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.

Welcome to reality

Iran’s leading hard-line newspaper has called Iraq’s recent elections as “the creation of the first Islamist state in the Arab world.”

It went on:

“Of the 275 seats in Iraq’s new parliament, 140 will belong to pious Islamists, 60 will be occupied by Kurds with excellent ties with Iran, and 40 will belong to Sunni Arabs, most of whom want a sovereign, Islamist state.”

The Western nightmare continues.

17 comments ↪
  • Wombat

    WASHINGTON – Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi appears to have suffered a humiliating defeat at the recent Iraq polls, according to the uncertified preliminary results.The news comes just a month after Chalabi had conducted a tour of Washington in an effort to patch up his tattered image in America. Paperwork shows that in November Chalabi's Washington representative hired a powerful D.C. lobbying firm.The election results in Iraq may present Chalabi's ardent U.S. supporters with a quandary: Chalabi, as well as other losing candidates, is alleging fraud in the election, even though the Bush administration hailed the vote as a historic step for democracy in Iraq.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10575121

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    "the creation of the first Islamist state in the Arab world."Yeah, just like Bush created the first Christian state in the Western world.I'd agree if the qualifier "perverted version of the" was put in front of "Islamist" and "Christian".

  • orang

    (don't worry) We're going to uh, stay the course until the Iraqis can uh, step up and keep Iraq safe for …..US!

  • Ibrahamav

    Don't you just hate democracy and the will of the people?

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav said… Don't you just hate democracy and the will of the people? Not particularly. And hey Ibby, how do you think the new improved Israeli Labor Party will go in the up-coming elections?

  • Ibrahamav

    I've never heard of the New Improved Labor Party.

  • Wombat

    Nice evasion Ibraham. However, the bind is that Chalabi (and others) are alleging widespread election fraud. Therefore the neocon supportersof Chalabi can either agree and considerthe election illegitimate, or they canstate Chalabi is a lying opportunist.There are incidents such as that belowthat lend credence to the claims ofvoter fraud and violent intimidation-from yahoo news today:"MOSUL – The body of Qusay Salahaddin, president of the Students Union of Mosul University, was found shot dead two days after he was abducted by gunmen, the Students Union said. On Dec. 21 he led a demonstration on the campus complaining of alleged fraud in last week's parliamentary election."Furthermore, a simple vote does not a viable democracy make. The great majority of Shiites, and some Sunnis, were told who to vote for by their clerics. If one simply contextualizes it, the voting seems likea fabulous development. However, reality is already clashing with abstract ideals.

  • Ibrahamav

    No one ever said that Iraq will be a 'viable' democracy within the next 20 years.But they have the vote and they are electing their rulers.

  • Wombat

    It would be ironic, wouldn't it, if a democratic process installed a theocratic system which itself then removed democracy.

  • Ibrahamav

    Not ironic. Not the first time an elected government became an actual dictatorship. Witness nazi germany.

  • Wombat

    The workings of Nazi Germanyu were largely an intrnal phenomenon. Ironic in the sense that "democracy" was imposed on Iraq. It would be one of the few times we've witnessed it imposed by an external force.It would also be ironic because the US has been so much more successful this past century at removing democracies than installing them.

  • Ibrahamav

    Lumping together everything done by the US over the last 105 years is ridiculous.

  • Wombat

    I was thnking more in terms of the last 50 years actually.

  • neoleftychick

    AntonyIt is actually the moral narcissistic western bourgeois left who is experiencing the nightmare as Islamic nations emerge from centuries of ignorance and poverty and start tasting the fruits of the european enlightenment and the Anglosphere's liberal democracy.From Indonesia to Malaysia to Iraq to Libya and next to Iran, Afghanistan, and onwward the West continues its triumphant strut.It must suck being you.Poor dear.

  • Wombat

    Oh Neo,You come up with the best jokes. West continues it's triumphant strut. Look a lot more to me like a blind man negotiating Harvy Norman during a Boxing Day sale.You just can't seem to get your head around the headlines can you sweetie?Do you honestly believe that Afghanistan is in the clear by any stretch of the imagination? What future do you think democracy has in Iraq if it becomes a theocracy? Indonesia has always been essentially a one party state and will remain so. Libya has doen what exactly in moving towards democracy?Yes, it can be hard to read and think at the same time. Keep practicing with waling and chewing gum You'll get there.

  • orang

    "triumphant strut"- I love it. It's great, imagery, "attitude"…However, I don't see it as applicable in this case.How about shambling shuffle?

  • Wombat

    "How about shambling shuffle?"Off the end of a jetty…