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.

The day after

The following ad from Israeli peace group Gush Shalom is published in today’s Haaretz:

The day after the “disengagement”, we must concentrate on “mending the rift within our people” and “solving the social problem” – this is the theme of a brain-washing campaign that has already started.

But, of course, this is nonsense.

After the Gaza withdrawal, we must concentrate, at once, on the main national task: achieving peace with the Palestinian people and the entire Arab world.

Because, when there is no peace, there will be war: a third intifada that will kill even more people on both sides than the second one.

Such a war will make the “social problem” even more dangerous and will widen the “rift within our people” even more.

– It will devour the resources that are needed for “solving the social problem”.

– It will prevent a “mending of the rift”, because peace will necessitate the evacuation of the West Bank settlements – the very same settlements that the Sharon government, with the participation of the Labor Party, are enlarging now at a frantic pace.

The struggle for peace will be hard.

It will be a confrontation between the State of Israel and the State of the Settlers.

It will be a confrontation between the democratic Israel and a nationalist-messianic Israel.

It will be a struggle for our future.

UPDATE: Avraham Burg is an Israeli and a former politician from a religious background. His latest article is explosive:

“And the Jewish religion – it is enduring so much abuse. So much superciliousness and racism underpin the words, ‘A Jew does not expel a Jew.’ The belief in the superiority of the genes, the lordship of the nation of lords in the name of God. But a Jew who murders a Jewish prime minister – yes? Because a Jew is only a human being, with weaknesses and with powers. Nothing is innate, nothing is automatic, and even God’s choice of the Jewish people is not guaranteed without a moral commitment and without constant labor toward self-improvement and more humane behaviour. All of this has been shunted aside in favour of the unholy trinity of recent years: racist Judaism resting on violent settlement and protected by a distorted security conception.”

3 comments ↪
  • Gerry

    Does anyone really believe that Withdrawal from Gaza will appease the Palestinians? Does Israel really think they can keep their settlements and the IDF in the West Bank without losing what little is left of their badly tarnishedinternational reputation? Do they actually care or are too arrogant to do so? You must understand them much better than I, Antony, what's your take on this?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Gaza "withdrawal" is the mother of all smokescreens. Gaza will essentially be one large prison, surrounded on sea, land and air and Israel reserves the right to enter at any time to root out "terrorists."Israel dearly hopes that the all too apparent trauma at pulling out roughly 9000 settlers from Gaza will show the world that they couldn't possibly pull out of the West Bank.Of course, settlement expansion in the WB and East Jerusalem is nearly walled in, so the chances for peace are zero. Israel also hopes that world opinion will stay on its side, but sadly, it is wrong. The civilised world should never have accepted an elongated and brutal occupation and nor will be they in the future. They are arrogant because they have the US, financially and politically. BUT, there is a small, but growing, movement in the US that is making more people aware of the huge cost of supporting Israel so blindly. Give it time…

  • Iqbal Khaldun

    It takes a moment of clarity to tear down decades of insanity. I think you're right. The present artifical development of the state of Israel is simply unsustainable. This is also worth a read: http://www.killingtrain.com/archives/000443.html.