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.

Two birds with one stone

Don Myles contributes to Murdoch columnist Andrew Bolt’s online forum:

“Multiculturalism is a cancerous and destructive policy that has never worked in any country and never will. We already see enclaves of ethnic groups that will never assimilate and are already giving rise to “tribal gangs”. Of all religions, Islam is the most satanic and destructive and it’s history shows it. Muhammet was a butcher, not a prophet.”

Bolt calls the comments “rather strong.”

Of course, if was back in mid July that Bolt himself confidently pronounced: “It’s time we accepted the difficult truth: many of the Muslims we invite to live in Australia want to destroy us.”

“Many Muslims”, he says. How many exactly? 20? 100? The Muslim population of Australia is around 300,000. Surely “many” means more than half. No doubt Bolt interviewed many Muslims before the writing of his column.

14 comments ↪
  • Shabadoo

    In one recent poll of British Muslims, about 1/3rd of respondents offered basically the Chris Rock defence of the 7/7 bombers: "I ain't saying what they done was right. What I'm saying is, I understand."If those numbers are remotely similar here, you could be talking about 100,000 people with enough hostility to this country that they would tacitly accept it's bring-down by force, and perhaps the imposition of some sort of sharia-type law (which would liberate us all from such terrible things as coed beaches, the Australian wine industry, and polio vaccines). I'm not sure your customary glibness is called for here, Ant.

  • Shabadoo

    p.s. Why not quote Bolt's entire response: Satanic? Rather strong, Don. I suspect we'd be better off giving reformers in Islam support in defanging their faith.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    100,000 Muslims might want to bring down Oz? Right, let's deport them right now.We only want nice Christians (oh, some Jews, if we have too).Shab, want to do the selection process?

  • leftvegdrunk

    Bolt should read "The Hijacked Caravan".

  • Iqbal Khaldun

    A standard refrain from people whose only purpose is to avoid serious analysis, lest we actually solve the ills of the world, is to curse a segment of the population which poses an easy target. The Muslims of the 21st Century are the easiest target in this respect. But we are not alone, and it is important to remember that. In many regional parts of Australia, the main enemy is seen to be little Aboriginal kids stealing clothes off clothing lines. Hence harsh mandatory sentencing laws. What if we interviewed Messianic Christians, or asked Ariel Sharon what he really thought about Palestinians? What about the Vietnamese, and the lack of regard for their own worth according to a leading American war criminal like General Westmoreland? If our aim is solely to rank the world's peoples into a list of least to most hate-ridden, we'd be handing out gold medals to everyone. Scratch the surface, and you soon discover that every hate-filled ideology is inspired by ignorance and fear, orchestrated by those who believe they can enjoy some benefit from making those who will listen to them act on this ignorance and fear, and seek to extirpate a convenient other.

  • Andjam

    Aren't you gonna disengage yourself to England, Ant?

  • evan jones

    These exchanges presume that suburban gauleiters like 'shabadoo' and 'Mike Jericho' dwell in the world of the rational.Rather we have the invasion of the body snatchers. The usual rules of logic and evidence don't apply.A threat of sharia law in Palestine? Hello. As for the exodus of Jewish communities in predominantly Arab countries, check the story of Iraqi Jews, an integrated community neatly dismantled by maddog Zionists anxious to effect numbers in the UnHoly land asap. And other Sephardic Jewish communities trucked in as cannon fodder, just to further establish facts on the ground. Add the Russian mafia and the converted Peruvian jews, and Jeez, it's almost a model of multiculturalism!Beneath it all, we have an active Zionist lobby in Australia ardently in defence of a rogue state whose raison d'etre is ethnic cleansing in the vain hope of an ethnically pure state.An endless propaganda machine tirelessly devoted to the innate inferiority of the Arab and Muslim world. Race hatred par excellence.So Shab, why don't you get a life. Move out of home, and read something other than the propaganda tracts that have been your bread and butter.

  • HackWatch2004

    And don't they just love bolt over on Stormfront.From now on i will attach the phrase "endorsed by neo nazis" whenever I mention bolt.

  • evan jones

    Don Myles claims:'We already see enclaves of ethnic groups that will never assimilate and are already giving rise to "tribal gangs".'Is Myles referring to the enclave stretching from St Kilda to Caulfield?

  • Shabadoo

    Hey Hackwatch — and they love David Hicks over at the racist neo-nazi Adelaide Institute — so what's your point?

  • Andjam

    And don't they just love bolt over on Stormfront. From now on i will attach the phrase "endorsed by neo nazis" whenever I mention bolt. They don't all like him. (Found with <a HREF="http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=site%3Astormfront.org+%22Andrew+Bolt%22&btnG=Google+Search&meta=&quot; REL="nofollow">this search if anyone's interested)They call him a neo-con: Andrew Bolt never criticizes the juden, believes Israel is a democracy, Rivkin is a lovable scoundrel, Palestinians are terrorists and Iraq had WMD. While at the same time conveniently ignoring the overwhelming influence of the juden on left liberal ideology that he "rails" against.And they also complain about his attacks on environmentalism.Jennifer Loewenstein (quoted by Antony in a recent post) gets an "endorsement" <a HREF="http://www.stormfront.org/archive/t-2669.html&quot; REL="nofollow">here.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    I know jennifer and she'd be appalled to be 'used' by right-wing groups. Are we saying that certain groups may use and abuse individuals or groups, therefore those people are bankrupt? Hardly.

  • Andjam

    I was replying to Hackwatch2004's comments.You were silent about him saying that stuff about Bolt, but not when I mentioned Jennifer.Why?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    I presume that Bolt wouldn't like to be associated with far right groups, though in my view, he's a bigot himself.Many countries have these types, predictable, knee-jerk, defenders of local 'values.' Jennifer is a friend, and Bolt is now.Besides, I can only judge Bolt on his writings, and let's face it, the guy can barely write…