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.

Chickens coming home

While Messianic settlers run riot in Hebron – a direct result of complicit Israeli policies over decades – further evidence emerges of lawless occupied territories:

“The military and police did nothing to prevent the felling of Palestinian olive trees despite having the names of the settlers responsible, the head of the Shin Bet security service claimed Tuesday.

“Yuval Diskin told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee that the Shin Bet had handed over the names of members of the ‘hilltop youth’ from the West Bank settlements of Yitzhar and Itamar who were involved in uprooting the olive trees, but the security forces refrained from taking any action.

“According to Diskin, the Israel Defence Forces and Israel Police ‘are turning a blind eye, and doing nothing to deal with this phenomenon.'”

Israel is currently experiencing a titanic battle between a majority population keen to maintain separation between synagogue and state and a rabid minority who don’t recognise anything other than a state governed by Rabbinical teachings. This last group’s ideology is little different to Islamic fanaticism.

Israel has only itself to blame for supporting, funding and protecting the settler movement since 1967. Furthermore, US tax dollars have long funded this occupation, a fact largely unknown around the world.

46 comments ↪
  • Wombat

    I would beg to differ about the funding of the occupation by the US being unknown. I would have thought it was pretty obvious.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    I'm not so sure. Many US citizens have no idea, because the media rarely mentions it. Post the recent Gaza disengagement, Israel requested $2 billion in aid to assist. CNN conducted a rare poll and asked whether the US should pay. A huge majority said 'no'. It's impossible to say exactly why, but I suspect it's because many are uncomfortable supporting, with a seemingly open cheque, a nation in the Middle East.

  • Wombat

    US citizens hacing no idea? Why an I not surpised?Point taken.

  • jeffreg

    you are such a pathetic loser AL, Tayshuss really showed you up for what you are; a self-hating jew.Why is it your strange little site devotes SO much time to Israel but never mentions human rights abuses in Iran, Saudi, Egypt, Lybia…?I suppose the truth hurts…just like the truth about Rachel Corrie…

  • Wombat

    Care to explain Jeffreg, why the US continies to support such tyranical regimies, from whom human rights abuses are seeded and condoned.That you consider Gutman's effort to be anything other than that of a thug revelas what a lemming you are.

  • Moodymann

    jeffreg Do you have an argument to make regarding this topic? or can you only change the subject like Tayshus because you cannot defend the settlers actions

  • Ibrahamav

    Antony is not sure? Why not? Because it requires looking up facts? God forbid!CNN doesn't conduct polls? Care to give a reference for that?And since none of the comments have to do with settlers behavior, why is moody taking jeffreg to task?

  • Wombat

    He said not so sure as in "I beg to differ".Stop truing tro make an argument out of nothing Ibraham.Most American's wouldn't even be able to locate Israel on a map.

  • Ibrahamav

    I must admit, antony's argument is mostly nothing.

  • Moodymann

    Anything to say about the article Ibrahamav?What is your view on the settlers? Do you think they have the right to set up jewish only communities in the west bank?

  • violet

    Oh my goodness look …The EU is actually holding Palestinians responsible for their own behaviour. I'm just waiting for Antony to come out arguing that this predicament is all the Jews fault

  • orang

    jeffreg said… ………… I suppose the truth hurts…just like the truth about Rachel Corrie… "And what is that truth ? She wasn't run over by an Israeli bulldozer? What?

  • orang

    violet said… " Oh my goodness look … The EU is actually holding Palestinians responsible for their own behaviour. I'm just waiting for Antony to come out arguing that this predicament is all the Jews fault "In truth, they're sick of building infrastructure like airports in Gaza and then the Israelis gleefully blow it up. Why , the pure of arms even bombed a children's zoo the pox ridden whores.

  • Wombat

    That's good news Violet. I don;t knwo what you've been hearing all this time, but I dont; recall anyone saying the Palestinians bear no responsibility for their actions. Evryone does. What may have been said is that such actions are not born out of a vaccum but motivated by injustice.So now we can stop pretending that the EU is a vast anti-Semitic conspiracy and also gice credibility to what hey have to say abto uIsrael's responsibility. Right?

  • Ibrahamav

    Now we know that it was a lie to state that the rampant palestinian war crimes are not motivated by a lack of justice. No one is pretending anything. But antisemites are quick to imagine so.

  • lewisinnyc

    How dare Israel have a policy to allow Jews to return to Hebron (the second holiest city to Jews), from which they had been ethnically cleansed in the 1940s. Funny how those who support a right of return for Palestinians never seem to extend that same right to Jews. Where are the lefties fighting for the rights of the Jews who were ethnically cleansed from Arab countries last century (or earlier – Yethrib anyone)?What do you call it when people judge Jews by a stricter standard than other people? … the word is on the tip of my tongue… starts with "a" and isn't "Antony" (or is it?)

  • Ibrahamav

    That in itself is not antisemitism. After all, many people believe that Jews are a superior people and should act better than others. We feel that those who have the benefits of living in a western democracy should act better than those living in Arab dictatorships.Sort it is a sort of reverse racism when they expect Jews to be better than Arab Muslims.

  • Ibrahamav

    Antony, a well known self-hating jew, gives a perfect example; and I quote, "And as a Jew, I believe it is my responsibility to speak out when abuse occurs,".On one hand, he denies any identification religiously as a Jew, other than pounding an occational latkes up his butt, but then he lays claim to the moral superiority so many believe we have, simply because his mother was jewish. Almost as if he is stating that he is better than others because of the accident of his birth. And this racial superiority forces him to get on his righteous high horse and command others to do his will.

  • Ibrahamav

    At least he feels he is racially superior.

  • orang

    I gotta hand it to you Ib, the other one-eyed looneys are just in for a quick poke and a punch, then disappear when confronted. However you just hang in there, swiping away, spitting….

  • Ibrahamav

    Can't let the worst segments of society win the big ones.

  • Moodymann

    you havnt answered my question Ibrahamav.What is your view on the settlers? Do you think they have the right to set up jewish only communities in the west bank?

  • Ibrahamav

    Does the Government of Israel have the right to use the land it owns as it sees fit? Is that what you are asking?What has the israeli Supreme court ruled when this notion was taken to court by Arab Israelis who felt discriminated by this policy you are inferring?

  • Wombat

    Would that be the same Israeli Supreme Court that ruled the wall/fence, illegal?

  • Moodymann

    The israelis government owns land on the west bank now does it? So you see no problem with white only towns in the former arpatheid south africa? I fail to see the difference between white only towns in SA and Jewish only settlements in the west bank.Not to mention that the settlements are illegal under international law and contravine numerous UN resolutions not to mention the geneva convention.Ibrahamav you are a racist of the highest order. And you have the nerve to call antony an anti -semite

  • Ibrahamav

    More and more addamo flung here. The Israeli supreme court did not declare the fence to be illegal.That moodyman fails to see the difference is merely moodyman's failure, nothing to do with legalities.Strict reading of the Geneva convention and any other International law finds the 'settlements' to be quite legal.Since moodyman's accusations are merely based on his faulty understanding of law, you can't blame him for being wrong. He's just ignorant.

  • orang

    Ibrahamav said… "Strict reading of the Geneva convention and any other International law finds the 'settlements' to be quite legal."Haahahaaaa!!!!Ib, you got about as much gall as a caged bear in China boy..Just as well we all accept you're a lunatic.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    orang said… Ibrahamav said…"Strict reading of the Geneva convention and any other International law finds the 'settlements' to be quite legal."Haahahaaaa!!!!Sure the world's most respected international jurists disagree with Ibby's learned judgements … but what would these rank-amateurs know.

  • Ibrahamav

    Politically appointed people disagree with me? Oh my goodness!Most antisemites make that same lame argument.Strange how the facts prove them wrong.

  • neoleftychick

    It is time for the Israelis to deal with the Muslims in the only way the Muslim understands: With force. Kick the vermin into Syria, Egypt, and Jordan where the primitive whingers belong!

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    neoleftychick said… "It is time for the Israelis…"Yeah, yeah, blah, blah, blah. Heard it before. Say something new.

  • Ibrahamav

    Neo, no matter how desirable that might be, that is actually a violation of the law. And collective punishment. And all sorts of other things that are wrong. Our resident antisemite is correct for stating such, but that isn't why he stated it.

  • Wombat

    I stand corrected. Israel’s Supreme Court did rule the fence legal.

  • Ibrahamav

    Thank you.

  • Mannie

    "Racial Superiority" – I get it now! the person who said this is really a white anti-semitic South African apartheid racist from the good old 1940s-1990s days. There are still quite a lot around! Just go to the local cricket matches or to Cronulla and join Australia First!Vermin, primitive whingers? Tut tut tut! the pot calling the kettle white supremacist?

  • Ibrahamav

    Got me on that mannie, I haven't the foggiest who or what you are accusing who of?Are you stating the Loewenstein is a racist?

  • orang

    Mannie said…""Racial Superiority" – I get it now! the person who said this is really a white anti-semitic South African apartheid racist from the good old 1940s-1990s days."Mannie, don't try and foster an image of ib as big cauliflower eared former rugby prop. He is a hunchbacked dwarf and will forever be so.

  • orang

    Addamo_01 said… "I stand corrected. Israel’s Supreme Court did rule the fence legal. "However,"The International Court of Justice has rendered its advisory opinion on "the legal consequences arising from the construction of the wall being built by Israel, the occupying power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem." Though the near-term fate of the wall is unclear, subject as it is to international power politics, the Court's ruling, issued on July 9, speaks with the utmost clarity.The wall is illegal. Israel must dismantle it, and pay compensation to Palestinians who have suffered financial or property losses as a result of its construction. No state should recognize the barrier as legitimate. The UN should act to implement the court's decision. On July 21, the General Assembly of the UN overwhelmingly agreed with the ICJ opinion, by a vote of 150-6 with ten abstentions. Interestingly, the General Assembly requested that the secretary-general register all damages caused to the Palestinians by the wall's construction."Nidal SlimanJuly 27, 2004Holy shit, 150-6 with ten abstentions. That's AT LEAST 150 anti-semitic countries with only 6 pro-semitic (Australia's one , woo hooo) Now the abstentions we should think about. Are they anti or pro? F*ck it they got to be anti – you're either with us, or against us.

  • Ibrahamav

    <a href="http://www.icej.org/cgi-local/view.cgi?type=headline&artid=2005/02/24/307558378http://www.icej.org/cgi-local/view.cgi?type=headl… />World Court fence ruling inaccurate, ill-informedThe ruling last year by the International Court of Justice on the separation fence between Israel and the Palestinians was based on erroneous and outdated information, Israel's State Prosecution said in a document submitted to the High Court of Justice Wednesday. The World Court almost totally ignored the terror attacks that made it imperative to set up the fence, the considerations that led to planning its route, and Israel's duty to protect its citizens, the State argued. The judges also inaccurately assumed that the fence would 'annex' 16% of the West Bank on the Israeli side, rather than the 3.3% actually included beyond the 1967 border.

  • Ibrahamav

    And this also lays waste to the ape's latest addamo run:ICJ ruling another example of UN bias towards Israelhttp://www.aijac.org.au/resources/aijac-media/af-ct-160704.htmBy Andrew FriedmanCanberra Times – Friday, 16 July 2004Friday's decision by the International Court of Justice will go down in the history as just the latest example of anti-Israel bias at the United Nations. As similar proceedings a century ago in the southern US, when whites-only kangaroo courts would "convict" and hang black suspects without even the pretence of a fair trial, the ICJ "advisory opinion" was a foregone conclusion long before deliberations began in February.Even the UN resolution requesting the ICJ to offer an opinion is couched in partisan language; by emphasising repeatedly Israel's supposedly "illegal" presence in the West Bank and stressing the opinion that Israel "refuse(s) to comply with international law vis-a-vis its construction of the above-mentioned wall", the General Assembly dictated the expected judgment to the ICJ. Moreover, while judges on the court are supposed to be independent, it is difficult to imagine Egyptian judge Nabil Elaraby, a long-time critic of Israel who had previously voiced an opinion on the fence, defying the stated position of the Egyptian Government to vote in favour of Israel. By employing admittedly biased judges the court has removed itself from any serious consideration.By making no mention of the hundreds of Israelis who have died at the hands of Palestinian "freedom fighters" prior to the beginning of the construction of the fence, the court has earned its rightful place as an organ of the United Nations. Since Israel was founded in 1948 the UN has served as a hotbed of anti-Israel activity in almost every realm. The 400-plus anti-Israel resolutions are far more than any other topic, and fully 17 of the 25 emergency sessions held by the General Assembly have been in relation to supposed Israeli breaches. In contrast, other international crises, such as the Rwandan genocide, were not the subject of even one such session.Similarly, the UN has never condemned Arab murders of Jewish civilians, anti-Semitism in any form, or Palestinian, Egyptian, or Jordanian breaches of peace treaties with Israel. To the contrary, UN forces in Lebanon are suspected of facilitating the kidnapping of three Israeli soldiers in October 2000 – after certifying that Israel had completely pulled out of that country – and the infamous 2001 UN Conference on Racism in Durban, South Africa was one of the most openly anti-Semitic rallies since the 1930s.Whilst the ICJ decision will likely give succour to critics of Israel, even Israel's detractors must acknowledge that the fence has helped give Israel the first significant respite from Palestinian terror in nearly four years. It is no coincidence that no suicide bomber has penetrated the security fence that has surrounded Gaza for years, or that terrorist activity from the West Bank city of Jenin – once the terror hub for the northern West Bank – has virtually stopped since Israel completed a section of the fence near that city. Moreover, despite the genuine inconvenience it causes to some Palestinians near it, of all the measures available to Israel for responding to terrorist organizations, the fence clearly harms innocents the least.Far from being the "illegal" wall the anti-Israel brigade insists it is, the project is similar to others in conflict zones around the world. For instance, Saudi Arabia, a country that has called the security fence an "internationally wrongful act", is building its own separation wall along its southern, undefined border with Yemen. In contrast to Israel, however, there have been no violent infiltrations to Saudi Arabia from the south, only a vibrant drug trade.

  • Glenn Condell

    One day soon a majority of Americans will wake up to the damage their country's relationship with Israel has done them. It will take a hard landing economy-wise, but that is a prospect which looks more possible daily.They will begin to understand how the agents of Israel who dominate this administration led the country into a disastrous war of world-historical importance more for Israeli than American imperatives – to the extent of fabicating 'evidence', threatening whistleblowers, and co-opting via a fellow travelling Likudnik journalist the nation's newspaper of record into the deception.They will suddenly 'get' the fact that they have been the horse to Israel's rider; a big, strong, well-fed and complacent Tonto for this crowd of Lone Rangers to ride until it's exhausted it's usefulness. They will wonder at the complicity of their media in this charade, and if they pursue that line of thought with ten minutes research, the wonder will turn into concern and even anger. They will eventually realise that the massive fundumentalist Christian support for illegal Israeli expansionism rests solely on the childish belief, exploited to the full by Israeli hardliners who can't believe their luck, that God has ordained those lands as the place their 'rapture' or ascension to heaven, will take place. They will read about how AIPAC and other Israeli influence shops in Washington financially intimidate politicians of both parties at every level from the local town hall to the White House, while at the same time fronting for Mossad by hosting spies busy stealing classified documets from the US government. They will squirm a little more upon discovering that Jack Abramoff's comprehensive compromising of the governing class was another avenue of political control, and they might even say some bad words when they read that he too is an ultra-Zionist with links to settlement expansion, and to some of the shady casinos and banks around the world where the interests of the Sharon family, gunrunner Marc Rich and the Russian/Israeli mafia meet. They will be outraged when they learn about the USS Liberty, and stunned that serious efforts are still being made to have Jonathan Pollard released, a man who fed shedloads of classified intelligence to Mossad.Chins will be stroked and kitchen floors paced when a connection is finally made between the massive animus of the Arab world (and most of the rest of us too) and the occupation and oppression of the Palestinians by Israel, a crime backed without demur by the US for decades. The sheer obviousness of the best way to reduce that terror-inducing hatred; forcing Israel into withdrawal to within the Green Line, will burst free of the media straightjacket it's been trapped in for years.It will begin to dawn on people that perhaps funding this troublesome and aggressive little ethno-religious enclave to the tune of 3 billion a year, with additional military largesse, is not such a good idea from a purely, pragmatically American point of view. And when that happens, the honeymoon will be over. Divorce prceeedings may follow.

  • Ibrahamav

    Poor Glenn. He's going to be pissed when he finds out that America is awake and that the vast majority of every day Americans fully support Israel.They do so for two reasons; They believe the Jews are God's chosen and that the land belongs to the Jews. Secondly they can not stomach the palestinian people, especially when so many of them dance in the streets after they murder 4 little girls at point blank range in front of their pregnant mother.America can not stomach it.And when they read the addamo Glenn just crapped, straight from some white supremist hate site, they just reach in their pockets and send more money to help Israel maintain itself as the forefront of western civilization in the Middle east.

  • orang

    How pregnant – I told you before, we're going to have to get the metrics down if we're going to grade atrocities.

  • Ibrahamav

    You don't need a stick, except to beat your self. The Palestinians have won the atrocity battle by a few hudred miles. That is why most Americans wonder if you need a breathing coach.

  • neoleftychick

    ALGiven that Israel's GDP is US$140 billion with a grwth rate of 4.3% somehow I don't think that the US taxpayer pays for Israel's settlers.Did you know that Israel's per capita GDP is 5 to 7 times higher than all the surrounding Islamic cesspits.Does anybody know if any "Palestinian" has ever had a day's work over the past 60 years? Or are they still bludging away on UNRWA, US aid, EU aid, terroris blood-money from Saudi Arabia and so on?Sheesh and they think they "deserve" to be given a state.Not a chance, I say. 😉

  • Ibrahamav

    Neo, Just because it appears that we are better than everyone else in the region does not mean we should rule the region.The US is better than all of the other American countries put together. That doesn't mean the US should rule them. Nor that the other people living their do not deserve their nations.Besides, do you really want to be responsible for the welfare of 4 generations of people who have lived on the UN dime?