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.

News bytes

– Salman Rushdie speaks in Boston and discusses writing, terrorism, India and “opinionated” women.

– Palestinian children are indoctrinated to hate Israelis and Jews? Nice myth, shame about the reality. A Jordanian blogger explains.

From AP: “The Bush administration is spending about $7 billion a month to wage the war on terror, and costs could total $570 billion by the end of 2010, assuming troops are gradually brought home, a congressional report estimates.” Freedom is damn expensive these days.

– The Melbourne Age interviews Prime Minister John Howard and manages to avoid the issue of Iraq.

– The front page of Murdoch’s Australian announces, “US foiled 10 al-Qa’ida plots”. At least the Sydney Morning Herald buries the claim. Nothing the Bush administration says can be taken at face value anymore.

MediaChannel.org explains why: “All of this was played straight in the press, despite all the misinformation, deception, psy-ops and inventions we have heard repeatedly about similar secrets that were soon discredited. It’s familiar: the press reports every military claim as fact, with no independent assessment. What is still a secret is: Why they do that?”

22 comments ↪
  • Antony Loewenstein

    Honest Reporting was started by far-right Zionists in the US and rarely acknowledges the true source of its funding. It’s the kind of joke site that alleges any criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic etc. Yawn.

  • Comical_Ali

    so can you honestly say that antisemitic incitement within the mainstream government controlled Arab media and education system does not exist?

    Or, the fact that mein Kampf and the protocols of the elders of Zion are number one best sellers in the Arab world, is actually a myth?

    instead of blabbering on about Honest reporting and zionist conspiracies…do you care to actually prove otherwise?

    Around two months ago, I confronted you over your complete evasion over the issue of Jew-hatred within mainstream Arab society. You actually denied that you ever evaded the topic and said that you confronted and denounced this phenomenon in the Arab wolrd. Now you are saying that it doesnt exist.

  • anthony

    Palestinian children are indoctrinated to hate Israelis and Jews? Nice myth, shame about the reality.Myth? Pfft. So what about the Palestinian school books claiming the Jews were behind the holocaust in an effort to get money? What about the (public) comparisons of Jews to donkeys? The videos of Muftis calling Jews thieves and saying they must be killed- its God’s will? The UN sponsored training camps for children, indoctrinating them with the will to die for Palestine (the Hamas version of Palestine)?Are any translations we see in the ‘mainstream media’ (or academic journals) simply part of your imaginary Zionist control of the West?http://www.honestreporting.com/articles/45884734/critiques/Truth_versus_Terror.asp

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Using Honest Reporting is a wonderful way to justify your claims? Any idea who is behind that group?Didn't think so…

  • Rich Bowden

    Honest Reporting looks like a pretty dark and dreary ole news site Ant…..so don't keep us in suspense, who is behind it?

  • anthony

    … Far-right Zionists, as opposed to the link you gave? In case you didnt check, Dr. Marcy cites the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education, not exactly known for their FOI ideals.

  • leftvegdrunk

    That's a long bow, Ali. Slow down a bit, mate.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Anti-Semitic material most certainly does exist in the Arab world, to be sure, including in the Palestinian territories and media. It should be condemned and I do so now. Again.
    My original point is simply that to suggest so-called indoctrination occurs in the Palestinian schooling system is far too easy (and besides, care to see the Israeli curriculum re 1948?), but that this is used to suggest all Palestinians hate Jews etc. It’s false and typical of Arab bashing.

  • Glenn Condell

    ‘I confronted you over your complete evasion over the issue of Jew-hatred within mainstream Arab society’

    I’m a bit worried about Arab-hatred within mainstream Jewish society. I find it everywhere I find Jews unfortunately, just as it is difficult to avoid anti-semitism in any long conversation with Arabs in particular and Muslims in general. It seems almost genetic; I’m often shocked by frankly racist asides from members of both groups.

    Do you deny Jewish racism toward Arabs exists? Are you willing to ‘confront’ it? I know one Jew who is- you are a guest on his blog. So no evasion of the topic please. One good turn deserves another.

  • Comical_Ali

    “It should be condemned and I do so now. Again.”

    great timing.

    YOu say that it should be condemmned… “but”…

    I would like you to show me the Israeli curriculium. Actually devote an entire topic to it on your blog. I would also like to do a piece on the mainstream Israeli press and how Rabbis and political leaders come on Israeli government TV and radio to declare that “Arabs are the sons of pigs and monkeys” as Jews are so commonly presented in the Palestinian Authority.

    the “but” factor isnt really going to help unless you back empty rhetoric (thrown around for your own convienance) with hard facts.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Perhaps you should write about it on your blog. Oh wait a minute, that would actually take some effort on your part…

  • Comical_Ali

    “Do you deny Jewish racism toward Arabs exists? Are you willing to ‘confront’ it? I know one Jew who is- you are a guest on his blog. So no evasion of the topic please. One good turn deserves another.”

    Racism exists everywhere.
    As an insider — I can confidently tell you that overall Jews are an incredibly tolerant people. Israelis, given the current situation and the current threats they face, treat their fellow Arab citizens well. For one they dont feel a need to ban head scarfs like they do in France (where they dont face any threats from muslims). Just one example out of a million.

    yes racism and prejudice exists (as in all societies) — but nowehere is it on the same level or scale as in Arab soceity. The two cannot even be compared.

    believe it or not — you can simply laugh it off…it dont really phase me. Particularly when the person concerened is a bogus conspiracy theorist who let slip his own downright intolerance and bigotry. The last thing we need is a lecture from such a person on “confronting intolerance…”

    in general the inability to confront the downright overt Nazi style racism within mainstream Arab society or compare it to Jewish society (and say the two are the same) is downright dishonest.

  • Comical_Ali

    another classic Lowenstein moment.

    you are the big author Ant with the MUP publishing contract, not me – so we would all have to rely on you. For a published “expert” on the Middle East, it might porve to a good idea to back empty rhetoric with well researched facts. Its something along the lines of “accountability”.

  • leftvegdrunk

    Three consecutive posts, Comical? Are you talking to yourself? Might be time for your own blog, hey?

  • Comical_Ali

    "I'm a bit worried about Arab-hatred within mainstream Jewish society. I find it everywhere I find Jews unfortunately, just as it is difficult to avoid anti-semitism in any long conversation with Arabs in particular and Muslims in general"Ok, Ok, I'll make it easier for you all by shifting the focus to the respective Jewish and Muslim communities in Australia.The head of the prime representative body of the Australian muslim community – "The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils" (who also happens to be the Mufti of Australia), once made a speech calling the Jews the "underlying cause of all wars" "who tried to control the world through sexual perversion, espionage and economic hoarding". The "moderate" Islamic council has made no effort to remove him as their head — he continues to represent Australia's 300,000 muslim community. He himself has never retratced his very public comments nor made no offer of an apology. This is a guy who also called 9/11 "G-ds work." If indeed you are worried about "Arab hatred within mainstream Jewish society" like you are about "Jew-hatred in Arab society" (or better still probably claim that either the former is worse than the latter or the latter does not exist at all) then I challange you to find me a similair public or even private statement made by a leader or representative of the Jewish community in Australia which demonises Arabs/Muslims or any other minority group. Hell you can even employ your creative writing skills and make one up. Just make sure u back up your empty useless rhetoric with hard fact that will match the reality on the ground.

  • Comical_Ali

    If anything its to a brick wall.

    I can just picture the likes of Condell googling away “Australian Jewish leaders”/”hatespeech”

    just make one up and save yourself the trouble damn it

  • leftvegdrunk

    This is no longer comical, Ali. I think you may be disturbed.Do you have a job? Do your parents know where you are?

  • Comical_Ali

    "Might be time for your own blog, hey?" "I think you may be disturbed." great response and debating techniques (again).Ok I have to throw in the towl and concede that hatred/racism towards Arab/muslims is really that bad within mianstream Jewish society. You really got me now.

  • leftvegdrunk

    You've made your point, Comical. How long do you intend to keep posting the same argument? Just give it a rest, mate, and you won't be laughed at so often

  • Comical_Ali

    the sad thing is, I already laughed myself off this blog.

  • Wombat

    OK gentlemen, Getting back to one of the topics of this blog, I read this very intersting analysis of the so called Al Qaeda fooiled plots mentioned in Bush's moronic speech the other day. It makes a complete mockery of each and every case.Bush on Terror Plots: More Numbers that Don’t Add Up http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/bush-on-terror-plots-mor_b_8522.htmlWhat I find so incedible sleezy and distastefull thoug is the refrence to Jose Padilla. Here was a man accused for plotting to set off a ditry bomb in the US, based onteh accusations of a compltetely unrealiable course and who has subsequently been incaeratd and tortured for 3 years. Ech time his name was raised, no one in teh Bush adminsitratioon was able to give a coherent explanation. Every time Donald Rumsfled was asked, he woudl get tongue tied. And all of a sudden, they roll his case out as part fo some hugely succeful example of how the US foiled a dangreous terror plot.I persnally cannto find the words to register the utter disgusting and distateful esploitation of a human being by the White House. The one copsolation, is that it shows how utterly desperate the Bush leadership has become.

  • Ibrahamav

    Padilla has been tortured for the last three years? Care to prove it?