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.

What does the future hold?

The face of Australia is changing:

“Melbourne population is growing more than that of any other Australian city, and over the past five years, Victoria’s economy has had the biggest growth in output of any state.

“But while Victoria has become the nation’s engine in absolute terms, in percentage terms it is Queensland.

“Brisbane’s population is growing faster than any other capital city, and Queensland and Western Australia are enjoying the fastest growth in jobs and economic activity.

“Sydney’s role is shrinking as high house prices strangle its growth. In the past four years, the NSW economy has grown by just 6.7 per cent, less than half as fast as Victoria and barely a third as fast as the rest of Australia.”

14 comments ↪
  • Ibrahamav

    I'm glad to see Austrailia is prospering. Hopefully it will help ease your islamaniac problem.

  • Shabadoo

    Ten years of Bob Carr have turned Sydney into 1970s New York…we've got the race riots, the massively powerful public sector unions, inflation (in the form of property prices), now all we need are some crippling strikes and a fiscal calamity, followed by a Rudy Giuliani – style white knight of course

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    I seriously doubt you can blame Carr for the housing boom – at best an indirect case could be made. Immediate causes seem to be low interest rates and the First Home Owner Grants (both of which are controlled federally). That is then probably facilitated by a whole host of factors relating to "irrational exhuberance" (for which no government is directly responsible). One could argue that Carr is indirectly responsible by not putting in the hard yards required for long-term expansion that would have to some extent lessened the blow of ever-rising demand by effectively expanding supply.

  • Wombat

    Housing booms have nto been unique to Sydney. The whole of the US has been in the midst of one and market failures, liek the dot.com fiasco has attracted peloepl to bricks and mortar. Sydney is a damn cool place to be and also attarcted wealthy immigrants, whom were able to bif higly on premium locations. Certanyl many South Africans flocked to Australia when appartheid fell too.

  • Rich Bowden

    Our apparent fascination with economic growth is in itself unhealthy. The single minded concentration on more and more economic output is destroying our environment and changing the climate on the planet. Witness the recently concluded climate change conference in Sydney which refused to sacrifice growth to protect the planet's climate instead providing "voluntary" targets for industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Crazy stuff…Shouldn't the aim be moderate economic growth and concentration on alternative energy resources?

  • violet

    This is something that could have occurred in Sydney… they are already burning down the churches…Muslims Beat Pastor After Attending Church –Deny Jesus or I'll Kill you

  • Wombat

    Does this have antying to do with the topic Violet, or are you just satisfying an urge?

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    violet said… "This is something that COULD HAVE occurred in Sydney"It must really cut you up that this sort of thing HASN'T occurred and DOESN'T occur in Sydney. Please, give us all the examples from Sydney. (Oh, and you're examples are not allowed to be Adventures Into The Imagination of Violet.)

  • violet

    addamo & eddie You two are really very silly1. addamoGo back to Antony's original post for this thread: What does the Future Hold? The Face of Australia is ChangingIf you are running this blog now, you had better let Antony know.2. eddieYou really are clutching at straws.Forgive me for not drawing a direct corelational link between my comment and your train of thought. As you cited yourself, I said "could have" — I had no idea you needed simple words and concepts. I'll remember to post links to dictionaries and refer to definites only.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    violet said… "You really are clutching at straws."A good example of "clutching at straws" (even no-existent ones) is that one has to invent counterfactuals and pretend they are real examples."This is something that could have happened in Sydney""This is something that could have happened in Fiji""This is something that could have happened on the Moon"Of course it is all supposed to be leading up to: "This is something that will happen in the future". Your most fervent desire, no doubt.Nonetheless, keep the imagination fired up Violent. It's informative to see how racism and bigotry "reasons" things through.

  • violet

    EddieThis is something that could have happened in Fiji""This is something that could have happened on the Moon"So now you're making things up? WOW, I so wish I could do that.And you're calling me a racist again because I object to a culture. Typical dumbo dribble. Try and think beyond your prejudices Eddie.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    violet said… "…I object to a culture."Yeah, yeah, we cal know the code words.Sorry – I was just slipping into an Ibrahamavic frame of mind. I'll try to avoid it in future.

  • Wombat

    Yeah,Listen to Violet and "Try and think beyond your prejudices Eddie."Or risk sounding like an Arab.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Addamo_01 said… "Or risk sounding like an Arab."I keep forgetting which one it is I sound likeArab, no, Muslim, no, anti-Semite, no, Islamofacist, no, neo-Nazi, no, communist, no, Arab, no, Muslim, no, anti-Semite, no, Islamofacist, no, neo-Nazi, no, communist, no, Arab, no, Muslim, no, anti-Semite, no, Islamofacist, no, neo-Nazi, no, communist, no…