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.

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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.

Not before time

This is long overdue:

“Delegates of the 192-nation Geneva Conventions met in special session Monday to consider adding a new emblem that could drop a half-century barrier to Israel’s becoming a full member of the international Red Cross movement caring for victims of armed conflict.

“Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey, who has spearheaded the effort to resolve the long-standing dispute, told the conference it should add a “red crystal” to the red cross and red crescent already in use because it would help make the movement universal.”

The only way for greater understanding between Israel and the wider world – aside from ending the occupation, abolishing racially discriminatory policies etc – is mutual respect. This would be a positive start.

9 comments ↪
  • Shabadoo

    Yes…of course as the story notes the Arabs have been the bloody-minded ones on this from the beginning, even before the 'occupation', never wanting to legitimize the Jews by letting them use their symbol as the MUslims get to use theirs.

  • neoleftychick

    Israel has been prevented from joinign the Red Cross? Good loord, no wonder the UN General Assembly is so contemptuously dismissed by the civilised world.Gee, who would prefer to tend to me after another disgusting brainwashed Muslim blows himself up? Fatah, Hamas or an Israeli hospital.Decisions, decisions.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    UN dismissed by the civilised world?Er, right, thanks for that clarification.Seems like you've been drinking a little too much of the John Bolton kool aid…

  • neoleftychick

    antonyOh dear. Hun, the UN General Assembly has been irrelevant for decades. It is nothing more than a whinge club for countries too backward and chicken to face up to their own failures. But they are reasonably successful at getting us to pay them welfare.The UN General Assmebly has no respect, no clout. no credibility, no influence and no power.My own preference is for the Anglossphere, western europe, China, India, Japan, and some Latin American nations to break away and form a legitimate world body.

  • Shabadoo

    Anty, even the previous Bolton-haters at the UN have admitted that he's doing good there and trying to get that organisation to be worthwhile and more than just a corrupt debating shop.

  • Wombat

    Name them Shab.Bolton is an undisputed wrecking ball. He's such an embarassment, the Repug controlled Senate woudn't give him a thumbs up. The guys is a sociopath and a liar of extraordniary proportions. Even the UK, which never disagrees 3ith the US on matters of diplomacy, had to turn their back on his last crazy UN proposal.Scott Ritter said Bush chose his to destroy the UN and he's well on his way. Yeah, stirling performance.

  • Shabadoo

    Scott Ritter also likes to masturbate in front of underage girls at Hungry Jack's – what's your point?Anyway, Addamo (nice MaGRolian spelling there, by the way — is that in honour of her dubious departure?), have a read of this piece which says Bolton is hardly the ogre you all make him out to be.

  • Wombat

    You dizzy man Shab. Your pea brain evidently is unable to comprehend anything beyond headlines.Anybody who doesn't reaslise that Ritter was specifically targeted on account of his political activities needs to seek help.Police just happened to conduct a "sex sting" operation against the one man who had exposed the lies of our war-mad rulers from the inside. The entrapment was apparently so transparent, so obviously the clumsiest sort of Cointelpro-style operation badly bungled, that the charges were dropped to the legal equivalent of a traffic ticket. The records were sealed not to protect Ritter, but to protect whomever tried to set him up.And thanks for showing me you do al least have a sense of humor by quoting from that rag that passes for a newpaper called the WSJ. I wil give you the benefit fo the doubt, and presume you know little about Bolton, for if you did, I would assume you also a fan of Charles Manson.Wake up Shab. Bolton's own colleagues think he's toxic, and you are trying to make a hero out of him. The Bushies were so embarassed about his record they refused to release records of his correspondence. As an appeasement, Rice promised the Senate that she would keep Bolton on a leash.

  • Ian Westmore

    neoleftychick said… Israel has been prevented from joinign the Red Cross? Good loord, no wonder the UN General Assembly is so contemptuously dismissed by the civilised world.What does the one have to do with the other? Are you labouring under the misapprehension the RC is an organ of the UN?