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 rule of law

The NSW Supreme Court has allowed freed Guantanamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib to pursue defamation proceedings against Murdoch’s News Limited. One 2002 cartoon in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph read, “The amazing journey of a suburban terrorist.” In case the conservative echo-chamber forgets, Habib was released without charge in January.

The other detained Australian prisoner, David Hicks, remains at Guantanamo Bay. Gerard Henderson – clearly incapable of understanding the difference between defending the man and his alleged actions and his foul treatment at the hands of the Australian and American governments – today wonders why so many people express outrage over his treatment.

Let me give you a clue, Gerard. I’ve read much of the public accusations against Hicks, and he appears to be an anti-Semitic and troubled man. This attitude doesn’t somehow preclude him from standing trial in a proper court of law. “All societies, Western and non-Western alike, should take gun-toting revolutionaries at their word”, Gerard writes. If a person’s personal letters were the sole determining factor of guilt, then many people would be locked up.

9 comments ↪
  • Iqbal Khaldun

    Yeah good on ya Gerry! Should we therefore lock up Joe Gutnick for funding ultra orthodox settlers in the Occupied Territories (whose treatment of and contempt for the local population is well documented)? What about expatriate Tamils and Indian Hindus who donate to the Tigers and Bajarang Dal respectively? Those organizations have been known for cold, calculated acts of violence responsible for numerous deaths.Of course not. Centuries of jurisprudence has offered many significant insights into just and effective ways to deal with criminals. One of the most important of these is the principle of due process of the law. Another is habeus corpus. Even if you captured Lucifer himself you’d have to charge him with crimes, bring him before a court of competent jurisdiction, and follow the due process of the law.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Indeed, yes and watch them line up to deal with the "war on terror' or whatever it's called this week…It's amazing how many of the usual suspects are so quick to abandon the rule of law, give almost unlimited power to govt and therefore expose their undemocratic soul…

  • Andjam

    Hicks doesn't just talk the talk, he runs the run (oops that's Habib and his son) walks the walk.

  • Iqbal Khaldun

    Oh so did you train with him eh?

  • Shabadoo

    Ah, now we know why Ant's so keen on a fair go for Hicks — he's 'an anti-Semitic and troubled man.' Birds of a feather, indeed!Put Hicks on trial for treason and providing aid and comfort to the enemy in a time of war. Let's shine some sunlight on his psycho-Islamic babble for all to see.

  • weezil

    Try Hicks? Sure. In Australia.

  • leftvegdrunk

    Shab, a couple of questions about this issue.If it is so obvious that Hicks is guilty – and Bush and Howard know how to get their way regardless of public opinion or international criticism – why hasn't he been convicted? Why doesn't Ruddock know what crime Hicks will be charged with should he return to Australia?Why was Habib released and returned to Australia? Why has he still not been charged with any crime? Is the government symapthising with treasonists?Does the right believe in extra-judicial sentencing? Do you agree with other rightist bloggers/commenters that Hicks should be executed?Perhaps you can pop the answers to these questions in your blog.

  • Shabadoo

    Mate, I don't know why they released Habib, I sure as hell wouldn't have, but that's what I'm saying – let's bring him here and try him. Let's shine a light on this loser-tic and see who and what the left – who will surely call for him to be released 'time served' the moment he steps off the plane – has been so supportive of. It'll be a blast! (Whoops, bad choice of phrase…)

  • Andjam

    Oh so did you train with him eh?Not knowingly.Though I'm vaguely tempted to invite him or his son to do winter biathlon with me.