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.

A deserving cause

Mordechai Vanunu needs our help. He deserves international support and solidarity.

13 comments ↪
  • Armagnac Esq.

    His case has been an inspiration to our government.

  • Comical_Ali

    No, its you who needs help

  • Wombat

    Welcome back Comical. Long time no angst.

  • tim maguire

    He needs our help? This has nothing to do with any fundamental concept of freedom. He violated the terms of his parole, he goes back to jail. That's how it works. Everywhere.As it should.

  • Shabadoo

    So wait: you applaud the indictment of people giving secrets to Israel (see AIPAC post below) yet condemn punishment for someone who revealed Israel's secrets?

  • Wombat

    It was no cecret to anyone when Vanunu made his findings public. Israel just got pissed off that they weren't allowed to play coy with the international community anymore.

  • Glenn Condell

    He's like Christ, appearing among Jews who mock and abuse him, but his influence and example will outlast that of his detractors.

  • Shabadoo

    Oh Glenn, that is truly disgusting.Make a joke like that with Mohammed, and you'll have 10 fatwas and a couple of UN committees on your door!

  • Wombat

    At least it would be in good taste right Shab?

  • Comical_Ali

    Or to use a better example – your own antony is like "Christ" among all them bloody shylock nosed joos. Hell, with xmas right round the corner & easter not far off, you might as well organise & stage your very own passion play, full of all the usual blood libels. For even greater effect, you can use "bloodied matza balls" (among some of the other useful props) claiming that the blood is the blood of christian children – all part of the traditional Jewish passover feast. And why not add some additonal ones like your classic 9/11 blood libel? An on campus passion play is a good idea considering that you've finished marking exams and have plenty of time on your hands.

  • neoleftychick

    antonyWhat a bizarre person you are. This moron has committed the highest treason imaginable. If it were not for the fact that the Israeli legal system and its Supreme Court are among the most laudable on the planet, Mordechai would have swung years ago. Imagine if he were an Islamic national!

  • Wombat

    Highest treason imaginable? Wow aren't we getting imahinative lefty?The man acted on his conscience. It wasn't wise, but he felt he was doign he right thing at the time. It's not like he profitted from the excercise like say, Pollard, who Comical seems to think is a national hero of Israel and should be released.BTW. Comical. Your suggestion that Xmas and Easter being withthem blood libels, sounds somewhat like the lunatic ravings of Foxman when The Passion of Christ was being shown.

  • Comical_Ali

    Pollard profited from what he did?So your definiiton of "profiting" is rotting away in prison cell on a life sentence, without a chance of parole? So far he has been there for twenty years – longer than Vanunu's 18 years and still counting!Mind you Pollard was not indicted for treason or compromising any codes, agents, or war plans. His charge: one count of passing classified information to an ally, without intent to harm the United States. Pollard was motivated to pass on information because the US was hiding informatonon Syrian, Iraqi, Libyan and Iranian nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare capabilities – being developed for use against Israel. not to mention information on planned terrorist attacks against Israeli civilian targets. All info which Israel was LEGALLY entitled according to a 1983 Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries. What motivated Vanunu (who converted out of Judaism) – his self hatred of Israel and the Jewish people? Did he save any lives in the process or shed any new light on Israel's intentions – i.e annihliate and wipe out the Arab nations just for the sake of it and without provocation. B/thw I never suggested that Xmas and Easter were "being with them blood libels" (whatever that means in proper English). It would just be a perfect time of the year for Condell et-al to stage a "passion play" – since historically those were times when "passion plays" and blood libels were staged. Thats all.The fact that you dont even attempt distance yourself from Condell's comments – and on the contrary twist it into something else – speaks for itself.His occassional "let slip" racism, anti-Semitic blood libels and conspiracy theories, only serves to prove that its not about so called "legitmate criticsm of Israel", but more about a geniune hatred of Judiasm and the Jewish people. And the fact that Flavious Antonious (who himself occassionally lets slip his own self hatred – see his comments on anti-Semitism in the Ukraine) attracts and is a magnet for these sorts of people (or to use a better analogy – like shit to the flies), pretty much speaks for itself. Anti-Semites and racists love and are all to willing to endorse self-haters like him, because they fundamentally prove their theory that Jews are "evil and corrupt to the very core." And who better at proving this theory than a Jew himself! Thats why you are nothing more than a tool, Flavius Dreamboat.