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.
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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.

Moral equivalence

Noam Chomsky interviewed in February 2002:

QUESTION: But you seem to see this moral equivalence…
CHOMSKY: There’s no moral equivalence.
QUESTION: …between bin Laden and Bush, don’t you?
CHOMSKY: Moral equivalence is a term of propaganda that was invented to try to prevent us from looking at the acts for which we are responsible.
QUESTION: You say there are plenty of bin Ladens on both sides.
CHOMSKY: There are bin Ladens all over the world.
QUESTION: That’s moral equivalence. That’s a polemic, isn’t it?
CHOMSKY: That’s not moral equivalence. There is no such notion. There are many different dimensions and criteria. For example, there’s no moral equivalence between the bombing of the World Trade Center and the destruction of Nicaragua or of El Salvador, of Guatemala. The latter were far worse, by any criterion. So there’s no moral equivalence. Furthermore, they were done for different reasons and they were done in different ways. There’s all sorts of dimensions…
QUESTION: But why, when the US is considering what to do about this, do you always go back to past crimes?
CHOMSKY: Not past. Present.
QUESTION: You mentioned Nicaragua.
CHOMSKY: I mentioned that because it’s uncontroversial. Since there’s a World Court [decision], Security Council resolution…Since it’s uncontroversial, it’s a good example. I mention these cases…
QUESTION: Are you kicking the US when it’s down?
CHOMSKY: No. I’m asking that we accept the definition of “hypocrite” given in the Gospels. I think that’s correct. The hypocrite is the person who refuses to apply to himself the standards he applies to others. I don’t think we should be hypocrites.
QUESTION: To what aim do you do this? To what aim do you wish to point this out?

  • Human

    Well he is right on the the question of moral equivalence. The murder at the World Trade Center and in Nicarauga share the same immoral equivalence. 2 wrongs do not make a right. The murder of 1 is as immoral as the murder of 2. Whether ripped apart by a suicide bomber while going to school or run over by a bulldozer in a peaceful effort to save anothers house, the immoral abyss of man's inhumanity to man does not have a bottom. I have not read any publication by Chomsky so I really can not comment on it. Some people claim that he is a "Holacaust denier". If so the man could hardly be described as an intellectual. Much less the "World's Greatest". Peace. Your fellow Human

  • Wombat

    Of course he's not a Holocaust denier. His advocacy for freedsom of speech was quoted in such a book, with his permission.It's a bit like the saying, "I may not agree with what you say, but I will fight for your right to say it".

  • Human

    Hi addamo-01. In the interest of further research what book was that? Peace. Your fellow Human

  • bazra

    agh, fellow human, how old are you? older than chomsky maybe? better placed, no doubt to make such judgement calls i'm sure. i am no holocaust survivor, denier or promoter, but i have read quite a deal of chomsky's work, interviewed him on radio, and admire his steadfast resistance to tyranny. your unsubstantiated smear doesn't phase me much, nor, i should think, the many readers and thinkers, worldwide, who gain relief from his thought-provoking lectures/writing. you/i could do worse. karl rove and his uk/australian equivalents, not to mention the bungling puppet leaders, sure make chomsky's utterances all the more straitforward. no one likes to be called a hypocrite, especially if it's true of themself or who they voted for, for whatever reason.chomsky's words evoke such defensiveness especially because they are so true. what is your media diet?

  • Wombat

    human,I cannot recal the name of hte book. It was quite some time ago that this happened. I trust soomeone else on the list will help there.Bazra,I admire your passion, and agree with you about Chomsky, but in fariness toi human, I think he admitted to not being familiar with his writings. I'm his question was a sincere inquiry.Please stick around. I'm sure you and ibramhimav will have a colourful debate. 😉

  • Human

    bazra – since you seem to have misunderstood me I'll write it again – "I have not read any publication by Chomsky so I really can not comment on it." Some people claim that he is a "Holocaust denier”. I did not accuse him of being a holocaust denier. Others have and that belief is prolific even if false. I did not know of the accusation until I googled his name. Instead of me closing my mind to the possibility I gave my, "if so". Since you have interviewed him, and the belief that he is a Holocaust denier is held by many, maybe you can tell us if you had asked him about it? Also in an effort in further research I would like to read/listen to your interview with him. The interest is to get a better whole picture of the man, not just fact checking on whether he is a Holocaust denier.I want to thank you for your interest in what my "media diet" is. On the tv I watch the Cable News shows, The Daily Show, Sponge Bob Square Pants, Movie Classics(uncut), The Nature Channel, The Learning Channel, History Channel and Travel Channel. My only interviewers who I like because of their calm and even handed manner is Travis Smiley and Charlie Rose. The political rags that I read range from The Nation to The Weekly Standard. On line my 1st click of the day is Other news sources are as far ranging as you could imagine. One of my favorite things to do is on blogger I click next blog just to see what comes up. I visit many different political blogs including ones that hold very different opinions than mine. As a member of I monitor hate sites like Neo-Nazi and KKK sites. The real viewpoint that I lack is non-American ones, hence my interest here and there. I would really like to read History from other than American perspectives however I can not read anything but English so unless it is translated and in the library I don't get the chance.Again thank you for interest. Peace. Your fellow HumanPS – Thanks addam0 for responding to my query and trying to set bazra right.

  • Wombat

    human,If you have a high speed link, there are more than a few audio recordings of Chomsky you can find on the web. Just to a search with Google on "noam chomsky interview"This will certainly give you a good way of accessing his message.

  • Human

    addamo-01 – thanks for the suggestion.I will. It sure would be interesting to read/hear bazra'a interview. Peace. Your fellow Human