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.

We don’t want them

Islamophobe Daniel Pipes warns of a “looming immigration problem” in Europe. He outlines tactics employed by “illegals” to enter the continent but fails to wonder why they want to come in the first place.

“…It is probably only a matter of time until other Western states follow Spain and Australia and resort to military force”, he writes.

Pipes’ dislikes cultures that will seemingly infect the perfection of Western civilisation. He’s a bigot and ignoramus given cachet by a gullible media. For that reason, he’s in great demand in the West but shunned throughout the rest of the world.

Until Pipes and his fellow travellers acknowledge the ever-growing refugee crisis – and reasons behind it – the vicious cycle will continue.

I’ve long thought a clash of civilisations is imminent: First world vs. Third World. Why should we keep all the spoils for ourselves?

16 comments ↪
  • Ibrahamav

    Fails to wonder why Islamists and Islamics want to enter western democracies where they are free to do anything they want after a lifetime under brutal regimes?Surely you've lost your mind Loewenstein.

  • Human

    When America and other Nations cease to have slave states by proxy, encourage Democracy, stop exporting death and destruction and seek peaceful means to evolve Humanity to a higher degree, then just maybe it will be a more prosperous World for all.Peace. Your fellow Human

  • Ibrahamav

    Since it is only a just maybe, why bother?You statement lacks any actual facts. Just your hate-mongering assumptions.

  • Human

    ibrahamav – You are a very sick person. I urge you to get professional help as soon as possible.Some links to help you <a href="http://www.mentalhealth.asn.au/http://www.mentalhealth.asn.au/<br />http://www.mentalhealthvic.org.auhttp://www.aasw.asn.auPeace. Your Fellow Human

  • Wombat

    Ibrahamav,You need to learn some humility mate. The spite in you just pours out like a sieve.You are particularly prone to making platitudes but as for facts, well, let's just say you're big on improvisation.Peace

  • Shabadoo

    You know, there are real reasons why the West has the 'spoils' as you call them: rule of law, property rights (and not treating women as property), democracy, free speech…the easy elements to a free and prosperous society.Ant, why are you so unwilling to look at cultural defects in other areas besides the West?In any case, Anty's nostalgie pour la boue agenda is revealed here in all its glory.

  • Shabadoo

    p.s. in the old Soviet Union, one of their favourite ways to discredit dissidents was to declare them mentally ill. Nice going, my fellow human.

  • Ibrahamav

    Sorry to see that you claim him. I would not be so bold.Addamo and Huwhat are symptoms of what is wrong with society. The blessing and curse of a free society is that we must bear the rantings of those fools.

  • Shay

    First world vs Third world… anyone got any idea where this numbering system came from in the first place? I was just wondering whether anyone knew any Second World countries……

  • Shabadoo

    Shay: In the Cold War the 'second world' was generally thought of as the Communist/Soviet sphere of influence…industrialized but unfree, with the populations kept in virtual slavery to the state.

  • Wombat

    Ibrahamav,Well, I guess being called a fool is a step up from being accused of anti-semitism. Good to see you expanding your range. Stick with it, you might learn some social skills in the process.

  • James Waterton

    "Why should we keep all the spoils for ourselves?" Not only is that statement simplistic and ill-conceived, it's also tinkering with a rather dangerous ideology that caused tens – perhaps hundreds – of millions of deaths in the 20th century. Is that wise, Antony, even for you?

  • Wombat

    James,Just a note re your piece on Iran. Thanks for taking the time. I enjoy reading what you have to say when I'm in a less combative frame of mind.Cheers

  • James Waterton

    Sorry – it was rather long-winded. Didn't realise how much I'd banged on until I reviewed it at the end.If you're interested, here's what I'm currently thinking about the West's ME policy, and what I think should be done. You may be a little surprised.Regards,

  • Wombat

    Holy shit, you have you're own blog? Man you rock!! I look forward to reading it. How often do you post? Where in God's name do yuo find the time?BTW. I didn't thin your comments were long winded, certainly not by my verbose standards anyway. Somehow we managed to include a lo of points.

  • Wombat

    Just read your blog piece James. You are right, I am more than a little surprised. I will have to go back and have another peruse though, since it's an elaborate work. I knew you wer to intelligent to be a out and out hawk – and I mean that as a compliment. ;-)Have you read or heard of John Perkin's book "Confession of an Economic Hitman"? It's a pretty remarkable account of how the IMF and US mlti-nationjals have driven poor bu totherwise resource rich country to debt, especially seeing as it's from an insider. Seeing as you mention the unsavouray bedfellows the US has made, the book shed much light on the mechanisms that drove this. Though I suspect, it might be a tad sentimental for your liking.