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.

Checking in

While Iraqi Riverbend discusses the constitutional elections, veteran Middle East reporter David Hirst injects some reality into the region:


“Arabs have long warned of the “Lebanonisation” of Iraq, automatically mindful of the fact that virtually every western-created state in the eastern Arab world contains the latent ethnic or sectarian tensions that produced that archetype of Arab civil war. But whereas, in concert with the US, the Arabs finally managed to put out the Lebanese fire before it spread, their prospects of achieving the same amid the violence in Iraq are slight indeed. The inter-Arab state system – and its chief institution, the Arab League – has long been incapable of concerted action against what, like Iraq, are perceived as threats to the Arab “nation”. Now the system itself is threatened by the growth of non-state activities, the cross-border traffic in extreme Islamist ideology – along with the jihadists and suicide bombers who act on it – or ethnic and sectarian solidarities of the kind that threaten to tear Iraq apart.”

Australia’s contribution to the war effort remains small, though we will all be paying the price for such folly in generations to come. When men understand history and politics with little more than ideology on their side, rest assured “freedom and democracy” will never follow.

10 comments ↪
  • Pete's Blog

    Is "Lebanonisation" in. I was justy gunna use Balkanisation.Oh well.Yes AL the premium Australia is paying (on the ANZUS Treaty insurance policy) is way too high. America does not always need our flag.One big bang in Melbourne or Sydney will be too high a price – however much Howard pleads "It wasn't because we're in Iraq"

  • Human

    Just checking in. This one <a href="http://movies.crooksandliars.com/TDS-Teleconference.wmvhttp://movies.crooksandliars.com/TDS-Teleconferen… />is just too funny not to pass along. BTW – A discussion with a friend delved into the need for a "John Dean" to flip on the Bush administration. Well Raw Story has a raw story on it – <a href="http://www.rawstory.comhttp://www.rawstory.com<br />Peace ypur fellow Human

  • Wombat

    Yes that telecoference is mind boggling. It actualyl get's worse. The woman in the from row, who Bush claimed to recognise, was actually a military PR spokesperson, so even that part was scripted out of whole cloth.What's most disturbing about this was the way Bush just mandred and mumbled and striggled ot get out anything that was discernable.It's really distrubing that this midless idiot is supposed to be runing the US.

  • Ibrahamav

    Addamo, as you "mandred and mumbled and striggled ot", how can you fault Bush for the same?

  • Wombat

    Good point ibrahamv,My typing skills suck at the best of times, especially on this laptop.

  • Wombat

    Hello all,I just thought I'd share this pearl for some light entertainment. It had me in stitches when I read it.If there were any lingering doubts about just how dumb George W. Bush really is, let's revisit what he had to say in a White House speech given on July 2nd and broadcast live on C-Span. In this speech he mainly just talked with his supporters, instead of reading his lines from cue cards."It's good to have a wallet. Wallets is good. If you have a house you can put your wallet in your house. If you have a job you can come home from your job to your house. Americans love houses. Americans love freedom and they will not stand for terrorists stealing their wallets. The America I know will not let al-Qaeda in their houses. Americans will not stand for yellow cake from Niger in their wallets. Today Americans can be proud that Saddam does not have a job and does not have a wallet. God Bless America."–George W. BushNot sure if the guy speaking was George Bush or Forrest Gump.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    I'm proud to call that man our best ally.

  • James Waterton

    *cough* *splutter* Okay – before I make any statements on what I've just read, I'm assuming you can provide a link to that footage, Andre, and not just a transcript.

  • Wombat

    James, Not everything on C-Span is available on the web, but I will do my best to track it down. I have listened to Bush speaking off script before and it only strikes you how absurd his comments are after the fact.Take a look at the clip under the title of "DO OVER" at http://www.onegoodmove.org/1gm/ and tell me if it's that big a stretch to imagine whether Bush is capable of rambling on incoherently to this extent.I’m sure you’re seen the footage of him making the following comment:"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." —Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004 (http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/bushvideos/v/bushismvideo.htm) This is a man who said "Oh, no, we're not going to have any casualties" when discussing the Iraq war with Pat Robertson. He is on the record as asking Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso "Do you have blacks, too?" In May 2001, he in on the record as saying "For every fatal shooting, there were roughly three non-fatal shootings. And, folks, this is unacceptable in America. It's just unacceptable. And we're going to do something about it." "I'm the master of low expectations." —aboard Air Force One, June 4, 2003"I'm also not very analytical. You know I don't spend a lot of time thinking about myself, about why I do things." —aboard Air Force One, June 4, 2003 "If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." —Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2000"If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." —Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2000Anyway, you get my point?I am curious though, why it is you feel the need to defend this inarguably mentally challenged guy. It's pretty obvious he is just a walking rubber stamp and that the cogs of government continue to rotate entirely without his involvement.

  • Wombat

    One more for you James:"We need to counter the shockwave of the evildoer by having individual rate cuts accelerated and by thinking about tax rebates." —Washington, D.C. Oct. 4, 2001