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.

A film I’d like to see

West Bank Story

Ari Sandel (USA/ 2005/ 22 min)

“A musical comedy set in the fast-paced, fast-food world of competing falafel stands in the West Bank. David, an Israeli soldier, falls in love with the beautiful Palestinian cashier, Fatima, despite the animosity between their families’ duelling restaurants. Can the couple’s love withstand a 2000 year old conflict and their families’ desire to control the future of the chickpea in the Middle East?”

10 comments ↪
  • Ibrahamav

    Ex-SMH employee Antony Loewenstein: As many of you know, I’m currently writing a book on Israel/Palestine for Melbourne University Publishing, due in May 2006.By “many”, Antony means the 180 or so people who bother dropping by his terrible site each day. Antony is currently upset about the dissenting views of a Jewish Australian MP: The following letter appears in this week’s Australian Jewish News. It’s written by Federal Labor MP, Michael Danby. Its agenda is clear. Why is a member of parliament trying to stop the publication of my book? What is he afraid of? History doesn’t look kindly on such attitudes. And we all know what other historical individuals favoured this behaviour.Yes, we do: Nazis! (Interestingly, the Holocaust revisionists at the Adelaide Institute are quite fond of Antony.) Following are extracts from Danby’s letter: In preparation for writing his book, Loewenstein sent me a number of questions, based on assumptions, which made his views so blatantly obvious that I refused to answer them or participate in his book. I will have no part in his and [publisher Louise Adler’s] propaganda tract scheduled for publication in 2006, which will be an attack on the mainstream Australian Jewish community. MUP should drop this whole disgusting project. If they proceed, I urge the Australian Jewish community, and particularly the Australian Jewish News, to treat it with dignified silence. That is our best response. If, God forbid, it is published, don’t give them a dollar. Don’t buy the book.Why might Antony’s views have so alarmed Danby? Let’s examine them for any clues: As a Jew who doesn’t believe in the concept of a Jewish state – a fundamentally undemocratic and colonialist idea from a bygone era – reception to such ideas within the Jewish community is usually vitriolic, bigoted, racist and downright pathetic. Australian Jews, generally speaking, are incapable of hearing the true reality of their beloved homeland and its barbaric actions.Can’t imagine why Danby wouldn’t support Antony’s book. Which promises to be beautifully written: There comes a point, and we reached this point years ago, that the Jewish community as a whole must take responsiblity for blinding supporting every move that Israel moves, despite the outrageous policies in the West Bank and Gaza, for example. My book will have MUCH more on all this, so hold tight til early 2006! There is SO much to say on all this. In the West, it is virtually impossible to discuss Israel honesty without being called an anti-Semite, and I know and believe that such moral blindness is leading to increased Jew hatred. It’s the same twisted logic as suggesting that Western actions have no relation to Islamic fundamentalism. Puuuulease.At least Antony’s got the support of girlfriend Liz Wise: Of course, I’m not as well-published as the Dreamboat on this issue, so I tend to escape wide public condemnation and calls for burning at the stake (though I’m told it does come up at illustrious Easter Suburbs Jewish dinner parties from time to time). No, I get hammered in other, more personal ways.Lucky Liz! (By the way, it’s Eastern suburbs. Ahem.) Antony—er, the Dreamboat—next responds to reader complaints that he’s a hypocrite: I’m not stopping the publication of anything, nor trying to do so. I believe in the free market of ideas. Danby is actively trying to get a work he disagrees with censored. It’s pretty clear. To most people.It’s pretty clear, to most people, that Antony doesn’t believe in the “free market of ideas”. And that the free market of ideas isn’t much interested in Antony.

  • Wombat

    So much drivel. Care tyo post somethign actualyl on topic Ibby or are you having one of your extended battles with reallity?

  • Ibrahamav

    Has to do with people not being concerned with what he'd like to see. Very much on topic.

  • violet

    Oh My,Makes a mental note to address Antony as "Dreamboat" from this point on.On to a more serious issue:Danby is a foolish man. Antony has every right to write a book about how awful Jews are. And, if MUP want to publish it, well, so be it.Personally, I believe his agenda to be dangerous to endangered Jews. But, free speech applies to everyone –not just those who echo our own views. That is what is so great about Israel, it's a democracy.

  • Wombat

    Violet,Do you believe Ant's book is about Jews or Israel, and do you believe them to mean the same thing?

  • violet

    God knows what Dreamboat's book is about — perhaps he is writing about Jewish boats.Obviously addamo, Jews and Israel are not the same thing.

  • neoleftychick

    There is no doubt that the Muslims would be helped out of their torpor and misery if they married outside their silly religion. In Australia, they are both the least multicultural and the least educated and accomplished. Connection?

  • leftvegdrunk

    "[Muslims] are both the least multicultural and the least educated and accomplished"neoleftychick, as Mr Jericho would say, "Source(s)?"

  • Wombat

    Neo,"In Australia, they are both the least multicultural and the least educated and accomplished. Connection?"And isn't it funny how throughout history, muslims were the only religion that tolerated miuxed marriages?

  • Ibrahamav

    Islamic mixed marriages were only asllowed to muslim men for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th wives for the expressed purpose of sex.

    That’s not toleration, that’s enforced prostitution of non-muslims.