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.

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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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Courting controversy on emotive issue

The following article appears in this week’s Sydney Inner-West Courier:

Inner City Author generates fierce debate.
Report LAWRENCE CONWAY

Annandale freelance journalist, author and blogger Antony Loewenstein has attracted controversy for his work on the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Since Mr Loewenstein wrote his first major article on the conflict for the Sydney Morning Herald in 2003 he has received hate mail, abusive phone calls and threatening emails. The condemnation continued after he contributed a chapter about Hanan Ashrawi’s visit to Australia in last year’s best-selling book, Not Happy, John!

His first solo book about Australian attitudes towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is months away from publication, yet Federal MP Michael Danby has already called for it to be banned. Mr Loewenstein said he started writing about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after becoming concerned that the debate in Australia was one-sided.

“There are few people in the mainstream media discussing what the Israeli occupation really means,” he said. “Everything is always framed in terms of what is good for Israel. So the idea behind the book is to ask why and to hear different voices, both in Australia and overseas, about the conflict that may not have been heard before.”

Mr Danby wrote to the Australian Jewish News in August suggesting Melbourne University Publishing should drop the book, describing it as a “disgusting project”.

But Mr Loewenstein is determined to continue exploring the issues and has already signed a book deal with Random House to write about the state of the Australian media.

Talking about the criticism Mr Loewenstein said: “You try not to let it get to you. The way I see it is the more people attack you the more you are doing your job well. My position is not to bash Israel because it is Israel – it’s simply to examine Israel’s role in the region and the impact of the West’s attitude towards Israel”.

22 comments ↪
  • Ibrahamav

    Louis Farakhan and Adolf Hitler also believed that the more people attack you the more you are doing your job well.But I admit, you're certainly no Miss Elf.

  • Oscar

    Yes, and Hitler and Farakhan used toliet paper! Death to hygene!!

  • Shabadoo

    Heh…I was just thinking that Anty'll have to write a memoir of his whole crusade to get us to see the truth about the nature of Israel, Australian Jewry and the media.Perhaps he can call it "My Struggle"…

  • Human

    Thanks for your work Antony. As it is obvious that there are a lot of hate mongers out and about, be careful.Peace. Your fellow Human

  • Shabadoo

    "We must study this vile Jewish technique of emptying garbage pails full of the vilest slanders and defamations from hundreds and hundreds of sources at once, suddenly and as if by magic, on the clean garments of honorable men, if we are fully to appreciate the entire menace represented by these scoundrels of the press."–"My Struggle"

  • Ibrahamav

    Yes Oscar, But Loewenstein hasn't claimed that he uses the same brand.MFH, nice tongue work. But keep it clean, ok?

  • Marcus

    I'm sure that as many people as may attack you, just as many support you in your work trying to examine the different perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Personally, I don't always agree with what you have to say, but I think you're endevour is a worthwhile one. I might even pick up a copy of that book of yours, finances depending.In any case, it's always telling when people fear, or seek to repress an account that differs from their own.

  • Marcus

    *ugh* (at my spelling your as you're… nice work marcus)

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Thanks Marcus,Different opinions are what make a democracy. The responses I receive prove that many people are afraid of an alternative perspective and attack. And yes, I receive many supportive emails from across the world…

  • Pete's Blog

    Nice work Antony.We, your blog co-subversives, can do what we can to nurture the wilder formulations of your Brain.For that we expect Acknowledgments in your books and Invites to Israeli Consulate receptions – if you can score them.Anyway free, autographed copies of your books as they appear, would do.Good show.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    I dearly hope to receive 'invites to Israeli Consulate receptions'…so I can refuse and dispose of them appropriately. Likewise with pretty much any other consulate receptions.Thanks for the support. Much appreciated.

  • Darp

    Ibrahamav,Something on your blog interested me.An expose of the various lies spread by those who pretend to be advocates of the Palestinian cause. Knowing that the only way the Palestinians will achieve a homeland of their own is through peaceful means, these advocates of violence actually have one goal in mind – destruction of the Jewish peopleErrm, I'm a strong advocate of the Palestinian people garnering a viable state for themselves. I've helped out with a number of Palestinian community groups in Sydney down through the years and also wrote my thesis on the events of 1948 (from a purely strategic perspective, examining the various techniques used by both sides to incite fear and terror in the other).What I'm currently more renowned for in the Aussie activism scene is my role as a 'Nazi Hunter'. Hey, that's what people in the mainstream press have labelled me, it's certainly not a mantle I've sought.I run http://www.fightdemback.com, an anti-racism/fascism/Nazi collective. You may even get a giggle out of our most recent entry where an Aus Nazi hate site posted a pic of our New Zealand spokesperson. Well, he posted a pic of Ronny Rosenthal THINKING it was our Kiwi head honcho. Tee hee hee.Throughout this campaign, I have lobbied hard to keep members of Germany's anti-Semitic NDP out of Australia (I succeeded), have provided information on Australia's Nazi wackjobs to the authorities and to Jewish orgs pertaining to Hitler's Birthday attacks on Synagogues in Perth and Newcastle.We are also one of the few community orgs that actively chase up the hunt for Nazi war criminals hiding out in Australia. We don't care if they're all shitting into colostomy bags and dodging coffins, genocide is a crime for which no age related frailty can absolve you.You catch my drift?I believe in a Palestinian state. I also believe that the timeless hatred of Jews for simply being Jews is something that must be confronted and stopped.So, no – I most certainly do not fit your narrow rubric that paints all supporters of Palestine as being automatic enemies of the Jewish people.See, even the AJN thinks FDB is kind of ok:http://www.fightdemback.com/2005/06/17/fdb-in-the-ajn/

  • theswanker

    Never would've thought that my local rag carried such articles!

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Check out the photo, if you can. I look, shall we say, determined.

  • Shabadoo

    That's not determination he's showing…it's self-hatred!

  • leftvegdrunk

    Thanks for chiming in, Darp. I hope Ibrahamav checks out the FDB site.Shabadoo, good to see your comments are continuing to display complete idiocy.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    As a consistent Ibrahamav might say, Shabadoo is just an anti-semitic hate-monger.

  • Ibrahamav

    Darp, Thank you for the invite. I believe there needs to be a Palestinian state, or that the negotiated parts of the West Bank should be absorbed into Jordan, if that is the wish of the majority of palestinians, both West Bankian and Jordanian.Gaza needs to be it's own entity or made an autonomous portion of Egypt. Again, with the agreement of the majority of Gazians and Egyptians.

  • Wombat

    So you are in favor of the West bank being handed to Palestine ibrahimv? Do you think it will happen?

  • Ibrahamav

    Most parts of the West bank via good faith negotiations. It probably will not happen in your lifetime.

  • Ian Westmore

    Darp said…We are also one of the few community orgs that actively chase up the hunt for Nazi war criminals hiding out in Australia.Very commendable. I agree their health status is immaterial. They showed no compassion for their victims, some of whom were more incapacitated than they often claim to be.However, given that Nazi targets are finite and rapidly diminishing in number, have you considered branching out into war criminals generally? There seems to be a world wide plague of them ATM with few serious attempts at bringing them to justice, the only control measure with a proven record of success.

  • Shabadoo

    Anti-Semitic? Ha! I've been called many many many things in my day, but that ain't one of them.Are you reading the comments by the same Shab?