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

– The New York Times say that George W. Bush “needs to get out more“:

“Mr. Bush travelled 32 miles from the White House to the Naval Academy and spoke to yet another of the well-behaved, uniformed audiences that have screened him from the rest of America lately. If you do not happen to be a midshipman, you’d have to have been watching cable news at midmorning on a weekday to catch him.”

– After “liberation”, Iraq now has a free press. Well, not quite.

– Former president of the Victorian Liberal Party, Michael Kroger, explains how John Howard “understands” Australians. The Murdoch press publishes yet another propaganda piece by a usual suspect.

– Iraqi blogger Salam Pax is back.

– Islamophobia is breaking out across Europe. The new hatred has arrived.

– Is the US training Iraqi death squads to battle the insurgency?

– Bob Woodward may have helped bring down Richard Nixon but his critical faculties have departed during the reign of George W. Bush. All that access to the Bush cabal has gone to little Bobby’s head.

– Ariel Sharon won’t tolerate a nuclear Iran. How many countries don’t accept Israel’s massive nuclear arsenal? Israel and the US have no right to be lecturing anybody on nuclear technology or weaponry.

– ABC cleaned up last night’s Walkley Awards, journalism’s highest honour. Indonesia correspondent Tim Palmer won the Gold Walkley. It was a great night at Luna Park and the steak was well cooked. Interesting how TV journalists look so much younger on screen than in person. I’m glad ABC and SBS won so many of the major awards, giving confidence to the national broadcasters in times of ever-growing government attack.

14 comments ↪
  • neoleftychick

    "Islamophobia?" These people are freaking unbelievable. First they still other people's holy sites and cities. How many times have you heard how important Jerusalem is to Muslims. It's their "thrid" holiest city! And why is it a "holy" city? Because for its entire history, islam has copied and stolen.Then they stole the Holocaust with their al-nakbha whingeing and whining.And now, it's all "Islamophobia."WHY are you people so gullible?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    "Because for its entire history, islam has copied and stolen."Mmmm, how insightful. I'm sure you know many Muslims who share your view.

  • neoleftychick

    antonyNo I don't. But why would I? I don't expect rational ideas from cultists no matter WHAT cult they are in, whether it's a Bushbot, a crazed Jew with long curly bits dangling while he bashes his head against a wall, a whingeing Muslim or a member of The Greens!. 🙂

  • Wombat

    I suppose you would nto thnk to question the repeated accoutns fo anit-Semitism breaking across Europe, but mention anti inslamisc sentiment and we're gullible?Lefty, yo might need a lesson or two in history. When Salladin took Jerusalem, he ordered that the Christina churhches be allowed to stayt and christians be allowed to practice heir faith. Islam has copied and stolen. What were the Crusades about? Giving back to the people? What have missions accomplished apart from poisoning tribed aroudn the world? What did the Chrsitians do to the North American Indians in the name of religion.You call us gullible?

  • neoleftychick

    addamWTF? The Crusades? Did you REALLY just mention "The Crusades?" How the hell can we expected to try and live side by side with you people when you are still stick in the 11th century? I couldn't give a rat's ass about the freaking Crusades.Live in the Now!

  • Wombat

    "Because for its entire history, islam has copied and stolen."I didn't notice you make any reference to any particular braket of time. Entire history is pretty ludircours and sweeping statement. If you want to talk about the here and now, I suggets you start being a lot more specific.I was merely pointing out how blatantly false and miopic your statement was.

  • neoleftychick

    addamMy statement is in reference to the latest sneaky propoganda of whigeing about "Islamophobia." This is ANOTHER example of them misappropriating terms from Jews.

  • Wombat

    Given the light of attention that has been shon on muslims and Arabs in the world of late, and the fact that Arabs and muslims are profiled in the US and the UK, I would hardly consider the notion of bringing attention to this reality to be sneaky.

  • neoleftychick

    addamoOh boo hoo The poor Muslims! The awful westerners and their "orientalism" just started paying attention to them because they were bored, did they? Poor muslim Arabs, always being picked on. First the Persians, then the Crusaders, then the Spanish, then the Mongols, then the Turks, then Napoleon, the British, "the Jews", the Americans, oh, and did I mention, "The Jews."Boo hoo. All they want to do pray and spread good-tidings to all.Poor dears.Please.

  • Wombat

    Was that supposed to be a rebutal? At what point does your hear start spinning and green soup come pouring from your mouth?The westerners have only ever paid attatention to Muslims becasue of what lied under their feet.

  • Stev

    Just to clarify NLC – when you talk about Islam 'misappropriating terms from Jews', are you really saying that it's okay for Jews to have a term that coins sentiment against their cultural/religious group (antisemitism), but Islamic people are not allowed the same (Islamaphobia)? Just want to be certain I understand where you're coming from…

  • Ibrahamav

    It does appear that you are using the terms normally reserved for Europe's irrational antisemitism where upon they blamed all of their ills on non-exiatant activity by the Jews, with the recent hatred and fear of things islamic over the very real events of 9/11, 7/11, Britians subway and bus explosions, beheadings of charity workers in islamic countries, assassinations of film makers in Holland, so on and so forth?

  • neoleftychick

    stevI am not saying they are "not allowed" but I am very wary of the political ploys of mililant Muslims to neutralise the realities of Jewish history by directly misappropriating Jewish religious edicts, holy, sites, land, and now revisionist history.That's all.

  • Glenn Condell

    'Poor muslim Arabs, always being picked on.'Indeed. Someone of your ethnic provenance ought to think carefully of the precedents for this singling out and the 'reasons' for it. What goesw around comes around, if not to you then to your children. I can't imagine them thanking you, unless you successfully implant your own intolerance into them.