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.

News bytes

– John Pilger examines the curtailing of democracy in Western nations across the world.

– A fascinating Vanity Fair feature on the troubles inside the New York Times, pre, during and post Judith Miller.

– In his explosive new book, James Risen reveals the incompetence of the CIA and its startling failures towards Iran:

“…Just as President Bush and his aides were making the case in 2004 and 2005 that Iran was moving rapidly to develop nuclear weapons, the American intelligence community found itself unable to provide the evidence to back up the administration’s public arguments. On the heels of the CIA’s failure to provide accurate pre-war intelligence on Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction, the agency was once again clueless in the Middle East.”

– NSW Young Labor wants to implement compulsory national service. I’ve long argued that conscription is the most effective way to end rising militarism within Australia. Support for imperial wars would virtually disappear. I therefore support the move.

– The 2005 Small Arms Survey reveals, once again, that small and light weapons contribute the greatest amount of trauma in times of war.

13 comments ↪
  • Iqbal Khaldun

    Interesting idea re conscription. Haven't really thought about it before…

  • Pete's Blog

    National service – it shows how out of touch budding Laborites are. They may not have heard of "work for the dole".The military is getting rapidly more complex (including the infantry). The last thing they want are short term under-trained recruits who don't want to be there. Its a little known fact that the Army didn't want national service during the Vietnaam era – it was the politicians (eg Fraser) who pushed it as a "Good Thing".CIA shenanigan's – so much money and "talent" (Prame) but so much amateurism. Iran better be digging its nuclear bunkers real deep cos Dubya's looking for a Iraq withdrawal distraction.

  • orang

    National service – I think there's a lot to be said for it. To complement the professionals, art of being a citizen, and part of growing up in a community – why not? In addition, the politician's will have another consideration before embarking on their adventures.

  • anthony

    [Conscription is] a form of public enslavement imposed mostly for the purposes of "public service" or waging war. Aside from the known waste and inefficiency of these programs, no government can be trusted with such a power, which is inherently contrary to individual rights.(von Mises institute.)[Mises]points out that this "blood tax" is favored by militarists and socialists:As always, the Mises institute is worth a read.

  • Wombat

    Beter still, they should have the draft. Imagine the political backlash leaders woudl get if some politicos nephew get;s sent of to Iraq against his wishes.Mayeb that way our leaders would develop a real appreciation for what war involves, as opposed to the one they obseve from their plush offices and oppulent surroundings.Damn fine idea.

  • Ibrahamav

    Yes, let us have politicians who can only think about how the decisions they make affect them, only.So if we elect nothing but rich bachelors who have nothing but their own hedonistic pleasure to worry about, we will only have to complain about tax dollars going to pay for sex kittens.

  • Wombat

    "Yes, let us have politicians who can only think about how the decisions they make affect them, only."Which is exactly what is taking place right now. Don't you see the paradox? We have polititicians who are free to make descisions knowing that they will not be affected by the conseuquences.It's so easy to be brave and make tough descisions when you have someone else to do the fighting for you.Take Dybya for example. You want a rich bachelor? Here we have the ultimate frat boy, who failed in every business venture he ever netered into and who was described by as someone who was born on third base and still belives he got there hitting a home run. He went AWOL, became an alcoholic, snorted coke at Camp David, and yet still get's to parade around in a flight suit, give speeches at military academies and call himself the commander in chief. And as for sex kittens, nothign has stopped him having his favourite stud Geoff "Military Stud.com" Gannon stay for sleepopvers at the White House on no fewer than 13 occasions.As Bill Maher observed, now we know what Bush meant after the November 20054 elections, when he said he had a mandate.You make my arguments so effortless Ibraham.

  • Ibrahamav

    We have the belief of a small minded misfit who thinks all politicians think with their dick.And then there is the rest of us, wallowing through the addamo of day to day life, thinking about the big picture.

  • Wombat

    So far the US has a record of at least three presidents in a row that think with their dicks and you are suggesting this is all a ignment of my imagination.You are most definitely not a big picture man Ibraham.

  • Ibrahamav

    Little addamo, little picture. That's all you see. You miss the forest because you fixate on the tree moss, not even seeing the tree.

  • Wombat

    You call it moss, I call it mould, which like most fungi, is usually thrives in dark, damp and dirty environments.

  • orang

    …you two guys…….

  • Ibrahamav

    What you call it has nothing to do with reality. That is the reason for your poor choice in words.