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.

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  • Ibrahamav

    Old, old, old. Charles Manson was guilty and everyone new he was guilty and he even admited he was guilty.And he still received a fair trial.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav said… "Old, old, old. Charles Manson was guilty and everyone new he was guilty and he even admited he was guilty.And he still received a fair trial."1. Why did they bother with a trial for Manson at all then? Yes, your implicit suggestion is right. We should dispense with the whole trial process and just get on with the hangin' – after all, we all know their guilty. Yes, yes, we should get back to the good ol' days of angry mobs. Oh, wait. I seem to remember that led to pogroms against a particular ethnic group. Maybe not such a good idea after all, Ibrahamav. *rolls eyes*2. If you are trying to suggest that we all know they are guilty already, so the media is simply reiterating established knowledge, I would love to know how YOU know what the evidence is against them when, as yet, the prosecution hasn't revealed it you. Do you have special psychic powers? And are they the same psychic powers that enable you to "see" all the Islamo-fascist terrorists hiding under everyone's beds?

  • Ibrahamav

    Disposal of the trial is your suggestion not mine. And since your totolatarian leanings are quite well known, it is not shocking that you suggested it.In certain cases, all of the evidence is known, but in most cases it is not. And in an adversarial criminal court system, a trial must and should be held so that all the evidence is exposed.Such as the Pollard case. He was guilty, he pled guilty, yet the government refused to provide all of the evidence and we all wonder why he has a lifetime sentence when ALL others guilty of the same crime received 2 to 4 year sentences.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav said… Disposal of the trial is your suggestion not mine. And since your totolatarian leanings are quite well known, it is not shocking that you suggested it."All I'm doing is something you don't seem to have the intellectual capacity for: viz. following your suggestions through to their logical conclusions.You stated that the authorities had a trial for Manson even though everyone knew he was guilty. Now TRY to think beyond you're next indignant breath: If that were true, there is no need for a trial at all. [Now think a bit more.] Why? Because the purpose of a trial is to discover the truth. THUS: Since they already knew the truth about Manson, there was no need for a trial, and the authorities could have moved, on your logic, directly to the sentencing phase without perverting the course of justice. [And thinking a bit more…] The same reasoning applies in all other cases where it is already known that the accused is/are guilty – e.g. as YOU claim in the case of the alleged terrorists.I know logical inference can be difficult for children untrained in the discipline, but I trust you are learning.

  • Wombat

    I would be curious as to whether some evidence in the trial gainst Pollard was witheld for reasons of national security. It was after all, a case involving the sale of national secrets.National security and states secrets are cites at the drop of a hat in court hearings these days.

  • Ibrahamav

    Seems as if the tag-team idiots, edddie and addamo, are at it again.Eddie, you followed your own suggestion, not mine. Don't attach your stupidity to anything but your butt.Addamo – Of course the gov't claimed national security reasons to withold the evidence.

  • leftvegdrunk

    Ibrahamav, I think you are a little jealous that no idiots will tag team with you.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Ariel Sharon and Alan Dershowitz are too busy, you see, fighting Palestinian terrorism and rampant anti-Semitism.

  • Wombat

    "Ibrahamav, I think you are a little jealous that no idiots will tag team with you."Maybe people are are put off by where Ibraham's right hand has been.

  • Ibrahamav

    So much for the discussion of justice.As in most arab countries, justice is stifled by fools such as antony, addamo and dirt.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav said… "As in most arab countries, justice is stifled by fools such as antony, addamo and dirt."*wipes brow*! אֵל שַׂגִּיאI'm off the Dangerous Persons List.

  • Pete's Blog

    Re a fair trial. In the best of worlds suspected would-be bombers should be tried without the value laden word "terrorist". Particularly in this case where no ones been bombed.The word "terrorist" excites vengence in many (perhaps the jury) and advertises/dramatises the cause of those accused. Of course "terrorist" will be used because charges are/will be laid under "terrorism" laws.

  • Wombat

    And so continues Ibraham's completely meaningless ramblings and facile non contributions to the debate.Yes Gigolo, the terrorism label is designed to circumvent the law and bring eh government to account. The FBI has saisd they cannot allow Jose Padilla to be tried ina coutr of law, becasue he woudl probably be exhonorated. Doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the "evidence" they have against the guy.

  • Ibrahamav

    And so continues addamo's worthless comments on graet thoughts.

  • Wombat

    Did you hear that Gigolo? You have a fan.