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.

Latin American know-how

We rarely hear about Latin America, except the almost obligatory bashing of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and American attempts to assassinate him. When Chavez recently spoke at the 60th UN General Assembly, his words resonated – despite his questionable human rights record:

“We the people now claim – this is the case of Venezuela – a new international economic order. But it is also urgent we see a new international political order. Let us not permit that a few countries try to reinterpret the principles of international law in order to impose new doctrines such as “pre-emptive warfare…”

No wonder America is rattled.

Now some intriguing news from Chile about the use of online technology to engage the population in the democratic process. Any number of politicians and commentators are discussing the country’s future and reject the individualist mentality running rampant in the West.

There is another way.

10 comments ↪
  • Human

    The reason "America"(for me that means the Corporate Government) is rattled is because the good people of Venezuela actually have a Democracy for and by the people.

  • Ibrahamav

    Exactly how many American attempts have there been to assasinate Chavez?

  • Wombat

    When the matter of Chavez being democratically elected six times was raised, a spokenspoerson for the White House retorted that so was Hitler.Chavez is frustrating the US because he has been empowered by the spike is oil prices (not to mention the confirmation fo the massive reserves under Venezuela). He is siocialist in a position where he is not having to play bow, and that combination amounts to a US big oil nightmare.

  • Pete's Blog

    Yes I'd just like to stand up and say that I'm not an individual

  • paul

    I'm sure the US is quaking with terror at the prospect of edicts issued by a demented third-world commie with a military so inept it can't even maintain internal order, let alone stage a coup and tip El Presidente' out on his crazy arse.

  • Nu-Ju

    Questionable human rights record? To what are you referring? It seems you're buying into the US line.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Far from it. There are many issues related to the V's human rights record, if Amnesty and HRW are to be believed. This isn't the whole picture – what country is perfect, after all? – but it's worth mentioning…

  • Ajit Hegde

    It is amusing you are buying into the Amnesty and HRW line. I know how nicely Amnesty reports about Israel and Palestine Dispute. I have read an article by Paul De Rooij on Counterpunch. And HRW Is a shameless Propagandist of Us Govt on Most important issues. HRW Supported NATO War on Yugoslavia. Quite shamelessly HRW Carried water for US State Department. Chavez's so called HumanRights Abuses are not greater than even the most law abiding states in the present world. You should know better than lazily naming Amnesty and HRW on this issue. Just Ask Alexander Cockburn what he thinks of Vivanco of HRW.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Send me through any comments re V. I am aware of the issues with HRW and Amnesty, but really, are we claiming there are no human rights abuses in V? And that HRW is solely a tool of the US? Please. Perhaps V is no better/no worse than other countries, but that doesn't mean that those abuses shouldn't be noted.

  • Nu-Ju

    Of course they should be noticed, but there is no such thing as Chavez's personal 'questionable human rights record'. One shouldn't feel the need to include this in any comments one makes about Chavez for fear of being called a fellow traveller of or some such denigrating term. To say that his words 'resonated despite his questionable human rights record' implies that his words could have less value because of the questionable character of the person making them. Of course this type of criticism could easily be levelled at Mugabe who recently also criticised bush, blair et al aswell, but the fact of Chavez's domestic record informs and emboldens his criticism because he practises what he preaches.