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 LA Times continues its recent series of investigative work on Iraq:

“Private security contractors have been involved in scores of shootings in Iraq, but none have been prosecuted despite findings in at least one fatal case that the men had not followed proper procedures, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Times.

“Instead, security contractors suspected of reckless behaviour are sent home, sometimes with the knowledge of U.S. officials, raising questions about accountability and stirring fierce resentment among Iraqis.”

– A series of striking and disturbing photos from Iraq.

– Anti-Jewish attacks in Australia have decreased this year. Let’s hope anti-Zionism continues its recent, small advances in the public domain.

– The US and Europe are embroiled in a controversy surrounding “rendition.” Evidence is now overwhelming that the US uses Europe as a staging ground – aided by various friendly regimes – to transfer “terror” suspects to countries where torture is utilised and encouraged.

– Associated Press report on yet more failings of the Bush administration:

“The U.S. is at great risk for more terrorist attacks because Congress and the White House have failed to enact several strong security measures, members of the former Sept. 11 commission said Sunday.”

– Thailand is cracking down on over 800,000 websites in the name of protecting the country’s youth. Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is hardly a believer in human rights and true freedom of speech, so this move should cause concern.

14 comments ↪
  • Shabadoo

    I believe in an unfettered internet as much as you, but if this is the only thing going on that concerns you, I got news for you.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Mate, you believe in torture and celebrating state sanctioned torture.

  • Shabadoo

    Where did I say that?

  • Wombat

    When have you ever spoken against it – other than when it's perpetrated by Arabs.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    You support torture by never speaking out against it, making fun of any allegations about it etc etc. And, more hilariously, thinking somehow that the US still have moral authority when it comes to these matters.As for celebrating state sanctioned murder, the case of Van Nguyen and a host of other times when the US kills civlians. Mate, you're not unlike many Western exceptionalists and Orientalists. Your bigotry has been clear for all to see for some time.But be proud! You're defending freedom, remember?

  • Shabadoo

    Well, this is real "when did you stop beating your wife?" stuff here…I support it because I don't speak out against it? C'mon, that's pretty weak, coming from you – there's a million things I think are anywhere from counterproductive to downright evil in this world, do I need to list all of them? What you can't do is go dig up a post where I said torture was a good idea – in fact, I don't think I've said much one way or the other on the topic here.Am I a Western exceptionalist? Absolutely – I proudly believe that 5,000 years of Western civilization have produced the highest ideals of humanity. And I would note that Western thinking encompasses and continues to absorb a vast number of often contradictory ideas, which gives it is continued dynamism. And yes, there are plenty of other great cultures and civilizations out there, but one can make distinctions without being evilly prejudiced, can't one? "Orientalist" is just a carckpot term thrown around by Said-o-philes, and calling people "bigots" and "racists" is the hallmark of someone who has run out of arguments.

  • Stev

    More on shootings of Iraqis by private contractors. This didn't get much mention around the MSM – wonder why… 'Trophy' video exposes private security contractors shooting up Iraqi drivers See the video here

  • neoleftychick

    antonyClearly it is a very bad thing to be an "Orientalist" or a "Western exceptionalist!" One thing I have found from these rabid anti-Israel sites is that they sure do go overboard on the cliches and the gobbledegook.This makes me very suspicious of them. It is very cogent evidence that they are trying to hide the fact that they do not have much to say.No?

  • Wombat

    "rabid anti-Israel sites" Lefty?Your grip on reality is seriously waning.

  • Shabadoo

    Hey in other news, I see that Chavez has had another "successful" election

  • Wombat

    Evidence of election fraud Shab? You're damn good at throwing up dust and making noise that amounts to nothing. Get your arse over to the US in 2006 – I'm sure the repugs could use your help.What's really impressive abnout Chavez is that he continues to win, in spite of the financial help tthe oppoistion keeps getting from Washington.Open Goole and so a search on "ohio vote rigging". Do some reading and get educated.

  • Shabadoo

    Sore loser, Addamo – what vote rigging? The Guardian trying to influence the Clark County election?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    The Guardian is a bloody newspaper, you muppet, not officials rigging the vote.

  • Wombat

    I suggested you Google "Ohio vote rigging". I suppose for you watching an election being decided by a court stacked by right wing judges is the epitome of democracy and representative goverment.What does the poor turnout of a vote in Venezuela have to do with the legitimacy of the government?