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.

Telling it like it isn’t

Robert Fisk, LA Times, December 27, 2005:

“I first realised the enormous pressures on American journalists in the Middle East when I went some years ago to say goodbye to a colleague from the Boston Globe. I expressed my sorrow that he was leaving a region where he had obviously enjoyed reporting. I could save my sorrows for someone else, he said. One of the joys of leaving was that he would no longer have to alter the truth to suit his paper’s more vociferous readers.

“‘I used to call the Israeli Likud Party ‘right wing,” he said. ‘But recently, my editors have been telling me not to use the phrase. A lot of our readers objected.’ And so now, I asked? ‘We just don’t call it ‘right wing’ anymore.’

“Ouch. I knew at once that these “readers” were viewed at his newspaper as Israel’s friends, but I also knew that the Likud under Benjamin Netanyahu was as right wing as it had ever been.”

19 comments ↪
  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    What are these readers thinking? If the Likud Party isn't right wing, when who is? It makes sense, I suppose, in such a radically shifted spectrum, to call Sharon a 'centrist' and a 'man of peace'.

  • Ibrahamav

    It is the same policy as refusing to call the Palestinians, who murdered a pregnant woman and her 4 daughters, at point blank range, putting abullet in the head of each to ensure they were dead, terrorists.The same reason as eddie has posting a picture of himself, punching his own mouth.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    So would you classify the Likud Party as 'right wing' Ibrahamav?

  • Ibrahamav

    Ask the Likud party how it classifies itself. Maybe they are concerned about the opinion antisemites.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    I would suggest a return to school.The extent of your education seems to have been Lame-arse Insults.One requires knowledge in order to formulate opinions. Clearly, you lack the former, and thus are incapable of the latter.

  • boredinHK

    Welcome to 2006 to both Edward and Ibrahamav.AL, any outline for the changes that you might make to this site ? 'Content is King ' as thay say about the media so I hope we can all move away from the apparently endless rounds of insult and repost , smear and counter attack.One proposal I'd like to suggest is that we all identify ourselves.Abuse from an unidentified writer is absolutely meaningless and childlike. I would ask contributors here to respect themselves and others by trying to engage in the conversation , not scream insults from offstage , so to speak.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Bored,I have no issue with any of your suggestions.Changes to the site will not be happening right now, probably later in the year. Far too many other things to deal with right now – like finishing a book.As for remaining civil, this is something I completely agree with. But how to impose it? Very hard, unless censorship occurs, and I'd rather not. BUT, I encourage all people to remain civil.Identifying ourselves would be a good start.

  • Ibrahamav

    Good suggestion bored. But who cares if an antisemite actually reveals his identity? Is doesn't change what he is.

  • Wombat

    Racist hide behind their annonimity. Such people are less lilely to be as brazen when using their own names.

  • Ibrahamav

    So you and eddie are out in front about your racism. How nice.

  • Wombat

    Racist towards whom Ibraham?

  • leftvegdrunk

    Yes, Ibrahamav. Racist toward whom?

  • Ibrahamav

    Why are you concerned? Your annonimity keeps your reputation safe.

  • Wombat

    No just curious as to whom we are supposed to have exhibited racism.Surely if you were accused of being a paedophile, you would like to hear the evidence against you, would you not?

  • orang

    Identify ourselves? Are you guys kidding? There are lunatics out there dudes.If posters are insulting etc., can they not be blocked? One of the attractions of posting on a blogg is precisely to remain anonymous – at least for me. Not necessarily to avoid being identified by other posters but how about work – supervisors, employees, etc. ?

  • Ibrahamav

    Addamo, was the evidence presented to you when you were accused of pedophilia? Could you refute the testimony of a child? You could, couldn't you?Just curious

  • Wombat

    Never happened. Now back to evidence Ibby. Where is it. Put up or shut your hole.

  • Ibrahamav

    I'm not quite convinced. Your trollish comments regarding holes makes me suspect you are hiding something.

  • neoleftychick

    borderinkhYou can call me gutless, a chicken, lacking in conviction, or any thing you like because I will freely admit, I am VERY concerned that a group of mad Muslim males would come around to my house, rape me, and then murder me.Now, do you understand why I would not like to sign my name and contact details? My fear about radicalised politicised Islamic males is very, very, VERY sincere. I have come close to death from them twice before, and as a wise people once said "never again!"