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.

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Yet more evidence that think-tanks are the place well-connected hacks go to before they die:

“Lewis Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Richard B. Cheney and assistant to the vice president for National Security Affairs, has joined Hudson Institute as a senior advisor. Libby will focus on issues relating to the War on Terror and the future of Asia. He also will offer research guidance and will advise the institute in strategic planning.

“‘Scooter Libby brings decades of experience to Hudson Institute that will strengthen our robust research efforts. We look forward to drawing on his expertise,’ said Hudson Institute Chairman Walter P. Stern.”

Journalists love quoting ‘advisors’ at think-tanks. It allows them to speak to individuals with a vested interest, establishment figures with ties to the business lobby and the major political parties. More often than not, these ‘advisors’ believe in maintaining the status-quo…and keeping their jobs.

Take last night’s ABC 7.30 Report story on Iran’s nuclear program. Journalist Nick Grimm produced a hackneyed story – with ominous music intact – of world concern over Iran. The piece was clearly aimed to prepare a wary public that only military action would avert the Islamic regime going nuclear. Cue the think-tank ‘advisor’:

Patrick Clawson, Washington Institute for Near East Policy: “Some defensive military measures would be very appropriate. As time unfolds this will get to be a bigger and bigger and bigger crisis. These things are much easier to solve in the early stages than they are many months down the road.”

Could journalists please actually ignore these figures and speak to people not embedded in the military-industrial complex?

14 comments ↪
  • Shabadoo

    Nope, let's just let Iran get a nuke. It's only fair, right? What's the big deal?

  • pierce inverarity

    Yeah, the sinister state media outlet is trying to "prepare a wary public that only military action would avert the Islamic regime going nuclear."If well-connected hacks end up in think-tanks, where do the hacks who embarass away any potential connections end up? New Matilda?

  • orang

    Well, just like the "Middle East Experts" like Richard Perle (what a sweetheart) were brought out of their caves by the MSM to tell us about the imminent dangers of Iraq in 2002. They will be trotted out for the pre-destroy Iran parades to give the cock-heads some ammunition to toss at the anti-war chardonnay sippers.

  • Ian Westmore

    Shabadoo said… Nope, let's just let Iran get a nuke. It's only fair, right? What's the big deal?Exactly!!They haven't figured out yet that nukes are about the most useless thing you could have, unless you've got a huge military to back up their use. If not, using them just gets you fried. Mind you, given the declared US willingness to use nukes even against non nuke states, you'll probably get fried anyway.Seems Iran has learnt one of the cardinal lessons of Iraq. Those who only pretend to have WMDs get stomped on.

  • orang

    ian westmore,I would modify that to, "We stomp on those we know have no WMDs."(because stomping on those with WMD's is too dangerous)

  • CB

    Disingenuous tripe. Of course Iran isn't a threat, all this posturing is to merely gain energy concessions just like North Korea, isn't it? It's not like Iran has made any previous statements about the destruction of Israel and willingness to use a cleansing nuclear fire.It's all lies perpetuated by former hacks to excite the population so they can keep their well paid lobbyist and research gigs.

  • Wombat

    You can use what you don't have cb. Don't you just loce the Orwellian reality we live in? A non signatory to the NPT who has a bukket load of nukes is preparing to take out an NPT singatory who doesn't have them, but might have them some day.

  • orang

    Shhhhh. We don't talk about that.They may be a rogue, but they're our rogue. The last US politician who criticized was John Dean, just before he became mr crazy man and lost the Dem nomination. (anyone remember John Dean?)

  • pierce inverarity

    I can't say I do remember John Dean. I must have been brainwashed by right-wing think tanks, via the ABC, in preparation for an orgy of killing in Iran. Those bastards have airbrushed John Dean out of history because he dared to criticize! Is that what happened?

  • neoleftychick

    ALI have to chuckle at ignoramuses who were clearly indoctrinated in Sydney Uni. Political Economy courses in the 1970s and 1980s. They think they discovered some vast right wing conspiracy in the American military-industrial complex.The joke's on them. The US conciously and unapologetically designed the system that way.

  • Wombat

    "The US conciously and unapologetically designed the system that way."You mean corrupt, imperial, exploitational and self serving?

  • CB

    Would that be Howard Dean? Yeeeaagghhh!

  • neoleftychick

    Imperial and self-serving absolutely. Who else should be serving? Mongolia?

  • Wombat

    "Would that be Howard Dean? Yeeeaagghhh!"No more like Abramoff.