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.

On the take?

Yet another political “earthquake” in Israel?

Channel 10 reported Tuesday that police have evidence that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s family allegedly received $3 million in bribes from Austrian businessman Martin Schlaff, part of a complicated case involving illegal campaign contributions.

“The report showed a document it said was delivered by police to a court that confiscated material from the home of the Schlaff family in Israel, saying it had evidence of bribery. Police have been investigating the case, stemming from the 1999 election, for more than two years.”

Who knows how this may affect the forthcoming election, though this is interesting:

Sharon is far ahead in the polls, despite findings that large numbers of voters believe he and his family are corrupt.”

28 comments ↪
  • Wombat

    Compared to the Abramoff case and the tens fo thousands of e-mails that tie him and his dirty deals him to over 20 lawmakers, this is small fry.Some are suggesting the Abrahmoff scandal could be the biggest in Washington for many decades. That's not even taking into account the boat cruses that were attended by Mohammad Atta.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Abramoff is looking like one of the stories of the year. Watch all the Republican hacks defend the indefensible, or, simply plead ignornance.

  • boredinHK

    OK ,thanks .

  • Wombat

    I just wonder how this wil pan out. Abramoff has done a deal with the DOJ, which is headed by Gonzales, who is Bush's hand picked point man. Who can follow this through without being silenced os sidelined?Tom Delay must be turning various shades of green right now.

  • Ibrahamav

    The only perspective needed is that the DELIBERATE murder of a pregnant woman and her 4 daughters is considered legitimate resistance to occupation by the majority of Palestinin arabs.

  • Wombat

    Killing thousands of innocent people in Afghanistan was considered by the US a legitimate reponse to 911 was it not?

    Careful Ibby, your agruing yourself into a hole.

  • Wombat

    Yo uare truly the Picasso of logic and reason.

  • boredinHK

    AL and others, as a relative newbie to these subjects I have a question.I've just come across the IMRA site . What do readers think of this organisation?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Not much. Be aware of any site that solely aims to bring the 'evils' of Arabs/Palestinian terror. Indeed, any resistance to occupation is regarded as such.Yawn.

  • Ibrahamav

    When killing a pregnant mother and her 4 daughters is considered, by arab palestinians, to be legitimate resistance to occupation, then IMRA has its place.

  • Wombat

    How many hunderds of Palestinians or Iraqi's have died at the hands of occupations since then Ibby? All of whom were considered colateral damage.The death of a mother and her 4 daughters is tragic yes, but 14 people were bombed to death the other day by the US. Get some perspective Ibby.

  • Ibrahamav

    The only hole dug was the one you were buried in.

  • Ibrahamav

    What was that muffled sound?

  • Wombat

    Oh no Ibby, I said Picasso no Van Gogh. Damn, sis you go cutting off your other ear?

  • Ibrahamav

    Is that scratching on a box I hear?

  • Ibrahamav

    There's a huge pile of addamo and it sounds like it's coming from there.

  • Wombat

    You are welcome to say what you wish about me Ibraham, but out of respect for the others on this list, can we put this shit fight to bed?If you feel the need to vetn, then I am happy to give you my e-mail address.

  • Ibrahamav

    I guess we can put it to bed when you realize the moral implication and difference between the deliberate murder of a pregnant woman and her 4 daughters by Palestinian terrorists, at point blank range, placing a bullet in the head of each to ensure death, for the crime of being Jewish on islamic land. And the accidental, collateral deaths that occur in a time of war when civillians are being used as shields by members of an armed force hiding among them. Sometimes, the wrong house gets targeted. The wrong people die, and the people of the US do not shrug and say it is war, they are profoundly sad at the death and carnage.But it does not appear that the vast majority of Palestinian people are profoundly sad at the death and carnage.Until then you are addamo.

  • Wombat

    I cannot presume to be the conscience for Pelstinian terrorists. The death of a woman and her four children is the worst kind of action, but it is highly unlikely that equally dispicable acts have not taken place in Iraq while no one was there to report them.The shooting of a 56 year old mother (4 bullets te chest), who insisted on covering herself in the company of strange men in her own home, is such a case. Similarly, Iraqi men (who couldn't swim) forced to jump into a river at gunpoint is equally appaling. There was no prpfound regret from the US when these crimes took place, but there was certainly an abundeance of excuses and jsutifications being produced.There is no such thing as accidental innocents deaths in war. Deaths to innocents are a certaintee when war is undertaken. When one wages war, one takes the descision that civilian deaths are justifiable expense for the cause, especially when that was has been proven to be compeltely and utterly unecessary. The mere fact that that lunatic at the Pentagon says the US does not do bosy counts or that they refer to civialin deaths as collateral damage (colletively catergorizing with destruction of property), is proof enough that the US regards Iraqis as sub-human and expendable.

  • orang

    Ibrahamav said… "I guess we can put it to bed when you realize the moral implication and difference between the deliberate murder of a pregnant woman and her 4 daughters by Palestinian terrorists, at point blank range, placing a bullet in the head of each to ensure death, for the crime of being Jewish on islamic land."Ib, this is a horrible thing, and I think everyone agrees. However, these atrocities have been carried out by both sides.You choose to absolve your side by, "And the accidental, collateral deaths that occur in a time of war when civillians are being used as shields by members of an armed force hiding among them."Many of these are not at all accidental. Be a denialist all you want but posting this same shit over and over again is boring. Let me know if you need some links to show that Israel also targets civilians and children.What the hell, have some whether you want them or not:http://www.minfo.gov.ps/Int_press/english/28-03-04.htmhttp://english.people.com.cn/200111/25/eng20011125_85271.shtmlhttp://www.zmag.org/meastwatch/behind_the_tank.htmhttp://lawrenceofcyberia.blogs.com/news/2004/05/purity_of_arms.htmlhttp://www.israel-state-terrorism.org/israelimassacres.htmlhttp://lawrenceofcyberia.blogs.com/news/2004/05/purity_of_arms_.htmlhttp://www.ipc.gov.ps/ipc_e/ipc_e-1/eye-e/ipc-eye-30.htmlhttp://english.pravda.ru/letters/2002/06/24/30919.htmlI know,I know,,,all "propaganda"…..Disregard anything to do with Sabra & Chatilla – after all, we know it wasn't Ariel and his boys directly did the work, purity of arms and all that.

  • Wombat

    "placing a bullet in the head of each to ensure death, for the crime of being Jewish on islamic land."And doesn't this ring familiar to the 13 year old Paelistinian girl who was shot, them fileld with an entire magazine into her (to make sure she was dead), all because she crossed into a security zone at an Israeli check point? The soldier was later as saying that he woudl have done it had she been 3 years old. http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1643573,00.html

  • orang

    Well of course he wouldn't – "we're not animals".

  • Ibrahamav

    Orang that is just so much addamo. Israeli forces do not target civilians.Why the Israeli muslim felt the need to fire his entire magazine into the body of a dead 13 year old is something for his analyst to discover. Absolutely no equivilance to the deliberate murder, at point blank range, of a pregnant mother and her 4 small daughters. Please show how this atrocity has been carried out by the Israeli side, and no using addamo from palestinian propaganda of unsubstantiated events from the war of independance.The closest equivilance is the latest Iraqi suicide bombing in the middle of a funeral.

  • Wombat

    The killing of a 13 year old girl was not deliberate Ibraham? Would the IDF have fired at a 13 year old Israeli Jewish girl?What diffrence doe sit make whether she was shot at 100 yards or point blank range? Are you suggesting 17 stray bullets hit the girl at once?

  • orang

    Ibrahamav said… "Orang that is just so much addamo. Israeli forces do not target civilians."You're being silly again. Oh, you mean when they do kill civilians it's because those terrorist devils are hiding behind them. Good one, just keep thinking happy thoughts Ib.If you're trying to establish scale, you should probably make up categories. Is "point blank" higher or lower on the atrocious scale than say a rocket or a bomb. A separate section perhaps for children-how old?. Pregnant women – how pregnant? This is a tough category. Also, we've seen how often Palestinian women get pregnant so there'll be a blip in the statistics and should be taken into account. I mean does it matter as much when a Palestinian woman has a stillbirth at a checkpoint – she'll get pregnant again in no time.

  • Ibrahamav

    Civilians are killed in time of war. If you haven't noticed, the palestinians have an uprising going. That is a war. They are fighting from population centers. Attacking them means civilians will die. That's war.Point blank to deliberately murder a pregant mother and 4 small daughters is worse than the death of a pregnant mother and her four daughters when it is caused by destroying a building where terrorists are shooting and killing people.That's what happens in war. There is absolutely no proof that any still births are caused by being at a check point.

  • Wombat

    I would not compare the Israeli/Palestinian conflict with the Iraq war. While the odds a firmly in Israel's favour, the dispute over the territories is a complexed one. The Iraqi war on the other hand was US sanctioned barbarism.I riased he issue fo the 56 year old Iraqi woman and the 13 year old gilr to point out to Violet that brutality against women is not the exclusive domain or Muslim men.

  • Ibrahamav

    Your examples were pitiful and insulting. Better that you had made your statement without reaching for a comparison.You needed no proof to back up such an obviously true statement, that "brutality against women is not the exclusive domain o(f) Muslim men."