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.

The mask is removed

The goal is not democracy, it is a united Iraq that doesn’t bother its neighbours. There is no law that says American troops have to be in the most hostile areas.”

Dov Zakheim, senior Pentagon official during Bush’s first term

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  • Wombat

    United my arse. The Shiites are already makign it clear that the Sunnis and Baathists will nto be welcome to play a role in the running of the country.Here's some Bushtalk for you (right before the war):"Our mission is clear in Iraq. Should we have to go in, our mission is very clear: disarmament.""Our mission in Iraq is clear. We're hunting down the terrorists. We're helping Iraqis build a free nation that is an ally in the war on terror."So, what was the mission again?Apparently there are no weapons in Iraq … so according to the first statement:Mission Accomplished!According to the second mission statement, well, that sort of sounds like occupying Iraq forever or making it a client state.These pro-war arguments are of creeps.

  • Wombat

    And for anyone who still has dellusions that the US intends to leave Iraq, here is an interesting tid bit:AMERICA is to spend £1billion on an embassy in Baghdad "more secure than the Pentagon".http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/tm_objectid=16541084&method=full&siteid=94762&headline=exclusive–billion-dollar-bunker–name_page.html

  • Glenn Condell

    Re Zakheim1 rabbi from old Likudnik family with connections to Begin and Shamir. Father involved in Jabotinsky's Betar circa 48 – group which made efforts to strategise control of Mideast resources into the future2 DoD posts under Reagan, arranging cheap planes arms and munitions (as 'surplus') for Israel. Later foreign policy advisor to Texas Governor GW Bush, member of CFR3 PNAC architect – what is needed is a 'new Pearl Harbour'4 from 97 CEO of SPC Int'l, a military technology co which made remote controlled aircraft systems. A subsidiary, Tridata Corp, oversaw investigation of 911 attacks5 By 911 was Pentagon Comptroller (responsible for financial account-keeping) reporting to Wolfowitz. The day prior to the attacks Rumsfeld announced 2.3 trillion dollars missing from Pentagon accounts. The attack on the Pentagon destroyed the Army Budget Office where checkable records would have been kept. Incoming Army Sec was Thomas White, who had rigged Californian energy markets for Enron (records of which were also destroyed the same day in NY as Sec Exchange offices were in WTC 7)6 After 2004 election took up sinecure at Booz Allen Hamilton. Imagine being a fly on the walls inside HIS head.

  • boredinHK

    Re Dov Zakheim- I linked to the DOD transcript of the testimony of Rumsfeld and Mr Zakheim and after reading all of it I would like to point out that the words used are that 2.6 trillion of transactions weren't accounted for correctly. NOT MISSING.There wasn't any "gasp"or outrage or astonishment from the committee as they understand that what Rumsfeld was talking about was poor financial record keeping NOT THEFT. Conspiracy nuts are just that – F**king NUTs.Really AL, garbage like this is execrable.The links from Mr Condell also outline plenty of other weird things and maybe if this site wants to get into science fiction fine he can lead you all to the promised planet .What a waste of time.

  • Wombat

    "2.6 trillion of transactions weren't accounted for correctly"Isn't that a politiclyl correct way of saying gone the way of the dodo? And I seem to belive the word used was missapropriated.

  • orang

    And the quote from the link goes on, "The shift to air power is part of that policy. Determined to reduce “collateral damage”, the American military is relying on laser or satellite-guided bombs that can strike rooms or buildings without killing large numbers of civilians." This is true to form, part of the script, with a dose of Orwell for added flavour. (by dropping bombs from planes at a great height we will reduce civilian deaths. – no wait. these are SMART bombs – Oh I see)The gutless f*king , c*cksuckers.

  • Wombat

    I like the bit about:"Determined to reduce “collateral damage”, the American military is relying on laser or satellite-guided bombs that can strike rooms or buildings without killing large numbers of civilians."I guess we can all sleep easy now knowing that this was but a blip on the radar then? Don't you just love the script? After bringing freedom and democracy to Iraq, we are now giving them another dose of Shock and Awe so that they don't forget who liberated them. Brilliant stratergy.Maybe that way they can get in some practive with their targetting skills before they hit Iran. Ain't it grand?

  • orang

    They couldn't hit their arse with both hands.Your link is typical example of the cowboy, gutless, slimebag, motherf*kers. They were doing that sort of crap in Iraq's "no fly zones" for years. It can't be terrorism though because its "laser" guided.

  • Wombat

    Yeah, bomb someone innocent guy's house and then when he fires back at you from outrage, you get rewarded for killing him becasue he now a terrorists.