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.

"Threat" released

Saddam’s Iraq was a threat due to WMD, we were told. It was imperative to invade and stop the dictator launching chemical, biological or even nuclear weapons on his neighbours. So how to explain this?

“Saddam Hussein’s weapons experts, known as Dr Germ and Mrs Anthrax, are being released by US forces, an Iraqi lawyer has said, and the US military confirmed several “high-value detainees” were being freed.

“The US State Department said Rihab Taha, who was dubbed Dr Germ by the popular press in the West and admitted to producing germ warfare agents, was released because US forces could not justify keeping her as a security threat.”

The evidence against Taha must have been either non-existent or pathetically weak. One more “threat” is reduced to insignificance.

9 comments ↪
  • Wombat

    How bizzare. And yet some individuals still maintain that WMD's exist.http://www.nysun.com/article/24480The war was Bush's choice and he admitted as mcuh on Sunday. The intelligence was wrong about why we needed to go to war, and although the war’s justification has been blown up along with half of Baghdad, he still maintain that we “absolutely” still should have, would have, gone to war.Wasn’t this, in fact, a profound declaration of Bush Doctrine II?We’re not talking a defense of preventative wars any longer. We’re not even talking the less-dicey diplomatic and legalistic ins and outs of preemptive wars. We’re talking wars of whimsy and superpower globullying because we just don’t like someone. We don’t need a reason other than that – and Bush just formulated “that” as official U.S. foreign policy.

  • neoleftychick

    antonyWell duh, could it be that, er, er, like, er, that now that Saddam is bunged up, and they have been interrogated thoroughly, they are no threat?We know it pains you that Saddam is no longer in power, but ant, you need to live in the now.

  • Wombat

    Right on Neo,Let's live in the now. As in NOW we know without a doubt that we were lied into an illegal, unecessary, monumental clusterfuck.

  • neoleftychick

    addamoI could not agree more. I opposed the war in the first place!

  • Wombat

    I must say I am surpised and impressed.

  • neoleftychick

    addamoThen my dear you ARE very easily impressed. Don't get me wrong. As a left-winger I have always advocated using western military muscle to kill morons and assholes, but ONLY if it can be done surgically and quickly.These Bush bozos clearly had NO clue. Even if their ambitions have always been to guarantee an empire-on-steroids their tactics, PR, and strategy seem as though they would have failed a Politics 101 paper.I will concede that I expected the death toll and carnage to have been much, much, much worse than it is 2 years down the track. And maybe they might yet surprise me. I would love nothing more than to discover in a year or so time that this was all part of their game plan and everything was on track.I don't think I will hold my breath though.

  • neoleftychick

    Let us all hope that she follows the example of that vile raghead Khouri. The more of these vermin that blow themselves to smithereens the better the world will be.With the Palestinian Muslims now officially declaring to the world they are a terrorist state we must all pray that they all commit suicide. The sooner the better I am sure we ALL agree.

  • orang

    neoleftychick said.."I will concede that I expected the death toll and carnage to have been much, much, much worse than it is 2 years down the track."I don't think we really appreciate how bad it really is."And maybe they might yet surprise me. I would love nothing more than to discover in a year or so time that this was all part of their game plan and everything was on track."I have always believed that when Bush landed on the aircraft carrier and announced "Mission Accomplished" (stuff that the anti warrers and lefties have scoffed at) it was because he was correct. But not the mission they talk about. The whole plan was to fuck up the country, destroy it as a viable "nation", control the resources, open it up for US business, install military bases, etc. "Mission accomplished" was quite correct because that indeed was the mission. The other stuff , like democracy and "freedom"…is a sideshow and doesn't matter to them except for speeches to the mob. Now to believe this is to accept that "we" are not always nice guys. Difficult to believe, but I'm afraid, true.

  • Wombat

    Orang,You are 100% right. The mission achieved what it was supposed to almost immediately. Mind you, teh Iraqi's knew what to expect, so have managed to fight back.The failures have been the ones that were never intended – elections, exit stratergy, democracy, sovereignty.Free and open elections only came abotu becasue of the wave of peaceful demonstrations initiated by Sistani. As Chomsky mentions in this interview, the colaition doesn't fear the vilent insurgency nearly as much as the peacful one.