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.

Cindy Sheehan talks at Yom Kippur

Progressive American Jewish group, Tikkun, invited Cindy Sheehan to speak at its Yom Kippur synagogue service. Rabbi Michael Lerner has written about the experience and offers insights into Sheehan’s strength and honesty (no link available):

“…Cindy was accused of having said in an email (the authorship of which she denies) that her son had died for Israel. The implication was that because some Jewish neo-cons in the Defense Department had been big advocates for this war, along with Ariel Sharon and his supporters in AIPAC in this country, that this was somehow a Jewish war.

“The very first thing Cindy said was that she had heard about these accusations and that they were false. She does not blame the Jewish people and she does not blame Israel for the war in Iraq. Instead, she said, it would be ludicrous to do that, just as it would be ludicrous, she said, to blame the English people for the war just because their leader Tony Blair had been a big advocate for it. Cindy told me privately that she was aware that 78% of Jews had voted for Gore in 2000 and for Kerry in 2004, and that if the rest of the country had voted the way the Jews vote that there never would have been a war in Iraq.

“Instead, she insisted, it was very clear who deserved blame for the war: Bush, Cheney, the Republicans, and the many Congressional Democrats who supported the war originally as well as many who continue to support it by voting for authorizations whenever asked for by President Bush, plus Halliburton Corporation and other war profiteers. It was these, not the Jews, and not Israel, who deserve criticism.

“During the question and answer period that followed her talk she was asked if she would unequivocally denounce David Duke, the Nazi who had apparently invoked her name and supported her on his website. Cindy responded simply and unequivocally that she had never authorized her name to be used in conjunction with Duke, that he was in fact a racist and anti-Semite and that she wanted to have nothing to do with such people, and that she completely rejected him and his message.”

Sheehan’s critics can smear and defame her as much as they like. She’s an inspiring figure at the forefront of a new American movement.

11 comments ↪
  • Shabadoo

    Pffffffffft! Splutter! Cough, cough, cough…HAHAHAHAAHA! Crap, I just sprayed bourbon all over the place.I'm sorry, Anty, but that is the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen on this site…"an inspiring figure at the forefront of a new American movement"? More like someone whose 15 minutes of fame were up long ago. Why is it that everywhere she goes to protest, there are more reporters than acolytes around her?You want a new movement: Dig the constitution in Iraq. Civil society, bay-beeeeeeeeee!

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Shabadoo said… " I'm sorry, Anty, but that is the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen on this site…"an inspiring figure at the forefront of a new American movement"? I think A.L. was referring to the slow but sure sea-change in the (U.S.) American mind along the following lines (quoting Rabbi Lerner):"it was very clear who deserved blame for the war: Bush, Cheney, the Republicans, and the many Congressional Democrats who supported the war originally"That, perhaps, is the "new American movement". I'm a little sceptical myself – I'm sure I've seen the "we ain't puttin' up with no more bullshit" movement before – e.g. Nixon … and then along came Reagan to flush that particular sentiment down the toilet with the pet alligators.

  • Shabadoo

    I guess Saddam Hussein deserved no blame for the War? Al Qa'ida?

  • Shabadoo

    Speaking of Cindy the ghoul

  • Human

    The reason the MSM even started paying attention to Cindy was because they did not have a choice. She was camped out in Crawford and they saw her every day coming to and fro from repeating the daily Bushit as News. The Police moved her off the side of the road and into the ditch beside it. Word on the internet spread and a few People of Peace came. Some to lend a kind word, some to join her. Crawford Peace House which was on the verge of having the telephone cut off due to lack of funds started receiving donations. Mostly in small denominations of 5 and 10 dollars, like my wife and I sent. She started to receive some attention from the MSM. Bush supporters full of hate came by in the middle of the night and roared up and down the road with horns blaring. She and others stayed. The Police brought the Health Inspector in an effort to close the camp down. They failed to find any violations. The local government discussed ways to close down the camp. With harassment increasing she stayed. A man of hate and violence shot rounds into the air in an attempt to intimidate. She stayed. Coverage grew. More and more People of Peace came. Another man filled with violence, in the middle of the night chained a bar on the rear of his pick-up and mowed down the crosses and Star of David set up by the People of Peace. Discussion in the Camp was of leaving to averting violence. A kindly soul and brother of the man who shot in the air offered his land to the encampment, which was gratefully accepted. As the News spread on the internet and TV the size of her supporters continued to grow. Thousands of dollars poured into the Crawford Peace House. Over the time she was there thousands came to lend their support. A Inter-Faith service was held attended by 2,000.In A Nation-wide vigil of support Tens of thousands held a candle light vigil in support.Bush supporters came. Most bussed in by a Republican Political Action Committee. With signs like "Kick Their Ass And Take Their Gas" the moral abyss that they wallow in was made clear. A few of the more fanatic ones stepped out of line and were arrested. As far as I know, not one of the People of Peace were arrested. The personal attacks mounted on TV and the internet. Outright falsehoods and misquotes were attributed to her. The hate filled right even called her a grief pimp. This from people who never fail to follow their Glorious Leader's call to any action, including the wholesale slaughters of their fellow humans as long as he invokes the grief of 911. The attacks mounted. She stayed and more people came. Bush feeling the pressure took his vacation on the road. She stayed. Even among death threats. She stayed. She did indeed re-energize the Anti-War movement just when it needed it. Bush made a huge mistake in not coming to her and offering a little tea and sympathy. The cost of arrogance only mounts. Her presence is still felt worldwide. So much so that even half way around the world people still write about her, and hate filled people call her horrific names. While the people in the forefront may change, I and others will never forget the Mother who stood in the face of great adversity and cried out to the world, NOT ONE MORE MOTHER'S SON! Peace. Your fellow Human

  • Ibrahamav

    Funny how you support every palestinian mother's son's right to blow themselves up as long as they kill as many Jews as possible.

  • Human

    Just where have I said such a thing? You do not base any judgement on me based on facts and reality. All you are is a person filled with such hate for humanity that you are blinded. You are a very sick person. I urge you to get professional help as soon as possible.Some links to help you <a href="http://www.mentalhealth.asn.au/http://www.mentalhealth.asn.au/<br />http://www.mentalhealthvic.org.auhttp://www.aasw.asn.auPeace. Your Fellow Human

  • Ibrahamav

    Funny how you begin to repeat yourself. You are naught but a hate nonger. Avail yourself, the beam is blinding.

  • Wombat

    human,Isn't it time you woke up to his ploy? He's playing you. There's a saying that you should never argue with an idiot; they drag you down to their level then defeat you with experience.

  • Human

    addamo-01 No, I really mean he needs help. Anybody who dares to disagree with him is labeled very hate-filled names. He has what is called a persecution complex. It comes from a feeling of being powerless. I offer the links sincerely. Peace. your fellow Human

  • Wombat

    Ahh, don't take him too seriously. I find him mildly ammusing. I'm sure if you asked hin, he probably considers that "persecution complex" you ferer to as a higher state of being.