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.

Dedicated to peace

“Despite Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza, major violations of human rights continue to result from its occupation of Palestinian territories, construction of barriers and expansion of settlements, according to the United Nations official monitoring that situation in his latest report to the General Assembly.”

UN News Centre, 28 September

UPDATE: Amira Hass continues to expose Israel’s true agenda:

“Next month, as is the case every October, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza will begin issuing 16-year-olds their first identity cards. Each 16-year-old will bring photographs and documentation to his school, which will pass them on to the ministry. And, just as it has every year since the Palestinian Authority was established, the ministry will pass all the information on to Israel’s Interior Ministry. Despite Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian ministry still cannot issue identity cards unless Israeli clerks approve the applications.”

11 comments ↪
  • Iqbal Khaldun

    Well written, again, Amira Hass. The Palestinian Authority is not accountable to the Palestinian people. It is accountable to Israel.Israel's intentions are pretty clear on the ground. The Palestinian Authority will be the feudal middle manager of a Palestinian population that will either flee or remain desperate and without meaningful emancipation. Of those that remain, some will be offered the 'luxury' to provide a cheap labour force for Israeli businesses. The entire population is already a captive market for Israeli goods (which includes Palestinian water sources now almost entirely controlled by Israel).If you visit one of the main checkpoints (Qalqilya, Kalandia outside Jerusalem, Erez outside Gaza), you can see this master plan in action. Giant hangar-like structures are being built on the Israeli side. These will be used to process Palestinian wage-slaves on their way to Israeli factories and bathrooms.All thanks to US-funding. Not to mention Australia's courageous, blanket political support.Ant, get dem books of yours out on the street!

  • leftvegdrunk

    Iqbal, well said.PS Any chance of some of your terrific travel photos making their way into Ant's book? 😉

  • anthony

    "There are some 8,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, “whose treatment is alleged to fall well below internationally accepted standards,” according to the Rapporteur. In addition, he charges that freedom of movement is radically undermined by over 600 military checkpoints."In relation to the Pal prisoners; there was an article in Time that clearly showed otherwise. Is Time just part of the Zionist conspiracy?As for 'freedom of movement'- How can Israel protect its people without screening the Palestinians entering? Last time I checked- they have a desire to kill Jews.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Iqbal's photos in my book? They are stunning, to be sure.Watch this space….Not sure what my publisher would say about that…

  • Iqbal Khaldun

    Hey more than happy for you to use my photos.Anthony, that's just downright rubbish. I hope I just missed the sarcasm in your post. 1000s of Palestinians work illegally in Israel. On a daily basis they cross into Israel through the ranges avoiding the checkpoints. This is an open secret, even the Israelis know about it. Heck you can occasionally see people doing it from the roads so I'm guessing Israel's NATO-size military can too.So if Palestinians were just Jew haters they could pretty much go blow up cafes and buses at will.In terms of security, the checkpoints don't work because the soldiers are just kids with no real knowledge of processing people. Cars are randomly stopped and many soldiers struggle to identify Israeli visa stamps!By the way as I type this Israel's F-16s are dropping sonic bombs every 30mins over Rafah. This has been going on since yesterday, non stop. Yes even at fucking 4am in the morning. What kind of sick 'security' measure is this exactly? The intent is clear. The aim is to terrify. Although sonic bombs are not explosive they produce a powerful shock wave akin to a weak earthquake. I'm staying at a hospital at present. I can hear kids crying down the hallway. Some windows in a school down the road just shattered.

  • Ibrahamav

    It is not a security measure. Perhaps you missed the latest news? Israel left Gaza. They are a nation unto themselves. Shortly after gaining independance, they attacked Israel. Israel is merely fighting back.Surely you agree that no sovereign nation can allow itself to be attacked without severe retribution? No tit for tat as it was regarding a rebellous civil population.It is now war. Grow up.

  • anthony

    "By the way as I type this Israel's F-16s are dropping sonic bombs every 30mins over Rafah. This has been going on since yesterday, non stop. Yes even at fucking 4am in the morning."So what? It’s making you and others uncomfortable??!?Have a whinge. Were those 30 rockets designed to make Israeli's uncomfortable? No they were intended to kill Jews.

  • Comical_Ali

    No i disagree with you anthony — dropping bombs at 4am while cold blooded terrorists are in bed sleeping is cruel and heartless.Better do it at a more appropriate time…maybe during buisness hours

  • Comical_Ali

    "Israel's intentions are pretty clear on the ground. The Palestinian Authority will be the feudal middle manager of a Palestinian population that will either flee or remain desperate and without meaningful emancipation. Of those that remain, some will be offered the 'luxury' to provide a cheap labour force for Israeli businesses. The entire population is already a captive market for Israeli goods (which includes Palestinian water sources now almost entirely controlled by Israel).If you visit one of the main checkpoints (Qalqilya, Kalandia outside Jerusalem, Erez outside Gaza), you can see this master plan in action. Giant hangar-like structures are being built on the Israeli side. These will be used to process Palestinian wage-slaves on their way to Israeli factories and bathrooms.All thanks to US-funding. Not to mention Australia's courageous, blanket political support."Oh no here come the facts: The Palestinians recieve the more international aid and money than any other group in history. From evil zionist Israel alone they get a whopping US$ 1 billion a year. They also get hundreds of millions of US from the EU and US a year! the late El-Presidento Arafat was recently named by Forbes magazine as one of the richest Despots in the world…richer than Queen Elizabeth of england and not far off from the late King Faud of Saudi Arabia. Recently, world leaders pledged billions more at the g8 summit. No group in history has ever recieved such priviligaed attention — and beleive me there are groups who are far more deserving (and have suffered far worse – making the palesitnians look like the worlds bigget free loaders.)So where the fuck has all that money gone? On expensive cars, nice villas in Europe and italian suits and Jihad, Jihad, Jihad?A fraction of that money could have very easily gone to build the necessary infrastructure that would have provided jobs for Palestinians inside Gaza and Wbank itself. But no, instead it goes to fund a death culture of hate and Armani suits.So as you acknowledge, the palestinians willingly cross over into hated enemy territory to find work and make a living. Here there is no grand zionist or American conspiracy. No one is forcing them, except their fucked up, incompetent and blood thirsty leaders. Yes, yts all very easy to divert attention and blame the Jooz on all your misfortunes…even for spreading the black plague. At that rate you will never get anywhere. So good luck to you buddy.

  • anthony

    Iqbal,Your profile says you live in Hebron. You claim to be able to “hear kids crying down the hallway”, presumably as a result of the Israeli strikes.The problem I have is that Hebron is in the West Bank, and Rafah borders with Eqypt.Your last post was from the West Bank, as well as the one before that, and of course Bethlehem before that. Oh, and another two before that. In fact, all your posts appear (at first glance) to be from the West Bank.Now, my knowledge of weaponry is a little fuzzy- but I’m guessing if your are STILL living and staying in the West Bank, then the Jewish Israelis are also being ‘terrorised’ by the air strikes.

  • leftvegdrunk

    Anthony, Iqbal is an Aussie travelling in Palestine. The location shown on his blogger profile may noy be up to date simply because he is on the road. Why not focus on the content of his comments, rather than attempting to smear his character, Waterton-style?