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 questions

The Independent asks the questions that the Bush administration and her allies must answer. When a world superpower uses torture, outsources torture, holds “terror” suspects without trial and fire missiles on foreign soil, it is little better than a rogue state.

It is encouraging to see a mainstream newspaper – albeit rarely – challenge the levels to which so-called civilised nations have fallen since 9/11.

  • orang

    Yeah, the Piano Player certainly outdid her little fib telling talents on this one. Bold faced lies – the Euro's should be hanging their head in shame they don't call her up on it. "Fool me once shame on you.., fool me twice ugh….."..oh god you lying cunt are at it again..and I'm sitting here lapping it up …

  • Shabadoo

    This is interesting on the subject of public approval of torture … even the civilized French are au fait with it de temps en temps…(Above post in no way implies Shab is or is not a supporter of torture, just that the resuts are interresant…).

  • Antony Loewenstein

    It's hard to oppose torture, isn't it, brave fighting man?

  • Ian Westmore

    orang said… Yeah, the Piano Player certainly outdid her little fib telling talents on this one. Bold faced lies…Initially she was trained as a Soviet expert. She seems to have learnt a little too well from them!Old Joe Stalin's ghost must be laughing his green with envy head off!

  • orang

    shab, you're either more gullible than you sound or just stubborn. Now ask Joe six-pack, y/n would you say torture was OK if it was applied to someone who could tell you where a rapist was holding your sister…"well, duh, I tink that would be OK yeah…"This is a bullshit question and a bullshit type of "poll". stop wasting your time.

  • Wombat

    Shab really suffers from a reality disconnect shared by the right, who have become dismissive of reality and facts.The terrible pictures that came out of Abu Graib were gruesome enough to make your stomach churn in disgust. And to think that those were the PG batch. The XXX rated snuff version is being hidden from us by the Pentagon (who incidently lost a coutr case to withold them). There made the COngressmens and Senators who saw them turn various shades of green upon witnessing them.But previous to Abu Graib there was and still is Guantanamo prison in Cuba. Reportedly such kind of torture is still a continuing practice. Now we learned that the Bush administration made torture the official policy of the CIA. Only now torture is outsourced to countries where these prisoners are remanded for further and probably more sophisticated kind of torture.So why did this Bush administration do that if it claims to be acting in the interests fo the public? Why can't it do these horrible tortures in it own prison cells? Are they afraid of being discovered and be exposed as no less a violator of human rights that it accused Saddam routinely of doing? Does it just want to weasel out from assuming full responsibility for the atrocious things that it does? Doesn't Bush understand that contracting for a hit man to do the killing or torture does not absolve him from the crime?This torture thing is actually an experimental application of the eugenics study pioneered by the Nazis. And ideological nutcases in this country's government are continuing it. Such calibrated torture posits that you can make them very easily confess to whatever it is you suspect them of doing. Torture also can make you change people, mold them, brainwash them, or so these nuts believe. Through torture you can tweak their mind so that eventually they become "Manchurian Candidates" and slaves to your will and command.Torture actually followed a well thought out ritual: blindfold them (to disorient and confuse the mind). Put them in a very threatening position for long periods of time. Put them in a deplorably inhuman prison pit or cell. Deprive them of food and sleep. Continuously issue to them threats. And actually apply physical harm and injury in order to break the will and mind through the body. These were all done in AbuGraib, and as reports showed also originated from Guantanamo and are still a continuing practice Guantanamo, when nobody is watching.This is a variant of the experiments mostly done on rats by the same sick nutcases. Deprive the rat of everything it is familiar with, then the rat starts to become crazy and confused. Over time gradually tweak the deprivation and torture formula to "reward" mode when the rats start to obey your command or desired end. In the end you have a "programmed rat." Then you have Frank Sinatra or Denzel Washington programmed to kill whoever stands in the way of your ambition. These wackos have it really figured out. Hitler and Co. also have it figured out in the concentration camps. Except that this kind of aberrant behavior is depraved and does not work — in the long run. I doubt even Hitler & Co understood what torture is. Torture just comes natural with a criminal mind.So you still need a definition of what torture is? If you recoil in revulsion and anguish at being put in the same situation those prisoners in Abu Graib and Gitmo were put through, then you perfectly understand what torture is. When somebody causes you harm and injury mentally, emotionally and physically while under their custody, and you suffer fear and pain as a result, then you are being tortured. The ultimate test of what torture is if you don't want it done to you.And now Rice is globetrotting denying that the Bush administration does torture nor remands or outsources suspects to be tortured in foreign countries.Rice outlandish claim is totally at odds with voluminous pictures of torture at Abu Graib and reports of torture at Guantanamo. Her claim is also starkly at odds with the reports by the Red Cross and Civil Rights watch of torture being done by foreign torture teams in Russia, Pakistan, Poland, Uzbekistan, Bulgaria, etc. Her claim is also a total denial of the admissions by the CIA and Army itself of cases of torture in prison camps. In the face of all these it can only be surmised that Rice has a personal definition of "torture" that she cannot divulge to the world, much less to the American people. And what's the probable reason why she and the Bush administration have never explained their definition of "torture"?I bet you when really cornered she'll fall back on the ready excuse that has served them well so far vis-à-vis the 9/11 Commission as well as any other congressional commissions that plumb the depth of this administration's incompetence, dereliction of duty, and criminal activity: and that is, "divulging it will jeopardize 'national security.'"When will Rice ever realize that she's already a "dead woman walking" the moment she started to tell the public lies? She thinks the savvy Europeans believe her when she said outsourcing these tortures are "saving Europeans' lives"?This is another example of a non sequitur argument that holds a premise and conclusion totally based on mental speculation. Like the non-existent WMD it is a bogus reason to mislead and scare people. This time it is not to wage a bogus war, but to sanction and legalize the torture of suspects.Rice, by her dishonesty, witting or unwitting, is already doomed to go down in infamy and hell. One day she will also learn what "torture" really is.