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.

Looking inside

There is a partner for peace, writes Akiva Eldar in Haaretz:

A few days after Rabin’s assassination, Shimon Peres invited the leaders of Meretz to discuss the guidelines of the government. The representatives of the left-wing party wanted the document being drafted to express support for the Palestinians’ right to self-determination. None of them expected that, more than two years after the agreement regarding mutual recognition between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, the architect of Oslo would have a problem making such a declaration. To their great surprise, Peres gave them a look full of reprimand. “Do you understand that this means a Palestinian state?” he asked. “Absolutely,” replied the guests in unison. “And who told you that I’m in favour of a Palestinian state?” replied the prime minister offhandedly. “I believe in functional compromise.”

Ten years after Rabin’s assassination, we have an Israeli political leader [new Labor chairman Amir Peretz] who considers the occupation a moral, security and economic burden, a man who is in no need of internal or external pressure to leave the territories. Finally, peace has emerged from the back benches and returned to centre stage.

“Palestinian neighbours: You have a partner, don’t let the fanatics harm him.”

There has always been a partner in the Palestinians but the Zionists and Western media have convinced the public otherwise. Not anymore. People no longer believe Israel when it talks about a marauding Palestinian rabble. The Palestinian people have finally acquired a humanity that cannot be ignored. Israel, on the other hand, continues its immoral occupation.

Gaza, meanwhile, is in danger of becoming a “giant prison“, according to James Wolfensohn, the West’s special envoy on post-disengagement Gaza. Israel’s main benefactor, the USA, continues its disastrous occupation of Iraq. It’s the blind clique leading the morally bankrupt. And Australia stands ready throughout it all to offer guidance and support. Brave, little, irrelevant Australia.

The myths are ending and Israel stands accused in the dock.

48 comments ↪
  • Edward Mariyani-Squire

    “There has always been a partner in the Palestinians but the Zionists and Western media have convinced the public otherwise. Not anymore.”

    The questions now are:

    (a) Will the Palestinian people believe it themselves? After 30 years of harsh rule by so many Israeli Administrations, suspicion runs deep.

    and

    (b) When the next random Palestinian suicide bomb and the next random Israeli missile attack comes, will both sides have the strength to press on with negotiations regardless? Unlike the recent hopeful, measured and intelligent reactions of Musharraf and Singh to bombings in Delhi, THIS is what has NEVER been tried in the history of the Palestinian Tragedy.

  • Ibrahamav

    There has never been a partner on the Palestinian side. All of western civilization recognizes that.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squire

    Ibrahamav said…
    “All of western civilization recognizes that.”

    Oh c’mon my little anti-semite – surely you can come up with a bigger generalisation than that.

    How about ‘All of humanity since the beginning of time and until the end of the universe itself, and then beyond, recognises that’.

  • Ibrahamav

    No, I can’t. Most of the Islamic world, mostly what would loosely be termed civilization, would have trouble recognizing it’s own ass.

    But they would have no trouble recognizing yours.

  • Ibrahamav

    "The Palestinian people have finally acquired a humanity"And what day was that on? Last Thursday?

  • David Heidelberg

    Ibrahamav, I’m a lurker, sometimes poster to ant's site, but feel compelled to explain to you precisely why I disregard everything you write.You are a bigot, and have nothing but contemptuous comments to make about Arabs. So when you start trying to label everyone else as a bigot, and deliberately choose not to recognise the difference between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, you simply look like a fool, which is precisely why your comments are subsequently dismissed as the rantings of a racist. If you are serious about anti-Semitism, why don’t you visit a site like stormfront.org, who regularly either celebrate or deny the holocaust, and actually believe in the ‘Jewish conspiracy’,

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    David Heidelberg said… "You are a bigot, and have nothing but contemptuous comments to make about Arabs."See Ibrahamav? People DO think you're an anti-semite. In fact, to quote a little-known anti-semite, "All of western civilization recognizes that."

  • Ibrahamav

    Eddie, do you actually think I'm concerned with heidelberg? A fool who thinks there is a difference between antizionism and antisemitism?If he is Jewish, he is not Jewish in a religious sense. And, of course, he is 'compelled'.Just another zealot trying to show his worth.

  • David Heidelberg

    Just another zealot trying to show his worth.You sure are Ibrahamav.

  • Wombat

    Ah Ibrahim, foloowng Foxman's lead and deliberately confusing antizionism and antisemitism.And all this time, I thought you understood what these words actually meant.

  • Ibrahamav

    Oh, good one heidi, I didn't see it coming.Deliberately? Nothing confusing about it. Of course, since your educational credentials vanished, perhaps you are confused.

  • Wombat

    Oh I see, so by your logic, all Jews are Zionists and all Zionists are Jews.What a pitty your arguments are so easy to pull apart. Your lack of eduaction is really becomming a liability for you.

  • Ibrahamav

    No addamo, you do not see. All Jews, who identify themselves religiously as Jews, are Zionists.As there are only 13 to 16 million Jews on earth, and over 100 million zionists, no one in their right mind would even suggest that all zionists are jews.Precisely why you can suggest such.Go to school. Learn something. Anything. Your bufoonery is too much. LMAO.

  • Wombat

    Zionism: Political and cultural movement calling for the return of the Jewish people to their Biblical home.Zionism is a political and cultural movement. There are many Jews who identify themselves religiously as Jewsish, and yet who are anti-Zionist.If there are only 13 to 16 million Jews on earth, and over 100 million zionists, how can anti-Zionism mean anti-semitism?

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav said… "No addamo, you do not see. All Jews, who identify themselves religiously as Jews, are Zionists."Ibrahamav, you are as ignorant as you are ignorant. There is more than one meaning of Zionism. It is a contestable concept. No literate human being would place the Zionist Martin Buber in the same category as the Zionist David Ben-Gurion.The original 19th century Zionism, which was BITTERLY OPPOSED BY MANY ORTHODOX AND ULTRA-ORTHODOX JEWS, was based on the following ideological propositions: All goyim, deep in their hearts, are anti-semites. Thus, Jews can never truly be safe living among them. Thus, a seperate, racially exclusive state is required for the Jews in order for them to be truly safe. It seemed to make a lot of sense at the time and was fairly understandable; although now we recognise it, when univeralised and de-historicised, to be paranoid and racist.Fortunately, few believe that ideology now. History, thankfully, has proved that nasty, distinctly European ideology wrong (e.g. the safest place in the world for Jews today is, yes, Germany). The proof lies also in the Diaspora which, while supportive of the state of Israel, does not feel any real need to move to Israel in order to be 'safe'. Unfortunately, and ironically, the least safe place in the world for Jews is the very place the early Zionists created for the expressed purpose of "being safe" – viz. Israel. (I have always wondered how things would have turned out if Hertzl's first option – Argentina I think it was – were chosen instead of Palestine.)

  • Ibrahamav

    Addamo – So limited. Are you sure you graduated from elementary school.Eddie – Almost as limited as Addamo. The earliest zionists had the return to zion as thier goal. The 19th century zionist, pre-Herzl. had the return to zion as their goal.In the formation of a Formal Zionist society, as in any other democracy, alternatives were offered and weighed. All were found wanting except the return to zion.And despite initial resistance, perservenrance and adherance to truth overcame all and Israel has been re-established.Eddie, you may now delve back in your ass and attempt to retrieve another piece of shit.

  • Wombat

    There he goes with that ass obsession thing again. Yes I did gradue from elementary school, but unliek the one you came from, weren't forced to wear brown shirts.Limited in the definititon of zionism you say? I undertstand why you would think so. Why have a denitive meaning when you can constantly redefine the meniang to suit your position. Eddie, I think this hostility is masking some kind of dsire. Maybe you should remove the photo from your sig tag.

  • Ibrahamav

    But you can't prove you did. And based on your comments, you're probably lying about your elementary education also.Why have a definitive meaning? Or why, as you have demonstrated, have a screwed up meaning that defines your terms rather than zionism?Hostility? Making fun of lames like you two is hostility?

  • Wombat

    Avoiding a definitive meaning makes the definition open to interpretation and manipulation. Ambiguity is the sanctuary of the fraud and those who aim to mislead.

  • Ibrahamav

    I haven't avoided a definitive meaning. Your meaning has very little to do with the definition of zionism.So, you were attempting to be fraudulent? Misleading? And now you've been caught. And you even supplied the evidence!

  • Wombat

    Is there a point to this?Is there one meaning of Zionism or more than one?Try nto to answer with a riddle this time.

  • Ibrahamav

    There is only one meaning. You didn't bring it to the table. You brought a small portion of one manifistation.

  • Wombat

    Ibrahamav said…"You brought a small portion of one manifistation."Does not your reference to "one manifestation" as opposed to "the" manisfestation, not imply that there are other manifestations?Please point me to the link that gives the definitive explanation of Zionism.

  • Ibrahamav

    Zionism is the national movement for the return of the Jewish people to their homeland and the resumption of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel, advocated, from its inception, tangible as well as spiritual aims.While the word "Zionism", like the word "antisemitism", was not coined until the 1800's, conceptional zionism has been a concrete goal since the 1st exile.

  • Wombat

    OK, that makes sense. So then, why is it that not all Jewish people (practising or otherwise), are united in their commitment to Zionism?What does it say about Jews with this belief? The Jews Against Zionism movement seems to have some compelling arguments that Zionism is constrary to the teachings of the Torah.From the web site:Rabbi Shaul Brach“Since the dawn of the Zionist movement, suffering has not ceased to exist in the world. All the warnings of the Torah have been fulfilled in their details among our People all over the world. For a believer it is no surprise that the Zionists are the same as the heretics at the time of the Destruction of the Temple. Thus, divine judgment has been unleashed on the entire world.”

  • Ibrahamav

    All Jews, who identify themselves, religiously, as Jews, are united in the goals of Zionism. Even the NK's. They have arguments, but they are not compelling. An argument that sways less than 1/10 of a percent is not a compelling argument.

  • David Heidelberg

    No addamo, you do not see. All Jews, who identify themselves religiously as Jews, are Zionists.You are a liar, and a liability. Ignorant fools like you do more to feed anti-Semitism than any Nazi. You don't speak for me you arrogant idiot.

  • David Heidelberg

    All Jews, who identify themselves, religiously, as Jews, are united in the goals of ZionismI understand you more Ibrahamav. You've now exposed yourself as a fundamentalist. Like a Christian fundy, you demand strict literal adherence, and subsequently disregard the views of moderates. Very interesting, and gives further evidence about why your deranged polemic should be consigned to the intellectual trash heap. Like all fundys, you’re dangerous.

  • Ibrahamav

    Heidi, Heidi, Heidi – Why so hot under the collar? Every single living breathing Jew, who identifies themselves, religiously, as Jews, is a Zionist. That you believe otherwise doesn't make you a liar, it just means you have a belief based on ignorance.And it is your ignorance that makes you dangerous, and allows your apinion to be dumped in the trash.Do yourself a favor> Get an education. Learn about what you hope to talk about. Do it for you.I could care less, it just makes it easier to ignore your opinion when it is obviously uneducated.Myself, I demand nothing.

  • David Heidelberg

    I could care less, it just makes it easier to ignore your opinion when it is obviously uneducated.I couldn't have described you any better.here are some links for you. Why don't you email everyone on the list, which includes many Rabbis, and tell them all that they are wrong and you are right.

  • Ibrahamav

    You couldn't because you have severe limitations. The Rabbis involved in any particular anti-zionist activity have all been chastised by their superiors. Whether or not they obey halaka is up to them. And the NK are pretty much ignored as you are.There are many who were accidentally born to jewish parents who think they have an opinion on the matter that matters. But they don't.Their sole connection with judaism, like yours, is to oppose it. You are not the first self-hating Jew. You will not be the last.

  • David Heidelberg

    You present the weakest argument I have ever heard, Ibrahamav, which is basically – Being Jewish = Zionism, and any variation to this makes you a self hating Jew or an anti-Semite, because I say so.That's how deep your argument is. You want something to be true, so you claim it as fact. You can't even justify your claims by citing passages in the Torah, because no such passages exist.

  • Ibrahamav

    You keep getting it wrong, no wonder you can't see how deep it is.All Jews, who identify themselves religiously as Jews, are Zionists.

  • David Heidelberg

    All Jews, who identify themselves religiously as Jews, are Zionists.Wrong again. You see you just can't help yourself. You're a politician, trying to define an ancient religion with 100 year old political rhetoric.

  • Ibrahamav

    As Usual, I am right. I'll repeat it since it gotten through your thick head. All Jews, who identify themselves religiously as Jews, are Zionists.And you haven't done a thing to prove it isn't so. Just deny, deny, deny, as most antisemites who claim some of their best friends are Jewish.What is your definition of Torah?

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    A-oh, looks like Ibrahamav has walked in some of his own vomit again and can't get it off his shoes.Yet again Ibrahamav you are asked to substantiate your claims.1. Are you or are you not going to email everyone on the list that David Heidelberg has kindly provided, and chastise them for their theological and ethical failings? IF you DON'T do this, then we can assume that you simply don't have the courage of your convictions – that is, when it comes to real-life, you are a yellow-bellied coward, too spineless to stand up for what you believe. Ben-Gurion would dispise you.2. Are you or are you not capable of supplying quotations from the Torah which clearly and unequivocally establish your claims about Zionism? (And in case you're wondering, I mean by "Torah", the following: Bereishith, Shemoth, Vayiqra, Bamidbar and Devarim. I don't mean the Talmud.) If you are too cowardly to do even this, then what should we make of your supposed religious fervour?כְּגֶלְלוֹ, לָנֶצַח יֹאבֵד; רֹאָיו, יֹאמְרוּ אַיּוֹ.

  • Ibrahamav

    Forunately eddie is so ignorant that he doesn't understand the question. please, eddie, let heidi answer the question and then I will be more than happy to refute his claim.You have already admitted your antisemitic bent so there is truly no need to address this matter with you. Most Jews refer to the entirety of Judaic knowledge as "Torah". If Heidi is merely refering to what is commonly known as "The Five Book od Moses" as Torah, let him say it in his own words and time.And the Rabbis associated with his list have been adequately chastised for their failings. If they choose to ignore God, it is not up to the rest of the Jews to force them to obey. That would be an Islamic thing to do. And we are not muslims.

  • Ibrahamav

    Cowardly? Strange coming from you. But seeing your agenda, baiting is not beneath you.And are you (not heidi who I assume must have dropped out when he realized that he was out of his league) asking for a bit of torah stating God's command to inhabit the land? Or are you asking for a statement regarding returning to the land after the first exile, which took place hundreds of years after the 5 book were written?

  • Wombat

    Hey Eddie, hear that? Ibraham talks to God too.

  • Ibrahamav

    It is clear that Addamo does not. fairly soon you will have realized the implication of what you wrote and will attempt to erase it.So that all will know what an diot we have to deal with in addamo, allow me to copy and paste it before Addamo erases it.Addamo_01 said… Hey Eddie, hear that? Ibraham talks to God too. Thursday, November 17, 2005 5:11:50 AM

  • Wombat

    No problem Ibraham.I was of course, comparing you to that other world famous village idiot, Bush, who also thinks he talks to God. Though you strike me as being more of a Zionist David Koresh.Only such a sick mind would have teh arrgoance and dellusions of grandeur to pass judgement over Jews who disagree with your definition of Zionism.

  • Ibrahamav

    Pass judgement? God passes the kind of justice you refer to. You fault Bush because he talks to God? You are so sick you can't even recognize your sickness.

  • Wombat

    Ibrahamav said…" As Usual, I am right."Mental delusion personified.Remember Ibraham, it's the white pills in the blue bottle you need, not the blue pills in the white bottle. It's a certainty you won't be having sex with anyone in this lifetime, so you'll certainly not be needing the latter.

  • Ibrahamav

    8 comments ago addamo, you are truly a dinosaur. Come back next week when you think of something.

  • Wombat

    Remember Ibraham, not the blue pills.

  • Ibrahamav

    Poor addamo, now he's talking to himself. How sad 🙁

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav:Your answer to question 1 was "no", so you are a coward and you are everything that Ben-Gurion found most disgusting.Your answer to question 2 was "no", which of course is just another way of you saying "I'm too incompetent". And BTW, if you think the Torah is the "entirety of Judaic knowledge" then you are EVEN MORE ignorant than I thought. You ACTUALLY BELIEVE the Midrash is part of what is ORDINARILY called "the Torah"? (Yeah, that's right – run off to Wikipedia to look up what "Midrash" means.) G~d! You need to talk to a real-life Rabbi sometime (as opposed to imaginary special-friend Rabbi).Now c'mon, repeat after me:כְּגֶלְלוֹ, לָנֶצַח יֹאבֵד; רֹאָיו, יֹאמְרוּ אַיּוֹ.

  • Ibrahamav

    eddie, you seem to have left off the context and merely skimmed the post.With your other limitations that makes your answers rather meaningless.Try to read it again. Get help if you have trouble with the big words.