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.

Israel and Saddam

Did Israel lead the US into the war on Iraq? The US-based Jewish Voice for Peace examines this rarely discussed issue.

Israel’s security is clearly a major factor in this debate. Many leading Americans, Jewish and non-Jewish, believe that the interests of Israel and America coincide. The Jewish state is not the leading factor in shaping US Middle East policy yet maintaining and reinforcing Israel is a clear goal of every US administration.

If the US is damaged from this war, Israel’s hands are equally bloodied.

28 comments ↪
  • Ibrahamav

    Sorry, but you'll have to lay blame elsewhere. All Israel was concerned with was the payments to suicide bombers.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Keep living those delusions, Ibrahamav…

  • Wombat
  • Ibrahamav

    Israel did not lead the US into war with Iraq. Bush just wanted revenge for his father who stupidly failed to wipe Saddam from the face of the earth during GW I. But it is not unlike you to come up with more conspiracies to make up for your birth.

  • Wombat

    Whenever your arguments are pulled apart Ibraham, your logic goes down the drain and you start using personal attacks. You are too predictable Ibraham. Perhaps it's time you startes using a new tactic.Revenge his father? You are hilarious Ibraham. is that what he told Congress? is that what he told the UN? Is that what he said during his SOTU speech? Talk about conspiracy theories. That was discredit long ago.Bush just did what he was told.

  • Brian

    Israel did not lead the US into the Iraq war. But some zionist crazys in the Bush admin as well as their cheer-squad in the media did. They had been advocating for invasion of Iraq well before 9/11 and wanted to invade Iraq after 9/11 before dealing with Afganistan.Thanks Judith Miller, Bill Kristal, Dougals Feith, Wolfowitz, Perle et al.

  • Wombat

    You are right. It would be wrong to accuse Israel itself, so much as speacial inetersts who are mindful of the benefits to Israel. Even then, anyone looking to argue that Iraq was about Israel would be mistaken if not to realise that Iraq was about a convergence of many interests – the Straussian neocons, big oil, Cheney's energy task force, the military industrial complex, Halliburton/Bechtel, political one upmanship, gepopolitical consolidation etc.

  • Ibrahamav

    Please, addamo, if you're going to be a moron, hold up a sign.Brian, indeed, most in that group wanted to make up for allowing Saddam to thumb his nose at America for a long time. All they needed was a reasonable excuse.

  • Wombat

    Sure I'll hold us a sign that says, "Ibraham – Master of sefl delusion".Nobody has the ability to explore the depths of denial quite like you Ibraham.That group didn;t wait for an excuse, they merely jumped on an opportunity to deceive and distract the masses. A bit like your trying to do, only much much better.

  • Stev

    Clearly there were a number of motivating factors behind the invasion of Iraq. To attempt to single out the main factor is moot really, we'll never know. But to claim that Israel wasn't a consideration is naive and to claim that the sole motivating factor was revenge is to oversimplify to a remarkable degree.

  • Ibrahamav

    To claim there was NO motivation concerning Israel is indeed naive, but to claim there was so much that israel now has iraqi blood on its hands for it is just an excuse to throw out a little more antisemitism.But what else does one expect from vermin like addamo?

  • Wombat

    Ibrahamav said…"….to claim there was so much that israel now has iraqi blood on its hands for it is just an excuse to throw out a little more antisemitism."Blood on Israel's hands. Did I say that? Damn, must have another one of those blackouts.What I did say was "It would be wrong to accuse Israel itself, so much as speacial inetersts who are mindful of the benefits to Israel."And I also made sure to mention those INTERESTS (not Israel itself), should sahre the balme with….big oil, Cheney's energy task force, the military industrial complex, Halliburton/Bechtel, political one upmanship, gepopolitical consolidation etc. You shoud try reading what I write before hitting the reply button some time.

  • Ibrahamav

    Vermin like you. You tend to agree with the post. Regardless, Israel has no blame in this matter.

  • Wombat

    When are you going to pretend to know what people think Ibraham?You tend to agree wih the post? WTF is that supposed to mean you imbecile?Perhaps when you have an arguemnt to put forward that doesn't self destruct. Vermin indeed.And no, Israel is never to blame right you putz?

  • Ibrahamav

    I know exactly what vermin like you think. You reveal it in most every post. Not everyone, mind you, but most.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav said… Regardless, Israel has no blame in this matter.I find this interesting Ibrahim. Tell me, do you think the state of Israel ever does anything morally wrong? If so, what?

  • Ibrahamav

    Tell me, does your antisemitic agenda consume your every thought?

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav said… Tell me, does your antisemitic agenda consume your every thought?I'll take that as a "I have no idea about this or anything else" from the Ibbster.

  • Ibrahamav

    You can take that as a question regarding whether or not your antisemitic agenda consumes your every woken minute.And you can stick it up your ass with the apples and oranges you so desperately compare.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Well does the state of Israel ever do anything morally wrong or not (in your humble opinion)?Simple question. Please don't tell me you're too scared to answer, yet again?(Oh, and please don't bother with the "antisemite antisemite antisemite" answer. I think I've heard you say that one before.)

  • Ibrahamav

    Why would an antisemite want to know?

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    😛

  • Mannie

    One thing about Ibby – his vocabulary doesn't extend beyond the words anti-semite and vermin.This really makes cogent argument on any level with him quite out of the question – he is illiterate, uneducated and rude in the extreme, and all he can say is anti-semite – what a vast range of words to use in making your arguments!

  • Ibrahamav

    And your point?

  • uphillsprinter

    Ibrahamav said…"And your point?"mannie,you also forget to mention his LACK OF comprehension skills.

  • Ibrahamav

    That was your point? Or was that some troll's off-hand remark due to the lack of ability to truly correspond?

  • uphillsprinter

    "truly correspond"…we are still waiting for you to contruct an argument…how about those koranic references?… still waiting ibby

  • Ibrahamav

    Argument about what? You are 3 days late and several bricks shy of a load.