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.

Some moderate

Former US Ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk – described by many as a “moderate” and compared to Genghis Khan, they’re probably right – appeared on last night’s ABC Lateline.

An Australian who has worked for Washington’s most insidious pro-Israel think-tank, AIPAC, Indyk proved once again why he is the voice of the establishment with little or no thought for Iraqis or Palestinians. Interviewer Maxine McKew – does she get paid to be so innocuous? – dared not ask him anything too confronting.

Israel was “possibly” nuclear, Indyk said. Sorry? Perhaps he was trying to continue the Jewish state’s deliberate policy of nuclear ambiguity, but the facts are very clear. Israel is armed and very dangerous.

He talked about the rising US casualties in Iraq and didn’t once discuss the far greater Iraqi deaths. American prestige is all that matters, no matter the human cost.

He described Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza as a gift to the Palestinians. “They will be able to breathe more easily, move more easily. The Israeli army will be out of their lives”, he said. Nonsense. Israel will continue to control the air, sea and land borders as well as water and gas reserves. Besides, Israel reserves the right to re-enter Gaza whenever it wants, under the guise of finding “terrorists.” “Gaza will be free of Israelis and liberated, as it were, for the first time”, he continued.

Indyk is the kind of individual the media sees as a Washington insider. He works for the conservative Brookings Institute, home to the infamous Kenneth Pollack. Pollack, it should be remembered, was a leading supporter of the Iraq invasion – his predictions of WMD and “liberation” have been hopelessly mistaken – and he is now looking towards Tehran. Indyk is in esteemed company.

Finally, McKew’s introduction showed the ABC’s increasing deference to US power. “The dream of President George W. Bush of a re-making of the region is still very much in the balance”, she said. The only people who don’t know the answer to that question these days are the Blair, Bush and Howard regimes and a handful of clueless journalists.

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  • Human

    Peace to you. Something to lighten your heart. China utalking to me? u talking to me? I don't see any other warmongerPosted by Human on Jun 4, 2005 10:25am So Rummy seems to say ala Deniro in Taxi Driver – SINGAPORE Jun 4, 2005 — China's military buildup, particularly its positioning of hundreds of missiles facing Taiwan, is a threat to Asian security, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Saturday.Rumsfeld rebuked China at a regional security conference here, saying it was pouring huge resources into its military and buying large amounts of sophisticated weapons despite facing no threat from any other country…."Honey I think this driver is lost""Why you say that sweetie?""Aunt Tess said it would be a 15min. ride her place.""Oh yeah, maybe we should say something?""I don't know, I wouldn't want to upset him, remember how he almost hit and then yelled at that old Chinese woman crossing the road?""Yeah that seemed pretty crazy.""Oh my God! Look at the freaking meter.""No way can we afford that." "Who has that kind of money?""Maybe we could put it on credit.""What and pay for it with Juniors college fund? We are relying on him to pay for our retirement so we don't have to stay at That Halliburton Senior Complex.""Yeah, maybe we should run for it?""I don't know the neighborhood seems kinda rough.""Let’s do it!""OH MY GOD HE'S LOCKED US IN! LET US OUT! LET US OUT!"With his hands remaining on the steering wheel, the drivers head turns a full 180 revealing a skull with a Cheshire grin. "AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH"!!!!!!!! Jack and Jill scream.The taxi quickly picked up speed. The last thing Jack and Jill see as the taxi hurtled forward was the looming Chin Chang Bang Fireworks factory. 2 days later at a White House Press Conference – President Bush- Good morning ladies and Gentlemen.2 days ago we and our al lies were struck by the enemies of freedom. By the dilegent efforts of our hard working people at CCIA(Corporate Central Intell. Agency) we have incontravertbrae evidunce that the Terrorist Group Muerte por Facsistas was involved. This group has ties to the UnAmerikkkan Venicewayla Government of President Chavez. Questions?Sir- How can we believe the intell. When there have been so many intell failures in the past.Pres. Bush – 1st the good people at CCIA work hard. Its hard work whatever they do. 2nd The British have said so. We very much appreciate our Al-lies.Sir – What info do the British have?Pres. Bush – 1) Our Al-lies work hard. Very hard. We like what they do. We can not put our ass err assets at risk. Well I’m told to err arthorized to tell you that the info comes from Niger based intell. I can't name names because I have none. However the highly valuable source we call Yellow Cake. It’s a slam dunk. In the back- Hey Jeff glad to see you-here Jeff – Glorious Leader what do you say to the people who are so blind as to doubt your veracity?Pres.- Well Jeff, Although I did not play Veracity I did my part bringing school spirit and I did letter. It was hard work. I worked hard. Its not easy lifting them girls in the air. Also when cheering one time our team was on the field of battle and I almost got run over when our quarterback was knocked so hard out of bounds he crashed into me. I buy the grace of God escaped injury. I tried to help him up, but the girls beat me to it. I think he was pretty injured though. The trainers bagged him in ice and sent him home. Thanks for coming everybody.A week later Airborne Troops from Ft. Braggort in the Federal District of Georgia sporting Chinese made Berets Dropped on the shores of Lake Maricaibo to secure the Oil terminals for the oppressed Venezuelan people.When Aunt Tess woke up days after the blast she found herself being unloaded on a conveyor belt into the #3 Soylent Green Medical Center.And junior? Well that’s another Chapter.BTW – If you did not know Soylent Green is a futuristic movie dealing with the overpopulation of earth. Fascism has taken over and Soylent Green, well I can't ruin it for you, if you have not seen it.It stars Charles Heston. Also "Jeff" is a referance to Jeff Gannon/Guckert a Fascist plant put on the White House Press Corps. He was exposed as a online male prostitute. Good blog you got here. I'll visit again or drop by for a cup of java at the Last Chance Cafe. your fellow Human

  • Antony Loewenstein

    "Human", thanks for your comment.I've seen Soylent Green. It's not a pretty picture…

  • Andjam

    Wish to quote the bit that makes it "very clear" that Israel has nukes, rather than a nuclear program?

  • leftvegdrunk

    Andjam, you're right. Israel says it has no nukes, so it doesn't. The research of experts in the field should be dismissed, especially that of those within the US intelligence community who have been saying for decades that Israel is armed with nuclear weapons.

  • Andjam

    Thanks for the quotes, DBO.especially that of those within the US intelligence communityI know you meant this as satire, but if so, you have greater faith in the US intelligence community than I do.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    We aren't seriously doubting Israel's nuclear capability? It's predicted at between 100 and 400 warheads.

  • leftvegdrunk

    andjam, did you believe in WMDs in Iraq?

  • Andjam

    We aren't seriously doubting Israel's nuclear capability? It's predicted at between 100 and 400 warheads.I am seriously doubting that Israel currently has nuclear weapons. Israel probably has the raw materials to make a nuclear weapon, but then again, I have the raw materials (paper and pen) to create a literary masterpiece and I have not done so.andjam, did you believe in WMDs in Iraq?I didn't think "the facts are very clear" at the time of the invasion, though I thought it more likely than not.What surprised me most about not finding any WMDs in Iraq was not so much Saddam disarming, but that there weren't any stray WMDs that the regime forgot about – the equivalent of stuff lying behind the couch. I wonder at times if Bush has followed Steyn's advice of "If I were Washington, I'd consider burying anything I found."

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Israel has nuclear weapons. To even have to discuss this proves that old adage: you have to repeat the same truths over and over again until people cotton on….

  • Andjam

    you have to repeat … over and over again until people cotton onAre you planning on repeating it a thousand times, Ant?

  • Andjam

    Basically, what makes you so gosh darn sure that Israel has nukes?