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.  
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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.

Congratulations Americans (and Australians)

Riverbend, an Iraqi blogger, reminds us what the “liberation” of her country has brought:

“We literally laugh when we hear the much subdued threats American politicians make towards Iran. The US can no longer afford to threaten Iran because they know that should the followers of Sadr, Iranian cleric Sistani and Badir’s Brigade people rise up against the Americans, they’d have to be out of Iraq within a month. Iran can do what it wants – enrich uranium? Of course! If Tehran declared tomorrow that it was currently in negotiations for a nuclear bomb, Bush would have to don his fake pilot suit again, gush enthusiastically about the War on Terror and then threaten Syria some more.

“Congratulations Americans – not only are the hardliner Iranian clerics running the show in Iran- they are also running the show in Iraq. This shift of power should have been obvious to the world when My-Loyalty-to-the-Highest-Bidder-Chalabi sold his allegiance to Iran last year. American and British sons and daughters and husbands and wives are dying so that this coming December, Iraqis can go out and vote for Iran influenced clerics to knock us back a good four hundred years.”

This is what the “Coalition” has created in the Middle East. Would anybody like to discuss how well the country is progressing?

  • Wombat

    Not sure I entirely agree. With his plunging polls about looking they like will set some kind of record, I would not put it past the Bushies to start a fight with Syria or Iran (or both) just to stem the tide.Interestingly, Iran have invited the UN to have a look around their secret facilities. I think for them, scoring political points against the US and their lunatic in chief at the UN, is reward in itself.Truly bizzare is how fortunes have changed so dramaticlly for Chalabi. He's due to arrive in Washingotn to give a speech, and is apparently Washington's preferred candidate as Iraq's new leader for the next election. Not bad for someone who gave away US secrets to teh Iranians.It sems Al-Jaafari is too chummy with Tehran for Washington's liking. Perhaps the part abotu Iraq becomming a democracy will have to wait till anothr time.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    It'd be funny…if it wasn't so tragic. The plan was never to make Iraq a democracy…and only ideologues believed it was.

  • smiths

    average iraqi's understand that an extremist shiite coup d'etat has occurred in iraq, attacking iran would be a disaster for us forces in iraq but this wont stop the US admin from doing it,like anthony said the iraq war was not about creating democracy, it was about creating chaos and riding it,they have an airforce which is almost idle and can hit about 5000 targets in one night, everything would be worse and thats just the point, the funny thing is i dont think even john howard really understands this, thats what makes him tragic rather than genuinely disgusting,i actually think he believes it all even if he knows its all built on lies, he's just not privvy to the deeper layer of lies and motives

  • Wombat

    I think you underestimate Howard. He is an intelligent man for sure, but every bit as duplicitous and conniving as his fellow travellers in Washington and London. The recent terrorist threat farce, and the Tampa incident, are just small examples of what he is capable of. I think Howard is a shill and sycophant, mesmerised by power and delusions of grandeur. I thnk we can expect to see more of the same and much worse from him.

  • orang

    Agree 100% with addamo_01. One thing John Howard is not, is naive.He knows exactly what's been going on and how to play the game. . Where the US and British public are beating up on their respective governments for the Iraq shambles, Howard is Mr Teflon. No doubters of his "doing the right thing" here in Oz. ANZAC spirit and all…Special Forces..woo hoo..The ALP opposition,? puhhleaze

  • brokenleg

    And it is absolutely no coincidence that the day the reformist movement in Iran started to decline was the exact same day Bush made his axis of evil speech.

  • Ibrahamav

    What will occur is a total destruction of the Irani ability to wage war or attack any country. But there will be no occupation.They will have to rebuild on their own. The US government has learned the lesson of Iraq.They are not europeans. No Marshall plan for the vanquished.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Ibrahamav,your rantings become more delusional by the day. Yes, America should invade every country it doesn't like, but in a benign way. Yet another armchair general, you are. Grow up.