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.

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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.
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Three cheers for a tyrant

William Rees-Mogg is a weekly columnist with, and former editor of, Murdoch’s Times newspaper. It is therefore fitting that Murdoch’s local propagandist broadsheet, the Australian, published this article today:

“On Thursday there will be a great celebration for Margaret Thatcher’s 80th birthday. Like Kissinger, she is an example of the power of the moral will in human affairs. She is 80, Henry Kissinger is 82, and a third leader of the postwar world, Lee Kuan Yew, is also an 82-year-old. As Thatcher has written: “Mr Lee almost single-handedly built up Singapore into one of the most astonishing economic success stories of our times, and he did so in the face of constant threats to his tiny state’s security and, indeed, existence.

“These three, born into different cultures, seem to me to have shared the basic qualities that allow great statesmen to influence the world for the good; qualities that I most admire. They have shown great courage, unending determination and a clearly defined set of beliefs. They are wholly committed to the security and advancement of the countries they have led. All three also have an attractive intellectual gift; they always look far into the possible consequences in the future. They have imagination as well as intellectual force.”

It never ceases to amaze me how journalists are more than willing to become little more than mouthpieces for tyrants, of the Western kind. Henry Kissinger “an example of the power of the moral will in human affairs”? Spare me. Online magazine, Salon, had in right in 2001: “If Henry Kissinger isn’t guilty of war crimes, no one is.”

Fred Branfman explains:

“If killing hundreds of thousands of innocent peasants by dropping million of tons of bombs on undefended civilian targets is not a war crime, then there are no war crimes. If Kissinger is not responsible for these crimes, then there are no war criminals.”

For people like Rees-Mogg – and every generation produces its fair share of little men and women with a taste for power and immorality – actions are irrelevant, outcomes are what matter. The Murdoch press wouldn’t even understand how telling the publication of such an article truly is. In their worldview, the killing of innocents is justified when Western military power is used to spread “freedom and democracy.” Therefore, the death of thousands in Iraq is acceptable because America’s aims are noble.

Rees-Mogg should expect a Christmas card from Kissinger. Not unlike Australia’s resident Rees-Mogg. Dining with Kissinger must be so taxing.

16 comments ↪
  • Antony Loewenstein

    Kissinger’s religion is totally irrelevant to my writings about him. And it should be.

  • Ibrahamav

    You would think it were, just because you don’t mention the facts.

    But Kissinger didn’t order the bombing, did he? Nixon did. But Nixon wasn’t Jewish, was he? So your agenda isn’t served by blaming him. Is it?

  • leftvegdrunk

    Ibrahamav, I am happy to accuse Nixon. As is William Showcross. What is my “agenda”?

  • leftvegdrunk

    Gee, I’m having a Barry Crocker. His name is Shawcross. Apologies.

  • Shabadoo

    I swear, Ant, sometimes you sound like an old tape of Richard Nixon bitching about "that Jewboy Henry" … except instead of complaining about his pals at the NY Times, you're complaining about his pals at The Oz!

  • Wombat

    That Jewboy you refer to happens to be responsivble for the deaths of half a million people. The man is wanetd in a number fo countries outsie the US for crimes against humanity.I guess you would condire that an incoinvenient detail right? Let's talk abtou Arafat instead.

  • Ian Westmore

    And lets not forget that Henry personally sent $US200,000 to an ex CIA mate living in Chile to have Rene Schneider, the Chilean Army C-in-C "removed" because he was opposed to ousting Allende. That is murder! And not just under Chilean law, but also U.S law which offers no protection to unelected officials.SBS regularly show a documentary in which the recipient of the cash confirms Kissinger sent him the money, as does the White House Chief of Staff Alexander Haig, though less directly.

  • James Waterton

    That post of Tim Blair's was funny. But I reckon this one is funnier.

  • Ibrahamav

    If "dirt" doesn't know his own agenda, why should I enlighten him?

  • Wombat

    There appears to be a confusion between presuming to know otehr people's agenda your own paranoya my friend.Perhaps you shudl give peope the benefit of the doubt and acuitally engage them in disussion rather that hurling personal insults.

  • leftvegdrunk

    ibrahamv, are you and comical sharing the same ward?[Aside: Addamo, I give up.]

  • Human

    james waterton -I think it is quite flattering for someone to post and article on someone else's blog. Blair's attempt is quite futile. Just because comments do not "fuss" does not mean that he has lowered his ambition. Just by not banning hate filled people like you proves he does not fuss. I see you hide your mouth jimmy. Could that be because you have not yet dropped your dummy?

  • Pete's Blog

    The danger with Henry Kissinger is that he had the intellectual veneer to con his fellow Americans. They thought "European" intellectual types – like him – were profound.Addes to this he believed his own "genius".So when he had a grand academic strategy to pulverise Cambodia etc it became fact.Lesson 1 – don't believe "geniuses" who work for governments – they have unbridled power.

  • Wombat

    They have a saying about Dick Cheney along those lines. He's managed to convince George Bush that he (Geirge Bush) is indeed running the country.

  • James Waterton

    Human – you may think it flattering, but then again, your few contributions here have convinced me that you hold the perspective of a suppository. So it's hardly surprising.Now, my boy, what the hell are you on about with all this "fuss" business? Learn to communicate properly. I see you hide your mouth jimmy. Could that be because you have not yet dropped your dummy?Is that truly the best you can come up with? Wow. I'm smarting. No, really, I am.Hey, where's your lame-arse signoff? Are you no longer human? Devolving to troglodyte? Though "Your non-fellow troglodyte" just doesn't have the same ring about it, somehow… on the bright side, truth in reporting is (allegedly) highly valued around these parts.

  • Glenn Condell

    I'm impressed James. No, really, I am. Did you ever work for Qantas flight staff by any chance? You poor old dear, you sound like you need a good hug. Not that I'm volunteering mind… you seem popular with our Anonymice of Zion, so there's the makings of a group hug right there. Resist the urge to film it, eh?