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.

The face of defeat

Geoff Hoon is the former British defence secretary and is currently in Australia. His performance on last night’s ABC Lateline was a spectacular example of trying to convince viewers that Iraq is on the track to democracy, the occupation is relatively benign and the risk of international terrorism hasn’t increased since the 2003 invasion. It was a pathetic example of a man desperately covering his lying arse. In a just world, Hoon would be charged with war crimes.

Some “highlights”:

TONY JONES: The question is, though, did you ignore that specific intelligence saying that the terrorism threat would be heightened, while simultaneously accepting what proved to be incorrect intelligence advice about WMD in Iraq?

GEOFFREY HOON: We did not ignore that advice. That was part of preparations for dealing with the situation in Iraq after the defeat of Saddam and his forces. What I’ve recognised is that we were not prepared for the scale or intensity of the violence perpetrated by terrorists against the Iraqi people themselves.

TONY JONES: In spite of the intelligence suggesting that this threat would be heightened not only in Iraq, evidently, but across the world, which, in fact, has happened?

GEOFFREY HOON: Well, I don’t accept that there is a direct connection the way that your question implies. I’ve made clear already that…

TONY JONES: But yet your intelligence services made that connection before the war.

Hoon claimed that the Iraq mission was about allowing the Iraqis to vote and the “Coalition” troops remain in the country thanks to the government’s invitation. Let’s not discuss how the current administration is largely of US creation and yet is increasingly close to Iran.

“They want our help”, Hoon said of the Iraq people. “Crucially, ultimately, they want to take responsibility for themselves and it’s our job to help them.” How very colonial of him. And how untrue. The vast majority of Iraqis voted in January for an independent government AND freedom from occupation troops. Perhaps Hoon would like to speak to the tens of thousands of Iraqis killed since our “help” arrived.

Hoon’s spinning and distortions provide a useful example. A key manager of the Iraq invasion is left to defend an imperial war fought on a lie. How noble.

5 comments ↪
  • leftvegdrunk

    After two days, Ant, there’s no abuse on this thread. I guess we all agree with your point. Or are choosing to ignore it because of its ramifications. Funny that.

  • anthony

    Bloody Tony Jones… Wanker

  • leftvegdrunk

    Another brilliant contribution, Anthony. Why do you even bother?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Indeed. Tony Jones gives Geoff Hoon an easy ride but hassles somebody like Fisk. He should hassle everybody. Point is, it's so much easier for a journo like Jones to attack Fisk, a journalist after all, as opposed to a people who actually led the Iraq disaster. Easy targets, indeed.

  • anthony

    there’s no abuse on this thread.

    Sarcasm, Dirt =)

    I quite like Tony. His interviews are always good to watch, even if I don’t agree with the line he takes, or the fact that he’s on ABC.