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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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.
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Find them, search them, jail them

Anti-war and anti-nuclear protestors are dangerous, according to the Pentagon:

“Earlier this week NBC News exposed the existence of a secret Pentagon database to track intelligence gathered inside the United States. The database including information on dozens of anti-war protests and rallies particularly actions targeting military recruiting.

“The list included: counter-military recruiting meetings held at a Quaker Meeting House in Lake Forth, Florida. Anti-nuclear protests staged in Nebraska on the 50th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki. An anti-war protest organized by military families outside Fort Bragg in North Carolina. And a rally in San Diego to support war resister Pablo Parades. The Pentagon database described all of these events as threats.

“The documents obtained by NBC also indicate the Pentagon is now conducting surveillance at protests and possibly monitoring Internet traffic. One Pentagon briefing document stamped “secret” concluded: “[W]e have noted increased communication and encouragement between protest groups using the [I]nternet.” The same document indicated the military is tracking who is attending protests in part by keeping records on cars seen at protests.”

After all, military families against the war are terrorists just waiting to explode at Wal-Mart.

13 comments ↪
  • Shabadoo

    Wouldn't exploding one's self at Wal-Mart just be a legitimate act of resistance against the American military-industrial complex, a la the Iraqi insurgency, which you applaud so regularly?

  • orang

    That's what he meant. The Baghdad Walmart.

  • Pete's Blog

    A similar example of extracurricular internal spying occured during the later Nixon years 1972-5. The FBI basically refused to do illegitimate surveillance of anti-war protesters so the Whitehouse asked the CIA to do it. Way outside the CIA's external charter.The CIA and Nixon were savaged for this indiscretion.Its looks like the the FBI may again be refusing to do a President's dirty work. Funnily enough the (Defense) Department of a former Nixon official (Rumsfeld) is doing the work of a police state.How history (and the same villians) repeats itself.

  • Wadard

    It is suitable to remind ourselves how even John Lennon was considered worthy of surveillance during Vietnam. I like your blog big fella!

  • Wadard

    Wouldn't exploding one's self at Wal-Mart just be a legitimate act of resistance against the American military-industrial complex, a la the Iraqi insurgency, which you applaud so regularly?Shabadoo – that smacks of conflation, and therefore not worth getting yourself upset about. I doubt Haliburton get their supplies from Wal-Mart …. but you never know.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Wadard said… Shabadoo – that smacks of conflationOhhh Wadard, upi have no idea of what Shabadoo is capable of. Conflation, deflation, inflation, degredation, insulation, segregation, manipulation, mal-administration … but most commonly – defication …. all of the verbal variety of course (thankfully). Shabadoo is not so much a doer as a doorjam of the Right.And you haven't met Ibrahamav yet – the grandmaster of the moonbats.

  • Ibrahamav

    Eddie just doesn't like being proven a fool. It's his way of getting back.

  • Human

    If I have not got on the watch list yet it would surprise me. As an enemy of Torture, Murder and Hostage taking I'am a threat to the War Pigs. I have sent numerous letters to a multitude of Officers at the Pentagon to Mutiny in a non-violent way. In addition I have urged the Troops to do the same. I have handed out flyers outside Recruitment centers, pasted the window of one with the child victims of the illegal and immoral American-Iraq War(an early morning raid) and participated in 5 demonstrations.Today I will write SOD Rumsfeld to make sure I'am on the list. I'am a threat. To everything this gang of Fascists stands for.Peace.

  • Ibrahamav

    You're not on any list because you are of no importance. You've been classified as a joke.

  • Human

    Ibrahamav- Just by your contradictory statement I can tell you have not sought or received the help you need. Do not be afraid Ibrahamav. There are people to help you. Please for at least the sake of your family get the help you so desperately need.Peace.

  • Ibrahamav

    Contradictory? Hardly. You are a joke. That is why you are not on any list of concern.

  • Rich Bowden

    Congratulations Human on your committment to non-violent protest, I applaud you. Peace to you too mate…

  • Human

    Thank you Mr. Bowden. 🙂