOn' group. See <a href="http://www.getup.org.auhttp://www.getup.org.au<br />-weez

  • Rich Bowden

    Howard's great skill (assisted by a compliant media) has been to manipulate the facts surrounding issues and, as Antony states,creating fear and division.Nowhere is this more relevant than East Timor where he, and his servile ministers, have constantly mentioned the intervention into the country as one of the Howard Government's great foreign policy achievements. However, according to the book "Reluctant Saviour" (Clinton Fernandes) the truth is that a combination of Australian public and eventual US Government pressure forced him to overturn his (and Australia's) long-standing sycophantic policy towards the Indonesians and their genocidal policy towards the Timorese.Rather than be shown as having to be dragged "kicking and screaming" into the Timor intervention, the media has allowed Howard to skilfully portray himself as a type of regional hero and liberator.The Government avoided intervening in East Timor until forced to act ignoring overwhelming evidence of Indonesian-supported attacks yet was embarrasing in its jubilant support of the Iraq invasion.Why the difference?

  • Andjam

    The US has been steadily undermining secular regimes and movements in Arab and Muslim countries (Afganistan being a recent exemplar)You regard the Taliban as a secular regime? Remind me not to ask what you regard as Islamist.But, you see, for people like Shabadoo logic means nothing.If you're so big on logic, why haven't you tried your hand at predicting five countries that won't be attacked by Al-Qaeda?Nowhere is this more relevant than East Timor where he, and his servile ministers, have constantly mentioned the intervention into the country as one of the Howard Government's great foreign policy achievements.The logic-based community might wonder about the coherency of complaining that intervening in East Timor increased the risk of terrorism and also complaining about the reluctance of Howard intervening in East Timor.