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.

Reasons for resistance

Hala Jaber is the first Western journalist to visit Fallujah independently since the US onslaught in late 2004. Writing in the Murdoch UK Times, the discovery is shocking: Massive support for the growing insurgency, evidence of US terrorism, torture by US and Iraqi forces.
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  • Wombat

    Absolytely devastating. One hopes that the likes of Shab, David, Theo and co will read this and get some grip on reality.Thansk for the link AL. Excellelent article. I was surprised that it has taken this long for an independent reporter to be able to visit Fallujah.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    And to be published in the Murdoch press.Important to remember that the Murdoch press isn't always blindly pro-war, though in Australia it certainly is.

  • orang

    Don't worry, Consequentially everything will be OK in the end. (Can't resist it theo)Well, this is my prediction for the next several months – year. US citizens getting annoyed with the war?, Bush ratings down despite we will never surrender speech, however does a John Howard double take (listens to the mob braying). OK then, all of a sudden there's Iraqis ready to take over security so pull out 100,000 US troops..leave the F16's , the B1's, the B52's the death squads, the private "security" (psychopaths) to take care of Iraqi freedom. Everybody else stay in barracks/Green Zone. Another election woo hoo, who got voted in now (who cares). Folks back home happy now? No more US soldier deaths. Good, now lets get back to business. Civilians getting killed? – We didn't do it, blame the Iraqis.

  • Wombat

    I'm glad you mentioned the security contrators, who happen to make up grater numbers than the UK commitements.One of the big attractions Rumsfled had for pushing for more contractors, was that they are not bound by the laws which bind conventional personale, and even better provide plausible deniability for the US. The constractors are not just guys in the street carrying guns, tehy are also operating he most sophisticated weaposns and flying airforce jets.Hence see ho eavil, hear no evil stalwarts like Theo on David can go on blabbering how there is no "evidence" of officially sanctioned attacks on Iraqis being perpetrated by the US.

  • David Tan

    Hey Antony can you give me some quotes from the atricle which suggest:1. Massive support for 2. the growing insurgency3. evidence of US terrorism4. torture by US and Iraqi forces (other than one guy).ThanksAnd Addamo I really dont want to hear from you. Ive read about 20 of your postings and what you say is baseless and irrelevant.

  • Wombat

    You're a sulking brat David. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen you stupid little boy.

  • Wombat

    "1. Massive support for2. the growing insurgency3. evidence of US terrorism4. torture by US and Iraqi forces (other than one guy).""The insurgents are returning to exploit the popular rage. At a clandestine meeting with insurgent leaders representing the main factions fighting in Iraq, I learnt that a new form of resistance is taking shape."“It is hard to say, but there is sympathy for the insurgency,” a US military official admitted recently. “Basically everyone here has the potential to be an insurgent.”"Sixty nurseries and schools and 65 mosques and other religious establishments were wrecked. Falluja’s mayor, Dhari abdel Hadi al-Irssan, claims that only 20% of the compensation promised has reached the city."The population of Fallujah is 170,000. That's not Masive support? You are not man enough to admit that this si shameful in teh extreme. Your refusal to condem what took place shows that you are nt the least bit distrubed by the loss of life or the violence in Iraq.Anything goes so long as no one insults the US right?

  • orang

    david tan said.. "Hey Antony can you give me some quotes from the atricle which suggest:..4. torture by US and Iraqi forces (other than one guy)."When you read the article, the one guy reference is:Handcuffed and blindfolded, he was thrown on to a helicopter and eventually found himself being asked why he had murdered Bigley. His answer — “Who’s Bigley?” — apparently enraged his American interrogator, who unsheathed a knife and pressed it against his neck.Over the next 15 days he was subjected to the interrogation routines that have become notorious in US internment camps. Electric cables were placed on his chained legs and he was subjected to a mock electrocution, he said. He suffered sleep deprivation and disorientation. Headphones were clamped to his ears and played “indescribable, ugly, loud noises”. etc..How many more do you want? You are a true comedian. I take it that when you list your litanies of denial there will be a "Prove that the US forces do torture (other than one guy)" ?

  • uphillsprinter

    Neo said…"Nuke 'em till they glow I say. Imagine Mecca ablaze!? Just fabulous."David Tan said…You are making the lefties look good neo.Friday, December 16, 2005 4:10:49 PM David, you are a degenerate and your true colours have come out with your little slip. Neo and yourself will make a fine pair.Now go back to dodging addamo's responses.

  • Wombat

    Here is one of my favourites:"Witnesses spoke of American Marines dumping bodies in the Euphrates just after the offensive and of mass graves where hundreds are allegedly buried."Nothing like honouring the dead is there. No sit back and listen to David explain to us how this fits inperfectly with the US's plan to win the hearts and minds.

  • Wombat

    Here's somethign of interest I also noticed.Until now, all the official death toll figures for the November 2004 assault was put at between 600-1000 insurgents. According to this article:"The Falluja-based Study Centre for Human Rights and Democracy has claimed that 4,000 to 6,000 people were killed during Phantom Fury, most of them civilians."A perfect way to downplay the numbers of casualities. Is it any wonder the US doesn't do body counts?The 30,000 figure is looking more and more like a pathetic joke.

  • neoleftychick

    addamoLet's hope that the number reaches the millions. It is best if we just leave the Islamic fascists to blow each other to their 72 virgins. After all, they ALREADY blow each otehr! We just need to guard the oil and let em go for it!I wish it was on Foxtel!

  • David Tan

    1. Massive support for2. the growing insurgency3. evidence of US terrorism4. torture by US and Iraqi forces (other than one guy).Yep no evidence of that at all. YDo you intentionally reach incorrect conclusions Antony?

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Addamo_01 said… "The 30,000 figure is looking more and more like a pathetic joke."neoleftychick said… "Let's hope that the number reaches the millions."Oh lovely. Pure Evil has returned.

  • neoleftychick

    edwardIt has never gone away. Ever read the Koran? Ever studied the worlds of these Islamic fascist fuckers! Michel Houellebecq is being too timid in my book!Till they glow I tell you!

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    neoleftychick said… "Till they glow I tell you!"Are you willing to let a the Jews in Israel die from nuclear fallout? I mean, from the way you talk, one imagines you would consider it a small price to pay to rid the earth of the terrible Arabs.

  • Wombat

    What's your conclussion RE torutre in Fallujah Mr Tan?That the 500 prisoners that were captured in Fallujah were secretly rendered to the French Riviera where they were put up in 5 star suites and promised an XBOX 360 and an IPOD for every one of their relatives?