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.

The police state beckons

Ann Beeson, associate legal director for the A.C.L.U, speaking on Bush administration attempts to monitor and criminalise dissent:

“You look at these documents, and you think, wow, we have really returned to the days of J. Edgar Hoover, when you see in F.B.I. files that they’re talking about a group like the Catholic Workers league as having a communist ideology.”

10 comments ↪
  • Shabadoo

    Slightly but not really o/t, Anty: What do you think about the cops coming onto beach-bound busses in the eastern suburbs and demanding to see everyone's phones to check for racist text messages? Invasion of privacy or legitimate attempt to catch racists and others with verboten ideas?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    On the face of it, I disapprove and think it's likely to be counter-productive. Any increased police power should be challenged. Full stop. They have far too much power as it is.

  • Shabadoo

    My God, we actually agree on something!Why are Australians so docile in the face of authority? This is screaming out for a "Rosa Parks"-style moment. Do they even have the legal power to do this, or are they just counting on not being challenged?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Probably just counting on nobody taking action in the current climate. That's how the police usually get away with using excessive powers, bestowed by a govt obsessed with law and order. Well, obsessed because of the electorate, actually.

  • Shabadoo

    This is pretty horrifying actually – Scully wants to do broad-based warrantless searches of SMS traffic.I think everyone should just start texting each other racial slurs in protest to overload the system.I would love to see the Australian left, which is crowing about George Bush's NSA snooping, make some serious noise about this much greater threat, much closer to home. (Hell, I'd also like to see the me-too State Opposition do the same thign!)

  • Wombat

    "Why are Australians so docile in the face of authority?"Good question Shab. I also wonder why Why are Australians so docile as to the lame and lacking news services.

  • neoleftychick

    shabadooAustralians are definitely docile to have allowed the criminal Bob Hawke to foist so many Muslim serf pigs from Lebanon on to this country.Until we ban ALL mulism immigration things will only get worse.Just at look at the trouble they have already caused over our summer and christmas. Decent Christian Lebanese have contributed so much to this country and are a testimony to just how uncivilisaed and unacceptable Muslims are in the first world.Why wasn't Bankstown, Lakemba, Greenacre, and Auburn locked down? Why don't they and their letter-box head sisters piss off out of here!

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    neoleftychick said… Until we ban ALL mulism immigration things will only get worse.Just curious. What will we do with the converts to Islam? Specoial detention centres perhaps, or just cut to the chase and reintroduce the (very economical) noose?

  • neoleftychick

    edwardWell they can stay. After all, many Asians and Turks seem able to live in a reasonably civilised Islamic way. It is the Arab males who are the problem.I am wondering if you understand why police have been turning a blind-eye to Lebanses Muslim crime in Sydnmey for the past 10 years?Readers would do well by starting with Miranda Devine's piece in today's Herald on the horrifying Talopea Street Muslims. Multiculturalism indeed! More anon.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ahh, I see. You're actually quite specific about this. They have to be:1. Arabic (presumably that means "genetically speaking"), and2. Male.I take it then that Arabic women, for example, are okay? And the same goes for Persian and Phoenician men and women?