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.

News bytes

– Noam Chomsky on “malignant design” and world cruelty.

– Karma Nabulsi, politics fellow at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and a former PLO representative, discusses the Arafat myth and Western ability to humanise the Israelis and demonise the Palestinians.

– George Monbiot on the US using chemical weapons in Iraq, lying about it and covering it up.

– The Australian government continues its immoral ban on abortion drug, RU486.

– American journalist David Corn discusses Ahmed Chalabi and Christopher Hitchens. Chalabi is a crook and Hitchens seems content defending the indefensible: “Christopher, you would not trust Bush to review a single death penalty application, yet you were happy to hand him the keys to this invasion and now you make excuses for how he misrepresented the intelligence he did not even bother to read.”

– Al-Ahram Weekly examines the possibility of a democratic future for the Arab world. Ayman El-Amir writes:

“…The US has never been a net exporter of democratic models to undemocratic countries. If anything, the US has a historical record of supporting tyrannical regimes that served its strategic interests. This remains true today as it was half a century ago.”

UPDATE: The Independent investigates the claim that the US used chemical weapons in Fallujah and concludes that the US military are lying and eyewitness accounts confirm the charges.

8 comments ↪
  • Shabadoo

    Oh so much fun, so little time…a Pol Pot apologist (say that five times fast) like Chomsky talking about world cruelty. That's pretty rich…almost as rich as ol' Chomsker himself.Nabulsi's piece is darkly amusing, too…describing the "mythical monster Arafat" versus the "Arafat, [who] for all his flaws and mistakes, stood for a just peace, based on a historic compromise."Marvellously Orwellian, especially linked from a blog that loves to cite 1984 as a textbook for what the other side is up to. Considering those "flaws and mistakes" include a litany of crimes including hijackings, murders, bringing civil war to just about every country he lived in, rigging elections (and then not bothering to hold them), countless acts of what you would term "war crimes", and the bankrupting of his own people – the ones he claimed to love so dearly – through war, impoverishment, and embezzlement, all while becoming one of the richest men in the world.Nice one, Anty. You know, Ariel Sharon' s on your permanent sh*tlist for Sabra and Shatilla; what does it take for an Arab Muslim to make it into your bad books?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    You are, if anything, clueless.So much time and so few insights.Must come with defending empire…

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Let's all sing along with Shabadoo now:O beautiful for spacious skies,For amber waves of grain,For purple mountain majestiesAbove the fruited plain!America! America!God shed His grace on thee,And crown thy good with brotherhoodFrom sea to shining sea! O beautiful for pilgrim feetWhose stern impassion'd stressA thoroughfare for freedom beatAcross the wilderness.America! America!God mend thine ev'ry flaw,Confirm thy soul in self-control,Thy liberty in law.O beautiful for heroes prov'dIn liberating strife,Who more than self their country loved,And mercy more than life.America! America!May God thy gold refineTill all success be nobleness,And ev'ry gain divine.O beautiful for patriot dreamThat sees beyond the yearsThine alabaster cities gleamUndimmed by human tears.America! America!God shed His grace on thee,And crown thy good with brotherhoodFrom sea to shining sea. Read over these sickly sweet lines. How naive and how debased they now are. Little more than a means of making all the clearer the disurbing juxtaposition of 'ideal' and 'reality', 'slumbing dream' and 'waking nightmare', that the US has become.

  • Pete's Blog

    I agree when Chomsky see's Bushes "moral clarity" as one of the main evil's of today but disagree with Chomsky's greenhouse effect assumptionsI see the main source of greenhouse gas emissions is the spread of dirty smokestack industrries now growing most quickly in China and India. While they have every right to enjoy economic development an extra 2.3 billion industrialised consumers will well and truly push up emissions no matter what already industrialised countries can reasonably do. Even the US cannot be expected to take a moral stand on greenhouse gases when expensive US reduction efforts will have no real effect.As to the US and alleged "chemical weapons" in Iraq. The "chemical weapon" definition being used would include all forms of explosives, including standard hand grenades. I can see that several journalists are trying to build up a mantra on this subject but all weapons are nasty – just in different ways. Any deliverers of weapons, be they army or terrorists, are reluctant to talk about the effects or use of specific weapons because actual "killing" rather than "liberating" is bad PR.

  • Shabadoo

    It's not about defending empire, Anty, it's about calling out evil when one sees it. Arafat was a truly nasty son of a bitch who brought misery wherever he went, and it's a shame you can't see the radicalising effect of his leadership on the Palestinians with the same clarity you apply to Israel. But it's so much easier to call your opponents clueless then actually engage alternative information. Hey, at least you didn't call me racist!Al-Eddy, here are a few more lines of song for you that ought to put a cat amongst the pigeons…In the beauty of the lillies,Christ was born across the sea,With a glory in his bosom,That transfigures you and me,As Christ died to make men holy,Let us die to make men free,Our God is marching on!From the Battle Hymn of the Republic, a rallying cry of the anti-slavery forces during the US Civil War.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    "As Christ died to make men holy"It's a pity THAT particular experiment in metaphysics never came off.

  • Ibrahamav

    Pity, but you shouldn't fault them for trying.

  • Davo

    – Noam Chomsky on "malignant design" and world cruelty.Creationism… its like that guy from the terminator, won't it ever die!!– Karma Nabulsi, [sic] discusses the Western ability to humanise the Israelis and demonise the Palestinians.Seems a little unusual, the Palestinians get plenty of favourable coverage in Australia (except for official Israeli goverment media statements. The Australian government continues its immoral ban on abortion drug, RU486. Stupid luddilites!!!