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.

Is America waking up?

Robert Fisk, The Independent, December 3:

“Watching the pathetic, old, lie-on-its-back frightened labrador of the American media changing overnight into a vicious rottweiler is one of the enduring pleasures of society in the United States. I have been experiencing this phenomenon over the past two weeks, as both victim and beneficiary.

“In New York and Los Angeles, my condemnation of the American presidency and Israel’s continued settlement-building in the West Bank was originally treated with the disdain all great papers reserve for those who dare to question proud and democratic projects of state. In The New York Times, that ancient luminary Ethan Bonner managed to chide me for attacking American journalists who – he furiously quoted my own words – “report in so craven a fashion from the Middle East – so fearful of Israeli criticism that they turn Israeli murder into ‘targeted attacks’ and illegal settlements into ‘Jewish neighbourhoods’.”

“Americans are ready to discuss the United States’ relationship with Israel. And America’s injustices towards the Arabs. As usual, ordinary Americans are way out in front of their largely tamed press and television reporters. Now we have to wait and see if the media boys and girls will catch up with their own people.”

14 comments ↪
  • Ibrahamav

    America is waking up to the fact that antisemitism is alive in europe and australia.American's have always been ready to discuss anything. It is only the radical left run by antisemites who scream about not discussing their outlandish suggestions.

  • Wombat

    Whether it is raising awareness of anti-Semitism, or a greater preparedness to discuss the Israeli/Palestine conflict, this has to be a good thing. Church groups in the US are actively voicing their concerns over the dispute. Recently, a top official of the Presbyterian church had with Hezbollah to better understand the conflict from all sides of the debate.Contrary to your claims Ibraham, America is only just starting to wake up from a 4 year coma, one which was not induced by the left.-It wasn't the left that introduced Free Speech Zones.-It wasn't the left that appointed Kenneth Tomlinson (a man with connections at the very top of the White House) as head to CPB (Centre for Public Broadcasting), who paid a colleague $10,000 to watch the station and record all inferences perceived left leaning.-It was the left who have called for Tomlinson's resignation-It wasn't the left that has created the most secretive government in memory-It wasn't the left that has silenced whistle blowers by dredging up old secrecy laws-It wasn’t the left that retroactively classified the testimony of an FBI whistleblower, after she appeared on 60 minutes, so that it could not be used in a class action lawsuit against the US government-It wasn’t the left that has framed dissent as unpatriotic and apology for terrorism-It wasn’t the left that created the Patriot Act and has introduced stifling and anti-sedition laws

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  • Stev

    America is waking up to the fact that antisemitism is alive in europe and australia.Why is antisemitism America's concern, let alone antisemitism in Australia and Europe?

  • Wombat

    It goes without saying that in any civiclised society, antisemitism is everyone's concern.

  • Stev

    Actually, it goes without saying that antisemitism is a Jewish concern, just as 'Islamaphobia' is an Islamic concern and anti-American sentiment is an American concern.When you try to wipe out racial, cultural or religious prejudice one group at a time, you end up with that one group behind you, and only them. Nothing gets done. If you want to eliminate such prejudice, start by removing prejudice from your eliminating efforts themselves. To me that means no longer using words like antisemitism. Surely the problem is the prejudice itself, not the fact that in any particular case it might be aimed at the Jewish people.Society – be it American or Australian – should be less concerned about antisemitism and more concerned about prejudice in general. Unless of course you truly believe that Jewish people are more deserving of protection than any other religious, cultural or racial group…

  • Wombat

    Yes prejudice itself is the underlying problem, so as long as this premeates a society, the other ills will follow.I would never suggest that anti-Semitism is more severe than other prejudices, but I dispute that it remains the concern of the Jewsih community alone.

  • Stev

    And when our attempts to eradicate prejudice from our society are themselves prejudiced – what hope do we have?You're probably right that antisemitism isn't solely the concern of the Jewish community – but I feel it should be. After all, antisemitism only affects the Jewish community. All people should fight prejudice against all people. Select groups should fight prejudice against select groups. When all people fight prejudice against select groups, you simply have more prejudice.Of course I use the term 'all people' very loosely. But if a nation as large as the US fights antisemitism separately to its fight against general racial/cultural/religious prejudice – isn't that just introducing more prejudice again?

  • Wombat

    I see what you are getting at. Policing prejudice can easily venture into the grey areas of stifling freedom of speech.If my neighbour is being victimised for their race or religion, I certainly wouldn't be comfortable standing by at allowing it to happen if I can prevent it.

  • Stev

    My point is not really about freedom of speech, although I think there are issues there with Ernst Zundel and other revisionists. There's a difference between honest historical assessment (wrong though it might be) and racial or religious victimisation. But that's a whole other kettle of fish. Several kettles even.The point I'm trying to make is if you seek to target only prejudice against one group, then you yourself are being prejudiced and are not making any positive contribution to the cause. Such is the case with antisemitism. By even creating a word with the sole purpose of addressing prejudice against a single group, we are perpetuating prejudice by implying that any attacks against that group should be considered seperately from attacks against any other group.I guess it's all semantics, and I have a tendency to get tangled up in semantics, but in this case I think it's important. The use of words generates a mindset in which attacks against Jewish people are considered different to (and in many cases considered more heinous than) attacks against other racial/religious groups.

  • Wombat

    I see what you're getting at. Yes you have a point. This was highlighted by an example recently when Abe Foxman of the Anti Defamation League, tried to argue that it was anti-semitic to speak of Israel's human right's record without also mentioning the human rights failures of other states.Of course this would be rediculous because no one mentions other states when singaling out the human rights transgressions of China or any other country.Indeed it would be a prejudicial to focus overtly on anti-semitism at the expense of being equally vigilant of other prejudices.It always sruck me as odd that there was an adjective other than anti-Jewish to describe prejudice against Jews.

  • neoleftychick

    I think that people in the west have been blasted out of their anti-semitic slumber. After Sep.11, Bali, Thailand, Amman, London, Madrid, Turkey, and on and on and on, we are starting to realise that in fact we are ALL Israelis now.

  • Stev

    We may all be Israelis in a sense, but that hardly makes us all Jewish.

  • Wombat

    Lefty,I'm curious as to what being collectively Israeli means. Surely it doesn't mean we are collectively at war with Atrabs seeing as 2 of the countries you mentioned are predominantly Arab.