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.

Add another to my list

As a Jewish journalist, it’s sometimes bemusing to discover being discussed by any number of groups. Writing about Israel/Palestine as a non-Zionist seems to raise the blood-pressure of many. Long may this continue. I’ve been praised by the far-right Adelaide Institute, an organisation whose aims I find repugnant.

And now for perhaps the strangest of all. I am, according to some Australian neo-Nazis, part of the ZOG [Zionist Occupation Government] and funded by Jews:

“These ‘journalists’ have a lot of financial and legal backing in the form of treacherous media giants.”

Let nobody say that conspiracy, paranoid delusions and falsehoods aren’t the mainstay of all fringes.

28 comments ↪
  • Wombat

    The head of Al Jazeera said that the network was described by extrmists in the Arab world as an arm of the Zionists. Of course, in the US it is preceived as a terrorist organisation.Such comments weed out the extent of extremism that exists. I guess in some way, we should celebrate such diversity o fopinion, bu tit must be spooky for you AL.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    A little, I guess. The fact that I'm Jewish is clearly enough for some to damn me. So be it. They're clueless and incompetant – as Fight Dem back regularly highlights – and should be monitored.

  • Wombat

    Well the good thing is AL that your being Jewish does aloow you to discuss topics that woud be taboo otherwise.You have to take the good with the bad I suppose.

  • Wombat

    Who would disagree with the fact that you are undoubtedly the most intolerant, most vitriolic, most irrational and most spiteful member of this forum?

    Sorry to be the one to break it to you.

    Now. Didn;t we agree that we would behave like gentlemen fom now on – or have you decided to renig on that agreement?

  • Ibrahamav

    That's just racist addamo. There is nothing not cannot be discussed by a non-jew. There is no jew who repugnant views can not be chastised by other Jews.But Al is not religiously self identified as a jew. So he is merely accidentally jewish, and has been atoning for it for years.

  • Melanie

    I wonder if they called Amir Taheri a ZOG. Ofcourse not because he's not a Jew. He's an Iranian Muslim. OK then for Antony to call him an Zionist propogandist.

  • Wombat

    Ibrahamav said…"There is nothing not cannot be discussed by a non-jew."And so continues Ibrham's growing disconnect from reality."accidentally jewish"There's a racist comment if I've ever heard one. Obviously Ibraham doesn't believe AL has the righ to be Jewish.

  • Melanie

    So what happens addamo? A heated debate? Do you go to jail? Ofcourse if you discuss anything supportive of Israel, you get labelled a Zionist propogandist.

  • Wombat

    You get labelled an anti-Semite, which in our society is right up there with being labelled a pedophile or a rapist.Any mainstraem journalist who gets branded this can also kiss their careers goodbye.Name one journalist who's career has sufgfered from being supportive of Israel.

  • Ibrahamav

    AL has stated, over and over, by his various writings, that he does not identify himself religiously as Jewish. AL himself has rejected the identification.Notice the addamo slung regarding antisemitism being as socially repugnant as pedophilia? What a sick puppy.Should an overtly antisemitic journalist have a good career?

  • Wombat

    I'm not asking you Ibraham. I was directing my question to Melanie, who happend to be an adult. Go back a play in your own excrement.

  • Ibrahamav

    Nobody particularly cares what you want. Nobody particularly cares what you think. And no one cares whether you think someone is an adult or not.Certainly not as long as you keep spreading addamo here.

  • Wombat

    Again, the Ibrerard is speaking on behalf of the voices in his head.How longs it been since you had a shower Ibby? 6 months? Twelve maybe?

  • Ibrahamav

    Seems no have disagreed with my comments concerning our main addamo spreader. Perhaps your host, eddie, wants to support you, but that seems to be it.

  • Wombat

    And no one would disagree if I were to say that you are a human stain that has single handedly turned this list into a vitriol infested bile slinging forum.

  • Ibrahamav

    Of course they'd all disagree, if they could be bothered to deal with the addamo.Doesn't seem to be any reason too. It will just be ignored as another senseless pile of steaming bulladdamo.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Gents,This kind of bickering must stop. It's unseemly, frankly, and unneccessary.Please cease and stick to the topics!

  • Melanie

    addamo, In my opinion there are far more journalists critical of Israel than for Israel. And for most is a matter of perspective and that is fine. But when it comes to vilification of Israel that far exceeds any other country, and even buying into Arab propoganda such as the Jenin Massacre, Israel is apartheid, Israel has no continued historic claim to the land, Israel took the occupied territories for expansionist reasons, Israel was the aggressor in the wars etc. then I also consider the journalist to be lacking in facts quite open to Arab propoganda and quite often anti-semetic.

  • Wombat

    While what you say makes sense Melanie, I think it's blinkered to ignore why the conflict draws so much attention to it. First, the conflict has been longer running than any other I can think of. 30 years (or more) is a long time. Most other conflicts we observe around the world are associated with civil wars of some kind. There has never really been a civil war between Israel and Palestine because of the obvious disparity in resources between the two.Comparisons to apartheid have been difficult to avoid. We are talking about Ethnic separation here. While other countries (especially in the Arab world) are intolerant of ethic diversity, Israel is the only country I can think of, that gives right of return to a specific group of people – especially people not born of that country.It is also difficult for Israel to shake the charge that they took occupied territories for expansionist reasons, when a) the territories were colonized, often at the expense of existing dwellings that were bulldozed, and b) in light of the existence of aspirations among extremists in Israel toward reestablishing Biblical boundaries.Was Israel not the aggressor in the 1967 war? Was it not the aggressor in the bombing of Iraq’s Osirak reactor? Was it not the aggressor in Lebanon?Finally, given the real David and Goliath struggle taking place, it is natural that the publics attention would be increasingly drawn to the conflict. As for journalists, they more often than not, repeat statements made by political leaders, so perhaps it is inaccurate to suggest they are predominantly pro-Israel. Most Western leaders are very reticent to speak in a disrespectful tone about Israel.Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.

  • orang

    The whole thing's a tragedy, right from the beginning. I blame the British.(again)

  • Ibrahamav

    Israel has every right to absorb the immigrants it chooses. If Israel wishes to be a refuge to the Jews of the world, they have every right to do it.And it doesn't matter if they are Irish, Sudanese, Norwegian, Indian, Chines, Incan, as long as they are Jewish.Comparison to lunacy is not difficult when looking at the objections of antisemites.

  • orang

    Herein lies the problem. Essentially this is a racist concept. Not done by civilised people. Doomed to fail in the end.

  • Ibrahamav

    It certainly is the right of the nation to make that choice. No one has an inherent right to force a nation to allow them to come in.As they do not have that right, it is not racist of the nation to not GIVE them the privilidge.Israel has opened itself to be the refuge of the Jews. No other nation has. Don't like it? Join the pother guy up eddie's ass. He doesn't like it either. Together, you can spread addamo to your hearts content.

  • Wombat

    Actually Ibraham,I have no problem with Israel's immigration policies. As you say, all countries have the righ to decide who does and does not enter.Though I do think the necessity for a Jewish refuge is a fantasy. Name one Western country where Jewish people are not welcome or safe.

  • orang

    Melbourne, no. Sydney, no. New York, no…Ohhh , I give up which one?

  • neoleftychick

    addamoWhat YOU think is irrelevant. The state of Israel has existed legitimately since 1948. It has bitchslapped the dopey towelheads following every infringement of that legitimacy.The towelheads should thank their lucky stars that the Soviets and the U.S. were able to intervene in what Israel should REALLY have done; and that is to have vaporised the lot of them.Perhaps that joyous day will come soon.

  • orang

    Hallelujah, and then follows the Rapture.

  • Wombat

    neoleftychick said…"What YOU think is irrelevant."Of course it's irrelevant. Just like anyone else's opinion and that part of the body everyone has. You still seem to grapple the fact that vaporising the towlheads would be about as advisable as firewalking with nylon thongs, but i'll leave you to enjoy your fantasies.