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.

Caution noted

Peter Rodgers is a former Australian ambassador to Israel and author of the incisive book, Herzl’s Nightmare. Unlike much of the international media, keen to salivate over Ariel Sharon and his “peace process”, Rodgers rightly issues caution:

“And what of Sharon’s political makeover? Has he really accepted that Israel’s best chance for future security lies in the creation of a viable Palestinian state? He won international praise for his mid-2005 withdrawal of Israeli settlers from Gaza. Not surprisingly, this move was portrayed as a painful concession by Israel to the Palestinians.

“In reality the winner was Israel itself, which continues to exercise a veto over everyday Gazan life without having to risk too many Israeli lives.”

The Palestinians have their own problems, too. Internal division, Hamas as a political force and the ongoing occupation.

31 comments ↪
  • orang

    Being witness to Israelly meanderings regarding their search for "peace" is like watching a pantomime. You know the ending, yet you have to sit through endless scenes of bad acting and ambiguous subplots before the end will come. They are so clever don't you know. While everybody know that 2+2=4, they keep devising new theorems, creating new splendiferous mathematic principles to prove that 2+2 will in fact =5. See? Sorry guys, but as long as you treat the Palis like you do you will never belong to the civilised world. I know it ain't easy, but try harder.

  • Wombat

    There's no avoiding this fact, no matter how fast you spin it. Good post Orang.

  • Ibrahamav

    Israel realizes that the only chance for security is complete divorce from the Palestinian people, sort of a restraint order against the Palestinians.The best way to do this is expell all non-citizen palestinians and complete the wall. Then leave the Palestinas to their own devices. Perhaps the Europeans will rescue them.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    What a great idea!Israel will be a Jewish-only state, with no Palestinians or Arabs at all?Now, I'm a little confused. Havn't some others tried something similiar in the past?

  • orang

    You know about the only country to support South Africa near the end of their Apartheid catastrophe was Israel. Correct me if I'm wrong – please.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Sadly, Israel did support apartheid South Africa, with a handful of other rogue states.

  • Wombat

    One wonders if the US will continue to act as sugar daddy to Israel when all the Arabs are gone. I doubt Israel will stop looking for elbow room in the region, which will probably lead to more conflict with more Arabs.What's a rogue state to do?

  • neoleftychick

    Actually, the really sad fact is that it is the Palestinians who have no legal right to be squatting on the West Bank. All the laws favour Israel. Until these people are able to face up to the fact that it is their own "family" -Egypt, Jordan, and Syria that has put them in this mess, life and their future future will remain bleak for them.Also, I must insist that grown adults cease and desist with Edward Said. Are you people serious? I can't believe that you would accept the hopelessly ignorant and serial liar Edward Said as an authority on these matters!It really saddens me that so many people, particularly western middle-class university types who treat "Orientalism" as though it were unassailable holy scripture, the second law of thermodynamics or DNA code!Said was a crank and an intellectual crook. True historians see him for what he was: a lying opportunistic whinger who simply could not admit that the Arab muslim world started to die in the 15th century, and that they haven't had the balls to admit ever since.Enough already! What is wrong with these people? If it's not the Mongols, the Turks, the Persians, it's the British, the French, the Americans and "the Jews.Time for them to grow up, shut up, and stop boring the shit out of the rest of us.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Smearing Said. Anything else in that veritable bag of tricks?

  • Ibrahamav

    Funny how antony equates deporting non-citizens with Israel being arabrein. I though only antisemites used that means to confuse the issue.There are 1.2 million or so Arab citizens of Israel who are not Jewish. There are another 2 million or more Arab citizens in Israel who are Jewish. In fact, it could be said that israel is now an Arab state. So your question was designed to make what statement? As for South Africa, I wondered why Tutu and mandela lie so much about Israel. Now I know, they are so pissed off they are willing to do anything immoral to get even.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav said… "As for South Africa, I wondered why Tutu and mandela lie so much about Israel. Now I know, they are so pissed off they are willing to do anything immoral to get even."Huh? I don't understand that. What are they "pissed off" at?

  • Ibrahamav

    I don't doubt that you lack understanding.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Can you explain what you mean when you say Tutu and Mandela "are so pissed off"? I really do want to know – seriously.

  • Mannie

    I don't really think he can possibly explain what he means about Tutu and Mandela because he obviously doesn't know the first thing about either of them!

  • Ibrahamav

    Good one mannie, it was so clever. Joining addamo's ass licking society?

  • Wombat

    Yes our alliance of logic, reason and compassion is growing Ibraham. Does it feel like the walls are closing in?Should you ever decide you want to give up drinking human blood, you are welcome to join us.

  • Ibrahamav

    Your alliance to a fellow antisemitic dillitante is what you meant to write, but just couldn't think of it fast enough, could you.

  • Wombat

    Spoken like a true paranoid schizophrenic. Are those giant spiders appearing on your bedroom walls again? I think you need to up your prescription to a higher dose.

  • Ibrahamav

    As if you knew how one spoke. Go back to school. Get some real credentials. Your credibility is shot. Your jsut a school boy who blew his wad and your all out.

  • Wombat

    So Ibraham, what are your credentials? You have apparently exposed me as a fraud, so perhaps it's time you shared your great academic achievments with the rest of us.

  • Ibrahamav

    Glad to see you finally admitted the truth. Don't you feel better now?You want to know my credentials? Why? There is no way for you to check them. And you're not that important enough for me to brag.

  • Wombat

    Fascinating logic, Ibraham. So by your reasoning, if I have no way of checking your credentials, how is it that you've convinced yourself that you've been able to check mine?Damn, there you go getting that mouth of yours stuck in that mouse trap again!! You must be getting so tired of outsmarting yourself.I didn't expect you to measure up to the challenge.

  • Mannie

    Being a South African gives one a perspective of the old apartheid years of the Israel-South African alliance and also how South African zionist Jews reacted then and now to Israel's apartheid state – the old British colonial approach – divide and rule. It also gives an approach of how to live in a Jew-hating society – the Nationalist government only tolerating Jews in South Africa because the Nats admired the Israelis and needed their scientific expertise to develop the nuclear device they exploded.Tutu and Mandela have the same moralities as most other politicians around the world, but in most respects come out cleaner than their denigrators and opponents.Whatever they may have said about Israeli politics must be several degrees higher than the hypocritical stance of so many others of the world's politicians who say one thing for their adoring publics but do other things behind their backs!Oh, and no doubt Tutu and Mandela must be anti-semites as well!!

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    But anyway …. Ibrahamav, I really do what to know what you mean when you say Tutu and Mandela "are so pissed off". Can you even just give a hint or a link? Anything at all would be nice.

  • Ibrahamav

    Since Israel doesn’t have an apartheid state, seeing that 1.2 million islamiic arabs are full voting and participating citizens and that 10% of the Israeli governing body is Arab Islamic, it must be concluded that Manny doesn’t know what he is talking about.

    While Mandela comes out cleaner because of his extensive time in prison preventing him from taking part in all of the areas of corruption available to most politicians, and Tutu’s religious background prevented him from those same influences, it did not prevent them from developing a desire to take revenge on those who sided with their enemies.

    Their morality only goes so far.

  • Wombat

    Ibraham,You can be very eloquent and communicative when you want to be. Interesting post.I agree that public persona of Mandela and Tutu have benefitted from matters beyond their control, but I am curious as to what you mean by their desire to take revenge on those that sided with their enemies.Can you point to an example of how they have done so, or are you merely suggesting they have demonstrated thei hostility towards those that sided with their enemies?

  • Ibrahamav

    They have demonstrated their hostility towards those that sided with their enemies.

  • neoleftychick

    Am I missing something here? Can somebody please explain how many times black South Africans were offered UN-sanctioned solutions, billions of dollars, etc. to settle a dispute that was started by the blacks in the first place.NONE! I'm sure the blacks would have killed for all the opportunities the "Palestinians" have had. And for the love of god, why the hell should the aggressors be rewarded?

  • Ibrahamav

    Lefty, I think you worded it incorrectly but I understand what your concern is.In all fairness, the situation in South Africa has almost nothing in common with Israel. It is just a ploy used by pro-palestinians as a way to embarrass the pro-israel groups.Israel allied itself militarily and economically with South Africa while SA, morally, should have been, and was, repugnant to almost all Jews and israelis.All comparrisons between the two are merely skin deep. This type propaganda is mostly of the bait type. Trying to get a reaction.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav said… "Lefty, I think you worded it incorrectly but I understand what your concern is."Ibrahamav, of course the sentences are worded "incorrectly" – they weren't written by you. That is the only anything can ever be worded "correctly". Everyone knows that.Remember: your opinion on all things is always the right one…….in Teenager Land.

  • Ibrahamav

    My opinion of you is right, regardless of the land it is in.