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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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.

Welcome trouble is brewing

AIPAC is the leading Zionist lobby in the US, buying congressional support through financial largesse, intimidating any opposition and supporting a hardline Israel-first policy for the US administration. It has, however, recently run into some legal issues:

“The AIPAC espionage scandal refers to allegations that information regarding United States policy towards Iran was passed to Israel through the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Larry Franklin, a former Defence Department employee, has pled guilty to several espionage-related charges. Two former AIPAC employees have been indicted as well.

“The investigation and prosecutions, which began in 1999, have attracted attention because critics of U.S. Israeli policy have long claimed AIPAC has served as a conduit for Israel’s intelligence gathering efforts with near impunity due to its powerful connections in Washington. Franklin’s indictment mentioned but did not name several foreign diplomats, widely believed to be Israeli, as being involved with his efforts.”

The case has received relatively little media coverage in the US and Australia. A new piece in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs continues the investigation and reveals that AIPAC is worried its influence in Washington may be waning. Furthermore, virtually every US administration is in thrall to the Jewish state, but the Bush administration takes this love affair to new levels of incestousness.

Certain members of the Bush cabinet arguably saw their first priority as Israel, and the US second. Such attitudes helped convince key decision makers that invading Iraq would be good for Israel. Sadly, the greatest beneficiary of the war has been Iran, and now Likud wannabe, former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is calling for strikes against Iran’s suspected nuclear facilities.

Zionists should be very pleased with their handiwork over the last years.

14 comments ↪
  • Nu-Ju

    I'm not sure if you should be using the word zionist to mean an unquestioning defender of Israel and the occupation. Surely a Zionist can simply mean one who supports the state of Israel as i assume you do , since you support a 2 state solution unless i'm mistaken.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Actually, ideally, a one-state solution is the most ideal model, in my view. A truly bi-national state.However, two-states, living side by side, is the most likely outcome in the coming years. Maybe.

  • neoleftychick

    antonyIs it really any of your business? Who the hell are you to tell the Israelis to extinguish their country?

  • Wombat

    Yes Anthony, don't you know that only when it comes to Israel, are we to observe the notion onf national sovereignty.And how dare you use your own blog to express your views? Outrageous!

  • Comical_Ali

    wait a minute – the UN recently failed to condemn the recent deplorable terroist attack in Netanya, all because Muslim countries and lobby groups in the general assembly stopped such a condemnation from happening. And its not the first time such a thing has occurred.Instead of condeming the recent atrocity in Israel, the UN is busy condeming a freaking cartoon published in a mainstream newspaper Denmark! A cartoon damn it! And why? Because this cartoon was suppossdly offensive to Muslims because it had an image of Mohammed. So now with the intense lobbying of oil rich muslim nations and lobby groups, the UN is engaging in an act of censorship – something which you Lowey would probably disagree with since you always harp on about "freedom of the press."And all you choose to talk about is sinister and powerful Jewish lobby groups – whose activities dont even harm US national security (as if you cared about US national security) or any other country bar those who wish to wipe Israel off the map?

  • Wombat

    "whose activities dont even harm US national security"Which is why they conducted an 2 year FBI investigation into AIPAC. What "metrics" do ytou have to suggest there has been no harn to US national security?When Israel conducts clandestine activities in other countries, it usually involves come dirt, otherwise there woudl be no reason fo rhte secrecy or the automatic denials by israeli officials when agents get caught, would there?I agree that the UN has been spineless in not condemming the suicide bombings in Netanya though.

  • Comical_Ali

    They conducted a 2 year FBI investigation, because classified documents were compromised. But I'm yet to see evidence that the compromise of these particular documents would harm US national security – documents on Israel's own secuity which the US, as an ally, is obliged to hand over. And if the "all powerful" Jewish lobby was indeed so "powerful" – as Flavious Lowy & other dhimmiwitted ignorant moonbats make them out to be – than the US administration would not be hiding these documents in the first place and there would not be a big two year FBI investigation with a media circus in toe. Neither would Jonathan Pollard be rotting away in a prison cell for life (I believe he has been in prison longer than Vanunu – who happens to be on Antsky's "sponsor a dissident list").But in stark contrast there is another lobby group in the US, whose activities do harm that countries national security. That group happens to be CARE – the main American Islamic lobby group. Some of Its members have been indicted with terrorism charges and the activities of that organisation included the "charity" and funding of terrorist organisations – all organisations which harmed or have the intention of harming US citizens.But in the world of Jihadists and their dhimmiwitted sympathisers, there is only one sinister lobby group – or better still one group of people who have no right to lobby on behalf of their own interests. They charge it to be an all "powerful group" – never mind that this group has no control over the world's oil flow, no sway in the UN and cant even bust Pollard out of jail.

  • Glenn Condell

    It's bubbling away under the surface but the cowed Western media won't be able to ignore it if it keeps going to expose the creators of the dummy intel which they used to lie us into an illegal war which has killed over a hundred thousand innocent people. Some serious shit will hit the fan then.If it turns out Feith arranged it thru Mossad as many believe, look out. The honeymoon could well be over. I also wonder whether the systemic intimidation and bribery of politicians practised by AIPAC had any connection to the systemic rorting and bribery of politicians conducted by Jack Abramoff, a good friend of both Feith and ex-AIPAC director Keith Weissman. Wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall when they have a chinwag.Interesting times for wingnut Zionists to be sure.

  • Wombat

    Under what statute or agreement is the US obliged to hand over anything? Do you honestly believe that Israel hands over all it's sensistive docuemnts to the US? Israel and the US are two different countries and what's good for one is not always in the interests fo the other. Take the arms deals that Israel has entered into with China and Venezuela for example, both of which incurred the wrath of Washington. As for indictements on terrorism charges, we have seen this week how pathetic many of these have turned out to be. The fundraising and charity charges have largely been bogus or thrown out. The US Government recorded 20,000 hours of Al-Arian's telephone conversations among other things and were not able to present ONE conversation about terrorism.What was Al-Arian's defense after the government presented FIVE MONTHS worth of "evidence" against him? "On behalf of Dr. Al-Arian, the defense rests." That was the ENTIRETY of the defences case.It's laughable and totally miopic for you to suggest that Israel is denied the right to lobby on behalf of their own interests. AIPAC has been described as the seond most poweful lobby group in Washinton. AIPAC conferences are always attended by high ranking politicos. The last one was attended by Condi Rice and Nancy Pelosi.As for control over the world's oil flow, even the US doesn't control it entirely. Anyway, there are plans under way to construct a pipeline to Haifa from Mosul.The UN still pretends to erpresent the interests of more than just th US and company. Even the dimmiwitted sympathisers haven't suggested that AIPAC has that much reach.

  • Nu-Ju

    You missed my point, even if one does believe in a 2 state solution and is a theoretical supporter of Israel, it means one is a Zionist. I'm not entirely sure myself but i think i would classify myself as a Zionist although i am opposed to the occupation and the racist laws of Israel, in this sense it is offensive to say that Zionists are responsible for any move towards bombing Iran etc. it seems Zionist is an easy label to call these people but in my opinion maybe an inaccurate one.

  • neoleftychick

    nu-juEver since the state of Israel was won fair and square by Jews defeating Nazi Arabs who tried to throw the Jews into the sea, and then that state was acknowledged by the world in 1949, a "Zionist" has meant nothing more than a person who supports the right of the legitimate state of Israel to exist.To be an anti-Zionist, therefore, means that one is either an anti-semite or an Islamo-Nazi or both.I hope this helps.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    "To be an anti-Zionist, therefore, means that one is either an anti-semite or an Islamo-Nazi or both."How hilariously clueless. So the millions of Jews who oppose the Jewish state, and the non-Jews too, are all Jew haters?Right, now I know where I stand!

  • neoleftychick

    antonySelf-loathing is a very human trait you know. Both Marx and Trotsky were excellent former Jews who were anti-semitic.I can't see any contradiction in a white european, such as yourself, being anti-semitic.I am interested to know how you can oppose the democratically-elected Jewish state and not be a Jew hater.

  • Nu-Ju

    I can understand this, simply the concept of a 'jewish' state like a 'muslim' or 'white' state neccessitates a degree of racism. Israel as a racist state should be objected to by anyone who is an anti-racist, however a jewish homeland in palestine should not be objected to out of hand in my opinion.