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.

One major step back

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice predicts that this week’s Iraqi elections will bring the most democratic government “in the entire Middle East.”

Israel has been officially side-lined as an autocracy.

32 comments ↪
  • David Tan

    You make the most unbalanced statements Anthony.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Yes, A.L. Israel is a democracy …. for some.

  • Pete's Blog

    Well I wouldn't think anything of Rico's omission. She knows Israel is democratic compared to most (all?) others in the Middle East.America's friends, by they Australia or Israel, are used to being taken for granted.We mustn't forget that Iraq has got so much oil (and we don't) that imposed D-emokracy is worth every US bullet.We should consider ourselves lucky that we are not a target of such special "love and care".

  • Wombat

    Rice was probably comparing Iraq to Egypt and Jordan, two autocracies that exist today only because of US support.

  • Ibrahamav

    Israel is a democracy for all of it's citizens, as with the US, Mexico, England, Russia, France, Australia, etc… resident aliens do not have the right to vote.

  • orang

    Well this is what you call a Freudian Slip? Realistically who would say that Israel is part of the Middle East?

  • Ibrahamav

    Physically but not psychotically? As we are of the asylum but not in the asylum?interesting thought.

  • orang

    Good one – Now that's funny. The asylum line,-isn't it something like "We're in the asylum but not a patient".? I forget.

  • smiths

    resident aliens do not have the right to voteor congregate, or use roads, go through gates, get passports, sleep soundly at night, or know from one week to the next wether they can work or visit their families, resident aliens? how sweet it would be to swap a few lives for a year or two, then ask a few questions of the swapped

  • Ian Westmore

    "resident aliens do not have the right to vote."Aren't the Israelis the "resident aliens"?

  • neoleftychick

    It would be nice is some American had the backbone to state the unvarnished truth.It is only an extremely anti-semitic world under the thumb of oil-based fascist Arab muslim nutters that could even contemplate creating a fourth Palestinian state. Given that these people have thumbed their noses at international laws and diplomatic agreements for 60 years the only viable solution is to transfer the West Bank Arabs to Jordan and Syria.Perhaps Condi will prove to be the American with that backbone.Condi vs. Hillary in 2008.You Go Girls!

  • anthony

    Aren't the Israelis the "resident aliens"?OMFG! Still can’t accept a Jewish state? It's been there defending itself since before 1948 (in the sense that autonomous Jewish communities, providing for themselves, also had to defend themselves)! I guess Iranian style politics is in vogue, eh?Israeli Jews are not resident aliens, but Israelis!—Eeeek, neolefty! I dislike the US presidential system and their elections. The US would have benefited from a Westminster system of government, in my humble opinion.Condi v. Hillary, eh? Who would you bet on to win that?

  • orang

    neoleftychick said…"… Given that these people have thumbed their noses at international laws and diplomatic agreements for 60 years the only viable solution is to transfer the West Bank Arabs to Jordan and Syria."Sorry girl. They ain't going nowhere but Palestine. You'll love them with time.

  • neoleftychick

    orandOh well. As they sow, so they shall reap. More poverty, misery, and ignorance.Besides, I predict that within a few years the wretches will have blown each other to smithereens. GOOD! I am sick to death of hearing them whingeing.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    It took ages to eliminate the oppression of the South African state within South Africa. It took ages to eliminate the oppression of the Indonesian state in East Timor. But justice prevailed eventually – and unexpectedly – in both case. The Palestinian Tragedy has some way to go – but justice will eventually come – perhaps as unexpectedly too.

  • neoleftychick

    I wonder if there is a fund being raised to contribute to the Wall being finished as quickly as possible and to expedite settlemet building on the West Bank? I will donate in a flash! We can no longer stand for being bullied by these vile medieval Arab men!

  • orang

    Yes the wall will stay forever to protect the Jewish settlements because GOD promised the West Bank to the Jews! They will make the desert bloom! Yes there is a fund-I will give you the details – send money. Send to:A/C No: 435-5642006 (BSB 0355-0967 Middle East Bank )Name: Iqbal TawfikMinumum 100 US$ please.

  • neoleftychick

    orangAh, actually the Jews fought for their land and bitchslapped the Nazi Arabs into next week. So I think the Israelis do not really need to rely on The Bible for legitimacy.On the other hand, we really need to start asking why these Arabs should be different from all other agressors who lose wars. WHY are they still permitted to squat on Israeli land?

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    neoleftychick said… "Ah, actually the Jews fought for their land"Exactly. I reckon Astralia should fight for East Timor and make that OUR land too. There isn't a moral argument in the world that could stop us then. Mwuhahahaha!"and bitchslapped the Nazi Arabs into next week."Nazi Arabs? Huh! I thought it was Nazi Martian Communist Arab Daleks.

  • David Heidelberg

    Neoleftychick, Like the religious fanatic Ibrahim, displays outward contempt for the vile arab men. Congratulations on displaying your rabid racism for all to see. All of your comments will be viewed in this light from now on.

  • Wombat

    Condi v. Hillary? I think that confrontation could best be decided by a blood drinking contest.

  • Pete's Blog

    Well I'd vote for Condi personally. I think there's more to her than just being one of ol'Dubya's team.There's just gotta be a moderate soul there somewhere. Just gotta!

  • Wombat

    If there is any remnants of a moderate soul in Condi, it's been overwhelmingly held captive by ambition.Senator Harry Reid hust spelled out what a pirce of work she is. She's just travelled to Europe to convince the leaders of the region that the US does not toture, but if it did, it wouldn't be such a bad, thing. Upon returning, she rebuffed Congress about the whole issue, refusing to meet in a classified venue so that they couldn't ask questions that called for classified answers.

  • orang

    Addamo_01 said… "If there is any remnants of a moderate soul in Condi, it's been overwhelmingly held captive by ambition."I'd like to be held captive by Condi…..Yes yes I been bad…beat me mistresss ..Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • Pete's Blog

    Visions of Condi in hot leather aside.She's got brains, but tied down by Bush's amorality. She's not one of the boys.All politicians are corrupt and deceitful mouthpieces, but her very potential to rattle the smug cage of the US, by virtue of her being female and black, may well make Condi worth voting for.Vive le difference!

  • Wombat

    I agree that Condi has a lot of potential, but I just don't trust her one bit.Corrupt and deceiptful is one thing, but I just don't think this woman is prepared to do anyting that contradicts the hand that feeds her.

  • neoleftychick

    addamoWell at least she isn't a Muslim, otherwise we'd all be screwed, especially part-retarded teenage boys who are fitted up with enough TNT to guarantee their date with the 72 virgins.Pity they didn't get their virgins while they were on earth, then maybe we all wouldn't have to suffer so much from the vile evil medieval fuckers.

  • Wombat

    Peope in Condi's poistion usually account for more deaths in this world than any suicide bomber ever could.He predecessor, Albright, regarded the deaths of half a million Iraqi childen as a worhtwhile investment.

  • orang

    Exactly right about Albright! The ugly bitch. Condi has stepped up a gear since she's had something tangible she can relate to. Sometimes I think she'd be OK, then (sweeping aside my leather clad bondage fantasies)you get a glimpse of Thatcher X 2 and I get very afraid.

  • leftvegdrunk

    "Well at least she (Rice) isn't a Muslim, otherwise we'd all be screwed…"Neoleftychick, perhaps you could illustrate your point with some examples of Muslim women who hold positions in government.Quick, crank that meta-search!

  • Mannie

    The way neoleftychick uses the word "WE" would presuppose she lives in Israel. But if she doesn't and lives safely in Australia, shouldn't (she) "WE" be there fighting to kill her hated "Arabs"?

  • orang

    She prefers to live in Sydney to be harrassed by "Middle Eastern" men.