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.

News bytes

– A revolution is brewing in Latin America. We can imagine a world beyond imperialism, neoliberalism, capitalism, and US domination.

– “Is it seditious to want the defeat of liars?” asks Keysar Trad, founder of the Islamic Friendship Association of Australia. Wishing for the end of a brutal and illegal occupation should be the aim of every sane man and women.

– When the head of pro-Zionist organisation, the Anti-Defamation League, claims that institutionalised Christianity has grown too extreme in the US – after all, many Jewish groups have long worked with Christian Zionists – something is stirring.

– Georgie Bush has instructed his staff to undergo ethics training. Yes, satire is dead.

13 comments ↪
  • anthony

    We can imagine a world beyond imperialism, neoliberalism […]Um… just curious, but what is it that you hate about liberalism?!?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Er, liberalism and neo-liberalism ain't the same thing, A.

  • anthony

    Well I can honestly say this is news to me. I'll happily take a better explanation. Are you simply referring to the different schools of liberalism or is there an entirely different movement I know nothing about?

  • Antony Loewenstein
  • anthony

    Just from that basic Wikipedia article, it seems to me that what you call neoliberalism is simply neoclassical liberalism. Still liberalism, but in a different camp to social Darwinism and welfare liberalism, united by the commitment to the rationality of the individual and freedom from the state.I take it then, that your opposition derives not from such values, but from your view of globalisation and free markets?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    A belief that the market solves all. In my humble opinion, bollocks.

  • Comical_Ali

    Its interesting how you constantly vilify memebers and representatives of the Australian Jewish community, yet cite Keysar Trad — a spokesman and apologist for racist extremists — as a legitmate commentator.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    He's just one more voice and I'm well aware of his previous associations, many of which are indeed troubling. But the points in his article are valid.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    anthony said… "Well I can honestly say this is news to me. I'll happily take a better explanation."Preface: I haven't read the Wikipedia article.The whole matter is messed up because of the US use of the word 'liberal' seems to be sometimes synonymous with 'social democratic'.In the rest of the world, 'liberalism' is a bit of a 'junk-box' term these days but could be tolerably tied to J.S. Mill's 'classical liberal' vision of freedom as expressed in his On Liberty: freedom of the individual in their private and public actions and thoughts. The proviso was that physical harm not be done to others. This guaranteed (pretty much) untrammelled free speech. (Mill also thought that that free speech was not only a moral right but that critical speech was also desirable because of its consequences – challenging dogma was more likely to lead to lead to intellectual growth and truth than not challenging dogma. One imagines this aspect of classical liberalism is most attractive to A.L.) 'Actions' here includes the free exchange of commodities between individuals in a market context, but careful consideration had to be given to situations where exchanges could (a) ultimately result in harm to others, and (b) be unfair or unscrupulous. Mill was also keen to point out that while market exchange was important, this was not the be-all-and-end-all; markets tended to leave the poorest by the wayside, capitalist wealth-maximisers could be exploitative, and there were various 'commonweal' goods that markets failed to supply – thus government regulation and intervention and independent action was also required.The term 'neoliberalism' is even vaguer, but is often associated with people like von Mises and von Hayek. They tend to take liberalism but regard the concern with 'market failures' as overblown when looked at in the long-run and the response of government protections against these failures as a case of the 'cure' being worse than the 'ailment'. Thus, the neoliberal usually ends up advocating freedom of the individual in their private and public life from government intrusion, including in the market context. Note the difference between these both these camps and what we now call the neoconservatives: freedom from regulation in the economic sphere for large corporations (but also government support to be 'freer' overseas), and simultaneously more government regulation in the 'private' sphere (over, e.g., sexual behaviour, contraception use, abortion).

  • Shabadoo

    Speaking of revolutions brewing, Anty, what maketh you of Paris (and A'dam and Copenhagen and Dijon and Marseilles…) burning?As an aside re: Keysar Trad, an Islamic 'leader' complaining about liars is funny, given the Muslim doctrine of Taqiyah…

  • Wombat

    It's ironic that a group calling itself the Anti-Defamation league, is itself the target of so many defamation charges. Furthermore, based on their hit rate, they usually come out of on the receiving end of court cases brought against them, the worse for wear.The neo-liebral confusion is understandable. Look at the Neo-con label, which is usually associated with Troskyistes and Straussians. Many of the neo-con cabal used to align themselves with the Democrats until they jumped ship.

  • Mannie

    Keysar Trad advised a group of Muslim students at a seminar on homosexuality at the University of Western Sydney a few years ago that people should ignore the anti-discrimination and anti-vilification laws in New South Wales. Homosexuality (see Trad's web pages) is an "abomination" and homosexuals should be dealt with as prescribed by holy books.Now this does not allow one to have an awful lot of faith in someone with these beliefs and no matter what his views may be as expressed currently, I for one am unable to take him seriously over any issue. He is totally discredited no matter what he says on any topic!

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Mannie said… Homosexuality (see Trad's web pages) is an "abomination" and homosexuals should be dealt with as prescribed by holy books.Now this does not allow one to have an awful lot of faith in someone with these beliefs and no matter what his views may be as expressed currently, I for one am unable to take him seriously over any issue. He is totally discredited no matter what he says on any topic! That's pretty weak. The current Pope (Benny) goes on about homosexuals pervert natural law (the nice theological way of saying its abominable) and is pure evil. That doesn't mean I'm going to ignore what he says about the evils of unilateral invasions of countries or the evils of poverty. In order to be fair to the issues (never mind the person speaking) and to have a hope of getting at the truth, one has to take everything on its merits. Blanket 'write-offs' work against that.