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.

Remembering our role

Journalist Kevin Sites, the first news correspondent for Yahoo, says that the web is the only true way to communicate the complexity of world events. TV news is dying.

He reminds us what real journalists should be doing:

“We haven’t done a very good job at educating the American public about our role in society. Our role is to find and report the truth. To minimize the harm, yes, that’s a possibility that we can do, but also to be independent.

“We are not organs of the government, we are not organs of the media. We are independent. And we’re to provide this perspective to show both the good and bad that happen in war. And both happen in war, especially in Iraq. It’s a very complex situation.”

Read the whole interview.

12 comments ↪
  • violet

    Antony,You have no right to talk about real journos. Real journo have ethics and act responsibly when recording interviews. They don't repeat conversations unbeknown to the speakers and plaster them all over the internet as you have done with several people. You are not a journo, you are an unprincipled man chasing your own version of fame, to the detriment of Jewish people everywhere. Please don't suggest you're a journo, it makes me feel ill.

  • neoleftychick

    I am always terribly amused by the profound moral vanity of "journalists." The rest of the world sees them as just extensions of the entertainment industry.Meanwhile they wallow in pools of delusion. They are continually writng onanistic and self-referential odes to their "craft" and "social responsibility" to "tell the truth" in a tone that would have made the writers of 1950s Superman blush!!!I remember once hearing that sour bint Judy Davis on the Channel Ten news telling us all "it is my job to criticis the government and reflect Australians back to themselves!"Really? I thought we hired you to "entertain" us pet.

  • orang

    Are you two bitches a f*kin duet now?The Zisters of Zion?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    No, just the monkeys are in town. I'll bring the bananas if you bring the powder.Do they have nothing better to do? Actually, I know the answer to that.Have fun little ladies!

  • orang

    hey careful ..you're not an anti-simian like Ib are you?

  • violet

    Oh Antony,I love it when you reply to my posts. It shows you are really paying attention. Plus, oh gosh, it must bother you. And, if condoning namecalling bitches gets you a blog award then I'll eat my words and put in a protest.

  • Ibrahamav

    Actually, recording conversations and reporting on them verbatim is journalism.But attempting to educate us with AL's folly is not. Did you notice AL's pet ape? Is AL becoming a simianist?

  • Wombat

    Vilet, You are a hoot. After the train wreck of scandals that have made a dog's braksfast fo journalism in teh US, you have the cimplicity of mind to satate that "Real journo have ethics and act responsibly when recording interviews"You know hun, if you're right, then there aren't any left. It should be pretty obvious to persons with the ability to read and reason that recent disclosures about official sponsoring of fake news articles brings any governmental press release or speech into serious question. We have, for example, the pathetic attempts on the part of Central Command to compel their soldiers to sign printed letters to their hometown newspapers alleging that all was well in Iraq, that the Americans were winning a great victory over the Powers of Darkness and that GIs were bringing happiness and joy to Iraqi children.Then we have various “columnists” in the American media who were revealed to have taken large amounts of money to advance the Republican’s agenda, the fake “Lincoln Group,” ( a government creation) that was planting other fictions in foreign (and domestic) media, the notice that the Department of Defense was looking for blogs and websites willing, for pay, to put the government’s agenda before news reporting.tell me, hwo do you live in a vaccum and still manage to breathe?

  • violet

    I guess none of you have read the Society of Professional Journalists — but then none of you are journos right? Avoid undercover or other surreptitious methods of gathering information except when traditional open methods will not yield information vital to the public. Use of such methods should be explained as part of the storyRecording telephone conversations without the participant's knowledge and then plastering them all over the internet is clearly breaking the code of ethics. A demonstration of Antony's lack of professionalism and his willingness to exploit others when it siuts his agenda.addamo, citing the breaches of others does nothing to diminish the bad behaviour of Antony. You obviously have no qualifications in journalism, otherwise you would consider Antony's breaches very seriously. Perhaps it's best to comment on those things you actually know something about.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    What the hell are you talking about?Posting over the internet? You are delusional.Austen Tayshus called me and abused me. Three times. I wrote about that, as it was totally unacceptable and probably bordering on harassment. A crime, by the way.I know the facts don't matter, but that's what happened. I didn't record any conversation. End of story.You finished being Austen's little helper now? You're spreading lies, not that you care.

  • James Waterton

    I have to say I fall on the side of Antony – Tayshus even brazenly admitted that he called him (AL) up to abuse him – then couldn't understand why he was smeared. Idiot.

  • Wombat

    God on you for your words of reason James.You have to understand AL, abuse and vitriol is the way Zionazi's liek to get their mesage across. How many times do you read of the experiences of Jews those who have spoken out against Israel, only to find their e-mail in-boxes flooded with venom and slander unlike anything you've ever heard. Always included will be the obligatory statements alluding to the recipient being a descendant of famous Nazi's like Eichman or Menegele.By such standards, gutmans bile proably seems lame. IN Vilet's world, such ferocity and spite is all kosher.