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.

Leading by example

Sunday Times, October 16:

“AN RAF officer could be jailed for refusing to serve in Iraq because he believes that the war there was illegal.

“Flight-Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith is to be court-martialled for “refusing to obey a lawful command” after he told his commanding officer that he would not go to Basra.

“He is the first British officer to face criminal charges for challenging the legality of war.”

Kendall-Smith is an intriguing person. He is not a “conscientious objector”, says his lawyer. “He is arguing that the war is manifestly unlawful.”

He was born in Australia, brought up in New Zealand and has dual British-New Zealand citizenship.

The case may inspire other soldiers to follow suit. Not unlike Breaking the Silence in Israel – soldiers who finally acknowledged their actions in the occupied territories were routinely illegal and immoral – Kendall-Smith’s actions are brave and principled.

13 comments ↪
  • anthony

    Do you know if photo's from that specific exhibit (I think its a few years old, isn't it?) are available online?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Not off the top of my head, but I'm sure Google can help. Indeed, there are numerous testimonies and pics from Israeli soldiers available proving the immorality of their behaviour.

  • Pete's Blog

    Yes the occupation of Iraq is wrong. But Kendall-Smith is following his principles so he should be prepared to face the penalties.Has he refused his pay in the past?Unlike most Israeli's he wasn't drafted.

  • Human

    Bravo to Flight-Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith. Standing for Justice and Truth will cost this brave man a lot I fear. Peace. your fellow Human

  • Shabadoo

    "International Law, Palestinian Style: A Play in One Act"By Shab B. DooShahidi Achmed: "You want me to go into an Israeli cafe and blow up as many civilians as I can?"Hamas Dude: "Yes! Is glorious to die killing the kuffar and the Zionist Jew occupier!" (Rubs hands together laciviously) "Plus, think of the virgins, man!"Shahidi: "Um, isn't that illegal under international law?"Hamas: "Que?"Shahidi: "Yeah, you know, targeting civilians and all that…"Hamas: "Oh, ha-ha! You make with the funny joke! Now what size belt do you wear…"Shahidi: "No, I'm serious. This is an illegal act you're asking me to undertake."Hamas: "You're not serious."Shahidi: (Nods head in affirmation)Hamas: (Removes gun from holster) KABLAM!

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Shab's guide to the world, bigotry part one. Must be so confronting taking on 'evil' like that?Joker…

  • Shabadoo

    Nice scarequotes around 'evil'…what morality do you ascribe to suicide bombers who target civilians?And you call me bigoted (and I'm not even a member of the "Sydney Jewish community"!)

  • Ibrahamav

    Bravo, Shabadoo. When is the first performance?

  • leftvegdrunk

    Shabadoo, how can you attempt to make humour out of something as serious as suicide bombing? You have gone way too far this time.

  • Shabadoo

    Oh Dirt, you're a smart kid and once you outgrow this EYP (Earnest Young Person) stage you'll be right…but you miss the point about the way our civilization handles such matters (indeed any matters) versus the enemy's approach….

  • Ian Westmore

    It'll be very surprised if the Kendall-Smith charge ever gets to court given that Admiral Boyce the then Chief of the General Defence Staff initially refused to authorise hostilities, reportedly holding up proceeding for nearly 5 days, the Army chief openly pondered whether he would end up in a cell next to Milosevic, the Foreign Office's deputy legal adviser advised the war was illegal (still does), that even the Attorney-General initially called the planned war illegal until he was leant on and that treason charges against a GCHQ mole were dropped when she challenged the legality of the war as her defence.What would they do if the court(s) found the Kendall-Smith order was indeed unlawful? The legal position of a lot of people would immediately become extremely difficult. Kendall-Smith's position is actually very good. He doesn't have to show the order was unlawful, only that he believed it to be. Its a pity that his career is stuffed either way. An even greater pity is that our top brass don't appear to have even considered the question. Their predecessors probably wouldn't have been so lax.

  • Ian Westmore

    Shabadoo said… you miss the point about the way our civilization handles such matters (indeed any matters) versus the enemy's approach…I think maybe you miss it. The belt wearers who survive are punished for their crimes. Politicians and generals rarely suffer any penalty even though they usually cause far greater suffering.

  • leftvegdrunk

    Sound point, Ian.