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.

Joining the crooked line

The New Yorker has been at the forefront of investigating Bush administration excesses since 9/11. Seymour Hersh is their leading light but Jane Mayer should also step forward. In this week’s edition, she outlines the death of an inmate at Abu Ghraib and the ability of the government to both sanction and encourage the use of torture to extract information. International law was ignored. No rules applied. Accountability was non-existent.

America and its allies, including Australia, are about to suffer a horrendous case of “blowback.” We will certainly know why.

While Australians are told that recent arrests disrupted an imminent terrorist attack, the Australian government simply cannot be believed on national security matters. Foreign affairs matters are off the agenda. Muslim extremists are “evil” for no apparent reason. Iraq is irrelevant to the current problems.

We will look back on these times in years to come and wonder how hysteria was so effectively created.

26 comments ↪
  • amortiser

    You said: "Muslim extremists are "evil" for no apparent reason".Really

  • Comical_Ali

    on the contrary – they are a warm and fuzzy bunch

  • smiths

    evil is such an unweildy word dont you think,muslim extremists are problematic in the same way christian extremists and spoon bending extremists are,aside from that it really hit me last night whilst watching a doco on gouldburn supermax jail what it is that keeps john howard awake at night, the terror that causes him to blurt things out about threats so awful he cant articulate them,'aborigonal muslims', rumours in the jails of conversions for 'the wrong reasons'.make no mistake, he's heard about it, and he is pissing his pants, a cyclonic force gathering up everything he feels guilty, ashamed, ignorant and scared of

  • Anna Anna Na Al Over

    the Australian government simply cannot be believed on national security mattersYeah neither can we trust Bracks nor Iemma, nor Beasley, nor Nixon nor Moroney. The only one we can trust is some blowhard blogger called Loewenstein. Get real.

  • kristan

    "We will look back on these times in years to come and wonder how hysteria was so effectively created."Perhaps it has been created by planes magically flying into buildings, or random tourist hotels exploding, or by active and illegal WMD development programs over the better part of a decade.Or just a bunch of evidently power-hungry neo-cons who falsely stirred up a kerfuffle to.. do what precisely? Unless you're terminally gullible, the self-interest argument doesn't work too well bud.Incidentally, it requires a modicum of evidence to argue against the claim that your government just broke up a serious terrorist threat, given that they have evidence to their effect and you are merely pissed off…

  • Shabadoo

    This post makes no sense. On the one hand, you say that we're due to suffer "blowback", and on the other, you imply that the terror plot busted up today was just for show. Which is it? Are Muslim extremists not "evil"; do you think we should open up talks with Al Qaeda, JI, etc? Do we deserve what we get?Also, France was completely and actively against the Iraq war, gives money to Hamas, etc, and now they've got the Francifada on their hands. Yes, they've mismanged their immigration since, oh, forever, BUT tell me that their position of cultural weakness has nothing to do with what's going on?

  • anthony

    Yeah right Loewenstein. Everyone's guilty but the oppressed Muslim terrorists born in Australia. We'll see after their court cases, if they dont hang themselves before then."hysteria" ? They only hysteria I saw happened outside the court house.

  • Shabadoo

    And of course what was that fellow doing going to prayers with a bloody gun? I thought those things were illegal, anyway…

  • smiths

    you lot really do amuse me,active and illegal WMD development programs over the better part of a decade. who? saddam hussein, ha ha hathe self-interest argument doesn't work too well bud. are you f**kin kiddng me, have a look at the companies these guys are involved with, they are rakin it in, war is a racket and theres few rackets so flimsily disguised as this current onetheir position of cultural weakness has nothing to do with what's going on?, what the? cultural weakness.the french thought that the war was a phoney, they were right. the french thought the 'intelligence' was made up, they were right. the french thought the american plan was woefully ignorant to the complexities of the country and the region, they were right.is this the cultural weakness you are talking about?

  • Dave S.

    Anthony sez: "Muslim extremists are "evil" for no apparent reason"Maybe they're "evil" because they commit mass "murder" and "saw" people's "heads" off. Just a "guess".

  • Shabadoo

    the french government was being paid off by saddam on one hand and terrified of pissing off their unintegrated muslim population on the other. and part of the reason why the muslims never integrated was because they never said, 'welcome to france, now here are the rules'. instead they just tried to declare everyone french by fiat. simple as that. as an interesting bit of diplomatic history, the french probably could have forestalled the war by continuing the resolutions game, but once they declared there was no way they would vote for war, the americans took their ball…and ran it across the line into baghdad.

  • Gibbo

    Smiths says: "'aborigonal muslims', rumours in the jails of conversions for 'the wrong reasons'.make no mistake, he's heard about it, and he is pissing his pants, a cyclonic force gathering up"That is just about the funniest thing I've read for ages. My kids are looking at me strange for laughing at the computer! You're kidding right?I like this blog much better since you all stopped trying to be serious & decided to stick with the comedy.Thanks Ant, you have a better class of stupid here.Cyclonic force hahahahaha!

  • leftvegdrunk

    There is an echo in here. If you listen closely you can hear Tim Blair. (Or is that in fact an echo of LGF and Steyn…)Very impressive, fellas.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Doesn't take much to set the apes off, does it?Furious agreement with the 'master' requires tact, skill and guts.

  • Shabadoo

    Dirt, Ant, there've been some real points raised as to logic and substance viz. this post…but I guess it's just easier to rip on your critics than engage them.

  • leftvegdrunk

    …or ban them?

  • Gibbo

    If you don't want people laughing then don't write such funny stuff.I'm still giggling about that cyclonic uprising of Aboriginal Muslims.

  • Gibbo

    By the way, looking at the lack of life in this blog you should think yourself lucky that Tim sends over a few readers.Apart from your faithful sidekick Cato… er, DirtBikeBoy, there doesn't seem to be much interest here.Got your pen license yet DirtBoy or is it shoelaces this week? Ask Ant, he'll let you know what to say.Cyclonic uprising hahahahahaha.

  • smiths

    gibbo, the conversions in australian jails are true,the tying it to john howards fears was a joke, 'cyclonic' was comic hyperbolic,but really i am glad you are laughing,with the current state of things in this country i love theres only laughter and crying

  • leftvegdrunk

    Gibbo, again you seem infatuated with my supposed youth. What the fuck is that all about? Seems like you're clutching at straws, mate. And as for lack of life on a blog, where are your rock n roll war stories, ya silly old coot?

  • Gibbo

    Smiths, I know it was a joke & that's why it's funny.Exactly what is it that all fifteen of these jail-bird Aboriginal Muslims are going to do that has poor little Johnny in such a "pants pissing" flap?Jeez, I hope Bubba's willy is Halal!DirtBoy, c'mon, everyone knows the only people with LiveJournal sites are depressed teenagers, usually girls. If you are not really the silly youth that your comments suggest, then you need to start getting out more.My rock'n roll stories are exactly where I left them. Why, where do you think they are?

  • dusty_buster

    This is just more 'chickens coming home to roost'.Australia's involvement in Iraq has enraged the Arab Street and we're paying the price.To make matters worse, Prime Mincer hoWARd has enacted laws that will effectively ban citizens from speaking out against the Government. The latest arrests of 'Muslims' for 'so called' 'acts' of 'terror' only proves this point.These innocent men are NOT 'terrorists', they are activists and spokesmen in a fight against the hoWARd junta.

  • Gibbo

    So what has fired up the Musies in France then Sean?

  • Comical_Ali

    "Doesn't take much to set the apes off, does it?"Only one incredibly stupid line.You know in hindsight Lowy, I think I severely underestimated your intelligence. In fact, now I think you to be a very clever and crafty fellow. All that stupidity (the highlight of which was that Leak Cartoon) after all is just an act to gain attention to yourself, your book and in the process revive your dying blog. I think I just uncovered an ulterior motive here…and its certainly working, I'm hooked and loving it! To be honest, I want to stop coming here and commenting…but every time I seriously contemplate that, you post or saying something else that is hilariously dumb.Please stop with your ulterior motives.

  • leftvegdrunk

    Gibbo, I should have asked how much life there was on your war stories blog. I was contrasting your comments about Loewenstein's traffic with your own efforts. I'll be clearer next time. (And again will note that traffic – or "life" on a blog – is only important when it suits your argument. Conveniently.)I am unaware of whatever it is that rightist blog commenters say about livejournal, and couldn't care either way. Its functionality shits all over other systems I've tried, and suits my unambitious purposes very well. What that has to do with the validity of any views I may present here or elsewhere is beyond me. Ad hominem, I believe. The usual. And you are telling me to grow up and get out more? I see.You know, it's amusing that you actually believe anything you may have to say will effect anyone who is unfortunate enough to read it. No wonder the kids laugh at you, you silly bastard.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    broken annointing said… "wonder how hysteria was so effectively created."Perhaps it has been created by planes magically flying into buildings, or random tourist hotels exploding, or by active and illegal WMD development programs over the better part of a decade.You're right. There is nothing that sticks in "The West's" memory better than white people being killed by black people. It is certainly the most hysterically disturbing development in the history of all Truly Human Kind.