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.

News bytes

– Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining refigured.

– American magazine Mother Jones investigates Boeing and wonders whether its planes are unsafe.

– The pro-Zionist lobby works its magic at the Sydney Morning Herald.

– Noam Chomsky is the world’s greatest intellectual. Sounds about right.

– Scotland’s Sunday Herald issues a scorching editorial:

“If and when the so-called war on terror ever ends, our grandchildren or our great-grandchildren may well look back in disbelief and wonder how it could have been that, at the turn of the 21st century, the two nations that waged a global conflict under the banner of democracy could have so blatantly flouted that principle.

“The ‘extraordinary renditions’ programme, which breaches every law on international human rights, sees the United States target suspected terrorists anywhere in the world, kidnap them, drug them, cuff and blindfold them, bundle them on to a secret CIA jet and whisk them off to a ‘friendly’ nation such as Egypt, Uzbekistan or Morocco, where ‘friendly’ secret policemen can torture, rape and murder them.

“The UK colludes happily with this. We allow the CIA’s fleet of jets to come in and out of UK airports to refuel and get other logistical support while they ferry their captive human cargo around the world. Scotland has the proud distinction of being the most popular stop-off point for CIA flights on the gulag-and-torture-chamber-express.”

15 comments ↪
  • Shabadoo

    Re: the Herald's publishing Dersh's piece, sounds like you don't think they should have done so…we wouldn't be trying to censor someone else's opinion and stifle dissent now, would we?

  • Human

    That Alan Dershowitz, "some symbolic recognition of the rights of Palestinian". What a card.Here in the U.S. he has also advocated torture. What moral authority.Peace. Your fellow Human

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Far from it, just know the likely reasons behind it. As transparent as possible and when was the last time a prominent Arab or Palestinan was given similar space. Exactly…

  • Shabadoo

    Yawn…more bitterness from the fired interweb cadet about internal Herald processes…clearly you've taken your old boss MagrO's beliefs about the wily Jews and the media to heart…

  • Antony Loewenstein

    I actually know how it works in there.

  • Marcus

    Bah! Umberto Eco running SECOND to Chomsky. The vote was rigged I tell you!

  • leftvegdrunk

    Yawn… more meaningless ad hominem prattle from the blogless predictable Shab…

  • boredinHK

    From your link -all a bit of good natured parlour fun is how the poll(100 big brained types ) was described.But it goes on to state the following :Goodhart(guy from the mag which ran the poll ) "thinks the debate about Chomsky’s worth is bound to continue. On the one hand he is the author of a profound contribution to linguistics. On the other his pronouncements outside his area, in politics, are often simple-minded and maddening."That's a polite way to describe them.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    RE: "- The pro-Zionist lobby works its magic at the Sydney Morning Herald."Shabadoo said… "we wouldn't be trying to censor someone else's opinion and stifle dissent now, would we?"The point is that OVER TIIME (a) the S.M.H. gives only one point of view on the Palestine/Israel Tragedy [there has been only one dissenting article in the last year or so]; (b) that point of view is a decidely right-wing secular Zionist one; and (c) the entire issue gets far more space in the opinion-pages than any other non-national issue.You don't get this much coverage of one issue from one side unless you're paying for it. It's just not good economics.RE: "- Noam Chomsky is the world's greatest intellectual. Sounds about right."Well, since that second-rater Hitcho came in 5th IN THE WORLD I will disregard this list altogether.

  • Ibrahamav

    Over time, the SMH has decided that both sides are not right, and that the Israeli side seems to be clearer, more concise, and truer than the Palestinian side.Dahlmer had a point of view, but no paper gave him as much press as they gave the police and the Judge. Rightfully so.

  • Wombat

    "Well, since that second-rater Hitcho came in 5th IN THE WORLD I will disregard this list altogether."5th? Holy shit!!! You mean to tell me that many people have been conned by that propagandist Trotskyite water-boy?I guess he'd still be squirming a the fact he came 4 places behind his neisis though.

  • Ibrahamav

    David Goodhart, the editor of Prospect, describes the exercise as a “bit of intellectual fun, a parlour game. It’s not meant to be entirely serious.So, like Noam, it was a joke. Good one. I heard he couldn't be bought. Persanally I believe that was a typo, he can't be brought. Hygene or something is what I heard.

  • Wombat

    Love hm or hate him, Noam has inspired people to think for themselves rather than believe everything they see on television or read in the paper.If he was as insignificant as ibrahamv would like us to believe, I doubt he'd invoke such overt reactions from both sides of hte spectrum.

  • Ibrahamav

    He has merely inspired fools to greater depths of antisemitism.He is significant, a significant source of material for neo-nazis, white supremists, holocaust deniers and others of that ilk.

  • Wombat

    Chomsky appeals predominantly to intellectuals, who overwhelmnigly empathise with Israel, not the ingnorant or uneducated, who are most prone to anti-semitic leanings.He is no more responsible for anti-semites using his works that Ford or Chrysler is for selling cars to these same people.The ramblings of ADL president Able Foxman, who has proclaimed that anti-semitism is as prevalent today as it was in 1930 and who lobbied to prevent the Passion of Christ being screened, provide more grist to anti-semites than Chomsky.