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.

Noble exceptions

All mainstream journalists swallowed pre-war lies over Iraq and WMD? All reporters more than happy to provide cover for government “insiders” and official “leaks?” Journalists keen to see themselves as fighters of truth and democracy?

Nearly. There were some notable exceptions, however, and they should be saluted.

The media has taken a justified hit both before and during the Iraq war. Many forgot that their role was to question and challenge, not merely filter official spin. Many have still forgotten. Many will never remember.

For some, the job is more than regurgitating dishonest “intelligence” and saluting in front of establishment power.

Of course, many can’t imagine life without it.

  • Marcus

    "Many forgot that their role was to question and challenge"I think maybe "was" is the appropriate word.The role of journalism today is perhaps more as yet another cog in the spin process… not simply passive regurgitators, I think journalists are actually more and more becoming quite active when it comes to obfuscation and untruth.By way of example, I'd put money down that Australian TV will be broadcasting our very own Bill O'Reilly within the next five years.

  • Human

    And let us not forget the 133 House and 23 Senate members who voted nay when asked to abdicate their responsibilityto declare War and give it to the unelected Commander-in-Thief.Peace. your fellow Human

  • Rich Bowden

    Any chance of starting an Australian version of the honour roll Ant…..Shouldn't take too long!

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Rich,Good idea…but where to begin?A number of journos did remain questioning, including Margo Kingston, Paul McGeough, Ramsey et al. Indeed, virtually none of the Murdoch/Packer press. Directive from up top, you see.

  • CB

    Count the UN resolutions in the previous 12 years. So what should have been done then? That's the key question that the left consistently fail to answer.

  • Wombat

    How about you try reading those resolutions before entering into this argument?The reslutions about WMD shoudl ahve been overturned. Don''t you get it? The resilutions were active so long as the WMD programs existed. People liek you are so used to parroting the war party talking points that you hven't stopped to think what they mean. Iraq cannot be in contravention of the resolutions without WMD. The US helped draft the sanctions against Iraq, stipulating that they would be lifted as soon as Iraq complied with the sanctions. Well guess what, they were in compliance since at least 1992 (according to the Duelfer Report and Chief Weapons inspector, Scott Ritter) and the CIA knew is. But, regardless of this, the George HW Bush and Clinton Admninistrations stated that the santions would remain in place so long as Sadam was in power. Congress would not allow Clinton to vote to lift the sanctions, because Sadan posed a political ebnarrasment to the US. Bsuh 41 had stupidly compard Sadam to Hitler so that sealed any chance of the US electorate accepting Sadam's legitimacy. The sanctins could not be lifted without the Security Council's approval on which the US has a veto.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Pro-war propagandists will keep on spinning, and moving the goalposts re Iraq, because the facts are very uncomfortable. The ongoing Fitzgerald investigation in the US may just blow this whole thing wide open.But, of course, Iraq is liberated.

  • Wombat

    Indeed the Fitzgerald could prove to be bigger than anyone expected. He is not bound by any mandate, so the investigations are free to go in any direction that leads to the creation of missinformation.Already, the offices of both the Cheney and Bush are implicated at the highest level. The sad thing is that, even if indictements are issues, the White House is porbably already preparing he presindential pardons to be issued when Bush's term ends.

  • Ian Westmore

    CB said… Count the UN resolutions in the previous 12 years. So what should have been done then? How about they should have done exactly what they've done about many more resolutions about Israel in the previous 28 years. Nothing.Indeed, you could argue that the latter resolutions been enforced with banywhwere near the same zeal then Iraq and the rest of the ME may have had a very different history.