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.

Jesus time

Merry Christmas to all believers, Jesus-freaks and Christians.

For the rest of us, let’s enjoy the public holiday.

I’ll be back in a few days.

  • Melanie

    uAs Lowenstein is probably aware it is also a Jewish holiday starting today. Just sayin'

  • Comical_Ali

    he is too caught up writing another one of his "passion plays" with Condell. In any case, why "announce" your religion?

  • Human

    Happy Channukah, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and May Peace be with all.Your fellow Human

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Happy public holiday.

  • Stev

    Bah humbug.

  • Splat Guy

    I'm looking forward to patronising well-wishes to Mohammed-freaks next Eid.

  • neoleftychick

    To all you semitic grinches and Scrooges.My Christmas we so magical, I didn't want it to end! I went to midnight mass for the first time in years with my old aunt and uncle, my parents (who are more athiest than I am!) and a gaggle of the children, nieces, nephews, etc.I swam at Bondi Beach from 10 am till Noon on Christmas Day. It was about 27 degrees, stunning blue sky, azure ocean with just enough waves to body surf on. DJs dotted along the beach, people (heaps of poms, bien sur) bopping in bikinis and speedos. NO towelhead nightmares.Then I repaired to my family where a cousin turned up as Santa Claus. There was about 20 of us. The little kids were so excited: 5 year old boys running around with ray guns going "bang, bang, you're dead ha ha!" while the little girls rolled their eyes at how "immature and yukkie boys are!" We supped on prawns, lobster, oysters, ham, pork and my favourite – Pink Moet! We had a Jewish guy, who was a friend of my brothers and was an orphan this year as he lives in Paris and London. We delighted him with our best jokes such as "what is the ultimate Jewish dilemma? Cheap pork!" Boom boom, hey what!Then popped over to Paddington where some English friends have taken a house for a month. After a few culinary formalities we got to the REAL festivities – gobbling the most wicked ecsatsy tablets while skinny-dipping in their lap pool! Just brilliant!How was it for all you worshippers of the pedophile prophet and all the other nasty semitic chaps and descendants of Abraham who STILL continue to bore the shit out of us millenia later?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Bigotry never rests…even for Xmas.

  • Ibrahamav

    You remind me of the Islamic nations that rant and rave over a westerner attacking during ramadan, and then going to war on Yom Kippur against the Jews.Bigotry never rests because people like you won't let it.

  • neoleftychick

    AntonyPet, clearly they don't teach you English at Macquarie Uni. coz you STILL do not know what "bigotry" means.I can not WAIT for your book! What a hoot!

  • Lisa

    Thank you and wish you a happy Hanukkah for what's left of it.

  • mark

    antony love the site (have passed it on to family/friends)…..commiserations to KP's family but a state funeral..john howard should look up sycophant in the thesaurus

  • mark

    actually he should look it up in the dictionary first…………..must be lots of fellow brown-nosers cursing johnny as they have to go too!