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.

Breaking through

Paradise Now, a compelling film about Palestinian despair in the occupied territories, has won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film. In his acceptance speech, Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad called for a Palestinian state and saw the award as “a recognition that the Palestinians deserve their liberty and equality unconditionally.”

Palestinian films are a rarity in the US, making this win even more significant. Worldwide recognition of the “other” side has become unstoppable.

66 comments ↪
  • James Waterton

    EMS: yawn. Of course you do. If not, why are you doing throwing around words like "immature"?You should take stock, start from the beginning, and work it through. I hope you find a bit of perspective.

  • James Waterton

    Okay, so it's immature – your description. How much ownership of this "little exchange" do you take? 50%? Hrm. Draw your own conclusions.

  • Ibrahamav

    Does it matter – how much? James, do you enjoy wasting time on our little antisemite?If so, keep at it.

  • James Waterton

    Sometimes it's nice to see these things to the end, ibrahamav. In the recent past, you yourself have demonstrated that you agree.

  • Ibrahamav

    Got me 🙂

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    James Waterton said… "Okay, so it's immature – your description. How much ownership of this "little exchange" do you take? 50%? Hrm. Draw your own conclusions."Yes, about 50%. Although I'm simply doing this to see how long you'll persist. You seem to be doing it for reasons of …what…pride or something like that?As you've noted, this is path Ibby travels every day. Best not to follow in that particular master's footsteps.

  • Ibrahamav

    With your limited skills, it is no wonder the likes of you fear to follow.

  • Ibrahamav

    An Award for Terror By Yossi ZurThis week the Hollywood Foreign Press Association awardedthe Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film to the Palestinianmovie "Paradise Now." The film follows the path taken by twoyoung Palestinians from their decision to become suicidebombers, until the moment they board a Tel Aviv bus crowdedwith children."Paradise Now" is a very professional production, createdwith great care for detail. It is also an extremelydangerous piece of work, not only for Israel and the MiddleEast, but the whole world.My son Asaf was almost 17 years old, an eleventh-graderstudying computer sciences, when one day after school heboarded a bus in Israel to return home. On the way, asuicide bomber from Hebron, 21 years old and himself acomputer sciences student in the Hebron Polytechnic, alsoboarded the bus and blew himself up. Of the 17 peoplekilled, nine were schoolchildren aged 18 or younger. Asafwas killed on the spot.I went to see "Paradise Now" to try to understand whatmessage it was trying to convey. Was it that the murderer ishuman and is as deserving of sympathy as his victims? He isnot. Was it that he has doubts? He has none. After all, heis so sure of his mission that he is willing to kill himselfalong with his human targets.Or maybe, I wondered, the film was trying to give themessage that it is the Israelis who are to blame for thishorrific act, for the phenomenon of suicide bombing. In thatcase, are the Israelis also to blame for the similarterrorist attacks on New York City's World Trade Center, theBali nightclub, the Amman hotels, the shop in Turkey, therestaurant in Morocco the underground stations in London,the trains in Spain and so many others?What exactly makes "Paradise Now" worthy of such aprestigious award? Would the entertainment writers who choseto honor this movie have given the same accolades if thefilm had been been about the young men from Saudi Arabia whomoved to the U.S., took flying lessons and then underwentIslamic ritual preparations for their holy mission to crashairplanes into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? Would theyhave dared to give such a version of "Paradise Now" asimilar award?This movie attempts to deliver the message that suicidebombings are a legitimate tactic for those who feel they'veexhausted all other means of resistance. But asuicide-murderer who boards a bus and snuffs out the livesof 15 or 20 innocent people, or who walks into a citycarrying a biological, chemical or nuclear weapon and kills10,000, or even 100,000 people, is that still a legitimatetactic? Where does one draw the line?The world should draw the line at one person. My son wasalmost 17; he loved surfing, he loved pop music. He is nowgone because a suicide bomber decided that blowing himselfup on a crowded bus filled with children was somehow alegitimate act.Awarding a movie such as "Paradise Now" only implicates theHollywood Foreign Press Association in the evil chain ofterror that attempts to justify these horrific acts, whetherthe number of victims is 17 or 17,000.

  • orang

    ib,sorry for Yossi Zur and loss of his son. But his critique was not worth a post.

  • Ibrahamav

    So much for the ape when you shake his cage.

  • orang

    The hump sore again?…….The bells the bells……..

  • Ibrahamav

    Your hump is sore, but you're not sure?

  • James Waterton

    EMS : I stand by my earlier statement – you are in sore need of some perspective. Calling others immature, then conceding "I'm simply doing this to see how long you'll persist." Hrm. How very mature of you.Anyhoo, I'm done with this. Feel free to have the last word.

  • Ibrahamav

    Below is contact information forthe Hollywood Foreign Press Association, those responsiblefor helping to glamorize terror. If you'd like to contactthem and let them know how much you admire their brillianceand morality in voting "Paradise Now" a Golden Globe award,helping all of us to understand the "humanity" of those whotarget babies and pregnant women, please do. I want to addthis: During the Nazi era, there were many such people who"understood" where Hitler was coming from, and helped toease the world's apprehensions. The world paid a very steepprice for their ignorance and justification of immorality. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association646 N. Robertson Blvd.West Hollywood, CA 90069Email: info at hfpa.orgTelephone: (310) 657-1731Fax: (310) 657-5576

  • orang

    That's right Ib, doing a community spirited thing there. (Brrrrrrrr it's like being stalked)

  • Ibrahamav

    As you are doing to the female ape in the corner? Hardly.