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.

Taking some time

I’m taking a short break in Melbourne. It’s my birthday. How old? Let’s just say I’m older than Paris Hilton and younger than Gore Vidal. I’ll be back online early next week.

Some weekend reading. John Pilger’s latest New Statesman column, “The Epic Crime That Dare Not Speak Its Name“, compares the Iraq immorality with the Nuremberg trial of the Nazi leadership.

Check out the fascinating Democracy Now interview with the former head of Abu Ghraib, Janis Karpinski. She discusses how they broke the Geneva Conventions and Israel’s (possible) involvement in the now infamous abuse.

Israel is calling for Iran to be booted from the UN after its recent outrageous comments – though Israel’s actual behaviour, rather than rhetoric, requires more than condemnation – and keep checking the Huffington Post on the latest regarding the Plame/Bush/Cheney/WMD/Iraq illegality saga.

See you Monday.

19 comments ↪
  • psydoc

    Dreamboat, I think it is nothing less than astonishing that you would call for "more than condemnation" of Israel on the day that Iran has threatened to wipe Israel from the map. For Iran's comments you merely call for "condemnation." You have demonstrated for all to see that you are intellectually dishonest.I must say that it is also particularly ugly given the fact that your co-antizionist have actually called on, paid for and applauded the murder of innocent non-combatants in Hadera. Where is your outrage against this? This is why you are called a self-hating Jew. Me, I wouldn't call you this. Ben Soreh uh Moreh.What must your family think of you? It seems the bigotry is not limited your your Iranian friends, who like you, spend considerable time attacking Israel. Funny that you could not live in peace there. They expelled nearly all of their Jews.

  • Human

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANTONY! AND A MERRY FITZMAS!

  • Cuz

    Any thoughts you'd like to share with your readers over this, Antony?

  • Pete's Blog

    Have fun AL.Don't lose all your cash to the bookie-fascistas.We all know how old you are.

  • Human

    CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES INDICTED ON 5 FELONY COUNTS.MERRY FITZMAS, MERRY MERRY FITZMAS, MERRY FITZMAS, MERRY, MERRY, MERRY.I CAN HEAR THE CELL DOORS A CLINGING. ONCE MORE, THIS TIME WITH MORE FEELING, MERRY FITZMAS, MERRY MERRY FITZMAS, MERRY FITZMAS, MERRY, MERRY, MERRY. ME SO HAPPY.

  • Glenn Condell

    'What must your family think of you?'If they have half his perspicacity, they'd be very proud of him. Are your family proud of you Mr or Ms psydoc? Would they recognise you by that name? Why not use your real one so there can be no mistake?Happy Birthday Ant.

  • psydoc

    Glen why don't we let Ant's family speak for themselves?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    My parents are very proud of me and share many of my views. A number of Jews actually question Zionist dogma.Shocking, I know…

  • Shabadoo
  • Ian Westmore

    Shabadoo said… Hey, let's give these people a nuke!So how are you any different to Ahmadinejad?

  • Jozef Imrich, Esq.

    Many, many, happy returns Ant …Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and creative.Those dirty thirties tend to create a rebellious environment 😉

  • weezil

    Happy bday, Ant. 🙂

  • Ibrahamav

    The beauty of a religion such as judaism and a democratic state such as Israel is that dogma is allowed to be questioned.But antisemites, especially those acidentally born to Jews, don't like to hear that.It disturbs them.Shocking, I know…

  • Wombat

    Happy birthday Anthony. Another Scorpio!! Mine was just last week. All the very best and keep fighting the good fight.

  • Comical_Ali

    "Let's just say I'm older than Paris Hilton" Older but no wiser

  • David Heidelberg

    Happy Birthday Ant.

  • boumaaraf

    Very interesting blog !!! , i really appreciate open-minded people specially when they are jews ,i'm Mohamed , algerian journalist, polyglott and blogger , looking for friends among bloggers ,as a muslim who believe in God and the day of judgement ,it's a duty for me to condemn any form of discrimination or opression against anybody whatever his religion or race ,as for the statement of the iranian president , i should recognize that its main purpose is to win support of muslim people around the world and to win more popularity ,it's not a revelation , every single honest human beeing in the world knows that Israel is an illegitime state which main foundation is the bodies of innocent palestinians and arabs ,i'm wondering if the founders of the state of Israel were creating the so-called kingdom of God by violating his orders !!!! ( don't kill , don't steal ,…..)it's a shame to call a state which is opressing innocent people everyday after a great honoured prophet(prophet Israel peace be upon him),hope we will be friends Antony , congratulations again and pls visit my blog and let a comment .

  • Nadia

    Happy Birthday!

  • Gerry

    I'm a bit late (story of my life) but, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Antony.