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.

Accepting our demons

Australians are much more self-aware than politicians and the media realise:

“Three out of every four voters disagree with the Prime Minister’s claim there is no underlying racism in Australia.

“The Herald Poll reveals deep concerns about the long-term impact of the riots: 59 per cent of respondents believe the violence at Cronulla and other Sydney beaches would damage Australia’s international reputation. Only 38 per cent think Australia’s image has not been tarnished.”

But the most encouraging result of all:

“The poll revealed 81 per cent backing for multiculturalism.”

9 comments ↪
  • Wombat

    "The poll revealed 81 per cent backing for multiculturalism."I dare say this constitutes the mother of all black eyes for Neo who claimed that Jones spoke for all Australians.

  • Shabadoo

    I'd be very curious to see numbers and methodology for this poll…of couirse people are going to say the support multiculturalism, surely the whole poll was written to make anyone who said "no" feel like a bigot and there was no way to give the "yes, but…" answer that I think most Australians have at hand. Ask if people think immigrants need to work to assimilate to the Australian way of life, and you'll get the same numbers. Of course people will say there is underlying racism in Oz: It's part of the human condition. Have you ever been anyplace in the world that didn't have a local "Polish" joke? Sorry, mate, I think it's funny that after bagging Fairfax for so long that you're suddenly trumpeting this bit of push-poll journalism.

  • Wombat

    No doubt there is an element of what you allude to Shab. People will unsually answer in the affirmative due to self censorship. Also the meaning of mutli-cuturalism is largely confused wih culural tolerance and diversity.Nonetheless, I would be surpised (and dissapointed) to learn that the numbers woudl be reversed if the poill were entirely neutral.

  • neoleftychick

    addamoThat poll does not mean a thing. For starters none of you here has a clue what you mean by multiculturalism. And having been a Fairfax reader for many years, I can assure you that the dunderhead press-release copy-and-pasters whose by-lines thunder about "multiculturalism" ALSO have no idea what they mean.Similarly, the people polled would have had 1,000 different ideas in mind.But it is very heartening to see the self-loathing bourgeois luvvies in such a lather. Sadly, it will only result in a more potent Pauline Hanson figure emerging, a landslide by NSW Liberals, and the end of the federal ALP.

  • Wombat

    Duhhh, Didn't I just alude to that? Of course had the poll said the opposite, you surely woudl have been hriming from ear to ear.I can see that you've gotten yourself into a lather of your own about the results of the poll nonetheless. I guess the chaos, hate and anarchy that you were salivating over is going to have to wait a while longer.As for the Pauline Hason on steroids, have you ever considered taking up the challenge? You could even recycle her gooooorgeous wardrobe. C'mon. I know you wanna.

  • neoleftychick

    addamoYes I have actually. Seriously. For such a successful concept/policy there sure seems to be a lot of teeth gnashing over a few westies getting into a scrap.I think it projects the great anxiety that is at the core of the whole soulless bourgeois "multiculturalism/human rights/cultural relativism" movement that has sustained the western baby boomers.I think you might be reading just a little bit too much in my colourful rhetoric if you think I have been salivating over chaos, hate and anarchy.I am merely trying to demonstrate to you the reality of the world that your own (well to be fair more AL's than yours) constipated and insincere rhetoric of compassion for the poor misunderstood angelic Palestinian victims belies.

  • Wombat

    Neo,You know how much more readable you are, and how much more effective your communication is when you are not hurling abuse and raving like a lunatic? I have a sense of humor as much as anyone else, but your colorful rhetoric goes beyond the bounds of what could be considered humor or tongue and cheek.Sometimes less is more. I have no idea what has fuelled your reality, but you make a mistake when assuming that your truth is everyone else’s. I am confident I have been a round a good deal longer than you, and my experience has not brought me to the same conclusions you have drawn.Not everyone who believes in human rights and multi-ethnic societies is part of the soulless bourgeois chardonnay sipping set. There is nothing constipated and insincere about my rhetoric. I absolutely abhor cruelty, and though I am only human and prone to bias like anyone else, my experience has shown me that the recipients of cruelty are usually the disempowered, the weak, and the marginalized.The Israeli Palestinian issue is more complexed than you acknowledge. I have no clue how it will be sorted out, but I do believe it is pointless to insists either side is blameless.For your sake and everyone else’s on the list, please stay on this wavelength. You can get your point across just as effectively, if not more so, without summoning the seven plagues. You may despise an entire race or culture (much as I think that is self defeating) but you can’t lose sight of the fact that we are talking about human beings and human lives.I do thnk that you are out of control, but I also see signs of intelligence burried underneath that venom. Learn to control it and maybe you'll find a more effective way to harness the energy.Peace to you.

  • neoleftychick

    Yet another opinion poll sees Howard increasing his lead over the useless pansies in the ALP.

  • Mannie

    Just to show how offensively homophobic the "neo" is, she keeps on slagging off at everyone she doesn't like by calling them pansies. She will probably be calling them poofters next – she is not far off doing so!The Alternative Liberal Party (aka ALP) may be pretty pathetic, but to give them this sort of label is totally counter-productive!