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.

Misinformation rules

The US military, industrial complex believes in propaganda, and not always the transparent kind:
“Hoping to counter anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world, the Bush administration has been conducting an information war that is extensive, costly and often hidden, according to documents and interviews with contractors, government officials and military personnel.”

All governments engage in propaganda – though the desperation of the US to increase its support is telling – but if the US administration wants to truly counter anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world, ending persistent meddling and looting would be a good start.

11 comments ↪
  • Ibrahamav

    As misinformation is your forte, why are complaining about others?

  • Wombat

    It's nto surprise that you are unable to distinguish between opinion and state sponsored dissimforation.

  • Ibrahamav

    I am unable to distinguish beteen AL's campaign of lies and deception, and any other entities', no matter how large or small.It should be no suprise. It is also no surprise that you think as you do.

  • Wombat

    State sponsored disinformation is carried using tax dollars and other government apparatus. It prestends to speak for the public and for the public good. It discourages and disseent and marginalises debate.Anthony is giving his opinion, and by this forum, invites open debate. He does not pretend to speak for others.If you can't discern the difference between these two issues, then you are either a lot less intelligent than I gave you credit for, or you are intentinally refusing to aknowledge the obvious.

  • Ibrahamav

    Always about money with your type, isn't it?Spreading disinformation is the same, regardless of who spreads it.You are the least qualified here to judge another's intelligence.

  • Wombat

    About money? When it's somebosy else's? Absolutely. Tax payers pay for services and governance, not to finance the protection of innept leadership.You are being deliberately belligerent about this Ibraham. There is no equivalence whatsoever between the actions of the individual to express his views, which is his right, and that of the state to mislead the public in matters it's knows to be false.

  • Ibrahamav

    There is a tremendous equivilance when you realize that the government of democracies are made up of people.

  • Wombat

    Not when you realise that the governments of most coutries reserve the right to kill people, while that option is never avalable to the individual.On the individual level, democracy or no democracy, those in power rarely operate by the rules imposed on the individual. Individuals lose their jobs when they are found to be incompetent. By introducing the concept of failing upwards, Bush's goverment rewards incompetence. GHuys like Cheney, Dealy and Frist continue to operate companies or receive lucrative deferments from private conpanies, while holding office.In Washginton, the notion of conflict of interets, corruption and cronyism has been stripped of meaning. It's become the stuff of thrid world governments.So when you seriously look at governments, any notion of equivalence is a myth.

  • Ibrahamav

    So the right to kill is a deal breaker with you? I have the right to kill if you physically attack me.You don't have that right? I pity you.

  • Wombat

    Apparently not Ibraham.In most Western countries, if you kill someone who attacks you, you would more than likely, end up being charged for illegally carrying a deadly weapon.If someone breaks into your home, your only legal option is to ring the police.Anyway, examples aside, what you have failed to realise is that you have broken the number 1 rule for right wing argument – aknowledgment of moral euqivalence. Aren't you guys supposed to dismiss it as miguided left ideology?Silly you, you fell for your own trap.

  • neoleftychick

    Does anybody knows when, if at all, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon are going to open their archives so we can all find out what they were up to between 1940 and 1975?