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 new enemy

John Pilger examines the revolution sweeping Latin America. A rejection of American imperialism and exploitation is rumbling and the Bush administration is worried:

” The social movements are now a decisive force in every Latin American country – even in the state of fear that is the Colombia of Alvaro Uribe Velez, Bush’s most loyal vassal. Last month, indigenous movements marched through every one of Colombia’s 32 provinces demanding an end to “an evil as great at the gun”: neo-liberalism. All over Latin America, Hugo Chavez is the modern Bolivar. People admire his political imagination and his courage. Only he has had the guts to describe the United States as a source of terrorism and Bush as Senor Peligro (Mr Danger).

“He is very different from Fidel Castro, whom he respects. Venezuela is an extraordinarily open society with an unfettered opposition – that is rich and still powerful. On the left, there are those who oppose the state, in principle, believe its reforms have reached their limit, and want power to flow directly from the community. They say so vigorously, yet they support Chavez. A fluent young anarchist, Marcel, showed me the clinic where the two Cuban doctors may have saved his girlfriend. (In a barter arrangement, Venezuela gives Cuba oil in exchange for doctors).”

The American Empire – irreparably battered in Iraq – is dying. Washington will still dictate policy for years to come, but the signs are encouraging. A fall is imminent and it can’t come a day too soon.

15 comments ↪
  • ChrisWoznitza

    Hi I´m Chris. Greatings from Germany Bottrop !!

  • Pete's Blog

    ALMethinks Hugo Chavez has the Latin allure of a Che Guevara.While the US shouldn't be in Iraq or have dragged Auslralia in, as empires go America's appears to be good one.When you compare the Soviet Empire (dewalled), Nazi's (not nice), more to the point the Japanese East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere (WWII) the American Empire comes out relatively clean.With the prospect of a Chinese Co-Prosperity Sphere in Asia within the next 10 years I'm confident you will sleep relatively peacefully knowing America is there to watch over you.Besides Bush will be gone and we may have another cuddly (Hilary) Clinton.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    We must disagree about US empire. And its causing more enemies by the day, thankfully.Hilary Clinton? Jeez, she'd be bombing Iran and Syria before lunchtime.

  • Wombat

    Empire aside, Chavez is really fuelling a revolution in South America. It represents a large pupulartion, an abundance of culture and obviously, na abundance of natural resources. Latin America deserves it's own prosperity without haivn to cowtow to the US. It would be wonderful to see this part of the world soar and do so without some malevolent force in the sahdows pulling the strings.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    It's happening, virtually ignored in our media, and the US is worried, hence it's typical 'democratic' impulse to overthrow governments and cause chaos.

  • Shabadoo

    Anty, why do you hate America so much? Did an American kid pick on you and steal your lunch money when you were in school?If the human consequences weren't tragic, I'd be tempted to laugh at the support for this supposed utopian socialist revolution allegedly taking place in S.A….but like all socialist utopian revolutions, this will crash down in a cycle of fear, violence, poverty and repression. Go read Human Rights Watch on the subect of Venezuela sometime. Then imagine if the regime were supported by the US, what your reaction would be.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Perhaps I'll source the Human Rights Watch reports on the US, then Guantanamo, then the US torturing prisoners across the world and how about the CIA running 'black sites' across the world.Yep, the US inspires hope in us all.

  • Shabadoo

    Nice, Ant, duck an honest question. No wonder why you're thought of as a joke and a hypocrite – like a more sober version of Margo who can type.

  • smiths

    hey shabadoo,instead of trying to batter antony why dont you check your own sources, have a look at the organisation, funding and history of human rights watch, and if you still cant see why they would be having a 'special' go at venezuala then take off those strange coloured glasses for your own sake

  • Shabadoo

    Smiths, since you're such an expert, care to enlighten the class?

  • Human

    smiths – don't waste your time dabbadick. He does not dare click on any links provided. Human Rights Watch has been comprimised by the CIA just like the PEACE CORPS was/is.After being slaves by proxy to the U.S. for about a hundred years, they want Democracy? Maybe Superior can set Pilger straight?VIVA CHAVEZ!

  • Shabadoo

    "You people are all nuts." –Homer Simpson

  • Ian Westmore

    "The American Empire comes in relatively clean"You must be joking!! The American Empire has invaded or destabilised another state nearly *200 times and been directly responsible for the deaths of at least 8 million foreigners, mostly civilians since, repeat since, 1945! As for the Chinese, on the weekend the ABC is running the second part of a doco about the fleet the Ming Dynasty sent around the world back in the 1400s. For 30 years the biggest naval fleet in the then world, with more (and bigger) ships than the combined navies of Europe, voyaged to most of the world except Europe. They could have conquered all, but didn't. They got the tee-shirts, went home and stayed there. * source: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/index….

  • leftvegdrunk

    Addamo: "Empire aside, Chavez is really fuelling a revolution in South America."Or perhaps the workers and peasants (and not just in Venezuela) leading a movement for justice can take some of the credit…No, Shab, don't even other "googling". It ain't there, mate.

  • Wombat

    "If the human consequences weren't tragic, I'd be tempted to laugh at the support for this supposed utopian socialist revolution allegedly taking place in S.A….but like all socialist utopian revolutions, this will crash down in a cycle of fear, violence, poverty and repression."Shab, loosten the straps on those blinkers mate, it's putting to much pressure on your brain.Whe you look at all the bloodbaths, acts of genocide, overthrow of democratic leaders, assasination, maintaining of perverty in SA, more often then not, there are the hands of the US in a dark corner somewhere pulling the strings.And if the there is any crashing down in a cycle of fear, violence, poverty and repression, it wil be because the US wishes it.Read the book, "Confession of and Economic Hitman" by John Perkins and edumacate yourself about South America.