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.

Safe haven

The Sydney Morning Herald makes a startling yet unsurprising discovery:

“Men suspected of terrible war crimes remain free in Australia for years while other asylum seekers, innocent of everything except arriving illegally, are being locked up or fast-tracked out of the country.

“One of Saddam Hussein’s former personal bodyguards, Oday Adnan Al Tekriti, has been given temporary safe haven after initially being refused a visa when the Department of Immigration found there were serious reasons to consider he had committed crimes against humanity.”

Sadly, Australia has long been a haven for war criminals, starting with Nazis after World War II. Author Mark Aarons published, “War criminals, welcome” in 2001. He painted a picture of successive governments either unwilling or incapable of prosecuting war criminals. Aarons explained on ABC Lateline in 2001:

“Most of the war criminals who settled in Australia were not Germans or Austrians. They were people from Central and Eastern Europe, from the Ukraine, the Baltic States, the central European countries of Czechoslovakia, Croatia and Serbia.

“There’s no doubt at all over the last 10-12 years, a significant number, dozens, probably well over 100, senior Afghan war criminals have emigrated to Australia.”

War criminals are welcome in Australia.

12 comments ↪
  • Shabadoo

    Now wait a second – these might not be war criminals; let's wait until we hear from Noam Chumpsky first!The great irony is that the Herald is outraged by this yet also manages to be furious about locking illegals up to check their histories and identities before releasing them into the wider community.

  • Ian Westmore

    Well of course war criminals are welcome here. The country is being run by war criminals!Judged by the Nuremberg precedent, the most senior members of our government and military themselves appears to have a case to answer on at least Count 2: Waging Aggressive War, or "Crimes Against Peace" – including "the planning, preparation, initiation, and waging of wars of aggression, which were also wars in violation of international treaties, agreements, and assurances."If they knowingly 'sexing up' the reasons for invading Iraq then Count 1: Conspiracy to Wage Aggressive War would also apply.And if any prisoners initially captured by Australian military personnel were later abused in Abu Graib etc, then a case could be made for trying them on Count 3: War crimes.Nor should we forget the illegalities committed in the detention centres.

  • Shabadoo

    Leftist logic:John Howard = dictator and war criminal who should be removed from office and banged up in jailSaddam Hussein* = dictator and war criminal who should have been allowed to stay in power while resolution after resolution was passed against him at the UN (but who is, oh yeah, anti-American)* Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro, Ho Chi Minh, Mao Tse-Tung, etc…

  • Wombat

    "* Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro, Ho Chi Minh, Mao Tse-Tung, etc…"I noticed you forgot to mention Hitler and Stalin. Probably becasue they have white faces.How is it that right wingers hardly ever get things right?

  • Shabadoo

    Sorry for my sin of ommission…shoulda mentioned Stalin…and Lenin…and all the other Soviet leaders lefties have had a collective hard-on for over the years.Fidel Castro, not to get semantic, was pretty white and from a privileged Spanish family if I recall correctly (doctor's son?)Despite the Left's affection for anti-Semitism, environmentalism, government control of industry, smoking restrictions, and a host of other lovely ideas, y'all haven't really adopted Hitler, though. Even a busted clock is right once a day!!Here's one thing the right gets right (so to speak): winning votes and holding power. No wonder you mob are so distrustful of democracy.

  • Ian Westmore

    Shabadoo wrote…Leftist logic:John Howard = dictatorAs you wrote this, not me, I can only assume you are outing yourself as a "Leftist" and war criminal who should be removed from office and banged up in jailIsn't that what should happen to all war criminals? Or should only those you don't like face justice?Saddam Hussein* = dictator and war criminal who should have been allowed to stay in power while resolution after resolution was passed against him at the UN (but who is, oh yeah, anti-American)I can only influence what happens in my country. It was up to Iraqis to deal with their war criminals.And yes, if there had been a collective will to remove him, he would have been, just as the Communists were removed in Russia. Saddam's setup was nothing compared to the power available to the Soviet regime, but they were turfed out with hardly a shot being fired.Romanias dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was a more ruthless man than Saddam, yet when the people decided he had to go, he did. Only 6 shots were fired. Three into him, 3 into his even more hated wife. OTOH, Howard et al's, war crimes have cost the lives of untold thousands with the strong probability that Iraqis will end up being no better off than they were under Saddam. Even the caretaker regime has started torturing its citizens!BTW-please explain to me the difference between Saddam having villagers shot after some tried to assassinated him, and what happened in Falluja last year?

  • Wombat

    "Here's one thing the right gets right (so to speak): winning votes and holding power."So who's distrustful of democracy? Can you say Allende, Moosadegh, Torrijos, Aquino, Aristide, etc etc. Shab, you nee to get bac to studying your talking points.When ever right wing nutters who claim to want democracy for all are confronted with the fact that Chavez has been the most democratically elected leader in the world, the standard reponse is that Hitler was also democratically elected.What does it feel like to suffer collective schizophrenia?

  • Shabadoo

    Really? Yeah, Chavez's latest elections have gone down a treat, what with boycotts by opposition parties, tiny turnout, etc…

  • Wombat

    Tiny turnouts meaning what exactly Shab? Opposition parties who are financed by Washington boycotting meaning what Shab?I thought you at least had a modicum of intelligence Shab. You are truly pathetic. Guess you didn't hear about the Ohio counties that recorded more votes for Bush than were registered in the whol county. Or how Kenneth Blackwell rejected absentee votes becasue they were cubmitted on the wrong grade of paper. Or the voting stationg that evacuated observers after a terrorist alert, then locked them out while the voting continued.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Don't confuse little Shab with facts.The US says Chavez is evil, so it must so. Free thinking requires facts…

  • Wombat

    Yeah Shab must be reading thsoe news items bought and paid for by the Pentagon.

  • Ian Westmore

    Addamo_01 wrote… Yeah Shab must be reading those news items bought and paid for by the Pentagon.Oh, he reads the Daily Telegraph/Herald Sun/Courier-Mail/Advertiser/Mercury, does he? ;-^)