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 bogeyman

Terrorism expert Loretta Napoleoni claims the US has created a convenient myth around Iraqi insurgent Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

“He became what we wanted him to be. We put him there, not the jihadists,” Napoleoni said.

Just remember this when administration officials blame Zarqawi for every insurgent attack in Iraq and beyond.

8 comments ↪
  • Wombat

    which is why the focus is being moved away from Bin Laden to Zarqawi more.

    Zarqawi has in fact become essential to the pro was party for defining the enemy. Upon him, the whole Islamo facist theory has been built, and the attention diverted from the long established grievances of the Arabs in th Middle East (i.e. US bases, support for doctators and unconditional uspport fro Israel in the struggel with the Palestinians).

    With Zarqawi around, they seem convinced they can keep the “they hate us for our freedoms” charade.

  • Wombat

    The way that the adminstration has used Zarqawi, you'd think the guy was ona retainer.In at least 3 occasions before hteh war, teh US military drew up plans to attack his camp, in JKurdistan and all three times, the White Hosue denied permissin to do so. They reasoned that his presence in Iraq would strenghten the case for war. Indeed Powell used Zarqawis presense in Iraq as evidence that Saddam was frinedw with terrorists. What he failed to mention was that Zarqawis camp was beyind the reach of Saddam an under the no fly zones.So much for war on terror.

  • boredinHK

    No this isn't reasonable. There are reports that al-Zarqawi has died and his family has carried out a burial service.Who's going to clarify this ?The US need him regardless but really …

  • Wombat

    I heard that too. Just a question of whether he's more valuebale dead or alive to the US.it woudl blwo up in Bush;s face if indeed he was dead and the last letter that was "intercepted", proved to be a hoax.

  • Pete's Blog

    I don't know whether Zarqawi lives.Whats crucial is that Americans love/hate a bogeyman. The destruction of a dictator boosts defence budgets and justifies seemingly outrageous treatment of foreigners.This is their governments pressing reason for Empire, just as the the Cross and the Sword justified European imperialism from the 15th to 19th centuries.Bin Laden's quiet death or continuing invisibility must be steadily embarassing for Bush.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    boredinHK said… "There are reports that al-Zarqawi has died and his family has carried out a burial service."I've hear this rumour too. Where is it coming from? Is it true?

  • Wombat

    The reports abtou his family conducting a burial service, sans the body, have been widely reported.The fact reamins that no one has been able to positively identify this one legged, travelling houdini act, since the invasion began. John Pilger described him as the Scarlett Pimpenel, he's evrywhere and he's nowhere.

  • boredinHK

    Re Bin Laden, I was lead to understand he needs dialysis. This is not a minor medical treatment and while things may be improving in Waziristan to believe he is being treated successfully for this with the necessary expertise ( his 2IC is a mediacl doctor ?) and equipment is far fetched. Perhaps if the US wants to find him they should follow the medical equipment trail! ( these machines require lots of sterile tubing , filters and general minor surgical bits and pieces.)