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.

Bringing diversity

Macquarie University’s Centre for Middle East and North African Studies is a comprehensive faculty dedicated to a thorough and frank dissection of various countries in the world. Guest speakers, both provocative and timely, are a regular feature as is examination of Western involvement and complicity in the current region’s troubles. Perhaps most importantly, emphasis is given to examining the wonder, beauty and problems of the countries, rather than the typical Orientalist perspective.

I’ve been asked to join the Centre’s Board and will contribute occassional talks, assistance, advice and guest speaker organising. I’m honoured and I thank Director Andrew Vincent for the priviledge.

14 comments ↪
  • Shabadoo

    Oh dear, this should be darkly funny to watch. What, pray tell, are your academic qualifications to sit on this board? Just clicking around the site, thuogh, I see you've got everything from Ilan Pappe to screenings of Outfoxed. Should be some balanced scholarship coming out of this joint. You sure are parlaying that f2 cadetship that didn't work out into some interesting gigs…

  • Darp

    Great stuff.

  • leftvegdrunk

    Shab, your envy is showing again.I'm with Darp. Good work, Ant.

  • Darp

    I'm a former student of Dr Vincent. The "Middle East Centre" as it was in my day is THE place to study the Middle East in Aus. The centre always tries to vary its speakers and actually does produce some balanced scholarship (minus shaba's invisible inverted commas).They've had speakers ranging from Chomsky, to Kurdish leaders, exec members of the NSW Jewish Board of deputies, former Palestinian prisoners, former diplomats (Pierre Hutton), Andrew Wilkie, Ron Weiser).I must admit to being a fairly lost undergraduate who partied way too hard until I discovered Andrew Vincent's courses. A major turning point in my life.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Thanks all for the support.We've got some imbalances to sort out…

  • Human

    Cool man. As sharing knowledge is against the creed of the sick far right I'm sure that they believe it in their interest to disparage any institution and it's members that does not goosestep to the ordered criteria.Peace.

  • Shabadoo

    Hey Anty, nice ducking, but what exactly qualifies you to sit on this board? A distinguished CV of book reviews and opinion pieces?Serious scholarship there…

  • Human

    Does anybody hear that squeaking? Ah just ignore it.

  • Ibrahamav

    The intent is not so much serious scholarship. After all, this is not a fact checking course. what is important is the point of view. In that regard, we want to hear what Arafat has to say, even it it merely proves his liniage to nazi germany.We want to hear the opinions of scum like dirt and elf and umkahlil just to see what the screwed up people in the world are thinking.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav said… " what is important is the point of view. In that regard, we want to hear what Arafat has to say, even it it merely proves his liniage to nazi germany.We want to hear the opinions of scum like dirt and elf and umkahlil just to see what the screwed up people in the world are thinking. "Yes, that's right. Macquarie's CMENAS is nothing more than a front for the Jew-hating, neo-Islamo-fascist mafia. They're everywhere. They're taking over. Soon they'll be marrying our children. Ugh. Can you imagine it? We must expose these people and their organisations for what they are and where they ultimately draw their power: the Nazis. That's where history began. *rolls eyes*

  • leftvegdrunk

    Scum, Ibrahamav? How brave.

  • Darp

    Ibra,I came through all of Vincent's courses and also had a voluntary role running the MEC for a few years too.I came out of that and have taken down more Aus/Kiwi LIVING AND BREATHING Nazis than most.Have you done the courses? Are you ex-club Mac? Have you downloaded every Vincent lecture and listened to them?In, short – what do you actually know about them that you haven't allowed your innate prejudices to assume for you?

  • Ibrahamav

    Darp, You misunderstand me. I have no complaints regarding MEC. In fact I applaud efforts such as that. All I am saying is that voices of ill reason such as Arafat and dirt should be heard if only to find out what lunatics think about.

  • Iqbal Khaldun

    Well done Antony, about time you got the recognition you deserve.Keep up the good work!