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.

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22 comments ↪
  • Rowan Berkeley

    Congratulations on appearing in CounterPunch, but watch out for the guilt-by-association attacks, which will look something like this : "Anthony Loewenstein also publishes in the Jew-hating rag CounterPunch, which has hosted supporters of the Swedish fascist Joeren Germas (aka 'Israel Shamir')… " I offer this example almost at random, to show the technique, which builds a chain of incrimination stretching from the target, however innocuous, to as many current betes noirs as possible.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Thanks.Guilty by association? I distance myself from any kind of extremism, neo-Nazis etc, and tell the reality as I see it.Let the public decide…

  • Rowan Berkeley

    I think the discursive space within which Jewish topics are discussed has the topology of a Klein bottle. Distances are deceptive. But we shall see …Incidentally, do you think that photo is really really real? The Onion hasn't bothered to give any actual text with it, and the photo is almost too good to be true…

  • Antony Loewenstein

    I suspect the pic is a piss-take, surely not real? Then again, if it's in the US, who knows…

  • Ibrahamav

    Sorry Antony, but by giving Rowan Berkley, a well-known neo-nazi sympathiser a go, you have initiated the guilt by association log.Rowan is known for attempting to foist his antisemitic agenda on the back of palestinian support blogs. "Enemy of my enemy" sort of thing.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    I've never heard of Rowan before, and can only judge him on his comments here. If what you say is true – rather than simply questioning official Israeli dogma – I'm certainly interested…

  • Ibrahamav

    You can see some of his comments onhttp://peacepalestine.blogspot.com/. I'm afraid you have to go through most of them as the references which establish his agenda are here and there among his comments.Questionaing Israeli dogma, for the most part, is not antisemitism.

  • Rowan Berkeley

    Iby is a bit of an exaggerator, Antony.

  • Ibrahamav

    Very slight. I might say stabbed viciously in the heart rather than just stabbed in the heart. And I might say neo-nazi sympathiser rather than noted white supremist.But that is about it.It is enough that Rowan is embarrassed enough to offer a slight rebuff.

  • Rowan Berkeley

    Saying that I am "well-known", or "noted", for anything at all is, alas, exaggeration, or, to put it less tactfully, fabrication. I know Iby will want to turn this into a sustained exercise in trolling, however, so I shall ignore further posts by him here, as I do at 'PeacePalestine'.

  • Brian

    I am not familiar with Australian law, but if someone wanted to establish a Christian identity for australia, including giving highly preferential treatment to Christian immigrants, banning Christian to non-Christian marriage and forbidding non-Christian missionary work in Australia, would you consider that person to be out of the mainstream of political diaglog in Austrlia? How would you label such a person?Would such policy constitue a change to australian law, and if so would you be in favor of such change?

  • Ibrahamav

    Rowan Berkeley said… Saying that I am "well-known", or "noted",…is, alas, exaggeration.So you are a little-known neo-nazi and sympathiser for white supremists?Fine.

  • Ibrahamav

    Brian, I think you may be on to something. Are you comparing this to what it is like in the Arab Islamic world?

  • Polywise

    Brian – I would label such a person a white supremacist and an ideologue. Sadly, people of such persuasion are gaining increasing traction within our Islamophobic political mainstream.Once upon a time Australia had what was called The White Australia Policy. You can read more about it here: <a href="http://www.immi.gov.au/facts/08abolition.htmhttp://www.immi.gov.au/facts/08abolition.htm<br />I would, in no way, shape, or form be in favour of the return of this policy or any policy that is even vaguely similar.

  • Ibrahamav

    However, Polywise, this is the policy that exists in most of the Islamic world, which is increasingly becoming Ameriphobic, regardless of the islamo-terrorism in the world.

  • Polywise

    ibrahamav, what's your point?Just because such a policy exists in most of the Islamic world does not make it justifiable or appropriate for Australia.

  • Comical_Ali

    try telling that to some notable Sheiks here

  • Comical_Ali

    Rowan as a die hard fan who expressed his support, Antony can now thank you for making him guilty by association — to you.And so can the Adelaide institute who turned him into one of their poster boys

  • Ibrahamav

    But Poly, the point is that the policy does not exist in Australia and it does exist in most of the islamic world.

  • Brian

    Ibrahamav, The question is do you think the policies list above would be a reasonable for Australia? Do you think the Jewish community in Australia would support such policies.Polywise, I didn't bring up race, just religion. There are many christians of different race all over the world.-b

  • Ibrahamav

    N, I don't think Aussies, whether jewish or not, would support such measures.

  • Brian

    Your decision to avoid a direct answer is answer enough.