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.

Those missing helicopters

Michael Moore fires off an open letter to George W. Bush. Moore is always worth a read as he’s mastered the knack of making political dissent relevant, timely and populist:

“Mr. Bush, you just stay the course. It’s not your fault that 30 percent of New Orleans lives in poverty or that tens of thousands had no transportation to get out of town. C’mon, they’re black! I mean, it’s not like this happened to Kennebunkport. Can you imagine leaving white people on their roofs for five days? Don’t make me laugh! Race has nothing – NOTHING – to do with this!”

12 comments ↪
  • Shabadoo

    Oh, puh-LEEZE. You're quoting Michael Moore now? I always gave you at least some credit for intelligence, even if your mind works in mysterious ways. But quoting Moore is the last refuge of a lazy mind…Memo to Mikey: just 10 % of the American military is in Iraq. Bush told the Mayor of N.O. to evacuate the entire city the Thursday before, but Nagin let hundreds of schoolbuses get flooded and everyone go to the Superdome instead. But it's not Nagin's fault — after all, he's black and a democrat, can't blame him! And New Orleans is one of the most corrupt places in the first world, with a terrifyingly bad police force and an economy based solely on tourism. But we can't blame the locals for that, after all, they're black! And Democrats! Officials on the ground have known for decades that this would happen one day, and the blame lies mostly with them for not dealing with this sooner. Should the feds have gotten in sooner? Sure, but Michael Moore is a cretin, and if anything is racist it's the assumption that a bunch of black folk in N.O. need whitey to come and bail them out.

  • weezil

    shabadoo, you tease Antony like you love him. When will you get over your schoolyard ranting phase? Why don't you just come out and tell Antony that you want to be his monkey of love and get it over with?

  • leftvegdrunk

    Shab, your response is typical. Don't like what someone says, attempt to discredit them. Insult their intelligence. Question their background.Predictable, mate. And a fallacy.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    And, most hilariously, he still comes to the rescue to those most to blame. Some of those still exist?Yawn…

  • Shabadoo

    "Still comes to the rescue of those most to blame"? Sorry, wha…? Didn't I write, "Should the feds have gotten in sooner? Sure…". Hardly sounds like absolution to me.I love the way you lefties see the deaths of ten thousand blacks in N.O. as nothing more than a way to beat up Bush, and totally ignore the local incompetence that let this happen. DBO, how about acknowledging the fact that my post was filled with facts, Ant's with nothing but rhetoric?

  • Shabadoo

    p.s. Again, Bush told Nagin to evacuate the city Thursday, but he didn't, despite having the ability to do so. The schoolbusses in those photos weren't under Bush's command…

  • Rich Bowden

    Shabadoo…take an aspirin and have a good lie down mate….Unfortunately despite S's rantings, it seems race and class has a lot to do with the chances of surviving this week's tragedy in N.O. Interesting though to see the normally compliant "let's all support the Prez" media changing their tune and actually criticizing the Bush administration for a change. Maybe this is what has got Shab all worried!

  • Shabadoo

    Yes, absolutely race and class had a lot to do with it…people with means could get out, people without got left behind. And the local government had a 250-pge plan but failed to implement it, and thousands may have died as a result. It's a horrifying tragedy. The feds should've gotten the military on the ground sooner, but that does not excuse the fundamental failure of NO and La. government to clear out the city in the first place.

  • leftvegdrunk

    Imagine how many hits your own blog will have, Shab.

  • Shabadoo

    Way to engage the argument, DBO…

  • Rich Bowden

    …and the feds diverting funds from the financing of a higher flood levee for such activitoes as a little beating up in Iraq? S'pose that was the poor blacks fault too?

  • leftvegdrunk

    Happy to engage, Shab, but when someone types something as idiotic as this:"I love the way you lefties see the deaths of ten thousand blacks in N.O. as nothing more than a way to beat up Bush…"…I really don't see the point. Do you honestly believe that?Why don't you just admit you are here to stir up an argument, whatever the topic?