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.


Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has suffered a major stroke and is fighting for his life. This is a developing story but it appears the face of Israeli politics has changed forever – and hopefully for the better.
  • Human

    Anthony Lowenstein – All the pablum and hate filled spew is degenerating your blog. It reflects upon you. I seem to remember a plea for more manners. Do you plan to do something about it?In all my entries on blogs this has been only my second suggestion to another concerning an issue.Peace.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Human,Thanks for your comment.I have thought about this and unsure what to do. Do I have rules of involvement or simply allow people to write freely? I'm against censorship though civility is important. You're right, many people prefer to write hate-filled comments. If I only allow 'civil' comments, then surely I have to delete comments that are not. I'm happy to have this discussion again. So, people, please offer your thoughts. Should I bring some rules for comments, what is acceptable, what is not etc?

  • Human

    There is proper, there is rude and there is outrageous. I guess one could pretend to be in ones house and take it from there. For instance what category does wishing that one parents castrated another fall in compared to calling die hard Bush supporters Usefools?I know the answer. I suspect so do you. Then again maybe this place serves another purpose than adult dialog. Please feel free to prove me wrong. Peace.

  • Lisa

    For all the nasty thing that could be said about Sharon at least he succeeded in shaking things up just before this. It will be interesting to see what happens to Kadima now and, like you, I say the shakeup is "hopefully for the better" in light of this.BTW Antony, I strongly agree with Human. I've been tempted to write comments responding to the trolls who live on your comment sections, but feeding trolls only makes it worse. I say delete comments or parts of comments that appear to you to be uncivil or personal attacks, particularly if the comment didn't relate to your post. If possible leave the "deleted by admin" with the name of the comment poster there to keep it transparent as possible.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Those comments are unacceptable, of course I agree. But monitoring comments requires much time, and frankly, I don't have it. I can ask people to be civil, but do readers really want me to censor or delete comments? I want people to feel comfortable commenting without getting abused. This is not always happening and I don't like it but if readers have other ideas…

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Thanks for your thoughts, Lisa. And I hope you will start commenting. Abusive comments serve no purpose, I agree. Other reader thoughts?

  • Rich Bowden

    Though also anti-censorship, I find myself somewhat in agreement with Human. The problem, of course, is where do you draw the line between obstructing free speech and ending what has become pointless slanging matches.The whole point of the blogspot would seem to me to encourage controversial and lively debate – with a dose of humour,but whole comments fields devoted to personal attacks is – I agree – beyond the pale.I suppose the best suggestion I can make is further warnings from yourself Ant with an attempt to bring the debate back to the point being discussed. My sympathies though, I'd hate to be a moderator!Maybe we should all listen to Human and learn some PEACE…

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Being a moderator is a tough, thankless and tedious task. I don't have the time for it, far too busy with other work. If the attacks seem personal, it's simply not on. Comments should be related to the post or take the thought elsewhere. Other people?

  • Wombat

    Impassioned debate can quickly degenerate into abuse. I think the best way to deal with abusive posts is to ignore them. Now I just have to learn to take my own advice.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    As you all know, I usually do ignore them by not responding or not deleting them. I don't want some people to not comment because of the abuse – and this is clearly happening – and passionate debate is often heated. I'll say it again:CAN PEOPLE PLEASE KEEP THEIR ABUSE FOR OTHER FORUMS!

  • Mannie

    I too am against censorship, and believe that the people who use abuse of others in their arguments lose the plot. It is necessary that people not hide behind an anonymous posting, and these should be treated as newspapers do – ignore them – they haven't got the courage of their convictions most of the time.I find it offensive to be called an anti-semite all the time by some whippersnappers who are wet behind the ears and haven't lived in the real world for very long.I find it offensive to be told to wipe my "ass" (sic) by people who are abusive and can't respond to the argument.In order to save yourself time you should not censor, but delete the anonymous contributors. They are cowards!

  • Ibrahamav

    Because you find it offensive is no reason for anyone to do anything about it. It the great scheme of things, you are rather unimportant.

  • Wombat

    Right on cue.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Addamo_01 said… "Right on cue."But amazingly, he didn't use his favourite word.

  • Ibrahamav

    That he is full of addamo?

  • neoleftychick

    ALAs probably your prime target for any "censorship" I will add this. I do not think you are diluting "free speech" by having "civility" guidelines and reserving the right to delete posts that you decide breach those guidelines.But I agree with you that it is a tough call. Because what happens is that an increasing amount of the blog's "energy" will become devoted to bickering over editorial decisions.Don't worry, I've decided to take the advice of others and set up my own blog in a few days or so. 😉