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.

God lives

John Howard is God, in case you didn’t know.

17 comments ↪
  • violet

    I wouldn't call him God, but I thank God that he is our Prime Minister. I guess you would have preferred the twisted protagonist in The Laughing Diaries?

  • Wombat

    Sorry but having an arse licker for a PM is not something I find particularly comforting.Perhaps you consider genuflecting to foreign leaders as more admirable than saying it like it is.

  • leftvegdrunk

    Howard's rule proves there is no god.

  • orang

    Sure he does have teflon shoulders and there's an aura about him (halo?) but "God" is a bit over the top. These Oz press guys – it must be on their Personal Objectives – "Write 4 absolutely arse licking shmoozing articles about John Howard in 2005 (or no performance bonus)".

  • roseg

    In future please provide a "bucket recommended" warning before sending people off to read articles like that. Thanks.

  • HisHineness

    I notice none of the critics of this article have disputed any of its contents in these comments. I doubt the country would have faired so well had the ALP continued to hold power."… Or opposition." The fact that the opposition have been crushed so completely is indicitive of Howard's skill as a politician. If anything, the left's rabid hatred of him has only increased his credibility to most Australians.

  • James Waterton

    re. #7 Hrm. That sounds like a man who has a point. Or two.

  • Wombat

    "The fact that the opposition have been crushed so completely is indicitive of Howard's skill as a politician."Not really. The same thing was true baotu Bush for much of 2004. Hardly a brilliant politico – just an poweful administration that had it's hands on all the levers and the media eating out of it's hand.As we are seeing in the US, things can come tumbling down overnight and we all know there are more than enough skeletons int eh closet that could take Howard down.I agree if this happens, it will not so much be a case of the left winning as the government self destructing.

  • James Waterton

    As much as the ALP is "left" these days … the left's been politically adrift and unrepresented for a number of years now. An I don't really agree with your Bush vs Howard comparison, Addamo. Howard is a consummate and particularly patient politician who has a habit of making his own luck and being on the right side of history. He's been doing this for pretty much his entire career – it's not a one off. Fact is, there aren't any skeletons in his closet (that the likes of you or I know about, anyway) that the vast majority of Australians give a shit about – the left finds it extremely difficult to come to terms with this reality, however. By the way, I am not a Howard or Liberal supporter. Personally, I think they're big government arseholes – the lot of them. They are the lesser of two evils, though.

  • Wombat

    Yes you are right about Howard being skilled and patient, though I disagree about having been on the right side of history most of his career.You may recall the numerous false starts Howard had before the top job was handed to him by a combination of the a) the arrogance of the Keating government and b) the genuine fear the Australian public shared after Keating's previuous victory; one that the ALP was undefeatable.And there is little doubt that Tampa was a gift to Howard the first time around.Still, there is no denying that arrogance can be dangerous and the public may also become unsettled about the idea of havign a defacto permanent Liberal Party running the country. It only takes a few blows to the economy and suddenly, Howard's main ticket is expired.

  • HisHineness

    I wouldn't agree that the media are eating out of the Howard Government's hand. Take the ABC, SBS, and Fairfax as examples."…there is no denying that arrogance can be dangerous…"I couldn't agree more.Regarding blows to the economy becoming Howard's downfall however, the article Antony linked to illustrates that ten years of sound management have allowed the Australian economy to weather all kinds of storms and escape relatively unscathed.

  • orang

    I don't necessarily disagree re: Howard's lot and management of the economy. However there some areas where credit is given but to me is unwarranted. The low interest rates for instance have been touted as as a masterly achievement. Interest rates in the rest of the world have coincidently been low during the same period. Have Howard and Costello steered the Global Economy? Has the tail wagged the dog?

  • HisHineness

    I agree orang, however as you've said these are only some areas. On the whole, the Howard Government's management of the economy has been impressive.And the public have clearly shown their approval.

  • leftvegdrunk

    What? Waterton's back? I thought we'd seen the last of him. Promises, promises.

  • James Waterton

    As soon as Loewenstein makes at least one of the following two announcements1) that I have won his $120 prizeOR2) that I am Godthen I will leave again. Or until I lose interest. I feel one of the three is pending rapidly.

  • Wombat

    I think the prize should go to Ibraham frankly…juts kidding.James is clearly the winner.

  • James Waterton

    Hooray! I'll split it with you, addamo.