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.

For Israel, first and foremost

Gal Beckerman, The Forward, January 6:

“Acknowledging the Jewishness of neoconservatism has always triggered the red, flashing lights of antisemitism, especially since the start of the Iraq War (with extra points if it’s Pat Buchanan doing the acknowledging). But there is some truth to the suspicion. If there is an intellectual movement in America to whose invention Jews can lay sole claim, neoconservatism is it. It’s a thought one imagines most American Jews, overwhelmingly liberal, will find horrifying. And yet it is a fact that as a political philosophy, neoconservatism was born among the children of Jewish immigrants and is now largely the intellectual domain of those immigrants’ grandchildren. Understanding what might be Jewish about this movement (or “persuasion” as its godfather, Irving Kristol, prefers it be called) should be possible without being accused of conspiracy theorizing about secret cabals pulling strings for Israel.”

72 comments ↪
  • Wombat

    Melanie,The 56 year old woman who was shot (4 times in the chest a point blank by a US soldier, did so because she spat in his face when he ignored her request for time to cover herself before entering her home. Not very lady like sure, but clearly a case of a Westerner killing a defenseless person.“I find the insurgents that are intentionally blowing up innocent civilians by the hundreds each week in Iraq as one of the most despicable acts in the world today. “And what do you think of US soldiers in Fallujah shooting anything that moves? 30-50 thousand people remained in the town prior to the assault (eben though we were told that all ahad left), an assault that we were told was intended to rid the town of Al Zarqawi, and yet who it was reported had already left the city.The US forces turned of power and water to the town. Anyone on life support would have dies instantly. Firstly, the US has used Zarqawi as an excuse every time they have launched and offensive, or blamed him for any major acts of violence. If you believe in that fairy tale, you might want to consider the criminal negligence of the Bush administration for turning down no fewer than 3 requests by the US military to take out Zarqawi before the invasion, because they wanted to use his presence in Kurdinstan (the part of Iraq outside of Saddam’s reach, yet directly beneath the no fly zones patrolled by the US), as a way to strengthen the case to invade Iraq. http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4431601/Now tell me, given the mayhem that has been attributed to Zarqawi and his mob, is this not an act of criminal negligence on the part of the Bush administration. Zarqawiis a killer. Everyone knew he was a killer and the Bushies decided they wanted to unleash him so as to make they case look better. How incredibly cynical and sinister is that?When the US forces kill civilians, as they did when the bombed a house of 14 innocent Iraqi’s this week, we are told they are collateral damage. When insurgents kill Iraqi’s, it is considered an act of terror. Don’t you just love the hypocrisy and double standards?"And the anti-war movement either support them or turn a blind-eye."The anti-war movement consist of a lot of people. For example, you and Violet think that Iraq war was a lovely idea while Neolefty doesn’t. Does that mean that Neo and you cannot possibly agree on the matter of Israel/Palestine? Of course not.Cna we start arguing like adults or we gong to carry on like children in a playground?I'm not painting Muslims as sub-human just the culture in many parts of the Muslim world as barbaric. Muslims need to address these issues rather than crying victim all the time because most of their problems are self-inflicted.This is true. There are self inflicted problems and there are those inflicted by external forces. No one in turning a blind eye to the problems that face women in Iraq, but to follow Violet’s lead, and focus on the plight of women in Muslim countries, while completely ignoring the disastrous war in Iraq is a sign of insanity oor ideological blindness.

  • Wombat

    Melanie,"the EU and these resolutions are a joke.”A joke because they don’t suit Israel? Hey, the US flouts resolutions too. Most countries do at some stage. No big deal right? But 64 of them?"The left originally were strong supporters of Israel until the Soviet union allied itself with the Arabl world – for oil not for any decent principal – and of course the rest of the lefty dogmatic group thinker followed and beleive that when the Arabs keep bringing up these ridiculous resolutions about Israel, they are doing it on some high moral principal. No one in the UN even believes that crap."Melanie, sometime you sound lucid and other times you just sound like you a writing to hear the sound of your own voice. This is an utter load of rubbish. You have no idea what the left or the right is here. Israel has support from all sides of the debate, but support does not mean shutting up or closing your eyes when Israel is in inflicting human rights abuses does it?“Also Israel will never do anything that will threaten its existence which most of those resolutions do.”The trouble with this statement is that Israel can decide that every resolution threatens it’s existence or security, juts like the way Bush uses 911 and the war on terror to justify anything he does, legal or otherwise.

  • Wombat

    Neo,"No argument? No debate? No data? No evidence? Just the usual strawman arguments? Tedious dullard."Apparently, the issue is a little high brow for you. Vilet quoting frontpagemag.com/ is about as credible as quoting a post from Stormfront.I'm sure Vilet would have been the first to link to this little gem had it happened to day.http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/3589/us-iraq-lie.html

  • violet

    orangthe link I posted was from MEMRI — a very reliable source, Frontpage simply reprinted it.. Your ignorance is astounding. You dismiss the truth as if it were tripe simply because it doesn't suit your political agenda. You have no integrity as a thinker, a scholar or even a moral person. So the sexual abuse of small baby girls doesn't concern you one little bit? Do you agree with it?One must assume from your refusal to discuss the topic that you condone it. Shame on you. You are not worthy of intelligent debate.

  • Melanie

    addamo, "A joke because they don’t suit Israel? Hey, the US flouts resolutions too. Most countries do at some stage. No big deal right? But 64 of them?"No, a joke because the bigest Human Rights violators in the world continuously bring up the same predictable resolutions against Israel. A joke because Syria can head the Security Council even while sponsoring terrorism, and Lybia can chair the Human Rights Commision yet Israel who has more resolutions brought up against it than any other country, isn't allowed to even sit on the security council.With all the Muslim countries plus the rest of the world that has proven to be easily bought by oil and other construction contracts (France, Russia, Germany etc) the UN's credibility doens't hold much weight.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    neoleftychick said… "The fact is that Jewish people are leaders in literature, finance, science, jurisprudence, economics, entertainment, and politics all across the globe."Woah, woah, woah. Back up there Madam Francis Galton. You're not saying Jews rule the world, are you?

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    neoleftychick said… 1. The fact is that Jewish people 2. …How many Muslims have recieved Nobel PrizesUm. In the first case you SEEM to be referring to (a very, very outdated) notion of "race". The second case is a belief system. Apples and oranges, my dear, apples and oranges.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    violet said… "Look at what the Palestinians have done with Gaza — this was their chance to make something for themselves."I think the East Timorese would be classifying you a bio-hazard.I can see The Violet Encyclical now: "Look what the East Tmorese have done with East Timor. Nothing. A total waste. Anyone who can't build an advanced industrial society in 20 minutes after they have been raped and pillaged for 30 years doesn't deserve to the land on which they were born – hell, they don't even deserve to LIVE. Kill 'em all, I say, and let some professionals – yes, that's right, some white Europeans – take it. It is their birthright, after all, as ordained by G?d Himself!"Yep. All the peoples of the Third World – that is, the majority of humanity – would reeeeeeally love to see you vision of beauty instituted, I'm sure.

  • violet

    Oh EddyYou appear to have such a selective knowledge of the true situation in Israel. Do you believe all the Pali propaganda out there? The fact is — as neoleftychick pointed out — Jews have contributed an incredible amount to the world, despite being persecuted and tormented most of their existence. And why don't you answer the question and direct us to a few Muslim Nobel Prize winners?The fact is, the Islamic Middle East is a backward, twisted, primitive society that can't even treat women as equal citizens, let alone contribute anything substantial to the world. As Mark Steyn recently said, every conflict in the world seems to begin with someone by the name of Mohhamed. Thank god people like you are a tiny minority. We'd all be living in third world shitholes if you had your way. The fact that you consider your loyalty to the Left more important than acknowledging the abuse of Middle Eastern women is shameful and ignorant. Why can't you make a statement about Islamic sexual violence against women? Is it because you believe men should be able to rape, honour kill and mutilate the genitals of women yourself? It seems to me that you do. Let me hear you condemn it Eddy. Go on.

  • orang

    so violet, are muslim women Ok by you?

  • Ibrahamav

    Violet,You're wasting your time. Eddie doesn't care about the Palestinians, violence against women, or anything else you've discussed.He has a single agenda.And some moron comparing Frontpage to Stormfront is someone pushing a lot of addamo.

  • Wombat

    Violet, I am curious what the obsession you and lefty have with Nobel prizes. Let me see, didn't Arafat get one of those?Oooooooooops!! When should we expect to see one for Mr Sharon for the field of excellent in Butchering and bulldozing.

  • Ibrahamav

    No you're not. You're not curious at all.

  • Wombat

    Is that what your tarrot cards are telling you Ibraham?

  • orang

    violet said… "orang …….. So the sexual abuse of small baby girls doesn't concern you one little bit? Do you agree with it? One must assume from your refusal to discuss the topic that you condone it. Shame on you. You are not worthy of intelligent debate. "I'm waiting for the really good stuff from you enlightened ones. I'm sure something will come up-Muslim man eating the entrails of the 5 female babies he had imprisoned as sex slaves….for instance – something REALLY fascinating. All this run of the mill rape stuff,…boring.

  • Wombat

    What I find slightly macabre is Violet's apparent acceptance of attrocities commited by Westerners in Iraq, on the grounds that she is convinced all such acts will be thoroughly investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice.Somehow the fantasy that that the crimes will be policed makes the crimes themselves a non issue.It;s little wonder that this selective blind spot enables one to focus on the traversties commited by Muslim men agains women in their society, but remain blind to all the other evils talking place around them.Maybe Michelle Malkin wrote a self help book on ho to achieve this state of Zen.

  • Ibrahamav

    TRhe enlightened ones are leaving orang alone. I'm sure he knows why.As for our inhabitant of eddie's ass, what else needs to be said?

  • neoleftychick

    addamoYou are correct. The Towelheads are the priud owners of one Nobel Prize: For terrorism!Islam's most significant contribution to humanity? The suicide bomber.The essense of Islam? Plagiarised Judaism (the slow-learners track, that is).

  • orang

    neoleftychick said…"…The Towelheads are the priud owners of one Nobel Prize: For terrorism! Islam's most significant contribution to humanity? The suicide bomber. The essense of Islam? Plagiarised Judaism (the slow-learners track, that is)."You're not kidding! The dumb fuks are killing themselves as well – talk about slow learners! You're supposed to plant the bomb , then run!http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/King_David.html

  • Ibrahamav

    Yes, the Britsih were warned that there was a bomb and they decided to ignore the warning.The organizers were wrong to bomb the building, the British were idiots to stay in the building.A very simian thing to do.

  • orang

    I'm going to write to the simian anti-defamation league about you.

  • Ibrahamav

    Do so. They will ignore you as they have in the past.