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.

Cindy

Cindy Sheehan concerns pro-war supporters. Here’s a woman who lost a son in Iraq and now calls for the withdrawal of troops from the country. What to do? Launch a massive smear campaign in a vain attempt to discredit her credentials. We’ve been largely spared the indignity in Australia – though one twit is happy to join the echo-chamber – but in America the conservative cabal is in full swing.

Media Matters provides a usual summary of the chicken hawks lining up to take a swing.

Sheehan has been called an “anti-Semite” (for daring to suggest the large amount of Jews behind the Bush administration) “engaged in Stalinist agitprop” (from Ann Coulter, America’s answer to the shrill Miranda Divine) and a “nutbag” from Christopher Hitchens (once forthright and challenging before power and now hectoring a grieving mother. Brave stuff, indeed.)

Take this exchange on Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes with former Nixon administration official G. Gordon Liddy:

“LIDDY: Well, I think that it’s true that there are Americans who feel the way Cindy Sheehan does. Unfortunately, they are Americans who are very anti-Israel and, in some ways, anti-Semitic. She uses the term how the “neocons” are doing this thing – that’s code word for “the Jews in the Pentagon.” She has made statements such as –

ALAN COLMES (co-host): Are you calling her anti-Semitic?

LIDDY: Yes. If she gets Israel out of Palestine, then we can get out of Iraq. I mean, check out her statements, she’s way out there.

COLMES: Cindy Sheehan’s anti-Semitic?

LIDDY: Yes.

COLMES: That’s outrageous.

SEAN HANNITY (co-host): It’s outrageous what has been said.

ELEANOR CLIFT (Newsweek contributing editor): That is almost not worth responding to.

LIDDY: Look at her statements. Look at her statements and judge for yourself.

CLIFT: Look at your statements.

It is indeed almost not worth responding to, and yet while these “usual idiots” argue over Sheehan, Iraq descends even further into chaos.

13 comments ↪
  • Iqbal Khaldun

    The vitriole is as astonishing as it is unsurprising. Even the 'venerable' BBC got in on the act, giving major coverage to a story about Sheehan's husband divorcing her, complete with this photo of Sheehan grimacing, looking like a stereotypical post-menapausal crackpot.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Because the tide is turning and when middle America starts turning, and many of the red Bush states, the hawks have a problem.I hope the problem continues…

  • Iqbal Khaldun

    Amen!

  • Shabadoo

    Required reading: apparently not every leftist has the same reaction as you guys.Ant, you lay yourself bare here: you just want America to lose, no matter the consequences. Nooooooyce, maaaaaayte!

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Er, yes, that's exactly what I think!Jesus, your inability to understand nuance is hilarious…Surely we're past wishing America would lose in Iraq. America has lost. It's clear and an increasing number of US officials are themselves resigned to that fate.What to do? Withdraw and watch the country become even closer to Iran. Oh wait, that's happening already…And besides, if you feel comfortable with slamming Sheehan in this way, then you're clearly more deluded than I thought…

  • Rich Bowden

    Liddy's comments betray the concerted effort by right-wingers to paint anyone critical of Bush administration policy as "anti-American" or "anti-Israel." To follow this "undemocratic" thought process to its logical conclusion, does this mean anyone who voted against Bush in the recent election is guilty of sedition?How long before Johnny, Lord Downer, Costello et al start using the same tactics?…or have they started already?

  • Andjam

    Do you view David Duke as anti-semitic, Antony?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Duke's views are fairly off the wall and largely anti-Semitic. And your point?Let me guess. He likes Chomsky or someone of the sort, and therefore…Yawn…

  • pierce inverarity

    Given what a complete clown Liddy is, it's amazing that he has a clearer perspective on this than you do, Antony. When someone repeatedly hints, or says outright, that American "children" are being sacrificed for the sake of "Israel", you should recognise the ancient, repugnant anti-Semitic tropes. Given that Israel's leadership was very nervous about any campaign in Iraq and thought that it took the focus off the real danger from Iran, the idea that Israel put Bush up to it is too far-fetched to justify Sheehan and her cohorts dragging up images from the medieval sewer of anti-Semitism, which sit in all-too-comfortable agreement with the widespread anti-Semitism of the Arab world.

  • weezil

    While David Duke is a red herring in this matter, Duke is anti-semetic, anti-black, anti-immigration, and so on and so on and so on. About the only thing David Duke favours is David Duke- his being convicted on tax evasion charges should be quite enough to convince anyone of that.I'm not surprised the Rovians are trawling Sheehan's trash to find something to hang on her. Problem is, there's nothing to find. Moreover, how does her being the mother of a man killed needlessly in Shrub's oil war make her a defendant in a trial be meeeeeja? Terra-ists? "Bring 'em on!" Moms of dead GIs? "Are they GONE yet?"Antony, you're completely correct that when middle America turns on Shrub, not even Rove will be able to save him. Liddy… WTF didn't that man didn't get 20 years for his role in Watergate? Only in America could you turn a common crimnal into a talk show host…

  • Shabadoo

    SHe's also spoken at a conference the woman who defended the first WTC bombers at an event full of every sort of hard-left America-hating anti-Semitic whackjob you can find. Ant, I ask, is Cindy Sheehan the best you can do, or are you so blind that you don't see what idiots she makes you lot look loke?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Ah, you're too funny.The issue here is not Sheehan, but the war. We all know it. It's a disaster and yet you keep avoiding it.Shoot the messenger as much as you want.

  • Andjam

    I'm not surprised the Rovians are trawling Sheehan's trashHyperlinks please?The issue here is not Sheehan, but the war.She and her fans chose to make it about "Mother Sheehan", not about the war.