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.

No kidding

Britain’s foreign policy is spurring Muslim extremism and its anti-terror legislation is likely to increase hatred against the former imperial power.

Any chance Australian foreign policy might be a factor in Muslims hating Australia? Any chance John Howard’s draconian legislation will in fact cause fear and censorship among the Muslim population? As Tony Blair’s Muslim advisers explain, Britain’s anti-terror plan is likely to inflame tensions.

In the current climate, however, such sensible discussion will be drowned out by the hysteria.

We have been warned.

  • Shabadoo

    Yet another example of the "Islam Means Peace" fallacy: Sure, they're a peaceful religion, but don't go pissing themselves or who knows what might happen!

  • Shabadoo

    Further to the point, how far do you go to avoid upsetting extremists? Ban filmmakers from making films critical of Islam (Theo Van Gogh)? Ban cartoonists from depicting anything potentially derogatory about the prophet (a shopping center was recently burned to the ground in Denmark because of that sort of thing)? Once you start letting a small group of hypersensitive extremists blackmail you into changing your behaviour, you're on the road to ruin.


    Well of course I was.The 100 WATT BRIGHT BULB AWARD GOES TO – Iqbal KhaldunThe 75 WATT AWARD TO – Addam_oThe 50 WATT AWARD TO – HumanEverybody else gets the complimentry night light.Addam_o is a good laugh. ThanksDirtbikeoption – reasons you will hate me is a belly jiggler to. Thanks. The other one? well If I was an Aussie I would probably understand it.Gigilo – To answer the question that you put on my blog – "both General Sir". And yes you can call me Mcseptic. Just don't call me late for the Opening Night for the Comedy Club. Well farewell Friends and Evil Ones(You know who you are). Parting is such sweet sorrow…snifff…..sniffflllee………….

  • Shabadoo

    Anty, I know you don't ban people, and if you did you'd kick me out in a second, but can you please make an exception for Mother Superior? xoxoxoShabby 🙂

  • Pete's Blog

    No, No Shab just because McSeptic didn't give YOU an accolade…I say we retain Superior for curiosities sake.Regarding offending the Muslims I feel reactionary.The young male thugs who have strutted their stuff in France, UK and to a more limited extent, here can always rationalise their tendency to violence.YOUNG MALE THUGS, be they criminals or classed as "terrorists" appear to be at the root of most violence. When they grow into older thugs, in a position of greater power, they're even a greater problem. That this young thugism can be explained or legitimised as some sort of ethnic or religious "cry for help" is pathetic. Australia's age old practices of ethnic profiling of groups prone to violence , be they pack rapists, thugs outside court houses or would-be bombers, is justifiable due to the sheer volume of violent acts occurring amongst young men from that particular ethnic community (starting with L).I do not want harsher anti terrorism laws but recognise that it is a reaction to the wrong groups being allowed in. This isn't hysteria its common sense.

  • Human

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  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Shabadoo said… Yet another example of the "Islam Means Peace" fallacy: Sure, they're a peaceful religion, but don't go pissing themselves or who knows what might happen! What Muslims? What Islam? I didn't see any of that. IF they are guilty of what they are accused of then they're like the "Christians" who don't believe in Jesus. You can call them Muslims, but Muslims don't … and at the end of the day, I'm not sure anyone's particularly interested in you're learned theological musings.

  • Wombat

    I vote to keep Superior. He's great for morale. Besides, I have 25W to work on.

  • leftvegdrunk

    I agree, Edward. No one is interested in what the well-informed Shab has to say about anything, except maybe Mrs Shab, who must really get an ear-bashing…

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    dirtbikeoption said… "except maybe Mrs Shab"I suspect Shabadabadoo is a bit young to be married just yet.