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.

Get off the land

While the mainstream media believes Zionist propaganda over Israel’s “peaceful” intentions, Peace Now reveals the truth of the matter:

“The most recent data published by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) indicate that settlement construction during the first half of 2005 was greater than during the same period in 2004.”

Read the whole report. It reveals why another Palestinian uprising is all but inevitable.

38 comments ↪
  • 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?

  • Wombat

    "Suggestions?"Plese shut up.

  • evan jones

    I would have thought the gas chambers would be an appropriate solution to the 'Towelhead' problem.Israel has adoped the rest of the Nazi mentality; why not the final cog.I suggested the final solution some time ago – so much more efficient than the current form of ethnic cleansing.http://alertandalarmed.blogspot.com/2004/11/palestine-modest-proposal.html

  • Ibrahamav

    Very tiresome when neo-nazis attempt to paint Israel with their colors.Israel has very little intentions of giving up many of the settlements, and there is no legal reason why it should. It has no intention of Jerusalem being anything but the unified capital of Israel. These have always been platforms that the Israelis have built all of their peace plans. Funny that you would think Israel's plans were different. 5000 new housing starts? That means 15000 people? Good for them.

  • uphillsprinter

    "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""open a multi-faith dialogue of what is the best way to rid Israel of the Towelhead menace""5000 new housing starts? That means 15000 people? Good for them."ib,you and neo paint yourselves as neofascits.

  • neoleftychick

    Evan JonesStill stumbling through Teletubbies we see. Clearly you are not ready to study History yet pet.One can only chuckle at the chutzpah of those who support the terrorist state wannabe of "Palestine." The irony of the Palestinian cheersquad to throw the "nazi" line at supporters of Israel.After all, the Palestinian Muslim Arabs were led by one of Hitler's right-hand men and these people fought alongside Hitler, brought Eichmann to Palestine and planned the gassing of Palestinian Jews after WW2.It was this miscalculation by the Palestinian Arabs that got them into the situation they currently face.They receive no sympathy from me. Why the Israelis have been so patient up until now, god only knows. I would have sorted this poisonous fifth estate LONG ago.Oh well, we live and learn.

  • Glenn Condell

    '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.'Racist cow. 'We should all support the right of Palestinians to live securely in peace. The "Israeli" people have just declared that they are a terrorist nation.'That's more like it. 'cleanse the west Bank of these mass-murdering child molesters'That's right, let it all hang out -that sort of ugliness is better out than in. And that was the more acceptable part of your post.Why don't you tell us who you are so we can commence ridding ourselves of the Pigudnik menace in our midst? You don't belong in this country, whoever you are.

  • Ibrahamav

    Why Glenn, are you denying neo's right to free speech? Why aren't you complaining about the President of Iran's desire to nuke Israel?Oh, he doesn't blog here?What about all of the Palestinian Imams who preach death to the Jews in their mosques? They don't blog either?

  • Wombat

    Noe gave up her right to free speech by calling for the extermination of Arabs in teh West bank. I take it your defence of her is evidence of your agreement with ther suggestion?BTW. The predsident of Iran did call for hte destruction of Israel, not nuking. They don't have nukes….yet. But then again, they may not be needing them:http://www.jang.com.pk/thenews/dec2005-daily/18-12-2005/main/main11.htm

  • neoleftychick

    addamoWe would all be delighted to hear your views on free speech and the demographic fantasies of Hamas. Also a quick vox-pop on the tie Yasser Raghead used to wear might be nice. Ta.Hypocritical anti-semitic terrorist-lover that you are.

  • Wombat

    Neo sweetyAs far as I'm concerned, you can stick around all you like, though having read your posts ever since Ant banned you, iit appears you are descended into histerical, shrieking rants. I'm guessing that you don't cope with rejection too well. Have you ever had a court order against you for stalking, because you beginngin to remind me of a character from a Stephen King novel?I don't set the rules for this forum, but you evidently don't seem to take a hint when someone tells you to go forth and multiply. I couldn't give a crap about Hamas. Their goals mean nothing if they are not alignment with reality. Hamas can make all the demands they want, but these will come to nothing while Israel holds the biggers guns.Either way, Hamas has been chosen and yo ucan sulk all you like abtou it, becasue nobody really cares.

  • neoleftychick

    addamoWell YOU might be a jellybacked defeatist, but I can assure you the Israelis are not!Yes well Sharon is a worry. Tough titties if he carks it. This will open the way for Netanyahoo or some REAL tough nut to bitchslap the terrorists out of the West Bank and back where they belong beyond the Jordan River and the Golan Heights.It has become clear that Israel's security can only be achieved by taking ALL the land it was supposed to get under the British Mandate.The time for tiddledeewinks is over.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Looks like the apprentice has outgrown the master.Ibrahamav, it's time for you to bow down to the thing they call Neoleftychick.You're just not in the same league.

  • uphillsprinter

    oh yes… a circus act indeed

  • Wombat

    Neo,"Well YOU might be a jellybacked defeatist, but I can assure you the Israelis are no"Not so much a defeatist as accepting thaqt deomocracy means letting people choose their own leadership. That's the duality of democracy, other's don't always pick the guy you want to win. Look at the US last year, November 2004 turned out to be a day of mourning for the majority of the world.Ain't it grand?Abotu that nuclear fallout thing? You given that a thought or you taking a fancy to the Massada thing?

  • Wombat

    Speaking of free speech Ibraham, I take it your low volume of activity on the list these days can be explained by you spending your energies furiously campainging for the release of Ernst Zunel and David Irving.You're all heart Inbraham.

  • Mannie

    Apart from some contributors sounding like neo-nazis – Australia First could take a leaf out of their books – they sound like Afrikaner racists at their worst during the apartheid years."Kill all the kaffirs – white supremacy for white Afrikaner supremacy South Africa"As for nuking Palestinians in the West Bank – maybe no one has heard of nuclear fallout?Remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the French nuclear tests at Mururoa and British nuclear tests at Woomera?What next – nuke all the Arab countries and to hell with the radiation dust for the rest of the world?Realism seems to have taken leave of some of the youngsters doing the blogging these days!

  • Ibrahamav

    Addamo, as much as I admire free speech, i will leave the defence of Zundel and irving in the hands of their admirers such as you and eddie.Can't say that I agree with most of Neo's ideas or speech. But at least she is honest and doesn't disguise her intent with flowery decptive phrases as is the bent of eddie and his ilk.but neo does go to far and I have no desire to engage in the task of calming her down while surrounded by supporters of Zundel, such as yourself.

  • Wombat

    Like yourself Ibrham, I am no supporter of Zundel and company, but I have noted your revelling in his demise on more than one occasion, which would suggest you approve of him being silenced.I have never before referred to Zundel for he is of no consequence to me. And if I may inquire, what do you suppose the true intent is that Eddie shares with his ilk? Do you not believe him when he says he condems all violence?Anyway, thanks for clarifying your position with regard to Neo.

  • Ibrahamav

    Reading your posts, I am not lead to believe that zundel does not rate high with you. Sorry, but thats how it looks to me.I approve of Zundel living a life of misery with no funds and no friends and scorn where ever he turns. I belive the Goverments contention that he has done more than deny the holocaust.I believe that eddie is a dyed in the wool antisemite who pretends to decry violence.

  • Wombat

    Actually, I have only heard the name of Zundel on a few occasions, but am only vaguely aware of his transgressions. Indeed, I have no reason to doubt the addtional charges laid against him, but I have no idea what they are.As I said before, I noticed you mentioning him, usually implying that other (me included) are supporters of his. Believe what you will.I did read a question posed recently, that seeing as the holocaust is largely undisputed, why would holocaust denial be criminalised? After all, someone could claim that no nukes were dropped on Hiroshima, and no one would care, because it obviosuly happened. I would be interested to hear your views on this.

  • Ibrahamav

    Holocaust denial has become one of the most important vehicles for contemporary anti-Semitism. It is the invention of a collection of long-time anti-Semites and apologists for Hitler. Holocaust-denial discourse attempts to prove that the Jewish Holocaust did not happen. Also known as "Holocaust Revisionism", the individuals seeking to deny the Holocaust often have different motives and beliefs, but they all share at one point: that there was no systematic attempt by Nazi Germany to exterminate European Jewry. Those who deny the Holocaust believe that the Jews fabricated the "Big Lie" in order to gain sympathy for a homeland and to extort money, in the form of reparations payments, from Germany. The Nazis themselves can be thought of as the first Holocaust revisionists, for they tried to conceal their extermination program behind euphemisms such as "special treatment" and "final solution to the Jewish problem." Present-day revisionists all share deep seated anti-Semitic feelings, a hatred of Israel, and a need to rehabilitate and glorify Germany, fascism, and the Third Reich. http://www.ipl.org

  • orang

    Well it's like in the middle ages – didn't they burn you as a heretic if you denied God?

  • Ibrahamav

    You are like the middle ages; Diseased and putrid.

  • Wombat

    Thanks for the definition Ibraham.I am more interested in your personal opinion on whether Holocaust denial itself should be criminalised, given that it's existence has been proven and established.

  • neoleftychick

    addamoI think criminalising Holocaust denial is the most barmey thing ever. It says more about some bizarre unreconciled guilt than anything else.I say let them speak from the rafters. I haven't read any of these writers, but I am led to believe that David irving is a very credible historian. Have you read any of his stuff? If it worth a look?Equally I also advocate people screeching from the rafters the realities and true history of Islamo-fascism

  • Wombat

    Neo,I do believe we;re starting to see the light reappear. For a while there you had us really worried.I have not read David Irving. I have read mixed reports about his work, but among all the histeria about him, I never had the inclination.Good to have you back.

  • Ibrahamav

    I don't see why holocaust denial should be criminalized. But I'm not European and have never seen, personally, the devestation of Europe caused by the fascist regimes.The English courts have destroyed Irving and exposed his fudging of history to support his agenda. Especially the fire bombing of Dresden. Seems he knowingly used an unreliable source that inflated the figures by a factor of 10.I do not think that holocaust deniers should profit from their racism. Just as criminals should not profit from telling the story of their crimes. Basically, the holocaust denial industry is a con job.

  • David Heidelberg

    Basically, the holocaust denial industry is a con job.Absolutely, and it amazes me that in the face of all the evidence, there are still those who continue to deny. It's disgusting.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav said… I believe that eddie is a dyed in the wool antisemite who pretends to decry violence. How do you tell the difference between someone who does nothing but decry violence and somoeone who does nothing but decry violence and secretly, without ever telling a soul, doesn't believe it? For all intents and purposes, aren't they exactly the same thing to the outside world?

  • Ibrahamav

    Tell it to a priest. He'll give you the forgiveness you seek.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav, since you're on "the outside world", how do YOU tell the difference?Surely your Kabbbalah classes don't extent to mind-reading….or DO they? *cue the spooky music*

  • Ibrahamav

    A priest, eddie, tell it to a priest. He will give you the forgiveness you desperately seek.

  • Mannie

    "I am led to believe that David Irving is a very credible historian".Time for "chick" to grow up and read a bit about the Holocaust and the denier industry.No doubt she could start with our own version in Adelaide – he would help her on the road to "genetically superior Jew".

  • Ibrahamav

    She has been led to believe that by some very credible sources, most of which have egg on their face since the Holocaust trial in England where it was proven that Irving was not a credible historian.

  • neoleftychick

    ibrahamTahnks all the saem, but I do not defer to judges for assessments on historiography. After all, our own High Court was hoodwinked by the teh biggest con of the century. That is "terra nullius." How a conman like Henry Reynolds can effect our Constitution is beyond me.Really scary.

  • Ibrahamav

    The court merely allowed the witnesses to prove that Irving deliberately mislead in his published histories.

  • Mannie

    When "neo" starts slagging off about Henry Reynolds, she loses any credibility which she might remotely have had on other issues.Time to learn history and educate yourself you ignorant child!