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 blindness

Gideon Levy, Haaretz, January 9:

“A concept is born – the ‘Sharon legacy.’ Like its predecessor, the ‘Rabin legacy,’ it too will present a persona entirely different from the real person. Therefore, a moment before Prime Minister Ariel Sharon becomes the ‘Sharon legacy,’ the hero of peace and the disengagement who, had he only continued in his role a little longer, would have brought peace to Israel – we would do well to sketch his non-mythical persona, without mincing words.”

In Australia, meanwhile, our media is content printing Zionist propaganda and apocalyptic nonsense.

Why let reality get in the way of a convenient myth?

22 comments ↪
  • Wilbourne

    Perhaps you could address the substance of the articles you link to?And this is the first time I have ever seen Amir Taheri, the Iranian Muslim, referred to as a Zionist.

  • Shabadoo

    Not likely…but in case he does, Anty, just how DOES firing Qassams in to Israel from Gaza get your Palestinian pals any closer to peace or a state?

  • Melanie

    Usually it's the Arab propaganda that refers to opinion they disagree with as Zionist Propoganda.

  • Wombat

    It must make you fell really proud knowing beyond all doubt that Zionists never refers to opinions they disagree with as Arab or anti-Semitic propoganda.

  • Ibrahamav

    Why would you make such a childish remark? Is an inteligent retort beyond you?

  • Wombat

    Ask Melanie. I took her quesrion and inverted it.

  • Wilbourne

    So Antony won't be explaining why he thinks Amir Taheri, the Iranian Muslim and frequent critic of Israel, is a Zionist?Shock, horror!

  • Ibrahamav

    Not his function, not his mission, and not his agenda.

  • Wombat

    That's actually a good question Willbourne. The article didn't allude to any particular bias from what I could see.Is there something in his history we should know about?

  • Wilbourne

    He's to the right of most Arab commentators, and has a pro-US slant in many aspects, a frequent critic of extremists. But he certainly isn't a Zionist in any way, shape or form.http://www.benadorassociates.com/taheri.php

  • Wilbourne

    By to the right I mean in terms of his thinking on the USA. Not in cultural or economic thinking, he's otherwise very centred.

  • Wombat

    I am curious as to his sincerity. By that I mean if one were to take Alan Deshowitz as an example. He writes repsectfully about the plight of Palestinians, but his atttitude toward them is suspect at best (he aproves of torure for example).From his article I would conclude that, Amir Taheri is either well meaning, but naive, or manipulative.

  • orang

    Paul Sheehan in the SMH,"The object of the rocket attacks from Gaza and southern Lebanon was to kill any peace process, maintain the status quo, thus continuing a long war of attrition against Israel that invigorates the jihadists around the Muslim world."Who is this guy? What "peace process"? The Israeli's have shown by pulling out of Gaza that they will give nothing unless they are forced. If there's any danger of them actually having to sit down and talk peace, they kill someone.

  • Melanie

    Personally I thought the article was very thought provoking and made some quite valid points. There was no error in his factual information. I always understood propoganda to be deliberate misinformation to promote a cause -or at least it should be used that way.

  • orang

    melanie,Propaganda – 2nd to last paragraph, small example."Now Arafat's great adversary, Ariel Sharon, has gone, but it should be remembered that Sharon was not the first Israeli warrior-politician to survey the West Bank and Gaza and decide, like a shrewd general, that the position was untenable for long-term occupation."Gaza-sure, it's a hell hole, although they sure tried for a while. What was it, a couple of thousand lunatic settleres trying to contain a couple of million Palis, taking all the best bits…? But the "shrewd general" also thinks that the West Bank is untenable for long term occupation? So what the f*ck are they doing building more settlements? Is this like a strategic thing we're too stupid to be told about? You know we're building settlements now, walling off and splitting up communities, knocking over and stealing olive trees, bowling over Mrs Habib's house of seven children …but in the "long-term" it's "untenable"….????? Are we doing this to promote discontent amongst Mr & Mrs Habib? Could this lead them to become sympathetic to Al Quaida? Aha! I know there is a conspiracy here somewhere..Nothing else for it, Paul Sheehan, into the f*khead bin with you.

  • Ibrahamav

    Dershowitz approves of torture when it is certain the man knows where the bomb is hidden that will kill people.How much addamo could be in one little post?

  • Wombat

    …and how is it established that the suspect knows about the bomb? By torturing him of course.And if he denies knowing anything about a bomb? Easy. Toture him some more until he changes his story.

  • Ibrahamav

    Dershowitz is not condoning torture in your senerio.Changing the senerio to fit your agenda does not change the facts.

  • orang

    Dershowitz is an apologist for Israeli systematic practice of torture. Because he's a "civilised" man, he wants to make this lawful, and he wants everyone to do it. This way he can smugly sleep easy at night, knowing his buddies are moral. pure of arms, legal etc.

  • Ibrahamav

    No he is not. He condones torture for very specific and limited purposes, none of which you have mentioned.Perhaps your brains are fried? Regardless, you have lied here. That's very wrong.

  • orang

    Ibrahamav said… "Dershowitz approves of torture when it is certain the man knows where the bomb is hidden that will kill people."..OK . Mr Schlomo, you beat the crap out of the arab over several days. Yes your honour.How do you plead?Not GuiltyOn what grounds?He knew where the bomb was.Not guilty.NEXT!

  • Wombat

    Orang you are truly priceless. A true entertainer with the gift of bieng able to make his point.