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.

Bombing them into freedom

What price for “liberation“?

“Between 3,000 and 4,000 Iraqis are killed every month, rendering ‘ridiculous’ US President George W. Bush’s estimate of about 30,000 civilian casualties since the start of the war, veteran British journalist Robert Fisk said Wednesday.

“The casualty rate meant up to 48,000 Iraqis a year were dying in the conflict, ‘the figure of 30,000 plus is ridiculous’, Fisk said, adding that the West did not care about Iraqi deaths.”

21 comments ↪
  • Wombat

    Antony,Do you have any idea about who is behind the Iraqi Body Count group. If they are so off the mark, as it woudl appear, either they ar grossly mistaken or are serving an agenda.They seem to be the source many consider most cedible.

  • neoleftychick

    Nowhere near enough as far as I am concerned. Surely the Death Cultists can ramp it up a bit?

  • Progressive Atheist

    Of course the West cares about Iraqi deaths. That's why Bush gave such a false low figure.Neo"lefty"chick: The fact you want more Iraqi deaths proves it is you who is the death cultist. Typical Arab-hater.

  • neoleftychick

    "progressive" "athiest"I am no fan of the death cult that is Islam.

  • Wombat

    What is it with you Neo,Whiole growing up, was your growth stunted at the point where you thoguh it was cool to go out of your way to shock people? For the love of god women, grow up and get a goddam life.

  • Progressive Atheist

    Islam is not a death cult. Islam means 'peace'. It comes from the same root as 'shalom'.

  • Ibrahamav

    Doesn't matter what the word means, what matters are the actions. By the actions, it appears that Islam is a death cult. Perhaps it is just the arab culture which has not been tamed by Islam.

  • Progressive Atheist

    At least you are acknowledging that Islam means 'peace'. That is a start.

  • Ibrahamav

    A start to what? Acknowledgement that a vast majority of Arabs have been using doublespeak well before Orwell?

  • boredinHK

    I always find this a weird roundabout ride – body counts ? The Congo conflict claims 38,000 a month ,suicide claims about 1 million a year around the world ,malaria claims about 3 million , mostly children, each year. So we have an ignored cult , a depressed cult and a an invisible cult. What IS in the numbers ?

  • leftvegdrunk

    Neoleftychick, I think it is time you told us who you are and exposed yourself to some rigorous criticism. You cannot spout crap about "death cults" and "towelheads" from the safety of your anonymous keyboard. Be honest with those you wish to argue with, or else stop saying things that would have serious ramifications were you not protected by your anonymity.I've suggested for a long time that if you wouldn't say something to a stranger in a pub (for example) then don't fucking say it online. No matter how strongly you feel about the issues discussed here – and you are not the only one who does – surely you are able to converse with civility and courteousness. Humour and stoushing has a place, of course, but your style of slander and argument is neither of those things.I find it very hard to believe your claims that you "study" these matters. Unless by study, you mean read shit online in your bedroom. The way you speak to others here would not be tolerated in any educational institution. A student of decoupage could tell you that.Seriously. Grow up, get a civil tongue in your mouth, and engage constructively. Your comments here are not only uninvited but they are often offensive and downright stupid. I, like other readers, visit blogs for a number of reasons. Reading your bullshit is not one of them.And while I am being cranky (and no doubt "sanctimonious"): Ibrahamav, I would like to meet you at your local one day. I suspect your outspoken views would be a little more subdued in that environment (aka the real world). I also suspect you'd be almost a normal person. How about it?

  • Wilbourne

    Islam does not mean peace. It may be derived from words that suggest the peace that comes from surrender, but alone, it does not mean peace.And even if it did, what does it matter, and what point does it prove?Does a woman named Serenity make her manifestly serene? Let's cut the trite bullshit shall we. Islam is no more peaceful, or otherwise more violent, then other faith-based philosophies.

  • leftvegdrunk

    That's a good point well made, Wilbourne.

  • violet

    Antony. The Iraqis are being killed by the insurgents — who you support. So, why are you complaining? Or are you trying to blame the Americans or the Jews for this too?

  • Progressive Atheist

    "The word Islam is itself derived from the word peace (i.e. salaam)."http://www.youngmuslims.ca/online_library/books/peace_in_islam/#peace_fighting"Islam, the word itself means peace and submission. One of the attributes of God is As-Salaam, the peace giver. The path of Islam is called the path of peace." http://islam-usa.com/Jews.htmEven the Christian President of the USA has declared: "The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That's not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace."http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/09/20010917-11.html"However, standing up to tyranny is a form of Jihad. As the Prophet said, one of the highest levels of Jihad is to speak a word of truth to a tyrant ruler."http://islam-usa.com/Jews.htmThis is why Muslims stand up to Zionism, for to them Zionism is a form of tyranny.However, in truth, Islam is conflicted in regard to the role of war. But then again, so are Christians and Jews.Muslims give respect to the Torah, which says: “The Lord is a man of war.” (Exodus 15:3)Similarly, Christianity is conflicted in regard to war. While Jesus blessed the peacemakers, he also said, "I come not to send peace, but a sword."This (and the evolution debate) is why I am an atheist.

  • Wombat

    violet said…"The Iraqis are being killed by the insurgents — who you support."That's right Vilet. The misdirected bombs that have killed dozens of people this past fortnight have just been anomolies right?Are the US partakign on any of this klilling? Hmmmmmm, Fallujah or Tel Afar ring any bells?"So, why are you complaining?"Becasue the goddam war was a distaerous plan that has been conducrted in a disasterous way."Or are you trying to blame the Americans or the Jews for this too?"The Americans started this war, a war of agression,,so they bear most fo the responsibility. The Jews are not to blame. Maybe Israel had a hand in it.

  • neoleftychick

    leftvedrunkOh GREAT! Now I get male muslim Arabs threatening me with violence over the Internet. What is it with you pigs? Talk about the most backward "people" on earth! The sooner our country is rid of the cancer of simian Islam the better!

  • leftvegdrunk

    Huh?

  • orang

    leftvegdrunk said… Huh? "Don't worry, that one has fantasies..

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Progressive Atheist said… "However, in truth, Islam is conflicted in regard to the role of war. But then again, so are Christians and Jews."Islam isn't – but Muslims certainly are! The problem comes in matters of interpretation – not so much of the Qur'an, but of reality itself. For example, mainstreamers and extremists agree that the Qur'an stipulates that war is only legitimate in cases of (a) self-defence or (b) defence of the oppressed; and agree that innocent people and assets should be left unharmed. The conflict between them arises over what is an act of self-defence. Extremists think that the twin-tower attacks were acts of self-defence and that those who died were not in fact innocent at all – rather, they were 'combatants' working for 'the enemy'. Mainstreamers think that this interpretation of reality is just loopy.

  • neoleftychick

    For the Muslim the world of "peace" is the war of montheistic worship of Allah. The world of "war" is the world of pre-Muhammedan Arabia where the plytheistic camel-jockeys were at war 24/7.Muhammed was lucky to have a Christian write out a political strategy so he could take over and rule the Arab.This strategy became known as The Koran. The Christian scribes dictated a "Judaism for Dummies" for the camel-jockeys to understand.Very effective too!However its time has come and well gone. From the 17th century onwards the backward and dumb world of Islam has refused to face facts and has festered in a tawdry world of denial.If it weren't for the oil they'd be in simialr boats to Upper Volta, the Sudan and such.Poor dears.