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.

Getting behind the headlines

Mustafa Barghouti, secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative, Al-Ahram, 1-7 January:

“What is happening on the ground is the creation of a system of apartheid. Of 960 million cubic metres of water that is generated in the West Bank, Palestinians are allowed to use only 109, one-tenth of our water. The rest goes to Israel. On average, a Palestinian citizen in the West Bank is allowed to use no more than 36 cubic metres of water per year, while Israeli settlers in the West Bank can use up to 2,400 cubic metres. We are not allowed to use our own roads and streets. We are not allowed to build houses. We are not allowed to move freely. Our GDP per capita is less than $1,000 while Israel’s is almost $20,000, and still we have an imposed tax and market union which obliges us to buy products at the same cost as Israelis.”

While Sharon lies on his deathbed, the Sydney Morning Herald offers this page one headline: “Peace hopes hang by a thread.” Peace according to whom? We all know the answer.

32 comments ↪
  • Shabadoo

    Limited growth? Harsh tax regimes? No freedom to build or use roads? Water rationing?Have the Greens gotten a candidate over the line in the Territories?

  • orang

    Yes, headline is not surprising. Sharon pulls out of the hell hole Gaza so he can have a free hand stealing the West Bank and all of Jerusalem. And the f*kheads are trying to convince us he's a centrist and a peacemaker. Compared to the rest of Israel, or to civilisation?Is this an embedded reporter? If we hear this crap often enough will we believe it? – Say over and over: "Sharon, a centrist, peacemaker. Now doubts about peace…Israel going to to the right…Pali's should take any "offer"…for their own good…need a partner for peace.Meanwhile, what do those who have experienced the sharp point of him and Israeli politics say about Sharon's exit?

  • kei & yuri

    We now think that there is a reason besides morality for the Zionist scam to get out of the way of decency. While not the same thing as a belief in a Godlike ultimate justice, it is ominous. The upshot is that old-style empires, the mechanics of which Zionism presumes to employ, were over really in WWI and this became obvious on the death of the overt old empires following WWII. The Israelis honestly want to drive everyone else in the world insane with their hatred-inspiring evil, deflecting all criticism with as much dishonesty and mendacity as possible. How long can they do this without more and more people attacking them? Israel has no desire whatsoever for reconciliation, peace, justice or civilization. After decades of disrupting, attacking and defaming peaceful opponents, Israel will find itself left with violent enemies. Are 200 hundred nuclear weapons enough for the non-Israeli world?

  • Iqbal Khaldun

    When I visited Masada in Israel late last year I remember hearing the tour guide say something that may as well have been a Freudian slip. Masada is a historical site of mythical proportions to Zionists, not dissimilar to the shrine at Karbala which 'commemorates' the massacre of Imam Ali's followers. The basic story is this. During Roman times, a group of zealot Jews walled themselves up in an imposing mountain-top fortress. Eventually the Romans breached the fortress. But not before the zealots inside killed themselves. In modern Israel, young soldiers are taken to Masada to hear the story and proclaim 'Masada shall never fall again.'The tour guide explained in some detail how the Romans laid siege to the fortress. "The Romans were never in a hurry. They conquered the world in their own time." The implication was obvious. With overwhelming force and inordinant support from the world's greatest military and economic entity, Israel need not rush itself with any plans for overnight conquest of occupied Palestine. Instead, Israel has decided to squeeze the Palestinians off their land, piece by piece.As a key architect of the settlement program stretching back some decades, the role played by Sharon in the present injustice cannot be underestimated. Yet if war is peace then Sharon is without doubt, to borrow an infamous phrase, "a man of peace."

  • Wombat

    As always Iqbal, a thoughtful and interesting post.

  • Ibrahamav

    As the palestinians have refused every offer of peace, either by refusal to perform anything that they have agreed to, or outright refusal of the offer, there is no wonder they continue to lose what they would claim to be theirs.Little by little, they breed themselves into tighter quarters.

  • violet

    kei & uri After decades of disrupting, attacking and defaming peaceful opponentsPraytell, who are the peaceful opponents of Israel? The Palestinians? Your comment is almost too ridiculous to answer — but I couldn't let your dishonesty pass without a response.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav said… "As the palestinians have refused every offer of peace"Ibby, a little help – in case you get confused in the future.If someone "offers" to put his boot on your neck for all eternity, he's not offering you "peace".

  • Ibrahamav

    I applaud eddies understanding of the offer made by Hamas. But he is still an antisemite.

  • Wombat

    Violet said…"Praytell, who are the peaceful opponents of Israel? The Palestinians? Your comment is almost too ridiculous to answer — but I couldn't let your dishonesty pass without a response."…and what a unique response indeed considering that Israel's peaceful opponent to Palestine was ragrded as a war criminal, even in his own country.I think Galloway put it best when he observed how bizarre it was that Bush should describe Sharon as a man of peace, when even Sharon woulndn't consider himself a man of peace.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav said… "I applaud eddies understanding of the offer made by Hamas. But he is still an antisemite."And I deplore your lack of incomprehension skills. But you're still a neo-Nazi.

  • Ibrahamav

    You deplore that which you have no knowledge. You're just a run-of-the-mill antisemite.

  • Wombat

    Just out of curiousity Ibraham,Why do you frequent this forum? Correct me if I'm wrong, but from observation, it doesn't seem to be an overly pleasant experience for you.

  • Ibrahamav

    Some reason your curiousity forms an obligation on anyone? Some reason your observation actually means something, even to you?For whatever reason I frequent this forum, it serves that reason.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Addamo_01 said… "Why do you frequent this forum?"Addamo, Ibby is here providng a community sevice: entertainment. I mean, seriously, just look at this little ripper!"For whatever reason I frequent this forum, it serves that reason."Gold, I tells ya, pure gold.

  • Wombat

    Of course there is no obligation Ibraham. I was just wondering what purpose it serves you to be in this forum. You don't seem interested in sharing ideas with others. Perhaps you feel it is your purpose to correct people who are misinformed, but you rarely seem willing to answer questions posed to you, usually implying that the rest of us are not worthy of your time.Are you actually interested in what others have to say, or is this forum just an an interlude you enjoy between your innner dialogue?And I must say, your posts of late appear to be degenerating into the indecipherable ramblings one expects to read in a J R R Tolkien or JK Rowling novel.Is everything alright at home? Because from where the rest of us sit, it certainly isn’t right upstairs.

  • Ibrahamav

    I'm not here to answer your nonsense questions nor eddies attempts at Jew baiting.

  • Wombat

    So what are you here for?

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav said… "I'm not here to answer your nonsense questions"Then why do you think you are here? There must be some reason or other. Are you wonesome?" nor eddies attempts at Jew baiting." Whadaya mean "Jew baiting"? I'm baiting YOU Ibby, not Jews.

  • Wombat

    You see Ibby,Edward is a neo-nazi baiter.

  • Ibrahamav

    No, I don't see. But I do see an antisemitie and his bozo spreading addamo on this blog.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Hey Addamo,Did Ibbermas used to call you an anti-Semite? I was under the impression that he did, but I can't quite recall now.

  • Wombat

    No idea Eddie,These days he refers to be an human excrement, which I guess is to regarded as a a promotion of sorts, seeing as Ibby is accustomed to eating it.

  • Ibrahamav

    Did some one leave addamo on the floor again?

  • neoleftychick

    I actually think edward is the dumber of the two, and much more in denial. 😉

  • Wombat

    The ral character of people is always exposed by the desperation of the personal attacks and insults they are willing to use in order to win an argument.In that regard, Ibraham is without peer. Somone who takes the arts of hatres and bitterness beyond the pale.Neo, there's still time before you become posessed.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Yes. Although Neoleftychick more commonly and more openly calls for genocide, she also at least attempts to construct things that vaguely resemble arguments. E.g.1. All towelheads are evil rapists.2. All evil rapists must die.3. Therefore, all towelhead must die.Ibby on the other hand doesn't achieve anything like this level of sophistication. Instead, he just wanders around muttering to himself, "Anti-Semite, anti-semite, asses, asses, shit, shit." (Potential Nobel Prize winning material is how Violet would put it, I think.)

  • Ibrahamav

    Neo – Eddie is smarter than the other, or at least has his agenda always to the front.The other is just full of addamo.

  • Wombat

    ….and so contniues Ibraham's juveline obsessions with other people's sexual organs, colons, sexual pervension and bodily excrements.Ibby, you're the soprt of character that Brett Easton Ellis would write about.

  • Ibrahamav

    No I'm not. But you're still full of addamo.

  • Wombat

    Having met Brett Easton Ellis, I can confidently say you would be a perfect bromide for one of his sick, perverted, sociopathic characters Ibby.

  • Ibrahamav

    Since you are full of addamo, your statement is obviously untrue.