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.

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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.

The real war on terror

Juan Cole explains the origins of Islamic fundamentalism. Let’s not forget, he says, that the Reagan administration funded numerous terrorist organisations – “freedom fighters” in his deluded mindset – and helped sustain a global network of US-supported fanatics. Christian fundamentalists loved the Mujahideen as alleged fighters against Soviet communism.

Reaganites loved the concept of creating a new world order led by US-backed militias in various corners of the world. The Saudi government was central in this thinking, working closely with the Americans to facilitate weapons training for the once anti-Soviet Islamic forces. Unfortunately, most of these individuals and groups are now the very same people fighting America in Iraq, Afghanistan et al.

Nobody says it better than Cole:

“The American Right, having created the Mujahideen and having mightily contributed to the creation of al-Qaeda, abruptly announced that there was something deeply wrong with Islam, that it kept producing terrorists.”

6 comments ↪
  • Shabadoo

    Old Prof Cole was a misquoting old soul…Seriously, though, there is more silliness and racism packed in this post than anything I've seen here in a while. Ant, you're going to have to do better if you want to try and figure out the roots of al Qaeda, which were sown about 1,300 years ago during and after the Flight to Medina. That's what gives people like the wonderfully-named Hasan Butt their inspiration: Taseer: Who do you have allegiance to?Butt: My allegiance is to Allah, his Shari’a, his way of life. Whatever he dictates as good is good, whatever as bad is bad.Butt: I don't see it happening in my lifetime. 1,400 years ago you had a small city-state in Medina, and within ten years of the Prophet (peace be upon him), Islam had spread to Egypt and all the way into Persia. I don't see why the rest of the world, the White House, 10 Downing Street, shouldn't come under the banner of Islam. And this is what we believe: we are going to set the foundation for Islam bringing true peace, true security to the world.Taseer: Will there be a lot of killing?Butt: I can't see it not happening. Even what I say is very naïve. I can see Islam bringing peace to humanity for a short period, but man being what he is, being very rebellious and arrogant, he will naturally cause rebellion.Are you going to find some early American Republicans were hanging out in Medina, pumping up Mohammed's troops across the sand while at the same time promoting racism and intolerance at home? Get real, mate. Not every evil thing a non-Westerner does can be traced back to the West — these people have their own motive forces, you know.

  • weezil

    The Americans' enemy's enemy needs more guns, apparently. Shabadoo, you of course have much greater credibility than Juan Cole. heh..hah..*guffaw*-weez

  • Shabadoo

    And that as a response to my criticism how exactly? Way to engage the argument.Juan Cole is an idiot with a big pulpit who has defended payments to suicide bombers' families by the Saudis and Saddam; pushed an anti-Semitic divestment campaign and has an obsession with Jewish/Likud 'cabals' that control American politics that borders on Protocols-level; routinely misquotes and distorts facts to support his worldview; regularly defends Hezbollah; and is little more than a conspiracy theorist with a PhD.So no, I don't think he has a helluva lot of credibiltiy.Me, I'm just trying to engage with people who seem to find facts confronting.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    History confronts people, clearly.To not understand how the US essentially built the Islamist movement we have today is not just ignorant, it's delusional.But hey, let's not look too closely at ourselves. Much more fun to say they're all CRAZY!

  • Shabadoo

    History? You want history? From the very beginning Islam was violent and expansionist and sought to impose a dark ages Arabian lifestyle on the world. Did America back up the House of Saud? Sure. Was that a bad idea in retrospect? No question. But let's not act like everything was all sweetness and light before the big bad 'Mericans came around.

  • leftvegdrunk

    Shab, calling Cole an idiot is not an argument. Have a read of this:http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/