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.

Reaping what they sow

So a Jewish extremist has killed four Palestinians in an event likely to inflame tension in the region. Let it be understood that there are now thousands of Jewish fundamentalists determined to disrupt the upcoming “disengagement” by whatever means. Another massacre – on the scale of the 1994 event perpetrated by Baruch Goldstein in Hebron killing 29 Palestinians – is brewing and almost inevitable.

The Israeli government and its various world supporters have consistently refused to subdue or control Jews who openly advocate Palestinian ethnic cleansing, murder and mayhem. Why? Jews shouldn’t have to manage Jews, so the thinking went. The results are plain to see.

In related news:

“A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted two former officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on charges they received classified national defense information from a Pentagon analyst, court documents show.”

The “special relationship” between America and Israel is unlikely to change significantly in the coming years, but cracks are starting to appear. When an increasing number of Americans wonder aloud whether the tens of billions already given to Israel are worth the hassle, I suspect I know the answer.

Israel is on notice.

9 comments ↪
  • Comical_Ali

    "The Israeli government and its various world supporters have consistently refused to subdue or control Jews who openly advocate Palestinian ethnic cleansing, murder and mayhem. Why?"Antony before you ask "why", are you able to contrast what is broadcast on mainstream state funded Arabic and Palestinian TV and written in Palestinian Authority to what is broadcast and written in the Israeli media? That should in some way answer your question and prove that what you saying is a complete fallacy and distortion of the reality.So let me turn the question around a little – The Palestinian Authority its various world supporters have consistently refused to subdue or control Muslims who openly advocate Jewish ethnic cleansing, murder and mayhem. Why Antony?Given what Israelis have had to go through, the response by Israelis taking the law into their own hands is suprisingly moderate and rare — and on average happens once every 12 years (Goldstien was the last ine). And the usual suspects who call for "understanding of the root causes of Arab terror and murder" like yourself, should undertsand this.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Ah, incitement from the Palestinian and Arab side. Yep, all Arabs want to kill Jews, I forgot.I'm well aware of this material and have often condemned extremism and lack of freedoms in the Arab media on this blog.Jewish extremism, frequently ignored in the Israeli mainstream and tacitly supported by many, including the Sharon govt, has been causing chaos for years, in the territories, destroying Arab crops, infrastructure and injuring many, many Palestinians on their own land.But I suppose they're only Arabs, so you don't really care about that…

  • Comical_Ali

    "I'm well aware of this material and have often condemned extremism and lack of freedoms in the Arab media on this blog."When? Where?I'm not saying that all "Arabs want to kill Jews". All I'm asking is for you to compare the mainstream Palestinian media (which is an arm of the Palesitnian Authority) to the mainstream Israeli media. In that way, one can get a much clearer picture of what is going on. Simple.Jewish extremism frequently ignored by Israeli mainstream? The recent attack is making headlines in Israel. And an alleged attempted lynching of a Palestinian was only brought to light and made known by the Israeli media — once again making headlines in Israel. The fourth estate in Israel hates the Israeli rightwing and settler movement and go out of their way to blacken their name.Jewish extremism…destroying Arab crops and infrastructure… Yes, these Jews are evil. If only Arab terrorists resorted to just destroying crops and infrastructure…if only their attacks on Israeli civilians were as frequent and occur on avarge once every twelve yers.

  • Levi9909

    But Ali, Israel is a segregationist state based on colonial settlement and ethnic cleansing. Do you really think that Israel could have existed without terrorism? Sharon himself has been indicted for war crimes by Belgium though the charges were dropped because he's a Prime Minister. He was also found to be "culpable" over the massacres at Shatila and Sabra. You seem to think that delivering bombs by air and by tank is somehow morally superior to delivering them by hand and sticking aroung while they go off.I suggest that you go read Moshe Machover's essay on suicide bombing here – <a href="http://www.kibush.co.il/show_file.asp?num=924http://www.kibush.co.il/show_file.asp?num=924<br />You'll like Machover, he's Israeli.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Thanks Levi, just added JSF to my blogroll.Keep up the good work.

  • Levi9909

    Me too, if you see what I mean.Mark

  • Comical_Ali

    if israel is a segregationist state – why do Arabs have citizenship, vote and participate in elections. why is it the only country in the ME which gives all of its minorities religious freedom and a right to vote? why did a large number of Arabs in East Jerusalem and the Golan heights rush to apply for Israeli citizenship after facing with the prospect of being re-occuppied by the Palestinian Authority and Syria respectivley? Why has the Arab christian population in Bethleham decreased from 90 percent to under 3 per cent after the PA took it from the Israelis?And if it conducts ehtnic cleansing – why is the Palestinian population in the territories have the largest population growth in the entire Middle east. That must be some ethnic cleansing.Back up empty rhetoric with facts.Sharon was already and tried and cleared by a leftist Israeli commission for war crimes. Belgium should be busy prosecuting its own over Congo.As for bombs and tanks..where are the tibetian suicide bombers? According to your logic – Jews reserve the right to murder innocent Germans.

  • Comical_Ali

    considering what the germans did to the Jews of course…which doesnt even compare to what is happening under so called "Israeli occupation".

  • Oscar

    "Comical"_Ali,Ethnic cleansing happened in 1948, when 800000 Palestinians were driven out, in 1967, when 300000 were driven out, and it still happens. Have you ever heard the figure for the number of Palestinian refugees? It's four million. THAT's some ethnic cleansing.Then again, someone who puts "Israeli occupation" in quotation marks, as if it just doesn't exist, is not worth talking to.