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.

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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.
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Killing from above

The US air war in Iraq is virtually ignored in the Western media. Michael Schwartz, Professor of Sociology and Faculty Director of the Undergraduate College of Global Studies at Stony Brook University, offers a sobering account of this hidden aggression:

“Consider then this gruesome arithmetic: If the U.S. fulfils its expectation of surpassing 150 air attacks per month, and if the average air strike produces the (gruesomely) modest total of 10 fatalities, air power alone could kill well over 20,000 Iraqi civilians in 2006. Add the ongoing (but reduced) mortality due to other military causes on all sides, and the 1,000 civilian deaths per week rate recorded by the Hopkins study could be dwarfed in the coming year.

“The new American strategy, billed as a way to de-escalate the war, is actually a formula for the slaughter of Iraqi civilians.”

14 comments ↪
  • Wombat

    As Seymour Hersh pointed out, the amoutn of munitions dropped on Iraq in the 16 month persion prior to November 2004 was 2 million. That's more than 150 500 pound bombs being dropped every hour 24/7.And the war appologists expect us to believe that only 30,000 Iraqi's have been killed?

  • leftvegdrunk

    The most recent example of this – that I have seen reported – was the bombing of a family home last week which killed six people.An opponent of the US occupation said, "Once again the occupiers have shown their barbarism."The political right, the war-mongers, and the 101st fighting keyboardists have been laughing at Vietnam analogies for too long. It's time to pay attention to what's actually happening.A fella I know, an Aussie serviceman, reckons that the only thing preventing all out civil war in Iraq is the presence of the US troops. Ironically, they are the cause of that insurgency.No one can see this from Washington. Or else they see it but simply refuse to believe it. It doesn't fit the dream of the brave US liberating the world from its bonds. So they just deny it, and let more people die.

  • Wombat

    And what's worse is that the air campaign is ntoonly going relatively unreported, but wil escalate once the US commence their troop withdrawls. The flights take off outside Iraq borders and for practical reaons are not reported by embedded jouronos.http://www.antiwar.com/engelhardt/?articleid=8371

  • Ian Westmore

    The flights take off outside Iraq borders and for practical reaons are not reported by embedded jouronos.None of whom apparently see the aircraft dropping bombs presumably. They must know what is going on, just can't/won't report it.On the wide question, it should be remembered that the British controlled Iraq before WW2 almost exclusively with air power, though they had to resort to using chemical weapons occasionally when the populous got agitated enough to ignore high explosives.

  • orang

    Aaah being on the side of "good" is so …I don't know how to describe it. (why do they hate us?)

  • neoleftychick

    addomoDude, you really need to understand that the Towelhead doesn't value life as we do. He values DEATH. Give it to him, I say. The overwhelming majority of Towelheads killed by war since WW2 have been caused by other Towelheads.Iraq is no exception.

  • orang

    How about during WW2. Who killed whom and how many? Or haven't you studied that yet?

  • Ian Westmore

    neoleftychick said… you really need to understand that the Towelhead doesn't value life as we do. He values DEATH.Hmm. Yeah, we Europeans value life so much we snuffed out about 20 million lives in WW1, 50 million in WW2, and the US has, with a little help from us, me included, been responsible for about another 10 million plus deaths since 1945, either directly in war, or indirectly by training/supporting dictators, death squads etc!

  • orang

    Oh, and 6 million jews-without a towelhead in sight!

  • leftvegdrunk

    Neo, that 'Towelhead' stuff is not even funny, so cut it out.

  • Wombat

    "Neo, that 'Towelhead' stuff is not even funny, so cut it out."I won der if this was what she learned from her year of "resarch".

  • neoleftychick

    addamoIt is a very efficient word that both accurately describes the sight and conveys immediately who we are talking aboout.

  • leftvegdrunk

    Neo, have you met any "Towelheads" during your research? How do you address them?

  • neoleftychick

    leftveI address them by the first name, as I would anybody else.