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.

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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.

The colonial mindset



Israeli activists Peace Now staged a protest against illegal settlements in the West Bank on December 28. Modi’in Illit (Kiryat Sefer) represents yet another stage in the ongoing expansion of the colonial project in historical Palestine and will, in the inevitable peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians, be demolished. The photos above show the area under consideration.
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  • Ibrahamav

    Friends,Below, nothing new. But it's just so blatant. Compare whatQadura Faras, prominent supporter of the "GenevaInitiative," Yossi Beilin's (darling of the EU and great receipient ofit's cash handouts) peace initiative says to Westernersabout peace,and what he says to Palestinians. I remember Beilinrounded up as many Israeli writers as he couldwhen he went to Geneva. They even left a message on mymachine. As if! Naomi Palestinian Media Watch Bulletin January 11, 2006 Contact details here <> View this bulletin online herehttp://www.pmw.org.il/Latest%20bulletins%20new.htm#b110106 PA Leadership Duplicity: PA leader Qadura Faras talks peace to Israelis and terror to PalestiniansBy Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook Palestinian Media Watch has for years documented theduplicity of the Palestinian Authority leadership, whichsends a peaceful message to the world media and hate andterror message to its own people in Arabic. A new example was documented this week, involvingPalestinian Legislative Council member Qadura Faras. Farashas been a prominent supporter of the "Geneva Initiative,"an unofficial peace proposal drafted in 2003 by a group ofleftist Israelis led by Yossi Beilin and Palestinians, andappears on the Geneva Initiative website, conveying amessage of peace to Israelis. However, when Faras recently addressed Palestinians, he usedhis speech to honor and praise a terrorist who murdered 10Israelis. He further spoke in memory of one he called a"Shahid" [martyr for Allah], a term that places blame forhis death on Israel – even though he had died of cancer inan Israeli prison. Finally, he pledged to continue in thepath of these terrorists. This is a totally different QaduraFaras than the one promoting peace on the "GenevaInitiative" web site. The following are the transcripts of these twoirreconcilable messages – the first to Palestinians, and thesecond to Israelis. Faras addressing Palestinians: "[Palestinian] Legislative Council Member Qadura Fares …spoke on behalf of the Fatah Movement. He emphasized thecontinuation of the struggle until the freeing of all of thePalestinian territories from the filth of the occupation,and establishing the independent Palestinian state withJerusalem as its capital. Fares blessed the prisoners behindbars, and in particular mentioned the imprisoned fighter,"The Sniper" Tha'ir Hamed, who carried out the … operationthat led to the killing and injuring of several of theoccupation soldiers. [In fact, three Israeli civilians andseven soldiers were murdered in the terrorist attack – Ed.] "Fares mentioned the good traits of the shahids [Martyrs forAllah, which in PA usage includes suicide terrorists], whileclarifying their role in defending the homeland, fending offthe aggression, and resisting the occupation. Faras said,'We are all going in the way of Ziad Hamed, the Shahid ofSilwad, until the fulfillment of the goal for which hebecame a shahid… [Hamed died of cancer while in an Israeliprison – Ed.]."[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, January 5, 2006] Faras addressing Israelis [Geneva Initiative website]: "It is always asked, do you [Israelis] have a partner on theother side. I am telling you with full sincerity, we areready to reach an inclusive agreement with you, which willpromise us freedom and liberty and statehood, and willpromise you the thing we know you are sensitive to, which isyour full right to live in peace and security. The questionis: Are you ready for this?"[Geneva Initiative web site,http://switch3.castup.net/cunet/gm.asp?ClipMediaID=80675&ak=null http://switch3.castup.net/cunet/gm.asp?ClipMediaID=80675&ak=null _____ Please feel free to forward this bulletin, creditingPalestinian Media Watch

  • Wombat

    Interesting,So Qadura Faras is an arsehole. OK. Not back to the topic.What does that have to do with Israeli activists marching against illegal settlements in the West Bank? Given the recent poll that showed most Israelil's were in favor of hading the West Bank back to Pasletinians, I would be interested to know if this movement in Israel is growing.Let's hope so.

  • Moodymann

    The settlements are indefensible. Thats why Ibrahamav and his friends always try to change the topic.

  • Clumsy Birds

    My ME101 understanding is that Modi’in Illit is a group of settlements, and Kiryat Sefer is a part of that in the northeast. If that’s the case (and I dont know that it is), were they protesting in Kiryat Sefer or somewhere else in Modi’in? Just curious.What exactly is historical Palestine for you?Back on the topic of the settlements, Israel will no doubt pull out of many when the Palestinian leadership finally accepts a peace deal.Every time you show one of these little protests, it just affirms in my mind that Israel is indeed a democracy. And who says you’re anti-Israel, Antony?

  • Moodymann

    white people were protesting in south africa as well during apartheid. Just because there are protesters, doesn't mean its all a o k.

  • Clumsy Birds

    There are big differences to the reaction of the state in apartheid South Africa to that of Israel. Israel clearly tolerates protests. The South African reaction was more often than not a *little* different.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Illegal settlements…quick, quick, change the topic…supported by the government…quick, quick, change the topic…Israeli Jews opoosed to them…quick, quick, change the topic…

  • Clumsy Birds

    Ed, are you addressing anyone in particular?

  • Wombat

    Stewie,You are correct. It is a very healthy reflactino on Israel that there are such protests, but Moddy does have a point. It doesn't mean that everything is Kosher.

  • Ibrahamav

    You know eddie has an agenda.

  • Wombat

    "You know eddie has an agenda."Yes he does. It's called getting the facts stright.

  • Wombat

    None lie more brazenly or more frequently than you, as has been proven.

  • Bernard

    ibrahamov,I dont think you succeed in making the case you try to make."[Fares] emphasized the continuation of the struggle until the freeing of all of the Palestinian territories from the filth of the occupation, and establishing the independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital."Presumably he means the Occupied Territories, ie Gaza, West Bank and East Jerusalem. This is the two-state solution, that everyone (including Israelis) wants except the fanatic Zionists who still believe in sending soldiers and settlers into Palestinian territory like wagons and cavalry into injun country."Fares mentioned the good traits of the shahids [Martyrs for Allah which in PA usage includes suicide terrorists]"Its a violent occupation, and a somewhat less violent resistance (reflecting the disparity in power), so what do you expect? Peace is made between enemies, not between friends. The Geneva Initiative represents one of the best efforts ever to define the peace settlement on the 'two-state' model. I would ask you ibrahamov whether you want to support it or not. The main obstacle to peace (as always) is the fact that Israel (or at least the Israeli government) is unwilling to let go of the conquered territories – it prefers to maintain a Zionist dream of expansion and annexation (naturally coming at the expense of the indigenous inhabitants as is always the case with these colonial things).

  • Ibrahamav

    But you can not take it as 'presumably. It seems that the vast majority are with Hamas with its attempt to turn all of the land into islamic land.Any change in that policy is for appearances only.Your use of wordplay also betrays your agenda.The israeli government is willing to give land to the Palestinians for a state. Just not as much land as Barak offered. Because you don't reward terrorism.

  • Wombat

    So the terriroties in quesrion are being witheld purely for retribution?Bernard, welcome to the exclusive Agenda Club. As you can see, it's growing rapidly.

  • Ibrahamav

    Right, many people and historians consider Begin a terrorist. But how is he more respectable than Arafat? There's no comparison between Begin and Arafat. Begin limited himself to killing British civil service people, whereas Arafat has killed babies and children. On a scale of 10, Arafat's an 11 and Begin's a three or four. Mandela's a three or four. The Irish Revolutionary Army is maybe a six. But Arafat and the Palestinians are the worst. There's never been a group in the world as bad as Palestinian or Islamic terrorists, ever. There's never been a group that has a lower moral claim to doing what they're doing. One of the ironies, of course, is that because they've killed so many people, people have elevated their claim. People think they must have a more important claim than the Kurds and the Armenians because the Palestinians use global terrorism and the Kurds and the Armenians don't.

  • Ibrahamav

    It certainly seems to be a viable solution. Now how to do it while minimizing the collateral damage is the trick.

  • Wombat

    Amazing Ibreham, how Arafat killed babies an childerna nd manaed to miss hitting the adults. How did he manage to do that? And you forgot to talk about ben Guiron also, another mass murderer. Israel is at least more successful in making it's mass murderes into famous mass murderers. Murder is wrong in any case, but begin killing British civil service people is the lowest becuase they were not his enemy, they were just inconvenient.

  • neoleftychick

    Can somebody please explain to me where they get "Israel as colonist" shtick from? Is there a website http://www.IdioticAntiSemiticLiesandRhetoricToUseAgainst...

  • Ibrahamav

    Arafat's legions wanted to kill as many as possible, so it didn't matter what they were, just how many there were.Israel wasn't successful, those men were successful because they acheived their goals with the minimum of bloodshed and became statesmen.The colonial crap is like the rest of the antisemites' canards – an attempt to deligitimaze what can't be. It fools idiots.