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.

Knowing a few things about an insurgency

“I don’t think it’s possible to have any progress in democracy with foreign troops on your territory. I think this is the French experience.”

Francois Descoueyte, French Ambassador in Australia, on Iraq.

  • Shabadoo

    Yawn…let’s just ask the Japanese, the Germans, the British, etc, how they’ve coped with democracy for all these decades with evil nasty American troops on their soil.

  • Mike Hunt

    The French didn’t seem to mind when American and British troops landed at Normandy.

  • anthony

    I’m inclined to disagree with you shab, my understanding is that Japan started its democratisation as early as 1895 (just off the top of my head). The military’s control of the Diet in the 30s and 40s was a break from the process.

    But let’s not forget Turkey, during the Cold War it managed to develop into a democracy with the evil nasty American troops on their soil.

  • Pete's Blog

    The last 2 posts are largely irrelevant because troops are no longer occupying the European or Japanese soil mentioned.In the case of Europe there was a deep history of democracy.Not so in Iraq, the place the frog Ambassador is referring to. Democracy can only occur after a dominating military force (applying martial law) has left.The yanks don't care about this opinion, of course, only about American public opinion.

  • Savvas Tzionis

    The Japanese and German people submitted because they had no qualms about their status as villains in WWII.The Iraqi's are probably peeved that they couldn't get rid of Saddam themselves, and to save face, need to take out the current occupier.

  • Pete's Blog

    savvasThese's some truth to what you say.That it takes "infidel" Americans to boot out Saddam hurts Iraqi national pride.However, its the minority Sunnis, who benefitted so greatly under Saddam, who are fighting the coalition the hardest. The Sunnis are also doing most of the bombing to destabilise any chance of Shia dominated "democracy".

  • Shabadoo

    Gigolo Pete, what are you talking about? England had a long tradition of democracy, but it was pretty lacking in much of the rest of Continental Europe. And Japan wrenched itself from a fuedal emperor cult to a modern parliamentary democracy in a very short period of time…

  • leftvegdrunk

    Anthony, while speaking of Turkish democracy let's not ignore the treatment of Turkey's Kurds. What did the US say about that issue?

  • Pete's Blog

    Not very much. Because the US (and Russia etc) wants to keep Turkey stable. Turkey's genocidale "solutions" against the Kurds and during WW1 the Armenians therefore go unpunished.A bitter law of history is that a dictatorship's treatment of minorities is usually tolerated until its politically expedient to make a noise.Hence Russia's murder of millions of its Muslim minorities in WW2 (forced evacuation to Siberia – then death) has gone largely unsung.

  • anthony

    Point taken, Dirt. During the Cold War the US would have said very little on the matter. Although, interestingly, I think it may have come up a few times in the House of Lords.What I was getting at is that the assertion that it's [not] possible to have any progress [to] democracy with foreign troops on your territory, isn't particularly well founded.During France’s Indochina War, the Vietmihn developed a democratic constitution based on that of the United States- in an effort to win US support for independence following the end of its conflict against France.This was, of course, with French troops on Vietnamese soil- Francois Descoueyte must have forgotten this development when he made his statement. Of course, he probably wants to forget it- the embarrassment of 1954 must still haunt the French.Had the US supported the Vietmihn and simply had the (limited number of) communists within the movement ousted, the what if’s are amazing…