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.

News bytes

– An update on the current situation in Nepal. Is the King serious about peace and democracy? Don’t count on it.

– In violation of international law and the so-called “Road Map”, Israel announces construction of yet more houses in West Bank settlements and Hamas wins big in local Palestinian elections.

– Israel’s former top general claims that Saddam moved his WMD to Syria before the 2003 invasion. This story has circulated for years, despite no evidence, but the mainstream media keeps printing it.

– The Iraqi elections saw a large turn-out and a likely win for religious parties closely aligned with Iran. Many Iraqis want an end to the US occupation, though this election will not lead to a full US withdrawal. That will not happen for years, if ever. If the US wanted to create a Western-friendly state in the Middle East, they will be sorely disappointed. So much for building “democracy” in the region. There have been so many “milestones” since 2003, it is difficult to believe this election will bring any relief from the insurgency, Shiite backed militias, a largely unreported air war and privatisation of the country’s oil.

– Australia is not a racist country but the greatest place on Earth, says John Howard. And the fairy godmother is Jewish.

– Bush says the Iraq war is good for Israel, but many American Jews aren’t so sure. An Islamic state aligned with Iran. Yep, score one for the Zionists.

21 comments ↪
  • Shabadoo

    How can a whole country be racist? There are racists and non-racists here, as there are everywhere. I would say that the Lebanese who have been attacking anyone not of their ilk or religion are some of the worst racists we have here.

  • David Tan

    it is difficult to believe this election will bring any relief from the insurgency,That says it all about the insurgency doesnt it? The insurgents dont want Iraq run by Iraqis. If the insurgency continues after the election it will show the World that the insurgents are just murders and criminals grasping for power.

  • Shabadoo

    P.S. Is the PM – any PM – supposed to say that Australia is not the greatest country in the world? I really think you'd have a hard time finding any head of state of any nation (indeed lots of ordinary citizens as well) who wouldn't say that about about their own country.For the record, what do you think the "greatest country in the world" (to use JWH's language) is? Reason 4,387 why Labor can't win federally: They keep telling voters their country is crap.

  • Wombat

    "That says it all about the insurgency doesnt it? The insurgents dont want Iraq run by Iraqis. If the insurgency continues after the election it will show the World that the insurgents are just murders and criminals grasping for power."Duuuuuh David. Is your brain in hybernate mode or something? Insurgents will contiue to do what they do becasuye the US are still there. I know, take your time and let it sink in. It might take you a week or teo to get it.

  • Wombat

    BTW. The PM is right. I have travlled to every continent and working between the US and Canada at the moment. There is no doubt Oz is the best country I have ever been to.

  • David Tan

    Insurgents will contiue to do what they do becasuye the US are still there.So its ok for insurgent "A" can intentionally kill civillian "B" because foreign soldier "C" is somewhere in country "D". AND THATS OK TO ADDAMO? Says much about you addamo.

  • neoleftychick

    This has nothing to do with "race" and everything to do with "culture." These Muslim Arabs should be grateful that we took them in after their own culture tried to vaporise them.

  • anthony

    In violation of international law and the so-called "Road Map", Israel announces construction of yet more houses in West Bank settlements and Hamas wins big in local Palestinian elections.Hamas wins big in Palestinian elections? This is a violation of the roadmap- the Palestinians were supposed to end attacks (pfft, there’s a greater chance that hiv/aids will disappear tomorrow) and refuse to allow candidates who were calling for violence to achieve their aims.

  • neoleftychick

    Why do we even bother with these crackpots? Given they can't even get their meatheads around 242 what hope is there? I say leave them to their sand dunes, magic carpets, grenades, honour killings, and bulldozing homosexuals. Just finish the wall and forget about the tiresome wretches.

  • Wombat

    "So its ok for insurgent "A" can intentionally kill civillian "B" because foreign soldier "C" is somewhere in country "D". AND THATS OK TO ADDAMO? Says much about you addamo."Is that what I said? Straw man mate.

  • Ibrahamav

    Anthony, Arab violation of the Road map is not under discussion here! When will you ever learn that this isn't about truth or justice or freedom?

  • kei & yuri

    The interesting thing about the Israeli interest in the rape of Iraq is the confirming fact. Removing Hussein was a much-touted goal spoiled for over years, and it meant the crushing of Israel's greatest regional threat. As is their wont, a lot of American Jews refuse to comprehend the preceding sentence and on hearing it start shrieking about conspiracy. (It always bothered us how pleased some pedants are to confuse presense and effectiveness regarding a certain Czarist hate tract, and how often that same concern is used to stamp out dissent as hateful.) But beyond the obviousness of the desire of a prowling power to do without a rival, an incomprehensible koan that could be twisted to imply that Iraqi hostilities toward Israel were not motivated simply out of European bigotry, there is a punchline that confirms this bit of suspicion. The usual arguments against an Israeli interest in a shattered Iraq have to do with aftermath. SINCE WHEN WERE ZIONISTS PHYSICALLY CAPABLE OF THINKING AS FAR AS STEP TWO?These are the people who (except for sensible fascists like Jabotinsky, who called such stupidity what it was) thought they would take another's land and everything would be fine. These are the people who are daily going on hunting expeditions in their settlements, provoking the Palestinian youths, dumping sewage on their "partners" and indulging every petty little abusive urge. The enormous consequences of the Iraq war are too close to the enormous consequences of the Zionist enterprise for protests from Tel Aviv or New York about innocently trying to hold Bush back to make any sense. Canadian conspiracy theorist the diaphanous Xymphora goes further, pointing out previous cooperation between Iran and Israel (it's more than just Iran-Contra, which is already plenty), the fact that both are non-Sunni non-Arab states who both perceive themselves as oppressed minorities and share mostly the same pallette of enemies or rivals. Israel could be tickled pink that their former Baathist Sunni enemies are now on the run, underground or being tortured by an ascendant Shi'ite ally. Meanwhile John "The Mustache" Bolton, who recently received enthusiastic applause from a Zionist organization for no reason whatsoever exceprt courtesy (Zionists are always very courteous!), is leading the charge against Iraq's Sunni Baathist little sister, Syria. This is not to say that Israel would not attack Iran, especially if they thought Iran was too close to nukes (although Iran has put its nukes in bunkers Israel can't get to, which is part of why this is taking so long), but we fear bigger things than singular bombing missions out west.

  • Wombat

    Interesting post kei & yuri, though I;m not so sure about the Iranian nukes.As for Syria, it seems the Israelis regard the likely successor to Assad to be just as bad, if not worse, so they have cooled ont he idea of regime change there.

  • Ibrahamav

    Only an antisemite would consider kei's post to be interesting and not unadulterated claptrap.Addamo – you've outed yourself again.

  • Wombat

    I know how much you despidse freedom of expression Ibraham.I still can't get that goose step right. Care yo show me how a master does it?

  • Ibrahamav

    Despise freedom of expression? I applaud it. Just as I applaud your skill at goose stepping while you yet deny the ability.

  • Wombat

    Ibraham,I said the post was intersting, not that I agreed with it. There were parts that were accurate and otherrs that had a conspiracy theory quality to it, which I found amusing.

  • Ibrahamav

    Your partiality to antisemitic ideas is appalling. Nothing amusing about it.

  • neoleftychick

    We should all support the right of Israelis to live securely in peace. The "Palestinian" people have just declared that they are a terrorist nation.I would heartily support Israel doing whatever was necessary to cleanse the west Bank of these mass-murdering child molesters. Nuking them till they glow would be best and quickest, but too much of an after effect.We should open a multi-faith dialogue of what is the best way to rid Israel of the Towelhead menace!Suggestions?

  • uphillsprinter

    ib,buddy, just for two posts at least, can you stop it with your incessant slandering. You run the risk of being ignored; just like pseudo.happy days

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    neoleftychick said… Suggestions? A frontal lobotomy perhaps?