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.

Hicks

Australian Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks is facing a US military trial some time this month. ABC Four Corners last night presented the so-called “case” against Hicks (the Sydney Morning Herald has more) and discovered that in fact he was probably in the wrong place at the wrong time.

A mis-guided man is one thing, possibly spending the rest of his life in prison is another. The Australian government cares little about Hicks because the Bush administration must always be appeased.

Australia is an independent nation?

6 comments ↪
  • elendil

    "wrong place at the wrong time"? Well, shit, sucks to be you, Hicks. I guess at least you're not in bad company.

  • Ian Westmore

    Antony, the government cares little for all of us, not just Hicks. Remember (yet to be indicted war criminal) Alexander Downer's dismissive statement just a week or so ago that if we venture to disaster prone places we shouldn't expect help if things go wrong. Its all our fault for being stupid. Or that his office apparently hung up on relatives trying to get info on Aussies caught up in Katrina.The message is clear, to them we're all confounded nuisances, except for one day every 4 years.

  • Activepeace

    One of the concerns I have with the Anti Terror legislation is that it opens the way for state terror. The powers that the Howard government is seeking go far beyond the need to protect our society and its citizens.We already have situations in this country where an errant police officer can use excessive force and gratuitous violence in arresting a peace activist, Jim Dowling, confident in the knowledge that senior officers, as well as the Queensland government, will do nothing to curb this form of indiscipline and abuse of power.You know we are in trouble when you hear the former head of ASIO, Dennis Richardson, tell a large gathering of Terrorism students at UQ just over a year ago, that David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib (who was still in Guantanamo Bay at the time) would get no sympathy from him. He went on to say that they deserved what ever was coming to them.As we are well aware, "what ever was coming to them" included anal rape and, in Habib's case, the smearing of menstrual blood on his face. Dennis Richardson was rewarded for his loyalty to the Howard government with the post of Ambassador to Washington, where they well understand a tacit support for torture.You may well ask why the Howard government have not lifted a finger to help Australians get released from the Guantanamo Bay torture centre. Clearly a government that approves of torture, a government that wanted to rush the Anti Terror bill through parliament on Melbourne Cup Day (and had to back down on this) cannot be trusted with these draconian powers.We need to keep up a very vigorous campaign to get David Hicks released from indefinite detention without trial and from any rigged and improper trial that the Bush regime can invent.Willy Bachhttp://willybachpoeticthoughts.blogspot.com/

  • Wombat

    It's pretty trasnparent that the proposed anti-terror laws are nothign more than a tool to crush dissent. That' precisely the wa the laws are being applied in the UK and the US.

  • Ian Westmore

    Just before he retired Dennis Richardson, the former ASIO head mentioned by Activepeace was specifically asked by reporters whether ASIO had all the legal powers it needed to protect us from terrorists. The answer was an unqualified "yes." Howard pulled the additional laws thing out of the hat at the time that the proposed IR changes started seriously affected the opinion polls. They are a diversion, nothing more.Anyway, weren't the fridge magnets supposed to protect us from all evil? 😉

  • Comical_Ali

    As a fighter and active support of the Taliban regime — did Hicks care much for the miilions of people who suffered under that very same regime?Some people might call it "Karma." At least this guy is getting a legal trial (and his legal representation of some sort)…unlike the victims of his beloved Islamic regime. So its partial "Karma" of some sorts.And I personally dont really care about someone whose openly expressed views and goals in life are no similiar than that of a brown shirted Nazi. Just give Hicks's diary a good read and it would sound like he plagerised directly from "Mein kampf." Makes one wonder what motivates loony leftist moonbats and civil liberterians to be so passionate about the "human rights" of this Neo-Nazi Islamist — even though he is recieving considerably fair treatment.