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.

Making war easy

Who can we blame for this disturbing ignorance?

“Sizeable minorities of Americans still believe Saddam Hussein had ‘strong links to al Qaeda,’ a Harris Interactive poll shows, though the number has fallen substantially this year.

“About 22% of U.S. adults believe Mr. Hussein helped plan 9/11, the poll shows, and 26% believe Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. invaded. Another 24% believe several of the 9/11 hijackers were Iraqis, according to the online poll of 1,961 adults.”

Although these beliefs have declined in the last year, the mainstream media is still far too comfortable channelling Bush administration spin as “fact.”

7 comments ↪
  • Ibrahamav

    Smaller than the number of arabs and muslims who believe the Jews were involved in 9/11.

  • Human

    This percentage represents the number I have always mantained will support Bush no matter what the bald facts are. Hence my term Bush usefools.Peace

  • Wombat

    Agreed,This group reflexively answer allegations based on hard cold facts with nonsense and practiced nonsequitors – assertions that they sincerely seem to believe but that make absolutely no sense to others.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Addamo_01 said… "This group reflexively answer allegations based on hard cold facts with nonsense and practiced nonsequitors – assertions that they sincerely seem to believe but that make absolutely no sense to others. "Like this one from the class crown for example:"Smaller than the number of arabs and muslims who believe the Jews were involved in 9/11."

  • leftvegdrunk

    Ibrahamav, your link isn't working. Can you please repost the supporting evidence for your claim? I'd like to read it. I know there are anti-Israel conspiracy theorists out there, and the exact numbers would be very interesting. Thanks.

  • boredinHK

    This argument goes no where – there are large percentages of people in the US who believe in alien abductions ( google it for yourselves ).What could that mean ?really ? All over the world there are even more who believe that the many times translated and possibly inaccurate recollections of people who wandered around the deserts of the middle east 2500-4000 years ago form the basis for how we should live our lives today . And that there is an after life.

  • Ibrahamav

    Exactly which american academics are stating that "Saddam Hussein had 'strong links to al Qaeda,'" Arab Academics Still Claim 9/11 Was American ConspiracyBy Julie StahlCNSNews.com Jerusalem Bureau ChiefSeptember 10, 2004Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) – Academics and others in the Arab and Muslim world continue to circulate conspiracy theories that blame the U.S. and/or Israel for the 2001 terrorist attacks on America.At least 19 Islamic radicals linked to al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden seized four U.S. planes and crashed them into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania on 9/11/2001.Conspiracy theories surfaced almost immediately following the attacks and were repeated by Arab leaders from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef. Groups such as the Anti-Defamation League condemned the theories as "a new spin on centuries-old allegations charging that Jews manipulate and control world events for their own benefit, and are willing to wreak havoc on the world in order to gain power," a report on the ADL website said. But there are some moderate voices in the Arab world like Sheik Abd Al-Hamid Al-Ansari, former dean of faculty of Shari'a at the University of Qatar, who have encouraged Muslims to engage in some soul-searching."Why won't we [Arabs] take the opportunity of the appearance of the September 11 commission's report to ponder why destructive violence and a culture of destruction have taken root in our society?" Al-Ansari wrote in the London based Arabic daily Al-Hayat on August 2."Why won't we take this opportunity to reconsider our educational system, our curricula, including the religious, media, and cultural discourse that cause our youth to live in a constant tension with the world?" he asked, according to a translation provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute.But others, including people in American allies Egypt and Saudi Arabia, have continued to propagate the conspiracy theories."To this day, we don't know who attacked the U.S. on September 11. Why is the attack attributed to bin Laden although it has not been proven that he was involved in the operation? It is way above his capabilities. Those who created him have made him a legend," Mustafa Shak'a, former dean of Humanities at Ein Shams University in Egypt said in an interview on Iqra TV in June."The operation was 100 percent American, and this is not the place to elaborate, but what proves the operation was a Jewish one is that five Jews climbed up a high building and filmed the first attack of the first plane," he said."There is still doubt that the September attacks were the outcome of Arab and Islamic terror. No conclusive proof to this effect is yet available," Galal Amin professor at the American University in Egypt wrote in Al-Ahram in April 2004. "Many writers, American and European as well as Arab, suspect that the attacks were carried out by Americans, or with American assistance, or that Americans knew about them and kept silent. Such doubts are strong and rest on damning evidence, but the U.S. administration forcefully censors them and bans any discussion of the matter," Amin said.In an article in the Egyptian government daily Al-Gumhouriyya in April, deputy editor Abd Al-Wahhab Adas accused the Jewish people of carrying out all terrorism worldwide, including the September 11 attacks.Earlier this year, in a new song popular Egyptian singer Sha'ban Abd Al-Rahim accused the U.S. of bringing down the Twin Towers itself."Hey people it was only a tower and I swear by God that they [U.S.] are the ones who pulled it down," the song says. The song says the U.S. did so to make people think that Arabs and Muslims are terrorists so it can do what it wants in the Arab world.In mid-August, Saudi Cleric Dr. Sa'd bin Abdallah Al-Breik that al Qaeda's role in 9/11 should not be exaggerated."We must not inflate [the importance] of al Qaeda, to the point of claiming that it is the main and only perpetrator of this large operation [September 11]," Al-Breik said."I'm not here to defend [al Qaeda], but we must not overstate this matter… It is a mistake to ignore the possibility that the Zionist [Israeli] hands used some people who were planted into one of the stages of this plan, from this issue," he said. Al-Breik called such accusations "false" and said that Saudis must not rush to accuse and judge themselves according to "Zionist" dictates.Meanwhile, on Thursday a top-ranking al Qaeda operative, Ayman al-Zawahiri, appeared on the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera satellite television threatening the U.S."[Americans] will no longer be safe while their government does not stop committing its crimes against Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine," al-Zawahiri was quoted by wire reports as saying.He predicted that the American defeat in Iraq and Afghanistan was "just a question of time, God-willing." Al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian cleric, is considered bin Laden's right-hand man.