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 mother of all smokescreens

My latest New Matilda column is published today. I’ll be appearing every three weeks in the online magazine.

The article discusses Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza and how the world’s media is missing the true story behind the trauma:

“The withdrawal from Gaza is the mother of all smokescreens and masks a blatant attempt by Israel to create irreversible facts on the ground – more settlements and the security fence surrounding Jerusalem all make an independent Palestinian state virtually impossible. Former Israeli Education Minister, Shulamit Aloni, recently called Sharon a ‘megalomaniac’ who should face justice on war crimes. ‘He doesn’t mind sacrificing the lives of others, as happened in the invasion of Lebanon,’ she said. ‘Sharon and the Israeli leadership always try to make Israelis believe the lie that the Palestinians want to throw us to the sea.’ It is a lie perpetuated by pro-Israeli supporters around the world, including the Howard Government.”

All my New Matilda work can be found here.

6 comments ↪
  • Andjam

    A three-layer barrier of fence and walls on the border with Gaza is nearly completed, and will effectively confirm Palestinian fears that they will be living inside a giant prison.Will the wall be running along the Gaza-Egypt border?Sharon intends to reinvade Gaza on whatever possible pretext comes his wayDid he evacuate the settlers in order to reinvade it?al-Jazeera.netDoes that URL work?Territorial continuity of a Palestinian state will be impossible under these latest changes.Neither did the UN's plan for Israel give it territorial continuity.greedilyWhy hint at racial stereotypes when you can say them outright?It found that Israel led the West in rates of child poverty, and that 1.534 million people lived below the poverty line. In a population of around six million this is a startling figure, and yet it seemed to escape the attention of the world's media.Israel's high child birth rates and immigration from non-Western countries should be taken into account. With regards to the poverty line, is the line set at different levels by different countries? If so, how meaningful are comparisons?It is a lie perpetuated by pro-Israeli supporters around the world, including the Howard Government. Do you have any hyperlinks about Howard et al talking about genocide rather than war?Throughout this entire 'disengagement' period, it's as though our mainstream media has been led by the Israeli Government's propaganda unit.Those fundamentalist zionists!The Gaza withdrawal is but a sideshow.Yeah, why go for stepping stones? Call for the whole withdrawal from Gaza and the West Bank at once. Best of luck in getting that accomplished!was cutting Jerusalem in halfOh no, if only it followed pre-1967 borders! Wait a moment, pre-1967 borders cut through it.the neo-conservatives … the inner cabinet of Ariel SharonWhat does the term "neo-conservative" mean to you?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Life's too short to answer your both sensible and odd questions.Read my book. Coming soon to a bookshop near you.

  • Shabadoo

    Israel constantly tells the world that there is 'no partner for peace', when in reality the Palestinian leadership, though fractured, is more than ready to negotiate a two-state solution. Seems like a pretty bold assertion in the face of Hamas, et al; care to elaborate on whom these parters might be?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    The PA has been willing to negotiate a settlement for years and Hamas is becoming a major political force. Broad agreement could be reached, but of course, Israel doesn't want this.As usual, as in Iraq, does the West/US want true democracy – ie. Hamas rising and Iranian influenced Iraqi leaders – or simply a US friendly, pro-Israeli agenda?Watch the cards start to fall…

  • leftvegdrunk

    Likewise, Shab, depicting the Israelis as a whole as seeking only peace is in stark contrast to the reality of the far-right tendencies of the settler movement and others.So the point – that we agree on – is that neither side is monolithic in its ideology.

  • Andjam

    Read my book. Coming soon to a bookshop near you.You'll make a fine capitalist yet!As usual, as in Iraq, does the West/US want true democracy – ie. Hamas rising and Iranian influenced Iraqi leaders – or simply a US friendly, pro-Israeli agenda?Watch the cards start to fall…I'd say that the lack of democracy and rule of law in the West Bank and Gaza played a role in the rise of Hamas.As for whether Islamists taking Communists' place in the West Bank and Gaza, I'd suspect those most upset will be communist lovers – most other people will regard both as equally bad.