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.

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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.

Broken dreams

Amira Hass, Haaretz, November 4:

“For Palestinians, Yitzhak Rabin is remembered first of all as someone who instructed soldiers to break their arms and legs, when they began their popular uprising against the Israeli occupation in 1987.

“Before the handshake on the White House lawn, before the Nobel Prize and before the murder, when Palestinians were asked about Rabin, this is what they remember: One thinks of his hands, scarred by soldiers’ beatings; another remembers a friend who flitted between life and death in the hospital for 12 days, after he was beaten by soldiers who caught him drawing a slogan on a wall during a curfew. Yet another remembers the Al-Amari refugee camp; during the first intifada, all its young men were hopping on crutches or were in casts because they had thrown stones at soldiers, who in turn chased after them and carried out Rabin’s order.”

While the Western media portrays the murdered Rabin as the last Israeli leader dedicated to “peace”, the Palestinians know the truth and the world should open its eyes.

15 comments ↪
  • Shabadoo

    Anty, what do you think soldiers should do when people throw stones at them? These idiots got what they had coming to them.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    You're right. Stone throwers should be shot, killed and quartered and even that's too good for them.Soldiers should break their arms and legs? They deserve it. After all, they're Palestinian and all potential terrorists.

  • Wombat

    Yeah, think of those poor soldiers sitting inside their Abrahms tanks, having to listen to the faint clunk of stones hitting the freshly painited duco.The Palestinians have no respect.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    They really must get out of their tanks, take the Palestinians, and crush all their bones. What else do they really expect?

  • Savvas Tzionis

    Interesting post.It reminds me of when Bolt had a go at Howard for not being right wing enough. In fact, I think he called him a centrist!!!Whilst the media portray Rabin as a leftist peacemaker, you have labelled him, more or less, a criminal.

  • Ibrahamav

    Funny how the vast majority of what passes for leadership in the palestinian region has the blood of palestinians as well as jews still fresh in their teeth and this is your major complaint?LOL

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Please Ibrahamav, follow Human's advice and get some psychiatric help immediately.

  • Shabadoo

    You know, the Syrians got the Lebanese out without stone-chucking or suicide-bombing; ditto the Indians with the English…has anyone on the Palestinian side ever stopped to think that maybe their tactics are, quite literally as Anty's post indicates, self-defeating?

  • Ibrahamav

    Not only are they self defeating, they lead idiots like Eddie and inhuman to think they should throw them with impunity.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav said… "Not only are they self defeating, they lead idiots like Eddie and inhuman to think they should throw them with impunity."Au contraire, little one. All suicide bombers should be brought to justice … well, there's not much to do about that one, but murdering their families as the 'next best thing' is a petty and demended act of only the most primative and barbaric societies. As for organisers, they should be throught to justice too. They should have charges brought against them, be arrested, be tried in a court of law subject to all the usual rules of evidence and proper judicial procedures, and then if found guilt on the evidence, should be punished as per the law of the land. That's was civilised countries do. Do you think Israel's current policy of "extra-judicial" murders without trial, without a testing of the evidence, without proper judicial overview, is civilised? A civilised person would say "No."Aside: I do think the suicide bombing is completely futile, however; they only effect it has is to give the Israeli Attack Force another excuse to do some more target practice.I kust think it is understandable. Imagine Indonesia occupying New Zealand to protect itself from Insurgents, said that it would leave as soon as everything calmed down, and then slowly but surely started to divert resources to itself and to build Indonesian settlements. I wonder how long it would be before a faction of New Zealanders looked to armed resistence as the solution. And how long it would be before an even more desperate faction looked to suicide terrorism. About ten years, say? Hmmm – how many years of occupation did the Palestinians endure before the first Intifada was decleared? I think it was a bit longer than that.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    *demended demented

  • Ibrahamav

    Killing murderers before they murder again, when it is impossible to arrest them (as there is actually a war going on there) seems legal to me.If you will recall, many want Marwan Barghouti free because they believe Israel has no jurisdiction. But you can't demand the stop of justifiable defense of the destruction of palestinian murderers as you protest their arrest and conviction. As there is absolutely no comparison between your NZ example and the Palestinian terrorist organization, your justification ideal falls flat.The Palestinians endured 19 years of brutal Egyptian occupation. To relieve it, they went out and killed Jews. Another ideal of yours falls flat.Care to try a third?

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav said… "Killing murderers before they murder again, when it is impossible to arrest them (as there is actually a war going on there) seems legal to me."So you and the world's worst dictators are on the same wave-length. I'm shocked.And in case you haven't noticed. It's not impossible to arrest them. It's not impossible for the IDF to rock up, and spend a good deal of time bulldozing houses. It's not exactly difficult to rock up and grab a suspect. It's not as if they have to search for them or anything like that. After all, according to the IDF itself, it currently only sends rockets into houses that have the suspected terrorists in them. They must know where they are. Unless….they DON'T know and they're just murdering bunches of people on the off chance that they might get the one's they "really" want. No matter which way it gets twisted, the IDF is engaging in crimes against humanity; they know it; Amnesty knows it; the Red Cross knows it; the UN Special Commission knows it; the Palestinians certainly know it. They also know it has been happening for a very long time; and they also know that no matter how much international condemnation there is, no matter how much political footsie-playing occurs, they are stuck with it. Sustained hopelessness sends makes people desperate; sustained desperation sends people insane in their search for a way out of a seemingly impossible trap. "As there is absolutely no comparison between your NZ example and the Palestinian terrorist organizationWhy?

  • Wombat

    Very well argued Ed.After all the tears and pain we witnessed during the withdral from Gazaa, it turns out the Isaeli's never left after all.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Addamo_01, yes, it boarders on unbelievable. Since the illegal settlers have left, Gazan Palestinians are now just target practicefor the IDF.