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.

The mother country

Parliamentary democracy is not dead.

Perhaps Australia’s leading parliamentarians will one day realise that independence isn’t a dirty word.

23 comments ↪
  • Human

    I saw a Press Conf. with PM Blair tues, and he sure looks wrung out. He was very emotional. By the questions one could see how scared he was to put it as a confidence question. At least in England the PM has to answer questions. On wedns. it is always fun to watch the PM wiggle, no matter who it is. PM Blair actually talks like he is intelligent. We have a moron on 2 legs, who never answers a question without putting his foot in his mouth. In many ways the English way is better. They can get rid of the deadwood in 1 day. We either have to impeach or wait 4 years.Peace.

  • Iqbal Khaldun

    Yes it's a big victory for democracy there in the UK. It amazes me that despite being victim to a very serious terrorist attack parliamentarians still defeated the proposed terrorism laws. To think that in Australia similar laws are pretty much a fait accomplice. I used to think our democratic process was superior – we're a smaller, more prosperous nation with a relatively limited history of violence (ie only towards the indigenous population). Present events in the UK should shame all of us.

  • SUPERIOR AMERICAN

    Human – For shame. We are way better than the English. Remember we kicked their ass? Twice. God, Guns and Guts is what makes America Superior.iqbal – Other than myself I must say you are much Superior to the others.

  • Human

    unsuperior – Yeah I remember. Did you know that the French had more troops at Yorktown than our Buckskin forefathers?Also we tried to invade Canada and were stopped. Twice. Remember?For thinking people – This front page <a href="http://-http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/frontpage.cfm-http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/frontpage.cfm<br />makes me almost feel sorry for lil Tony. Almost.Peace.

  • Shabadoo

    Superior, I'm going to report you to animal welfare for beating a dead horse. Anty, I'm not sure why everyone is acting like this is a big win; unless I'm msissing something you can still be held for 28 days now in the UK without charge, and I'd imagine you guys think that's A. Bad. Thing.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Yes, I would but it's a start and shows that, unlike our feeble democracy, elected officials are thinking about more than simply our PM.

  • SUPERIOR AMERICAN

    HUMAN – A little history lesson for you – Ever heard the term "Buck Naked"? Back then the term was "Buckskin". A lot of our Minutemen were so poor that they could not afford clothes. The French had a lot of uniforms left over(unused of course) and at Yorktown those "French" were Americans clothed in French Uniforms. They just couldn't lay siege in their buckskin. What respectable siege was done by a naked army? huh? The Canadiens did not stop us. We had mercy on them. We could still take it.A couple of Crips from So. Central Los Angeles could do a few of drivebys and they would try to negotiate. OODABAHS – Go blow yourself up already.

  • Human

    Superiorly funny :).I'm onto you man.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    "Superior American", are you sure you aren't writing the script for the warmongers and the Bushies?American exceptionalism is so appealing right now.

  • SUPERIOR AMERICAN

    ANTONY – No I'm not writing the script. I do have a quite Superior resume(1st post on my blog)but writer was not one of them. This blogging is my 1st try. And if I do say myself my Superiorness shines through. If I was writing the script for President Bush I'd have him say as few things as possible. Pat Robertson should be his speech writer. Agressive but gentle and loving.

  • Shabadoo

    It says so much about the sense of humour of the left that you're only now just cottoning on to Superior's gi-normous piss-take!

  • Human

    Shabadoo-This is the 1st thread that I have communicated with Superior on. You I can tell do not see the whole story. But then again you know it all. Why actually research a subject?Man that Stone of Truth you think you are carrying is weighing you down.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    The left, the left, the left, the fight against the left, let's take them in the streets, let's take them down below, the brave right are after the left!

  • leftvegdrunk

    Shab, Superior's only a hair cut to the right of you and your mates…As for the supposedly humourless left, I recommend this and this. Oh, sorry. You won't find that funny, will you? Shall we make light of rioting in France, perhaps?

  • smiths

    It says so much about the sense of humour of the left that you're only now just cottoning on to Superior's gi-normous piss-take!i reckon that i would have been about four years old when i learnt that a joke told more than once is not funny, in fact the more its retold the more the teller appears defective upstairs,superiors is not trying to be funny, he is trying to distract, as others engage in conversation he engages partially so as to not be totally irrelevant,bugger, i just realised he's got me, i am distracted

  • dusty_buster

    No comment on the arrests of 'terrorists' in Aust? The Islamic community needs the support of commentators like you to counter the inevitable attacks that the 'rednecks'will mount against us. Peace Brother.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    SUPERIOR AMERICAN said… "We are way better than the English. Remember we kicked their ass? "Didn't "you" have English accents back then?And as far as "superior" goes, this comparison is instructive. A piddley little island off the coast of France controlled A THIRD of the planet with muskets, quills and sailing ships. Meanwhile, the most powerful and technologically sophisticated military in human history can't even get a handle on a dust bowl. Welcome to the US, the lamest colonialist this side of Tonga.

  • Pete's Blog

    Oh edward Methinks you do a disservice to Tonga.I knew a Tongan once and after perservering with his tasteless jokes about "Passenger lists" I shot him.Enough said, on to Superior Septic. He must understand by now that we in Australia have the national technical means to track his true url. Once done he will be exposed most severly.I have filed a complaint with my comrades in ASIO and cc'd it to the FBI, NSA, Secret Service, Navy Seals already this time.So watch out McSeptic.Thankyou and Gudnite

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    gigolo pete said… "I knew a Tongan once and after perservering with his tasteless jokes about "Passenger lists" I shot him."A perfect example of what I'm talking about? Hopeless colonialists. Just hopeless.

  • Wombat

    If you want evidence of lefties with a sense of humoour, check this guy out:http://mkanejeeves.com/Check out his blogs, they are hillarious.Superior, I find it hard to believe that you are truly American, because of your firm graps of irony, something that tends to allude the yanks. Otherwise, I truly underestimated you folks.Hats off to you man, it takes an acute mind to come up with a sig tag that speels out a contradiction in terms.

  • boredinHK

    Aland addam_01, superior american not to be confused with/by self important australians?The tyranny of distance isn't helping you out there.Care to try and explain the severity and intensity of the political debate among the unimportant and non influential?Inversly proportional to power I'd guess.

  • Wombat

    That's pretty evident. Ther was a very good article by Jsutin Raomondo this week that furhter undermines the myth of our 2 party systems.http://antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=7961

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    boredinHK said… "Care to try and explain the severity and intensity of the political debate among the unimportant and non influential?Inversly proportional to power I'd guess."Cf. “Academic politics is the most vicious and bitter form of politics, because the stakes are so low.” – Wallace Sayre