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.
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Yay for war

Pro-war activists who support the war in Iraq. Chickenhawks who believe in “freedom and democracy” in the Middle East. Conservatives who label anti-war opponents as “communists.” Sound familiar?

Australia, and indeed the world, is full of these people. The Nation investigates the movement in America:

“Conservative campus groups like YAF and College Republicans are growing in strength and numbers. And since the start of the Iraq War, these outfits have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Bush to support the war, but they have not stood alongside the soldiers doing the actual fighting and dying. They want someone else to do the hard work.”

Sounds like the vast majority of American, British and Australian politicians who are more than willing to send young men and women into an illegal and immoral war.

  • Shabadoo

    Repeat after me, Ant:IT. IS. A. VOLUNTEER. ARMY.If there was a draft, and they were dodging, that would be a different matter.If the Nation (or you) considers that piece an "investigation" then they (or you) don't know very much about journalism. Then again, you learned your trade under Margo Kingston, so what should we expect? [Ed: Hey, at least he can spell. Shab: Too true!]It is not hard by any stretch to find ROTC/campus conservatives in Iraq.

  • leftvegdrunk

    The point is, Shabadoo, that it's easy to support the war when you aren't doing any of the dying. It may be a volunteer army – and I guess your point is that war-mongers don't have to join if they don't want to – but very few would have joined in the hope that they would be placed at the front line of a protracted urban guerilla war in a foreign land.Why not address the content of the post instead of boring us all with more silly comments about Kingston?

  • Wombat

    Furthermore, with the US Military offering large cash incentives and targetting the popor and uderprivelaged, it's hardly the lebvel playng field Shabadoo suggests it it is.Not to mention the highly aggessive tactics of recruiters.There were reports that amng the first on the scene in the wake of Katrina in New Orleans were army recuiters. The army euqivalence of ambulance chasing.

  • Shabadoo

    "There were reports…". Well, if that's not one of the great weaselly constructions of all time!Typical condescending socialist nonsense – I'd like to see you run your argument on a group of US Marines sometime. I have a feeling you'd be quickly schooled in the virtues of duty, honour, and tradition – all the values your sort seeks so assiduously to tear down.

  • leftvegdrunk

    Shabadoo, that's typical morally superior conservative nonsense. Why is it so hard to admit that those who start – and attempt to justify – wars aren't the ones who die in them? And it's "your sort" that let them get away with doing so.

  • Wombat

    Shabadoo said"Typical condescending socialist nonsense – I'd like to see you run your argument on a group of US Marines sometime. I have a feeling you'd be quickly schooled in the virtues of duty, honour, and tradition – all the values your sort seeks so assiduously to tear down."I appreciate your sentimentality and sense of nostalgia. If facts sound condescending to you, then perhaps reality is not your deal. Fair enough. You could put me in front of all the marines you like Shab, but all the shouting about honour, duty and tradition would do nothing to erase the fact that the US military has become nothing more than an eforcement agency for US corporations.It's ironic how under Rumsfeld, that military forces are becomming incresingly privatised. The second largest contigent in Iraq is not the UK, but private security contractors. Are you naive enough to think these people have any alleginace other than to their pay masters?By the way dirtbikeoption, good point. Care to comment Shab about the fact that Bush, Rumsfled, Cheney and co all managed to skip out on their role with the US military oblilgations? The only duty, honour, and tradition these guys appreciate has a dollar sign in front of it.

  • Towering Barbarian

    Dirtbikeoption,"The point is, Shabadoo, that it's easy to support the war when you aren't doing any of the dying."Well, yeah. Being dead renders a lot of things difficult. Are you saying that only the Undead may vote? :PBut hey, it's nice to know that you think no civilian ever had the right to support the war against Hitler. ^_~