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.

Speaking truth

Gerald Kaufman is the British Labour MP for Manchester Gorton. He writes eloquently and compassionately on the so-called peace process in the Middle East:

“I recently returned from leading the first British parliamentary delegation to the Palestinian Authority. What we saw is never seen by ordinary, decent Israelis, like the citizens of Netanya – who, since they dare not venture into the occupied territories, have no idea of the persecution of Palestinians being carried out in their name.

“Last there two years ago, I was appalled at how an already unacceptable situation has deteriorated. There are now more than 600 fixed checkpoints in the tiny Palestinian area, which, with so-called flying checkpoints, make free movement almost impossible. In Bethlehem, which used to be crammed with tourists, we saw just two groups in Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity. The Old City of Nablus, which I knew for a quarter of a century as a hub of commercial activity, is also desolate. Heavily-armed Israeli troops man walls, gates and huts, all preventing Palestinians from moving about.”

It’s almost inconceivable for a leading Australian politician to speak such truths, let alone travel to the areas under direct Israeli occupation. The Zionist lobby will make sure any politician even thinking such ideas is put in his or her place.

12 comments ↪
  • Shabadoo

    Maybe if the Palestinians stopped (a) sending suicide bombers into places like Netanya and (b) celebrating and dancing in the street after the fact, life would get easier for them.

  • Wombat

    Easier as in getting their land back or having fewer homes bulldozed? Not.twrdybv

  • Antony Loewenstein

    But they're Arabs, and therefore barbaric, and deserve having their homes bulldozed, right?

  • Shabadoo

    Well, the Pallys had the chance to get about 99% of everything they wanted when Clinton brokered that deal, but they walked away out of bloody-mindedness and pride…

  • Wombat

    So says the comic books you keep reading Shab.

  • orang

    There seems to be a strong pro Israel lobby in Oz. Aside from the Poli "fact finding" visits to the region being orchestrated by Israel, this influence reaches right to the top. Take for instance the comments by Howard parroting the screechings from The Lobby when the Palestinian lady was here to receive her award. Then of course the vote against the Apartheid Wall at the International Court of Justice. Against: Israel, USA, Australia, 1-2 bumfuck Pacific islands beholden by $$$$ to the US.For: The Rest of the World. ..it's not a wall, it's a fence….it's not permanent, it can be moved…it's to stop suicide bombersyou know the rest

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Indeed there is, and very few voices critical of Israel ever see the light of day.My book examines why this is, and political behind-the-scenes moves that allow it to happen.BUT, the Zionist lobby is starting to lose some of its power. And it's scared…

  • neoleftychick

    AntonyYou are having a book published??? No offence, hun, but HOW? From what you post here, you are still a few years of reading away from having a confident grasp of the layers of issues that are relevant.Also, if you don't think that Palestinian propoganda and tired old anti-semitic slurs do not rule, you really need to open your eyes. You clearly have been inside a university or read the broadsheets!The rubbish I hear spewing from even my most highly educated friends on "israel the biggest human rights and international law breaker in the world" is truly heart-breaking

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Thanks for the support, brave truth teller.You can buy a copy next year for the appropriate price.

  • neoleftychick

    antonyI think there are one or two books on reading list first.

  • Wombat

    What's your recommended reading Lefty?"Ignorance is bliss""Faith based logic 101""A perfect world without Arabs""Being one of God chosen means never having to say you're sorry"

  • Glenn Condell

    Kaufman is good. I was so impressed by a piece of his in the Guardian a few years ago I wrote to him to say 'goodonya'. Love to see our trolls debating him…TONY JONES: Now we turn to the seemingly eternal problems afflicting the Middle East. Gerard Kaufman is the British Labour MP for Manchester Gorton and a leading critic of Israel's expansionary tactics in the occupied territories.We are also joined by err, Mr Shabadoo and Ms umm.. Neoleftychick…'