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.

A time to stand together



“We are all Australians and we should never forget that.”

I attended a large anti-racism rally today in Sydney. It was an opportunity for people of various ethnic backgrounds, gender, sexual orientation, Jewish, white, black, Asian, Middle Eastern, indigenous and convict stock to stand proudly together and call for calm, understanding, tolerance and belief in multiculturalism.

For a news report, see here. For more photos, see here and here.

Around 3000 people gathered in Sydney’s centre to hear various speakers – young and old, students and activists, white and dark – articulate how the recent mob violence in Sydney does not represent more than a small minority of Australians. We then wandered down to Belmore Park for a more relaxed gathering.

The state and federal government were blamed for stirring up racial divisions and the media was accused of benefiting from the fall-out. 2GB radio was particularly targeted and the baiting of presenter Alan Jones.

But racial tensions cannot be solely blamed on governments or the media. This is a much more complex issue and requires greater understanding between Australia’s ethnic groups. The stereotyping must stop. And so must the calls to end multiculturalism, usually based on little more than preserving an antiquated and utopian view of Australian identity. All groups – including Lebanese youth and Howard’s suburban “battlers” – need to realise that Australia’s past is nothing to which we want to return.

Today was a celebration and a wake-up call. I was proud to be Australian.

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  • boredinHK

    I was curious about Edward's request for an iman's ideas about scantily glad women and the iman's supposed respose to them- " "Edward Mariyani-Squire said… Shabadoo said… "urging separatism and telling young males that white girls who dress provocatively deserve rape!"Quotes please – no, not from your (or The Parrot's) imagination; real quotes from real imams. Go for it. Monday, December 19, 2005 9:26:43 PM " "this was after a request for a fatwa ( I love the internet sometimes )-Fatawa ID 27357 Date: 2005-12-20 07:38:00 Questioner: Boredin Kong Email Address dmplumb@hotmail.com Age: 47.0 Sex: Male Status: Married Country: china Question: My question is about the social problems in Sydney ,Australia. There has been migration from Lebanon in the last 30 years and unfortunately many young lebanese men are committing crimes especially harrassment of women from other cultures. They are also forming criminal gangs especially involved in drug selling. One constant complaint about these young men is that they use their religion to justify the harrassment of white women who behave differently to young lebanese women of the islamic faith. Girls on the beach are called sluts and whores and some are sexually assaulted. What is the way these men should behave to women who are dressed in bikinis and appear to be sexually liberal? Answer: Dear questioner: Al-Salâm `Alaykum wa Rahmah Allah wa Barakâtuh. Men who behave in the way you describe are disgraceful. All women are to be respected. Muslim men are commanded to lower his gaze. These men you describe are acting contrary to Islam. If they try to justify their evil deeds with Islam, then they are committing a serious injustice against their faith as well. And Allah knows best. Fatwâ Department Research Committee of IslamToday chaired by Sheikh `Abd al-Wahhâb al-Turayrî

  • boredinHK

    And a further fatwa-Fatawa ID 27358 Date: 2005-12-20 07:40:00 Questioner: Boredin Kong Email Address dmplumb@hotmail.com Age: 47.0 Sex: Male Status: Married Country: china Question: My question is about the social problems in Sydney ,Australia. Have Islamic scholars ever said or do you think that these provocativley dressed young women are partly or wholly responsible for the reaction they get from young lebanese men? Answer:Dear questioner: Al-Salâm `Alaykum wa Rahmah Allah wa Barakâtuh. The men who commit evil deeds are wholly responsible for their sins. They bear the full responsibility for their crimes. Each of those men is acting according to his own free will. These men are also burdened with the added sin of misrepresenting Islam to the people. Muslims are supposed to be examples for humanity. Muslims are supposed to call others to Islam. They are not supposed to act sinfully, unjustly, and wantonly. And Allah knows best. Fatwâ Department Research Committee of IslamToday chaired by Sheikh `Abd al-Wahhâb al-Turayrî