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.

News bytes 2

– BBC Online reports: “A Holocaust survivor’s support group has said 40% of survivors in Israel are living below the poverty line.”

– John W. Dean, former counsel to President Nixon, claims George Bush has committed an impeachable offence.

– Robert Fisk rightly argues that only justice, not bombs, can make the world a safer place.

– Craig Murray, former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, has become a whistle-blower on the Blair government’s sanction and use of torture. Read these fascinating documents that the UK government is trying to bury. This is how Western nations are fighting the “war on terror.”

– The Pentagon, desperate for positive news on the Iraq war, are ordering troops home on leave to promote the invasion and occupation to a sceptical public. “I’ve been promised an early release if I do a good job promoting the war”, says one reservist who asked not to be identified.

– In a sign of the changing times, Iraqi-Israeli Jews plan to visit their “roots.”

– Do the Kurds intend to invade the south of Iraq to form an independent Kurdistan? Meanwhile, “dozens of former Israeli commandos have been training Kurdish security forces in northern Iraq, supplying them with equipment worth millions of dollars.”

– Sri Lanka appears to be moving towards another crisis. In a post-tsunami country and a collapsing tourism industry – issues I experienced during my travels through the country in early 2005 – a resurgent civil war is the last thing the country needs.

– The New York Times is “unAmerican“, according to US conservative writer Michelle Malkin. It’s encouraging to see that faux patriots believe the mainstream media should be taking sides in the current “war.” Perhaps they would feel more comfortable in countries where state-run media have no choice but to praise unelected leaders.

– 400 members of Israel’s Likud party want to bomb Iran while settlers evicted from Gaza claim they will soon return.

22 comments ↪
  • orang

    Asian? Really? I thought she was Jewish. Oh wait, there’s her picture. She could be both. So that would make her critics………………

  • Human

    I'am sure there is a term in Hebrew for taking care of the old ones. The fact that the victims of the Holocaust who are so often used for propagands purposes are thrown to the wind is a shame. Especially so because it would be very hard for anyone to mantain a falshood of claiming to be a victim for the purpose of receiving benefits. Peace.

  • Wombat

    Some very interesting predictions for 2006 by Juan Cole:http://www.juancole.com/2006/01/ten-amazing-predictions-for-2006-1.html

  • violet

    Perhaps they would feel more comfortable in countries where state-run media have no choice but to praise unelected leaders.YES YES YES, Antony and this is why we at at "war", sigh.And your comment about Malkin being a faux patriot is racist and unnecessary.

  • Wombat

    Of for God's sake Violet. Malkin is a shill of the worst kind. She has no journalistic background and yet carries on like one. She is panders tothe ignorant and avoids all forms of debate. She is nothing more than a b grade version of Anne Coulter.You must be a complete idiot to give any veracity to what she has to say. The fact that you are forced to rely onthe racist charge as the only defense for her is evidence enough of how vacuuous she and her supporters are.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    violet said… "And your comment about Malkin being a faux patriot is racist and unnecessary."Racist? How?

  • Wombat

    Eddie, I think this in an example of pre-emptive defense. Malkin is part Asian, and is prone to citing selcted racist slurs against her as a way to denegrade her critics.

  • leftvegdrunk

    Murray's publication of those documents – with the support of many bloggers around the world – has been conveniently ignored by many of Australia's bloggers, of either stripe. I am unsure why. Obviously, it is uncomfortable for some, but why the leftist bloggers would leave it alone is beyond me. Lack of exposure? Surely not. That's what blogging is about, no?The story about Likud's hawks is interesting in light of your follow up post about Derfner's views. I think this is further evidence of the deepening crisis within Israel's elite. Perhaps such division and outright war-mongering will prompt a backlash from within. We can only hope, and wait, and have faith in the Israeli people.Violet (a reincarnated heckler from 2005 perhaps?), calling someone a "faux patriot" is not racist.

  • Ibrahamav

    'Someone' calling 'someone else' a 'faux patriot' is not racist.Violet intimated that Loewenstien, calling Malkin a 'faux patriot', was motivated to do so for racist reasons.Ordinary criticism of Israeli policy is not antisemitic. Eddie's criticisms are motivated by his antisemitism.Surely even you get the point?

  • Wombat

    "Violet intimated that Loewenstien, calling Malkin a 'faux patriot', was motivated to do so for racist reasons."Yet she has failed to explain what makes his reasons racist. One can only assume that she has latched onto Malkin's enthnicity as justification for this accusation."Ordinary criticism of Israeli policy is not antisemitic. Eddie's criticisms are motivated by his antisemitism."Seeing as AL's criticism of Israeli is directed specifically at Israeli policy, your repetitive alluding to "motivation" is innapropriate becasue it assumes you can prove that AL has some undisclosed agenda.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav said… "Eddie's criticisms are motivated by his antisemitism."Impossible! I passed the Foxman Anti-Defamation League Anti-semitism test – it said I wasn't one bit anti-semitic. When Foxman says you're not anti-semitic, I think we can safely ignore anonymous multiple-identity teenage trolls such as yourself Ibby. (BTW: I never found out whether you passed the test Ibby. Did you?)

  • Ibrahamav

    So eddie is an antisemite who lies. Big deal. Next he'll prove he's an antisemite who blows his nose.

  • Human

    Dirt- The memos are on a lot of American sites.Peace.

  • Ibrahamav

    You don’t know much, do you? No wonder you’re just curious and not thoughtful.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Are you an anti-semite Ibrahamav? Just curious.

  • Ibrahamav

    I guess you'll have to remain curious. I don't know anyone who gives a shit about an antisemite's curiosity.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    What a coincidence! I don't know anyone who gives a shit about an anti-semite who doesn't know anyone who gives a shit about an anti-semite's curiosity. Wow!

  • Ibrahamav

    And take your Jew-baiting game and shove it up your ass. Addamo needs the company.

  • Wombat

    So I am now a racist and a Jew baiter. You have the empty accustions down to a T Ibby. Now all you need is proof – you know that thing that proves you are not full of shit? And by proof, that does not include your tarrot card/mind reading babble about people's motivations. In the mean time, until you come up with some proof, it is safe to assume you are full of it.

  • Ibrahamav

    No, I said you were up inside eddies ass. Kissing it wasn't enough for you.Yes, that means eddie is now full of Addamo. A useful synonym, don't you think?Now when some one proves to be a sack of shit, we can just call them addamo. Or someone is full of addamo. Or "watch what you're doing, you almost stepped in addamo".

  • Wombat

    You still have not provided evidence of me being a racist Jew baiter Ibby. When do yo plan on gettigng around to it?

  • Ibrahamav

    When the smell of addamo leaves the room. Perhaps there is a spray.