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 Islamic question

“…From the perspective of Islamists, a dangerous turn of events is taking place in Iraq. Increasingly, Muslims are fighting Muslims rather than a foreign occupation, and this can only lead to a further dilution of Islamic strength at a time when Islam is seen to be under attack from the outside.”
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  • Shabadoo

    Eh…look at the Algerian Civil War, the Iran-Iraq War, the whole Taliban deal in Afghanistan, etc etc etc…Muslims have no trouble at all slaughtering each other over issues of doctrinal purity, etc; we're taking a bit more notice now that Westerners are in the fray.

  • Ibrahamav

    Yes, this seems like old news.

  • orang

    Shabadoo said… " Eh…look at the Algerian Civil War, the Iran-Iraq War, the whole Taliban deal in Afghanistan, etc etc etc…Muslims have no trouble at all slaughtering each other over issues of doctrinal purity, etc; we're taking a bit more notice now that Westerners are in the fray. "Not sure how you came up with "doctrinal purity" to define your list of conflicts. You mean Saddam invaded Iran because of doctrinal differences with the Shias?

  • orang

    …or do you mean we're paying attention now because they are kicking our arse?

  • Ibrahamav

    Sunnis are slaughtering Shi'ites in the attempt to regain control. Saddam had an easier time killing Iranians without much arab interference because the iranians are shi'ite.We pay attention because they are killing many westerners, including those who are actually trying to help them with nothing expected in return.

  • Wombat

    Nothing expected in return? Whom are you referring to Ibraham? Surely the US, who are not only building 4 permanent military bases, but already making plans on how to spend $200 billion of Iraqi oil profits?One of Saddam's greatest enemires, Allwai mstated this week that the situation is Iraq is a bad as it ever was under Saddam. How coudl you expect gratitude from the Iraqi's, other than Chalabi, who's pocket has been subsatianlly lined by the whole enterprise.

  • Ibrahamav

    Speaking of red cross, christian charities, and the like. NGO's.But the original post deals with the fact that Inter-Islamic violence appears to be very common. Let's stick to arabs screwing arabs on this thread. there are enough threads for you to stick it to the Americans. Many who believe 'let us die to make men free'. Yes, there are profiteers in every human activity.

  • Wombat

    Fair comment Ibraham.I accept that those bodies have provided constructively. Mind you, there is evidence of NGO's being used to implement foreign policy goals, while giving those of influential plausible deniability e.g. The Ukraine.The inter-Islamic violence is thoroughly disheartening.

  • Ibrahamav

    But apparently normal for the region and culture. Which is why so many state that is it a ridiculous assumption that democracy will take root.

  • boredinHK

    addamo-1 , soory , have to chuckle at that one – the history of Islam from the 2nd Caliph has been interfractional conflict and brutal attacks on each other to get control of the means of political and religious influence.Boy ,we are all alike!

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    boredinHK said… "addamo-1 , soory , have to chuckle at that one – the history of Islam from the 2nd Caliph has been interfractional conflict and brutal attacks on each other to get control of the means of political and religious influence."As long as you're only attributing this to the long history (and long remembered history as a basis for future conflict) of multifaceted Middle Eastern politics and not to 'Islam as a religion' in general – then sure, this is not utterly and completely false … just embarrassingly ameraturish hack-work "historical analysis" built on a dumb reductionism we haven't seen since the diamat of Soviet "philosophy". What else can one call a 29-word account of approximately 14 centuries of history?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Ignorance?

  • boredinHK

    Thanks Edward. the idea was that all people fight – for plenty of different causes and so we do have similarities even against what our prejudices would like to make us believe. The religion of Islam has had plenty of conflict in it's history.The rest of your point will need to be explained as I'm just a normal person , not a pompous elitist. One weird problem of this blog is that many of the contributors are like a bunch of learned hermits or mountain top gurus and ordinary , even curious people who want to join are subjected to this kind of arrogant retort. Try communicating and explaining and I'm happy to learn .So often you assume contributors have a predetermined position they are trying to defend. In this case my reply to addamo-1 was about the understanding I have that schools of thought contend for influence in Islam ande the conflicts have been violent.You can get very worked up about that ?

  • Wombat

    I don't think you have any reason to feel inadequate in any way Borderlink. Your posts have always been thoughtful and well informed. And I took no exception to your remark either as I agree with your comment.