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.

Gulf war syndrome

Richard-Norton Taylor, Guardian, November 1:

“After years of controversy, Gulf war syndrome was officially recognised yesterday as a distinct set of symptoms suffered by British army veterans sent to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in 1991. In a decision which has widespread implications for the Ministry of Defence, the war pensions appeals tribunal ruled that the syndrome existed as an “umbrella term” covering specific symptoms and conditions attributed to service in the 1991 Gulf war.”

Australian troops have long complained of the syndrome but successive governments have refused to recognise its existence. There are even claims that pre-war immunisation causes adverse reactions. A new local film, Blowin’ in the Wind, explores these issues and concludes that depleted uranium is a fact of life and will ruin generations to come.

Iraq is now “liberated” and littered with the remnants of American, British and Australian weapons.

Can’t imagine why an ever-growing number of home-grown Iraqis are fighting the illegal occupation and its waste.

UPDATE: Imperial arrogance from 2003:

“A United States defence official has said moves to ban depleted uranium ammunition are just an attempt by America’s enemies to blunt its military might.

“Colonel James Naughton of US Army Materiel Command said Iraqi complaints about depleted uranium (DU) shells had no medical basis.

‘They want it to go away because we kicked the crap out of them,’ he told a Pentagon briefing.”

14 comments ↪
  • J F

    The linked New Matilda article is sensationalist nonsense. Go here and follow the links to learn about the DU "hazard".

  • Human

    This flash puts it like the subject needs it -http://www.bushflash.com/pl_lo.htmlIf da link does not work go here -http://www.bushflash.com/animation.htmlPeace.

  • Human

    To quickly shoot down jf's link – The head of the U.S. effort to develop DU has now seen the error of his ways and is working to expose the dangers of DU."A NATION'S MILITARY CANNOT WILLFULLY CONTAMINATE ANY OTHER NATION, CAUSE HARM TO PERSONS AND THE ENVIROMENT AND THEN IGNORE THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR ACTIONS."Professor Douglas Rokkeda pertinent link – Rokke Addresses issue – http://www.ratical.org/radiation/DU/DRonDU2000.html

  • Wombat

    yes the study does not have a thorough investigatino into the effect of particulates on humans, nor does it address the issues of high concentration.Iraq's birht deformitities after Gulf War 1 increased 5 fold, and they continue to do so.

  • Ibrahamav

    The deformities are a result of Iraqi actions and inactions.

  • J F

    Human, you have shot down nothing. If you take the time to click on the link I provided you will find additional links to a range of reputable sources, including the UN.

  • Wombat

    " The deformities are a result of Iraqi actions and inactions."Way to go Ibrahamav.Damn those infants I say. They get what they deserve right?

  • Human

    JF – I did as a matter of fact click on the link. All the Orgs. that are listed have not done any worthwhile investigation of the effects. As far as the UN being "reputable" that has to be a joke. Is the Professor who headed the efforts to use DU as a weopon reputable? If you think just maybe, click on the link provided, that is if you have not done so. For I unlike some would not assume that you did not. I also have some things to compile about ISU that I will post later.

  • J F

    Human,Doug Rokke's work in developing DU weaponry gives him no authority regarding adverse health effects. (Haven't read any of his stuff in a couple of years but suspect he's still basing his claims on anecdotal evidence.)If you want to do a public service, document the adverse health effects of DU weaponry and then use the evidence to support the nonsense in the linked New Matilda article. Good luck.

  • Human

    jf – "Haven't read any of his stuff in a couple of year"? So, you did not even click on the link provided, and you want me to dig more stuff up to prove something to you? Prof. Rokke was Head(Leader, Captain, Director) of the effort. His experiance is hardly anecdotal. You like others who so far have posted contrary opinions, just do not have an argument to stand on, demand that I post links and then not even click on them. Well since you have not so far become insultive, I'll try 1 more time. The following is a film made by U.S. DU project, which again is not anecdotal – <a href="http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3581.htmhttp://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3… />Why has this film not been shown to the troops that were/are sent to Iraq? If ISU's stand is that the radiation is safe why is it the film warns of the danger of radiation? Why doe not ISU speak of the other primary danger of DU weopons? Peace.

  • J F

    Rokke's supposed DU expertise derives from his experiences in Iraq post the '91 war. Rokke is not an authority on DU's health effects. In any event, I am not aware of any reputable science that supports any claims that DU has had any significant adverse health effects on anyone, including soldiers with permanently embedded DU shrapnel, other than those inside armoured vehicles hit by DU penetrators. But for such persons, the inhalation of DU dust would be the least of their worries.I have demanded that you do nothing. My suggestion was that you should better educate yourself and then attempt to justify the snesationalist crapola Loewenstein linked. The fact that you attack my link to ISU and UN sources and counter with a link to Information Clearing House confirms that you wouldn't have a clue.As for radiation, the building products used to construct our homes pose more of a radiation threat to us than the threat posed by DU to anyone, anywhere.

  • Human

    jf- Again you do not click on the link provided. "Better educate myself"? You are a fool who refuses to even question your assumptions. The film btw the way was made by the same people who made the stuff. Why not answer the questions put to you? Enough with you. You are a waste of my time.

  • J F

    Human,I reiterate:I am not aware of any reputable science that supports any claims that DU has had any significant adverse health effects on anyone, including soldiers with permanently embedded DU shrapnel, other than those inside armoured vehicles hit by DU penetrators. But for such persons, the inhalation of DU dust would be the least of their worries.Prove me wrong.

  • Eureka Dejavu

    I am an award-winning investigative reporter and founder of the Ruminations on America Project (www.ruminationsonamerica.blogspot.com), where an investigative article I wrote on Depleted Uranium is now posted (http://ruminationsonamerica.blogspot.com/2005/11/depleted-uranium-new-agent-orange.html). The piece tells the story of "Operation Iraqi Freedom" veteran Herbert Reed and his entire unit, currently suing the US Government for, they believe, knowingly exposing them to DU. I thought you might be interested. All the best,Rita J. King