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.
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Getting some heart

Sometimes it would be encouraging if people didn’t just think of themselves:

Up to seven Australians have received kidney transplants from death-row prisoners executed in China, according to a report.

“The recipients are among dozens of Australians who have travelled overseas and paid up to $50,000 for organ transplants.”

Yet another form of economic imperialism in action.

10 comments ↪
  • Shabadoo

    This is really creepy….but you seem to be more outraged by the behaviour of Australian kidney patients than by the itchy trigger fingers of the ChiComs, as if somehow this is the fault of capitalism rather than totalitarianism.

  • anthony

    What?! Western imperialism in action? Why can’t you accept the West isn’t always the problem? China is a sovereign state, it makes its own laws!People who are dying get very, very desperate. China is feeding on this desperation. Not the US, or Australia, Britain or Poland- China!How the hell is this story about ‘western imperialism’?Oh I know, the West is selling China materials to make its prisons? Therefore ‘we’ are contributing to the organ business overseas? Or how bout this one: the West supplies the means of executing death row inmates, therefore our imperialism is allowing dying people to buy organs? No no… no doubt its this one: its part of Western culture to take advantage of those who are not as well off as us?You’ve proved just how desperate you are to blame everyone but those who deserve it.

  • Wombat

    There is no one sided blame here Anthony, but as always, there is no supply without demand.

  • boredinHK

    Addamo-01 , are you suggesting the criminals ,if that is what they are , are executed to order and screened to check they have healthy organs to "donate" ? Do the chinese have a right to decide their own legal system and the punishments that they decide to dish out ? I don't agree that any state has a right to execute anyone but if these people are executed how do the receipients of the transplanted organs make the situation worse?The unwilling "donor" is dead so should the kidney or liver failure sufferer also die all the time thinking that they have made a principled stand ?AL – the recipients of most of these organs are other chinese.

  • Wombat

    boredinHK,Fair question.In a country with China's human rights record and undeniable corruption, is it inconceivable that the excecution of those facing death penalities may be hastened if the profits are attractive enough?This practice may be taking place to some extent already in China, but how many Chinese are in a position to fork out $50,000 for an organ?And while Shina is certnaly entiteld to it's own laws, what would you say if there wer a sudden escalation is death sentences being handed out to political prosoners?How is this any different to child prostitution rings or paedophile rackets? (http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=12869) Like I said, there is only a supply when there is a demand.

  • anthony

    Yes there's only supply where there is demand- in this case failed organs. It will be a long time before that demand goes away. Those who buy organs are not breaking the law (you could argue they are in breach of this or that part of international law, but that itself would contradict with China's sovereignty).Therefore, it's China's fault- and not 'economic imperialism' as Antony suggests.

  • Wombat

    If we were talking about organs being distributed on the basis of merit alone, I would have no disagreement with you, but what's to stop some official being bribed to swing a lung or two in the way of a wealthy westerner? And what if that westerner kinda needs the organ right away?Ultimately, it is in the hands of the Chinese authorities, but everyone has their price.We have a similar situation right now with terrorist detainees in Afghanistan and Guantanamo for example. The US is offfering considerable bounties ($25,000 and upwarsd) for the heads of "Al Qaeda" members. That kind of money is a fortune to those people, so we have a situation akin to the witch hunts were people are being grabbed off the street and handed to the US authorities, who are more than happy to accept the merchandise sight unseen.Is that the fault of the Afghanistan government alone?

  • David Tan

    Addamo is a long term Troll. He is best ignored.

  • boredinHK

    The vast majority of these transplanted organs go to overseas chinese , as the chinese from around south east asia are known.I wouldn't be surprised if the organs were actually auctioned off so to speak. You mention the concept of "organs going to those who need them most "- thats a good one Addamo-01 ! Modern china doesn't follow this idea and in fact the collapse of health care is a major problem.Doctors need to be paid up front for operations , often the doctors won't operate in the state system and hospitals move patients out when their money runs out. I don't read of many political prisoners being executed – most who are executed are violent , (and often horribly so)criminals and the judiciary seems to have a special hatred for drug dealers.It is more usual for political prisoners to rot away from malnutrition and hepatitis or TB .As such they aren't such good "donors" .I can't agree there is any imperialism about this issue. Desperate people with lifeshortening disease are placed in positions where their moral concerns are treated in an off hand manner by the healthy.

  • Wombat

    Fair enough Boredlink,I'm probably being a tad idealistic.