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.

Exposing the ideologues

Upon the news of Ariel Sharon’s stroke, Maan Beydoun wrote this powerful letter to the Sydney Morning Herald:

“A war criminal is about to die and we start referring to him as a man of peace. I was in Lebanon in 1983. I remember as an eight-year-old boy sitting on the balcony with my dad at night, counting the light bombs sparkling in the sky over Sabra, the Palestinian refugee camp.

“For a kid like me, those bombs looked like fireworks. I counted more than 200 of them before I was told to go to sleep. We didn’t know it, but we were watching the massacre of almost 2000 Palestinians. Apparently the Lebanese Christian militia, under Ariel Sharon’s control, couldn’t wait until daytime to do their killing.

“So for the Herald to now start equating peace with Sharon is a disgrace. He was, and still is, a war criminal.”

A few days later, the paper published a letter by S.E.P. James with a unique reference: the Zionist lobby:

“My only reservation about the Herald letters page over the years has been that it has given too much space to the Israeli lobby, and not enough to the Palestinians. That has changed with some earlier correspondence from Ali Kazak, the Palestinian Authority’s representative in Australia, and now a moving letter from Maan Beydoun (January 7-8). Judging from the number of furious phone calls I have had from Jewish friends today, this will result in a flood of protest letters, and even more when you don’t publish every one of them. Who would be a Herald letters editor?”

The Zionist lobby is pernicious, aggressive and largely unaccountable. The biased and blindly pro-Israel coverage in the mainstream media is not solely because of its influence, but certainly contributes to an intimidatory atmosphere.

  • Wilbourne

    Tell me Antony, will your proposed book be taking a neutral standpoint on the Arab/Israeli issue?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Just in case it wasn't clear: most journalists, "neutral" means pro-Israeli. You can enjoy the book in a few months.

  • Ibrahamav

    I don't think he'll enjoy the book.The facts cause most journalists to be pro-Israel. Can't blame them for being influenced by what actually happened.

  • HisHineness

    Heh. "Enjoy".Yeah… right.

  • Wombat

    "The facts cause most journalists to be pro-Israel"So this must imply that most journalists are pro Israel. Does Melanie know about this?

  • Ibrahamav

    I don't see how Melanie can't see that unbiased reporters mostly favor israel because of the facts.Unbiased doesn't mean stupid.

  • Ibrahamav

    As for Maan's biased account, the report show only about 900 Arabs murdered by Arabs acting on their own orders or whims, not under the orders of Sharon.But that doesn't stop the antisemitic lobby, which is pernicious, aggressive and largely unaccountable

  • neoleftychick

    I applaud the Zionist lobby and wish it well. If only the Towlies were as intelligent and accomplished. I wonder why they aren't? After all, they outnumber Jews by hundreds and hundreds of millions.Though we are impressed with their suicide bombing and er, er, er, ah, that's it unfortunately.

  • Ian Westmore

    "Towlies" I wonder how vitriolic your reaction would be if equally derogatory words was used when referring to Jews? And it seems your 12 months of studying the Middle East hasn't yet uncovered the enormous contribution Arabs have made in science, medicine and the arts. Indeed the alphabet you use was devised in what is now Syria!

  • orang

    Look, they're Towlies, ragheads, camel jockeys..OK?After all we have the right to freedom of expression as enlightened people living in a democracy.neo, have you studied this one?"While the politicians lie in order to perpetuate the occupation, the workers learn to lie in order to justify it. Israel Defense Forces soldiers have become used to seeing settlers prepare a road to yet another outpost in the morning, and then hearing on the radio in the evening that the defense minister and the prime minister "vehemently deny" the existence of any new outposts. So what do they do? They say (perhaps even to themselves) that this is a "security road.""(Akiva Eldar, 24 November 2003)

  • neoleftychick

    orangIt sure saounds like a very unpleasant part of the world. It must have been hell for the Israelis over the past 50 to 80 years. Still, they have prevailed.I am just stunned at their patience. If I were in power in Israel, I would have moved things along a further, long ago.

  • orang

    You should be in power neo. There'll be a big vacuum to fill since the centrist Sharon has nearly croaked. Go and run as a reformed lefty/uncompassionate neo-con zealot. (hoo boy, not another one…)Seriously.