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.

Asylum seekers welcome

I’m astounded refugee friendly John Howard didn’t think of this idea:

“The dictator of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, is making a cynical offer to refugee asylum seekers. You can stay here, but only if you live in the No Man’s Land created by the Chernobyl disaster.”

15 comments ↪
  • Marcus

    That's a proposal thats just messed up in so many ways. Mind you, it wasn't that long ago that Pig Iron Bob gave the thumbs up for nuclear weapons testing at Maralinga, South Australia, inflicting radiation sickness upon much of the local Aboriginal population.It makes you wonder what the hell is wrong with people.

  • Pete's Blog

    Hmmm invite people to spare territory..Hey lets invite Israel to the centre of Australia.Similar climate, many speak English, mucha money to pay incumbents, even Pine Gap to pulverise. Not Holy but yer can't have everything.Not an Arab in sight. No nuclear exchange here – yet.No problems.

  • Wombat

    it's ironic that you should suggest that gigolo pete,My ex wife, a film director, was approached a while back about a project which documented how Cetral Australia was at ons stage, considered as a possible promised land alternative. I have no diea abot the truth of this or whether is was just some eccentric Jew with the best of intentions. Anywone know about this?

  • anthony

    Yes, I've heard the same thing, but I cant pin down a souce right now.See if you can get a hold of some extracts from Herzl's diaries (or any of his work). I think it was Herzl who wanted to see the Jewish state est. in Argentina.Southern Tasmania was another site, I hear.A real kick in the face for the die-hard Anti-Israeli's claiming the Zionists had a grand plant to displace the ME Arabs…And Pete, why would it make sense to displace 6 million Israeli Jews, tear apart the $100b economy and dismantle the state that has been around for 50+ years now?If you really want to move large amounts of people, why not establish the Palestinian state in central Australia? I can’t foresee much chaos here, the de facto Palestinian state is already morally and financially bankrupt, such a move is going to have little negative effect on the inhabitants. And not an infidel in sight to offend the dog-fearing modest Palestinian Muslims.

  • James Waterton

    Andre : I have posted a very lengthy response on the Iran issue. Please find it here … http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=11508415&postID=112898879264987464&isPopup=true

  • Wombat

    Cheers James.

  • Ibrahamav

    Anthony, A very interesting proposal. Too bad the Palestinians have no one of any stature to suggest anything outside of a holocaust.

  • Pete's Blog

    anthonyI've put the idea to Johnny Howard and he sees the Palestinian idea as excellent.Why have 6 million productive Jews competing with Australian industry when you can have a great many (slightly embittered) Palestinians well and truely justifying terror legislation?I've talked to my business manager and we've bought up every sniffer puppy farm this side of Dapto.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Tasmania was indeed considered as a Jewish state as was parts of central Australia. I examine this in my book. Madness, of course, though during times of desparation – ie. pre Holocaust in Nazi Europe – many ideas would have been floated.

  • Glenn Condell

    'Too bad the Palestinians have no one of any stature to suggest anything outside of a holocaust'Too bad the Israelis have no one of enough moral stature to end the racism that has led to a Palestinian holocaust at Israeli hands. Of course, both groups have plenty of dissenters who cause disturbing patches of grey in your black and white world and it is those grey patches that we must encourage to grow enough to meet and crowd out the less evolved black or white absolutists like yourself.

  • Ibrahamav

    Palestinian holocaust? I heard it caused the Palestinain population to decrease from 2 million to over 9 million in less than 60 years.Can't those Jews do anything right?Glenn, perhaps you should go back to school and relearn definitions and vocabulary. You seem to have been short changed. You don't even understand color.

  • anthony

    Why have 6 million productive Jews competing with Australian industry when you can have a great many (slightly embittered) Palestinians well and truly justifying terror legislation?Ok Pete, let me get this right- you admit that a Palestinian state poses a terror risk- i.e., giving the Palestinians a state in central Australia justifies terror legislation here- so why is it that the Palestinians should be given a state at all?Ibrahamav, excellent point on Glenn’s idea of a ‘Palestinian Holocaust’…

  • Wombat

    "Ibrahamav, excellent point on Glenn’s idea of a ‘Palestinian Holocaust’…I agree that the term Paletinian Holocaust is highly suspect.Not sure I would agree with the math though. I have no idea about numbers obviously, but if you were to apply that same 60 year rational to the Jewish people, would you not also come up with an appreciable population increase?

  • anthony

    Andre- if you apply the same rationale, it would not be over 60 years. The Holocaust ended with the defeat of Nazi Germany.I very much doubt that during the Holocaust Jewish numbers grew.During Glenn's 'holocaust of the Palestinians', the numbers have, strangly, grown- and substantially.

  • Wombat

    Fair enough. I did preface that with my concern about the term "Palestinian Holocaust".