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.

When will they learn?

Israel’s persecution of nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu continues. Haaretz reports:

Mordechai Vanunu was arrested by Border Policemen on Friday during an inspection of a bus at the A-Ram checkpoint north of Jerusalem.

“Vanunu, who was a passenger on a bus en route to Jerusalem, is suspected of violating the terms of his parole.

“Jerusalem police officials said that authorities plan on transferring Vanunu – who had pledged to notify law enforcement anytime he plans on leaving the city – to the International Crimes Unit.”

The man serves 18 years in prison, many in solitary confinement, and the Jewish state still argues he’s a security risk. Vanunu is a fierce critic of Israel and its treatment of the Palestinians. He’s one of the great heroes of the 20th century.

13 comments ↪
  • Human

    ” He’s one of the great heroes of the 20th century.” Agreed.

  • Ibrahamav

    He’s one of the biggest fools of the 20th century. Nothing has changed, but he is now 20 years older with nothing to show for it.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Ibra, surely he’s an anti-semite too?

  • Ibrahamav

    Interesting how antony and eddie have already declared that the fool is an antisemitie.

    I have no idea. betraying your country doesn’t state your mindset on other items. Could be you guys are racists? Something about Israelis bother you?

  • Mannie

    It really is a strange situation! (Apartheid police state) South Africa and Israel collaborate and explode a nuclear device in the South Atlantic – some time in the 1980s I believe, Vanunu serves 18 years in jail for exposing what many in the world already knew – but the Israelis continue to persecute him. Why??
    If they let him out of Israel, he would probably now expose not so much nuclear secrets with which he is totally out of touch, and therefore not privy to, but the conditions of prisoners in Israeli jails!
    Well, there’s another anti-semitic Jew to add to the list (me) – an homourable member of Masada2000’s S.H.I.T. list, together with Chomsky and a few other notable people!
    Funnily enough I am now of the belief that anti-semitism was started by the Jews themselves about 2000 years ago when a reform Jew in Palestine led a breakaway group and Joshua became Jesus and they called themselves christians.

  • Ibrahamav

    Just as in any country, it is not up to the individual to expose state secrets, even those already “known”

    mannie, if you wish to be idenified with other antisemites, no one is stopping you. Just realize that list includes Arafat and Hitler.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Antony Loewenstein said… "Ibra, surely he's an anti-semite too? "That goes without saying these days. The accusation is implicit in all Ibrahamav's posts.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Indeed. I was wanting confirmation.Damn those anti-Semites. They're everywhere!

  • Pete’s Blog

    On a more carnal note – Mordechai was captured 20 yeears ago by means of a classic Mossad “honeytrap”. A gorgeous (Hilary Duff like) Mossad agent was deployed to lure him, bed him and drug him.

    Young Mordechai could have boasted about it to his prison mates – if he hadn’t been kept in solitary for 18 years.

    Israel’s possession of nuclear weapons was suspected publically long before his expose. It was probably old hat with intelligence agencies – particularly the French who actively assisted Israel.

    Given all that – Mordechai’s actions were probably futile.

  • Wombat

    I disagree ibraham.As in any country, at least in ay democracy, it is very much the up to the individual to expose what he belives to be illegitimate actions of the government.

  • Mannie

    I don't know how to copy and paste on blogs, but Ibrahamav invites me to join Hitler and Arafat as anti-semites.However, Sharon and others of his ilk are spreading word internationally that any Jew who is not a supporter of Israel is an anti-semite, and in that case I am quite happy to join the Jews around the world who are not happy with Israel and its government.Mordechai Vanunu was not and is not a fool – he was a whistle-blower at a time when the world needed whistle-blowers as it does again now when we are fed terrorism ALERTS AND ALARMS.

  • Ibrahamav

    mannie, you invited yourself, I just let you know whose company you were joining.No one but antisemites, like yourself, are stating that anyone actually believes that any Jew who is not a supporter of Israel is an anti-semite. You just did it here.Vanunu proved his follishness by the way he was caught.

  • Ibrahamav

    Addamo_01 said… As in any country, at least in ay democracy, it is very much the up to the individual to expose what he belives to be illegitimate actions of the government. ______________________________As long as he is willing to accept the punishment, that's fine with me.