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.

Taking on the bigots

An unfortunate, but perhaps understandable, situation:

“Arab governments appeared reluctant Thursday to condemn Iran’s president for calling the Holocaust a ‘myth’ used by Europeans to create a Jewish state in the heart of the Islamic world.

“While official Arab reaction in such cases is usually slower than international reaction, any issue involving a defence of Israel is a thorny one for Arab governments, who risk appearing to side with Israel against a Muslim nation.”

Al Ayyam newspaper, close to the Palestinian Authority, was a notable exception.

19 comments ↪
  • Comical_Ali

    Holocaust denial and Anti-semitism and the reluctance to subsequently condemn it outright is 'understandable'?

  • Ibrahamav

    It is understandable concerning the Islamic mindset. It is like morality.As morality is driven, not by rational and reasonable thought, but rather by a God-given edict. The Islamic desire to kill the infidel is moral. Very moral. As is Islamic antisemitism.

  • Wombat

    "understandable" is not the same as excusable.

  • orang

    That Ahmadinejad, what a guy.The John Howard of Iran.

  • Wombat

    Anyone think someone is sending Ahmadinejad a message?Assassination attempt on Iran's Ahmadinejad?http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=47956

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav said… It is understandable concerning the Islamic mindset.Yeah you're right. I met a convert (or revert if you prefer) the other day. He went from being a completely normal human being into a crazed lunatic who did nothing but feverishly sniff around the room looking for an aeroplane to fly into a building. Get a grip … on something … anything.

  • Ibrahamav

    And who said eddie had no sense of humor?

  • Clumsy Birds

    That Ahmadinejad, what a guy.The John Howard of Iran.Except Ahmadinejad is not legitimately elected, he’d blame misshapen fruitloops on 'the Jews', he has no concern for Western ideals (like that pesky liberalism/economic liberalism, thing), is a slave to Islamic fundamentalists, doesn’t have to consult a party made up of MPs elected from around his nation on policy development, doesn’t have to inform an opposition (because there is none) on matters of national security, has no effective constitutional obstacles to policy development or the implementation of legislation, and he doesn’t live in a society which allows freedom of the press. Etc., etc….That and John Howard has no religious obstacle to stop him from eating pork, Ahmadinejad does.

  • orang

    stewie – OK about the obvious differences, but how about the similarities in the way they play to their base constituents? Or playing up internal law and order events to "get tough on terror"/ clamp down on freedoms.

  • Comical_Ali

    the cronulla riots simply highlight the racist underbelly of Australian society — forget about gang rapes, not to mention the killing, bashing, intimidation of the locals and general racism of the Lebanese muslim thugs.Forget about the cause of so called "Islamophobia" when citizens of most western countries are threatened with their lives by their own fellow citizens (who happen to be muslim). There is no cause.On the other hand, Holocaust denial, anti-Semitism, racism and downright Nazism of the Islamic world is " unfortunate but perhaps understandable." Lowy basically highlighted another reason why he should not be taking seriously on any issue pretaining Jews, Muslims and/or the Middle East.

  • Comical_Ali

    Or for that matter Australian society and its "racist underbelly"

  • Clumsy Birds

    Interesting points, Comical, I'm sure they will be well-ignored here.Orange- your comparing the leader of what is still a democratic state with the figurehead of a semi-theocracy.If Howard claimed the holocaust was a myth, there would be a political backlash across all the seats held by the Coalition (or one would hope so). If the Iranian leadership claimed, say, Muslims are the sons of pigs and donkeys, it could suppress any upset by force and through its controls over civil society.Your belief that the Coalition plays its constituencies to win seats, no doubt you have many ‘examples’- actions following the 1990s influx of reffo’s, anti-terrorism rhetoric, etc., but the fact remains people are rational and have their own reasons for voting, even if these are sometimes irrational (i.e., voting for the party your parents did/do).But perhaps, instead of assuming people have been ‘tricked’ into voting for the Liberals, its time to accept Australia’s goodwill for the Middle East and its (often fleeing) inhabitants has run out? Perhaps this is the real reason the Coalition has been consistently returned to power since March 1996? Then again, it’s easier for you to claim a ‘racist underbelly’, and ‘fear of the other’, and other assorted terms sociologists have made up.If you are opposed to the Government, unlike in Iran and with the Iranian leadership, you can express your views in public and within the civil society sphere. You haven’t lost the freedom to do that.

  • neoleftychick

    The first thing we need to do is campaign vigorously to have the government remove that odious word "multiculturalism" from all government discourse.Next we need to start a public conversation on what makes a strong culture. This will be painful for the taxpayer-funded multiculturalism sponges. Did you all see that lying bludger Keysar Trad on TV? He is supposed to be "disabled." How much do we pay for him and his herd of Muslim bludgers?We all then to be honest. Islam is nowhere near up to par as a suitable influence in Australia,These conversations will certainly help.

  • neoleftychick

    The first thing we need to do is campaign vigorously to have the government remove that odious word "multiculturalism" from all government discourse.Next we need to start a public conversation on what makes a strong culture. This will be painful for the taxpayer-funded multiculturalism sponges. Did you all see that lying bludger Keysar Trad on TV? He is supposed to be "disabled." How much do we pay for him and his herd of Muslim bludgers?We all then to be honest. Islam is nowhere near up to par as a suitable influence in Australia,These conversations will certainly help.

  • 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?

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    neoleftychick said… Suggestions? A psychiatrist – post haste!

  • Wombat

    I do believe Neo has just outed herself as an antisemite and a hater of humanity who wants to destroy Israel.A nuke set off in the West bank would devastate a significant part of Israel, and the radioactive fallout would kill thousands.Neo is indeed a neofascist. Your diagnosis was spot on Eddie.

  • orang

    Is'nt this the Massada Complex thingy?

  • Wombat

    Perhaps, but don't you need to be an Israeli living in Israel to qualify?