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.

Public broadcasting has legs

Editor and Publisher reports a (moderately) healthy trend:

“People trust newspapers like The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times more than commercial broadcast news but less than public broadcasting, according to a survey released Thursday and summarized by John Eggerton on the Broadcasting & Cable Web site.

“A Harris telephone survey, commissioned by the Public Relations Society of America, found that 61% of the sample generally trusted news on PBS and NPR, 56% trusted major newspapers, and 53% trusted commercial broadcasts and cable news. These “trust” percentages were created by combining “trust completely,” “trust,” and “trust somewhat” responses. Newspapers received the highest “trust completely” response, with 13%, versus 10% for noncommercial news and 4% for commercial news.”

One would find similar results in Australia. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, with all its faults, is trusted and respected. Accusations of bias and prejudice may get the juices going of brave cultural warriors, but the general populace cares little about this faux battle.

The ABC, of course, is increasingly cowered in the face of government interference and takes fewer journalistic risks.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    I seem to recall a ratings survey somewhere that showed ABC TV's ratings went up (relative to commerical stations) when wars and such are on. The abductive inference by survey interpreters is invariably: when people want to REALLY know what is going on, they turn to the national broadcaster. When they want to know about shonky builders who are claiming child-care support while their illegitimate pregnant daughters try the latest fad diet, they turn to 9's ACA and 7's TTN.

  • Human

    I find that PBS spends more time on a story. In contrast, I remeber when watching a local news broadcast story. The anchor introduced the story which took about 5 seconds and then handed it off to the reporter in the field. She took a minute at the most to report the story. The anchor then said "Thanks for that in depth comprehensive report". The BBC(International and the German station(DRW?) spend much more time on a story than the major networks. Most people still rely on the MSM and do not hunt and peck for info like we do. Us bloggers are making a differance. Just the outing Jeff Gannon(by americablog and the daily kos) as a prop for the far right is reward enough for a years worth of clicks.Peace.

  • leftvegdrunk

    Human, I find much the same thing with Deutche Welle, the BBC, and NPR, which the ABC broadcasts here at night. The stories are much more detailed, and longer. And the range of topics covered is much broader. And I believe that the BBC is actually a world-leader when it comes to online news delivery. Attacks on public broadcasting are despicable.As an aside, and without any evidence to back me up, I think the erosion of public broadcasting will be met by a groundswell in community broadcasting. In Sydney, 2SER and FBi are going great guns at the moment. And from what I read this seems to be mirrored in the States and Europe.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Dirt, you're right. Public broadcasting is on the increase. In the US, independent media has never been stronger, mainly because people realised years ago that corporate media was never going to provide a community service.Watch the same thing happen here in Australia.

  • Wombat

    Much of it starts with web sites like yours Ant.Keep up the great work. We need you more than ever.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Thanks, appreciated.The audience is growing…and my upcoming books, and other projects, will increase the realisation that corporate media isn't the answer to our problems.

  • Davo

    It probably has a lot to do with the way that the ABC, Deutsche Welle and others take a more conservative approach to the news that is they report on what has actually been confirmed as true, rather than the sensatinal jumping to conclusions style of commercial media.