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.

Listening is important

Bitterlemons is a weekly online newsletter featuring Israeli and Palestinian voices on the conflict. It’s often essential reading. Virtually every perspective is covered, from the settler movement, to Hamas, to Jewish and Palestinian moderates.

This week is no exception: “One year after Arafat.”

12 comments ↪
  • Ibrahamav

    They are well written and well thought-out. I certainly don't agree with all of it but it certainly brings in new ideas.

  • Human

    Great link Antony. Thanks. It is because of you and your blog that I have delved more into the conflict than I have in the past. That is to mean from Palestinian and Israeli viewpoints, not American. Peace.

  • Human

    I just read Rumsfeld willbe in Adelaide thurs. I hope that he is protested. Give Rummy a bad Tummy please.

  • smiths

    hey just a quick question, i was away for a few days and was looking for the bit where ibrahamav responded in some intelligent way to humans massive list of links to 'respected' news sources re: israelis fleeing just in time,i saw the bit where ibrahamav threw pointless labels at human without a shred of evidence and human did not stoop to his level, i just cant find the considered responses

  • Ibrahamav

    Smith – it appears that you missed the action. Your praise for (in)human is unwarranted.But then you might just be baiting and hoping for a response of this nature.Thanks for screwing up a thread that actually appeared to be going some where.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Human said… "I just read Rumsfeld willbe in Adelaide thurs. I hope that he is protested. Give Rummy a bad Tummy please. "HA! By all accounts, wherever Rummy goes, that area of the city gets completely locked down. Security is so tight not even security can get to him, let alone someone who wants to say, "Murdering scum."

  • Wombat

    I remember when Clinton came to Sydney, half the city was closed to traffic. I wasn't even allowed to pick up my wife from a clinic.I'm sure security has increased by an order of magnitude since then.

  • Human

    smiths – Thanks for the compliment. I don't have time to try to find the thread you refer to, however I think I was responding to an oblique attack on me when I posted the referances? For my usual response to ibrahamav is to tell him to seek professional help. I'm not being cute. I really think he needs it. I do see something that I must say surprised me at the start of this thread – "They are well written and well thought-out. I certainly don't agree with all of it but it certainly brings in new ideas." It was the 1st comment I read from ibrahamav that was not based on his persecution complex and was quite gentlemanly.. Your referance and question seems to have "upset" this, hence "Thanks for screwing up a thread that actually appeared to be going some where." You see? I would have prefered to respond on your "blog", but I can't post on a profile. edward – Any resistance is most welcome. Has anyone done this in – http://www.freewayblogger.com/ Australia? I have written to various Newspapers in Australia however I think I made a big mistake in addressing most of them to the Canberra Times! Peace.

  • Ibrahamav

    I see (in)human continues the effort to fuck-up threads. Just another baiter from way back who doesn't know his place in society.

  • Wombat

    Interesting what he says about Arafat. At least he endeavours to understand the person and what drove him, rather than supeorfically dismiss him as a terrorist.I think that any man who occupies a poisiton of leadership as long as Arafat did, is bound to fall victim to the excesses of power.He could only take the Palestinian cause so far, before becomming a liability, but he was unable to see that.

  • Ibrahamav

    Because his power had always been unchecked from inside, he quickly became intoxicated with the trappings of power.

  • Wombat

    Yes, he certainly wasn't doing anything to nurture or encourage any kind of successor. Sure signs he proabably didn't trust anyone close to him.There were concerns this would lead to a ower vacuum, but that hasn't materialised.